Results 121–140 of 454 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 — 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.

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

Stuart McDonald: I happily join my hon. Friend in making that call of the Minister. In essence, there are strong reasons for a moratorium on further implementation of the “Building our Future” programme, while HMRC, Parliament and the public can take stock, scrutinise what has happened in areas that have already experienced change, and consider whether all the further moves make sense. Since the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: European Arrest Warrant (31 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Surely the Minister can make it clear that the Government’s priority must be continued participation in the European arrest warrant and that that must come ahead of his obsession with ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

Independent Review: Deaths in Police Custody (30 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I thank the Minister for his statement, and like him I thank Dame Elish Angiolini and her colleagues for their invaluable work. In her report, Dame Elish speaks of the humbling dignity and tenacity of the families of those who have died in police custody, and like the Minister and the shadow Home Secretary, the right hon. Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott), I pay...

Modern Slavery Act 2015: Global LGBT Rights (26 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Milton Keynes South (Iain Stewart), but I start by paying tribute to the right hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs (Nick Herbert) for securing this debate and to the all-party parliamentary group on global lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights for its hard work in keeping this important human rights issue high on the agenda. As we...

Modern Slavery Act 2015 (26 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I congratulate the hon. Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker) and his colleagues on securing this timely and important debate. I thank all the right hon. and hon. Members who have taken part today for their thoughtful and powerful speeches. I recently had the pleasure of visiting the impressive International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, which powerfully, shockingly and bravely sets out the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Scotland (26 Oct 2017)

Stuart McDonald: What recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on his departmental priorities for Scotland after the UK leaves the EU.


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