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Government Strategy Against IS (12 September 2014)

Julian Smith: The Minister has rightly said that the Government must be given freedom to act. May I urge him to resist the attempts, such as in questions today, for the House to micro-manage this policy over the weeks ahead?

Business of the House (4 September 2014)

Julian Smith: Following the horrors contained in the Jay report, many people across Yorkshire just cannot believe that Rotherham council has today retained control of children’s services. May we have an urgent debate on how quickly the Government can move in and have the Department for Education install an independent trust to look after children in Rotherham?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Child Sex Abuse (Rotherham) (2 September 2014)

Julian Smith: It beggars belief to many across Yorkshire that Rotherham council today retains responsibility for children’s services. I urge my right hon. Friend, at ministerial meetings, to look carefully at stripping the council of children’s services, as we have done in Doncaster, Slough and, previously, Hackney. I also urge her to look at the role of legal officers within the CPS, who in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Birmingham Schools (22 July 2014)

Julian Smith: As well as the counter-extremism unit, my right hon. Friend’s predecessor put in place a whole set of measures for looking at barring teachers, making funding more difficult to exclude poor schools, and having no-notice inspections. Is it not vital that we reassure parents through the action that this Government have already taken?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (16 July 2014)

Julian Smith: The number of young people coming off the unemployment register across North Yorkshire is at a record high. Does the Prime Minister agree that today’s small business Bill, Conservative-inspired, is yet another boost to the women and men who are creating the jobs to make this happen?

Business of the House: The UK’s Justice and Home Affairs Opt-outs (10 July 2014)

Julian Smith: Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree with me that the Home Secretary and the Home Office have spent hours, days and months working to ensure that the many concerns people had about the European arrest warrant have now been addressed in UK law?

Business of the House: Communications Data and Interception (10 July 2014)

Julian Smith: I thank the Home Secretary for her statement and for the Government’s laser-like focus on keeping British families safe while ensuring that the legal framework is robust. Does she agree that our intelligence services have been subject to much unfair criticism of late—unfair because they operate within the law, because they are unable to speak fully for themselves, and because they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Universal Credit (9 July 2014)

Julian Smith: When my hon. Friend the Member for Harrogate and Knaresborough (Andrew Jones) and I went to the Harrogate jobcentre recently, universal credit recipients were passionate about the confidence that the new scheme is giving them to get a job, and recruiters were persuasive about how it is making it easier to place people in jobs. Will the Secretary of State ignore the hue and cry from the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (7 July 2014)

Julian Smith: At the weekend, millions of people turned up to watch the Tour de France across Yorkshire, and millions are on today’s route. Will the Home Secretary join me in paying tribute to Yorkshire police forces and the Metropolitan police? Does she agree that the presence of the French gendarmerie, with their experience of manning cycle routes, is another emblematic symbol of the importance of...

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]: DWP: Performance (30 June 2014)

Julian Smith: This is a cynical, mean-spirited and dubious motion. It was tabled by a Yorkshire Member, and, as a fellow Yorkshire representative, I cannot tell the House how surprised I am. The economic results achieved by the Government in Yorkshire are incredibly positive. Business confidence is growing: the number of business start-ups in north Yorkshire is now double the national average, and we have...

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]: DWP: Performance (30 June 2014)

Julian Smith: Absolutely—and the two people whom we met said that it was giving them the confidence to go out and find work. Representatives of recruitment firms told us that universal credit would make it much easier to place clients, because they would not be losing their benefits. A surprising aspect of the shadow Minister’s speech was the implication that she and her colleagues had not...

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]: DWP: Performance (30 June 2014)

Julian Smith: Does it surprise my right hon. Friend that the shadow Minister made no mention of the 80 constituents who have benefited in her constituency from the new enterprise allowance, creating successful new businesses? There was no mention of them in her speech.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: European Council (30 June 2014)

Julian Smith: The Fresh Start group of Conservative MPs has been making the case for European reform across Europe. On every visit, the Prime Minister’s leadership on the reform agenda has been spoken about and debated. No one else is leading the fray in the way that he is. Will he continue to make the case not just to the UK, but to the rest of the EU, that reform is the only way to go?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (26 June 2014)

Julian Smith: At the Mighty Middle conference held by GE Capital and the Reform think-tank this week, mid-sized companies from across Britain were exceptionally positive about the Government’s long-term economic plan. What more can we do to celebrate and assist those mid-sized companies?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (25 June 2014)

Julian Smith: As part of their long-term economic plan, this Government have saved 1.2 billion by rationalising the Government estate. That is the equivalent of 26 Buckingham palaces. What more can be done by local councils and local authorities to replicate such savings?

G7 (11 June 2014)

Julian Smith: When our all-party parliamentary group visited Brussels to support the TTIP, we found there was not one representative of small business on the advisory council that was looking at the deal. I thank the Prime Minister for his support of the TTIP and urge him to make the case that its benefits will be for our smallest businesses throughout Britain and the EU.

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st day] (4 June 2014)

Julian Smith: Does the right hon. Gentleman rule out a jobs tax on workers in my constituency should he get into power?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Claro Barracks (12 May 2014)

Julian Smith: What recent discussions he has had on the closure of Claro barracks in Ripon.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Claro Barracks (12 May 2014)

Julian Smith: On Saturday, the Royal Engineers celebrated their freedom of the city of Ripon with the most incredible display of kit and personnel, and the corps band played brilliantly at the beating of the retreat. If there is any opportunity to keep the Royal Engineers in Ripon for a minute longer, for half a year longer or for decades longer, we will take it. May I urge Ministers to keep thinking of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (8 May 2014)

Julian Smith: From Gargrave to Embsay and from Masham to Ripon, communities across Skipton and Ripon are concerned about cuts to rural bus services. What more can Ministers do to work with the most rural parts of our communities on buses? Will they look very favourably at North Yorkshire county council’s bid to the sustainable transport fund, which closes later this month?

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