Results 161–180 of 459 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

International Day of Democracy (6 Sep 2017)

Stuart McDonald: We may not have had a huge number of contributions, but we have definitely had some very powerful, thoughtful and varied ones. The hon. Member for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine (Andrew Bowie) put me to shame: within three or four months of his election he has already participated in a trip to try to help support democracy abroad. It has taken me more than two years since my election even...

International Day of Democracy (6 Sep 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I beg to move, That this House has considered the International Day of Democracy. It is a pleasure, as ever, to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. In 2007, the UN General Assembly resolved to observe 15 September as the International Day of Democracy. The aim of the day is the promoting of and recommitting to the principles of democracy. Member states are invited to mark the day as one...

International Day of Democracy (6 Sep 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. I very much hope that the Scottish Government’s work with the United Nations will at least set that ball rolling in the context of the crisis in Syria and the middle east. That work certainly has to be done on a far greater scale in relation to conflicts around the world. As well as asking questions of our Government, I will turn to the work of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid: Access (5 Sep 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Barely a third of immigration detainees even know that they are entitled to 30 minutes of free legal advice in England and Wales, and only half have ever been able to access it. Given the horror show in Brook House that we saw on last night’s “Panorama”, will the Government act urgently to ensure that all detainees get access to the free legal aid that they urgently require?

Summer Adjournment (20 Jul 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Corby (Tom Pursglove), who I am very sure could be a bloody difficult man. I also congratulate the hon. Member for Reading East (Matt Rodda) on his thoughtful maiden speech. I want to take this opportunity to raise three issues. The first is the closure of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs offices. Last week, we had a positive and upbeat...

Immigration Act 2016: Section 67 (19 Jul 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Many of us do not understand why the Government chose to put a limit on the Dubs scheme based on a rather half-baked consultation with local authorities at one particular time. Why do the Government not continue to engage with local authorities and take proactive steps to increase their capacity to take unaccompanied children, including by implementing fully funded places?

New Towns — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bailey. I, too, am grateful to the hon. Member for Telford (Lucy Allan) for securing the debate, which provides a genuinely interesting opportunity to think not only about our own new towns, but about the problems faced by new towns holistically. Like her, I hope that this is the start of the conversation rather than the end. Aside from...

New Towns — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (12 Jul 2017)

Stuart McDonald: Exactly—it is Cumbernauld. I even had a student activist at one point suggest “Who’s he called? Stuart McDonald” as a possible campaign slogan, but thankfully that was ruled out of hand. That was testament at least to the fact that that slogan had imprinted itself into public consciousness so much that someone born after it was created was still very much aware of it....

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Illegal Wildlife Trade (11 Jul 2017)

Stuart McDonald: There is increasing evidence that the UK’s legal ivory market has been used as cover for illegal trade. What discussions will the Foreign Secretary have with colleagues about an all-out ban on the ivory trade, as previously committed to?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Free Movement of People (28 Jun 2017)

Stuart McDonald: What assessment he has made of the implications of exiting the EU for the free movement of people between Northern Ireland and the (a) Republic of Ireland and (b) rest of the UK.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Free Movement of People (28 Jun 2017)

Stuart McDonald: The simplest way to ensure that free movement continues unimpeded across these islands is to accept that there will in reality be no increased border checks or in-country controls on EU nationals after Brexit—any controls occurring in-country. That is what the Home Secretary has previously suggested. Will the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland confirm that that remains the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Construction Industry: Cash Retentions (27 Jun 2017)

Stuart McDonald: What his policy is on the non-release or late release of cash retentions in the construction industry.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Construction Industry: Cash Retentions (27 Jun 2017)

Stuart McDonald: The system of cash retentions has been wreaking havoc in the construction industry for decades. Can the Minister assure us that there will soon be radical action to overhaul the system, and can she explain why it has taken so long?

Backbench Business (20 Apr 2017)

Stuart McDonald: We are not pushing for a “running commentary” on negotiations. All that we are asking for is a reassurance that if the best deal for securing safety and participation in the warrant also involves participation in or operating under the jurisdiction of the ECJ, we will not say no to such a deal purely because we are so set against being under the ECJ’s jurisdiction.

Backbench Business (20 Apr 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Evans, and to follow the right hon. Member for Leicester East (Keith Vaz), who as ever speaks incredibly knowledgeably on such topics. I welcome the debate and thank the hon. Member for Monmouth (David T. C. Davies) for bringing it to the Chamber. The Scottish National party is fully behind the idea of a European arrest warrant and wants...

Backbench Business (20 Apr 2017)

Stuart McDonald: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his intervention. Yes, in an independent Scotland, we would seek participation in the European arrest warrant system. As I have acknowledged, it is not perfect, and we would push for reform, but from within the system; I will come to the issue of a bar in a moment. I cannot see how we are any more likely to be able to overcome the problems by starting...

Persecution and Detention of LGBT Citizens: Chechnya (20 Apr 2017)

Stuart McDonald: The appalling treatment that LGBT people face in some countries makes it all the more important that officials here making decisions on sexual orientation-based asylum cases get them 100% correct. Will the Minister at least make representations to the Home Office that no asylum case should ever be refused solely on the basis that a person can return home and hide their sexuality?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (20 Apr 2017)

Stuart McDonald: The Secretary of State will surely have the good sense to join me in speaking up for the free movement of workers as the easiest way of avoiding horrendous labour shortages in the food and drink industry.

Universal Credit — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (19 Apr 2017)

Stuart McDonald: It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell) on securing this important debate and on her thorough and comprehensive speech. Like the hon. Lady and probably every other hon. Member present, I am contacted daily by constituents who have encountered significant problems with the benefits system....

Legislating for Uk Withdrawal from the EU (30 Mar 2017)

Stuart McDonald: How can trade and security co-operation be maximised if UK courts are interpreting parallel legal provisions in a completely different way from the European Court of Justice? Surely UK courts will have to continue to consider ECJ case law as it develops after Brexit, and not just as it exists at the point of Brexit, as the Secretary of State sought to suggest in his statement.


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