Results 21–40 of 319 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stuart McDonald

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Is the hon. Gentleman seriously suggesting that the Scottish Government should follow the UK Government’s example by removing family, immigration, housing and welfare cases from the scope of legal aid? He cannot possibly think that that would be a positive development.

Legal Aid — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Does the hon. Gentleman welcome the Scottish Government’s review of legal aid? The legislation is 30 years old, and the Government now seek to ensure that full access to public legal aid continues.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Low-paid Workers: Wage Growth (28 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: What steps his Department is taking to support wage growth for low-paid workers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Low-paid Workers: Wage Growth (28 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: A hard Brexit is predicted to lose workers up to £2,000 a year in real wages. Is not the best policy for wages to stay in the single market?

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Leaving the EU: Civil Servants (22 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: How many full-time equivalent civil servants have been assigned work relating to the UK’s exit from the EU in the last twelve months; and what estimate he has made of the cost of that work.

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Leaving the EU: Civil Servants (22 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: After a decade of austerity, it seems that £400 million and 8,000 new staff, including 5,000 for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, can be found to deal with Brexit. Will the Minister tell Treasury and HMRC bosses that it is more ludicrous than ever to propose to close Cumbernauld tax office, with its experienced and dedicated workforce?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Unaccompanied Child Refugees (20 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: The 15-year-old Syrian boy referred to by the right hon. Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper) waited 14 months before the news of his transfer came through. What could be done to speed up transfers under the Dubs scheme?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Interpretation of retained EU law during transitional period (14 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I want to speak briefly in support of amendment 137, tabled by my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry), who spoke so persuasively about the need to strengthen and clarify clause 6, particularly subsection (2). If, utterly regrettably from my point of view, the UK is to leave the EU, it is important not only that there is a functioning statute book on...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Interpretation of retained EU law during transitional period (14 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I suspect my hon. Friend is absolutely right. My point is that there are many more rules where it would surely be sensible for this Parliament to leave in place exactly as they are, and not only that but to seek to ensure consistency of application between the United Kingdom and the European Union so far as that is possible. Clause 6(6) allows for even modified retained law to be interpreted...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (14 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (14 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Back in July, Ministers said that the goal was to ensure that patient access to innovative medicine is well protected “through the strongest regulatory framework and sharing of data.” Therefore, will the Secretary of State confirm that the UK will definitely be signing up to the new clinical trials regulation system, so that pharmaceutical companies do not have to move trials overseas?

Grenfell Recovery Taskforce (6 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I thank the Secretary of State for his statement. I join him and the shadow Secretary of State in thanking the taskforce members for their work. The report rightly recognises that the people of Grenfell and north Kensington were utterly failed, including by a sluggish and chaotic response in the aftermath of disaster. I have questions on two issues, the first of which is rehousing. I share...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Universities UK/Universities Scotland (6 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: When she last met representatives from Universities UK and Universities Scotland; and what matters were discussed at those meetings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Universities UK/Universities Scotland (6 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Mr Speaker, “Scotland is losing out in the recruitment of international students…because the UK has one of the least competitive policies on post-study work in the English-speaking world.” That is a direct quotation from the website of Universities Scotland. Will the Minister work with the Home Office and the Scottish Government to ensure that Scottish universities can make...

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Stringer. I thank all hon. Members for their contributions. They have been surgical in their analysis of the situation, as well as powerful and passionate. It has been a frustrating debate, to an extent. We have, as has been said, been here before. The Minister expressed his confidence in HMRC, in its forecasts and assessments, but I gently suggest...

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Everyone in the Chamber is in favour of much of the approach to digitalisation of the tax process, but does not that process itself undermine the case for saying that everyone has to be in one location? The fact that everything is being done digitally means that folk can stay in the offices that they are in currently and we can get on with it.

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I beg to move, That this House has considered HM Revenue and Customs closures. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies, and I thank the Backbench Business Committee for allowing me to open this hugely important debate. I also thank the more than 20 colleagues from across different parties for their support in making the debate happen—including you, of course, Mr...

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: The hon. Gentleman makes a series of valid points, and they are valid for the whole range of sites affected by the “Building our Future” agenda. In Cumbernauld, for example, HMRC is the largest employer, providing about 1,500 good-quality jobs. I am not making the argument that once a Government Department opens in a particular location, it must stay there forever. What I am...

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Indeed. That is the argument that I will come on to make. Centralising those jobs in city centres, which are already in many cases doing very well in terms of employment, makes absolutely no sense at all. This debate is also important to the public and taxpayers generally. When it was formed in 2005, HMRC had 96,000 full-time equivalent members of staff and 593 offices. Less than a decade...

Backbench Business: HMRC Closures — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (2 Nov 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I agree entirely. In a nutshell, that is the point of my speech. We have an opportunity now to pause and look at what has happened and the impact it has had. When the proposals come under scrutiny, the business case for change looks decidedly dodgy, and it is also proving something of a moveable feast.


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