Results 161–180 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (11 Jul 2016)

Stuart McDonald: For obvious reasons, refugee families and children are not usually required to meet past residence requirements when accessing benefits, so why on earth are the Government trying to overturn a recent tribunal decision so as to deny disabled refugees, including children, access to disability living allowance on the grounds of those very residence criteria? Is that not particularly absurd given...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Stuart McDonald: The day after the referendum, Scotland’s First Minister directly addressed nationals of other EU states, telling them, “you remain welcome here, this is your home and your contribution is valued.” It was a simple but powerful statement, and one that was warmly welcomed. Indeed, it was echoed today by the shadow Home Secretary. Like that statement, this motion has our full...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. It is not a complicated matter. If we cannot persuade the Home Secretary on the grounds of common decency or common sense—that sometimes happens in immigration debates, unfortunately—perhaps we can appeal to her self-interest by gently pointing out to her that she is, unusually, making a fool of herself by taking this approach. I genuinely...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Stuart McDonald: That is a perfect example of the uncertainty we are talking about and it has to be brought to an end. As my hon. Friend the Member for Banff and Buchan (Dr Whiteford) has said, this does not require a detailed statement on exactly what form of leave is required or the precise mechanisms for implementing it. It requires a simple statement that all EU nationals in the UK today will continue to...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Stuart McDonald: My hon. Friend is absolutely spot on. I will come to that issue shortly. As I have said, the Home Secretary’s negotiating position is complete and utter nonsense. Sadly, that is not out of keeping with too much of her immigration policy and indeed with too much of what passes for debate on matters of immigration. Finally, since the referendum result, Members have quite rightly gone out...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I certainly hope that that transpires and becomes the case. The message should go out loud and clear from here that it is Parliament’s will that all EU nationals in this country will continue to enjoy the rights that they have just now and on the same terms and conditions. I am also asking the House to think again about how we approach the debates on immigration. As I was about to say,...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Stuart McDonald: My honourable namesake makes a very good point. My point is that it is time to do things very, very differently. A few months ago, I went to Edinburgh university to meet Professor Christina Boswell who had arranged a discussion about the dangerous disconnect between political rhetoric and reality when it comes to immigration. She highlighted the launch by the German Government, back in 2000,...

EU Nationals in the Uk (6 Jul 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I do not know where the hon. Lady gets that idea. I have not mentioned Australia. What I am talking about is the Canadian national conversation. By asking the questions I quoted and having that grown-up conversation, Canada is already showing leadership. It is time that politicians here followed that example. As well as using today’s debate to praise EU nationals and demand that the...

Foreign Aid Expenditure — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (13 Jun 2016)

Stuart McDonald: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes. I, too, am a strong supporter of the 0.7% commitment, but that is not to say that there are not legitimate concerns with which we must engage. The petition refers to painful spending cuts at home. At a time when food banks have become a normal part of British life and public services are facing drastic cuts, it is easy to see...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (13 Jun 2016)

Stuart McDonald: Yesterday saw even more newspaper revelations about serious problems with COMPASS asylum accommodation contracts in Glasgow, yet emails from senior G4S staff and minutes of Home Office meetings suggest that these contracts are to be extended come hell or high water. Will not the Home Office at least have enough respect to wait for the Select Committee on Home Affairs to complete its inquiry...

Refugee Family Reunion Rules — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (9 Jun 2016)

Stuart McDonald: The key question to which we would like an answer is whether the Minister will at least take away the suggestion that the current approach, in which a child at 17 can apply for reunification but there is an arbitrary cut-off at 18—is sensible. We should consider their circumstances. Did they live with that family beforehand? Are they wholly dependent on the family? Will he at least take...

Refugee Family Reunion Rules — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (9 Jun 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. He has given welcome reassurances that the process of taking children from Calais and Dunkirk has been speeding up. Other Ministers—including, indeed, the Home Secretary—have given such assurances as well. However, when Members submit written questions that ask for hard numbers and processing times, we keep getting answers that say...

Refugee Family Reunion Rules — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (9 Jun 2016)

Stuart McDonald: The hon. and learned Gentleman quite rightly emphasises the importance of time, particularly for children. He will be aware that a few months ago four or five children from the camps were admitted, thanks to a tribunal ruling, on human rights grounds because the Dublin procedure was so slow. Does he agree that one option for the British Government, rather than challenging that decision, would...

Refugee Family Reunion Rules — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (9 Jun 2016)

Stuart McDonald: It is indeed a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bone. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr Carmichael) on securing this debate and on his excellent speech. I also congratulate him on his excellent article, which I read this morning on PoliticsHome and which I would commend to other Members of the House. It has been invaluable in preparing for this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Membership (25 May 2016)

Stuart McDonald: What assessment he has made of the potential effect on Wales of the UK leaving the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: EU Membership (25 May 2016)

Stuart McDonald: EU programmes such as Erasmus bring enormous benefits to young people in Wales, broadening their experience and strengthening their employability. Does the Secretary of State agree that ensuring Welsh students can continue to benefit from such programmes is just one of the many good reasons to vote remain?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Bursary (10 May 2016)

Stuart McDonald: What assessment he has made of the potential effect of his proposals to reform the NHS bursary on future levels of recruitment into the medical professions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Bursary (10 May 2016)

Stuart McDonald: I am certain that the Minister will want to congratulate the SNP on sweeping spectacularly to a historic third successive term, all on a manifesto pledge to protect rather than abolish the nursing bursary in Scotland. The serious question is this: how does the Secretary of State plan to monitor the impact that the removal of the bursary might have on students from poorer backgrounds who are...

Immigration Bill: Detention etc. by immigration officers in Scotland (9 May 2016)

Stuart McDonald: Along with many others, we in the SNP have been arguing for months that the UK should take a fair share of refugees and asylum seekers from Europe in the face of the ongoing humanitarian crisis. We are therefore glad the Government have now apparently accepted that principle, albeit up to a point. They have finally listened to the arguments from the different parties and from a host of...


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