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Liberal Democrat MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
- Entered Parliament on 1 May 1997 — General election
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- Topics of interest
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- Register of Members’ Interests
Voting record (from PublicWhip)
How Robert Smith voted on key issues since 2001:
- Voted very strongly against the hunting ban. votes
- Voted moderately against a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes
- Voted strongly for increasing the rate of VAT. votes
- Voted moderately for more EU integration. votes
- Voted very strongly for laws to stop climate change. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes
- Voted moderately for encouraging occupational pensions. votes
- Voted very strongly against introducing foundation hospitals. votes
- Voted strongly against a stricter asylum system. votes
- Voted very strongly against the Iraq war. votes
- Voted very strongly for an investigation into the Iraq war. votes
- Voted strongly against allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. votes
- Voted moderately for a transparent Parliament. votes
- Voted moderately against university tuition fees. votes
- Has never voted on raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. votes
- Voted strongly for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. votes
- Voted strongly for a wholly elected House of Lords. votes
- Voted very strongly against Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes
- Voted a mixture of for and against greater autonomy for schools. votes
- Voted strongly for a smoking ban. votes
- Voted very strongly against introducing ID cards. votes
- Voted moderately against replacing Trident. votes
- Voted very strongly for equal gay rights. votes
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- Occasionally rebels against their party in this parliament.
Topics of interest
Select Committee membership
- Member, Consolidation Bills (Joint Committee) (since 6 Dec 2010)
- Member, Energy and Climate Change Committee (since 12 Jul 2010)
Asks most questions about
- Departments: Trade and Industry, Treasury, Scotland, Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Work and Pensions
- Subjects (based on headings added by Hansard): Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands, Renewable Energy, Prisoners' Transfers, Skipton Fund, Gas Prices
(based on written questions asked by Robert Smith and answered by departments)
Public Bill Committees (sittings attended)
- Upcoming Business – Commons: Main Chamber (17 Jan 2014)
“Delivery Surcharges (Transparency for Consumers) Bill - Second reading (Day 2) – Robert Smith.”
- Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Energy Bills (2 Dec 2013)
“I welcome the positive response to the Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change’s recommendation that some of the costs of the levies be transferred to general taxation, as a fairer way of funding those levies. What is being done to assist people in switching, and to ensure that they realise that that is now meant to be simpler, and the best way for them to get the best deal?”
- Energy and Climate Change: Switching Suppliers (28 Nov 2013)
“In taking the issue up with Ofgem, the Minister needs to emphasise just how trapped these people feel. They feel that they cannot shop around and they want to be completely reassured that they are getting the fairest deal possible. In the long run, will he examine whether it would be worth accelerating and prioritising the roll-out of smart meters for these customers to make it easier for...”
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- Has spoken in 20 debates in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 9 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a very high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 76.86% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 5 annotations on this MP’s speeches — average amongst MPs.
- This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 18–19 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 322 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
Register of Members’ Interests
Register last updated: 25 Nov 2013. More about the Register
Figures in brackets are ranks.Data from parliament.uk (source). Read 2004/05 – 2008/09 and 1st quarter 2009/10 receipts.
|Type||2008/09 (ranking out of 647)||2007/08 (ranking out of 645)||2006/07 (ranking out of 645)||2005/06||2004/05 (ranking out of 659)||2003/04 (ranking out of 658)||2002/03 (ranking out of 657)||2001/02 (ranking out of 657)|
|Staying away from main home||£15,461 (419th)||£19,039 (418th)||£16,166 (487th)||£14,777||£15,636 (470th)||£14,218 (488th)||£13,740 (546th)||£11,691 (525th)|
|Office running costs||£15,759 (405th)||£19,137 (joint 284th with 1 other)||£22,234 (177th)||£25,142||£18,649 (292nd)||£17,477 (506th)||£18,108 (joint 333rd with 1 other)||£15,437 (335th)|
|Staffing costs||£84,346 (529th)||£86,309 (370th)||£85,009 (296th)||£78,874||£64,539 (553rd)||£66,818 (382nd)||£53,830 (596th)||£39,102 (531st)|
|Communications Allowance||£13,611 (44th)||£11,557 (57th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Travel||£17,982 (37th)1||£18,534 (24th)2||£18,168 (25th)||£15,563||£18,896 (71st)||£17,343 (86th)||£17,484 (91st)||£14,123 (87th)|
|Members' Staff Travel||£338 (213th)||£868 (126th)||£296 (joint 281st with 2 others)||£537||£1,603 (110th)||£636 (229th)||£1,246 (124th)||£685 (196th)|
|Members' Spouse Travel||£237 (268th)||£468 (219th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Members' Family Travel||£237 (50th)||£1,345 (17th)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Purchased Stationery||£2,245 (joint 484th with 1 other)||£465 (joint 511th with 3 others)||£1,091 (252nd)||£651||£894 (328th)||£475 (joint 526th with 2 others)||£517 (562nd)||£505 (555th)|
|Stationery: Associated Postage Costs||£1,108 (551st)||£3,197 (joint 265th with 1 other)||£2,279||£3,133 (255th)||£2,062 (joint 401st with 1 other)||N/A||N/A|
|Centrally Provided Computer Equipment||£1,486 (22nd)||£1,227 (joint 86th with 1 other)||£1,115||£1,306 (626th)||£1,306 (617th)||£1,306 (596th)||£0|
|Total||£150,216 (328th)||£160,316 (97th)||£147,388 (129th)||£138,938||£124,656 (294th)||£120,335 (303rd)||£106,231 (471st)||£81,543 (464th)|