Results 121–140 of 510 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Cross-border Trade (7 Feb 2018)

Stuart McDonald: If this Government are so determined to take us out of the customs union and the single market, how do they see us avoiding a hard border on the island without having a hard border in the Irish sea?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Renewable Energy (30 Jan 2018)

Stuart McDonald: What recent steps he has taken to support the development of renewable energy sources.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Renewable Energy (30 Jan 2018)

Stuart McDonald: Yesterday, 10 UK trade associations wrote to the Secretary of State to express serious concern about delays to the long-awaited feed-in tariff consultation. Will he or Ministers agree to meet them to address both those concerns and the uncertainty facing small-scale low-carbon energy projects?

Proscription of Hezbollah (25 Jan 2018)

Stuart McDonald: This has been a passionate but thoughtful debate, and I congratulate the right hon. Member for Enfield North (Joan Ryan) and her colleagues on bringing it to the House. Members have repeatedly made it clear that Hezbollah in its broadest sense has engaged in atrocious terrorist activity. They have highlighted attacks in the middle east and beyond. In 2012 in Bulgaria, a bus of Israeli...

Joint Enterprise (25 Jan 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester Central (Lucy Powell) and her colleagues. They deserve great credit for raising this important matter, and for posing a number of challenging questions. The consequences of the Jogee decision include, of course, uncertainty and distress for victims and relatives who now wonder whether those who have been held responsible for violent crimes...

Refugees and Human Rights (24 Jan 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I welcome the choice of debate and the motion, and I particularly welcome the call for effective action to alleviate the refugee crisis. With 23 million refugees worldwide and more than 40 million displaced internally, this is indeed, as has been said, one of the toughest global challenges of our time. There is no silver bullet to solve it, but Governments working together can achieve a great...

Refugees and Human Rights (24 Jan 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I agree, and I urge hon. Members to support the private Member’s Bill that has been introduced by my hon. Friend the Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil). I very much hope that it is passed. He has support from the Refugee Council, the UNHCR, Amnesty International, the British Red Cross and Oxfam, among others.

Refugees and Human Rights (24 Jan 2018)

Stuart McDonald: My hon. Friend makes a series of valuable points. In Scotland a degree of legal aid still is available to support these applications, which are not straightforward, as a recent report from the Red Cross made absolutely clear. Ensuring that those who need legal aid have access to it would be a hugely welcome development. On another day we will debate our asylum system for those who seek...

Refugees and Human Rights (24 Jan 2018)

Stuart McDonald: My hon. Friend is quite right. I hope we see a busy House on that date. In conclusion, I wish to make one further point. Sometimes in these debates we speak as if hosting refugees is necessarily a hardship for our country. It is important to put it on the record, therefore, that, given the chance, refugees far more often go on to make incredibly positive contributions to their communities and...

Refugees and Human Rights (24 Jan 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I welcome that intervention and agree with it wholeheartedly. These refugees are determined to take advantage of the amazing second chance given to them to live a life free from persecution. We can make that happen—the UN convention on refugees is the framework that allows it to happen. I simply urge the Government to work harder than ever to support that system and to deliver as many...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (17 Jan 2018)

Stuart McDonald: What is the Department doing to help end preventable child deaths from pneumonia by 2030?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Saving for rights etc. under section 2(1) of the ECA (16 Jan 2018)

Stuart McDonald: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I want to speak briefly to amendments 55 and 56 and to probe one simple issue: in short, what happens if there is a failure to correct a deficiency in EU law, so that it cannot operate effectively after exit, and how can we maximise the chances that such a thing does not happen? We have had plenty of debate on how we can restrict Government powers to correct...

Junk Food Advertising and Childhood Obesity — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (16 Jan 2018)

Stuart McDonald: I, too, thank and pay tribute to the hon. Member for Erewash (Maggie Throup) for introducing this important debate. I thank all hon. Members for their thoughtful and knowledgeable contributions. Today’s debate has drawn attention to the serious problem of childhood obesity, the link with junk food advertising, and the fact that a variety of steps are open to us that importantly would...

Corrosive Substance Attacks — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (20 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is good to see you in the chair, Mr Bailey, and to see the Minister in her place. Most importantly, I congratulate the hon. Member for West Ham (Lyn Brown) on bringing this important and timely debate to the House, and on her comprehensive and passionate analysis of where we are and where we need to get to. On a Saturday night back in October, three men in Abronhill in my constituency...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Customs Officers (20 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: What estimate the Government have made of the number of customs officers that will be required to conduct border checks in Northern Ireland as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Customs Officers (20 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: When even the Government accept that their proposals for a frictionless border are untested and go beyond existing precedents, we can see why businesses read that as undeliverable, unless ongoing membership of the single market and customs union are involved. Given that the Minister insists that such membership is not necessary, will he tell us what progress has been made in exploring and...

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (19 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I am grateful to the Minister for setting out the background to the order and I am pleased to confirm that my party support approving it this evening. Our task in scrutinising draft instruments of this nature is not always straightforward, for the simple reason that the Secretary of State has access to information and intelligence that we as MPs for very good reasons cannot have access to....

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Does the Minister understand that despite this apparently significant sanctions regime, the fact that so many problems still seem to arise repeatedly and routinely across the country has utterly undermined faith in the inspection regime? Is that not all the more reason to hand the inspection role to an independent organisation or to local authorities?

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Given that those companies were all willing to sign up to a five-year contract plus a two-year extension, surely that should be the most that we consider? There is no need to sign us up to a 10-year contract this time round.

Asylum Accommodation — [David Hanson in the Chair] (14 Dec 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again, Mr Hanson; you have evidently had a busy week. I welcome the opportunity to debate the Home Affairs Committee report, “Asylum accommodation”. I was pleased to have been involved in that inquiry. I thank my colleagues and the Committee Chair for all their work on that project, and for securing this debate. In this debate I speak as...


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