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Isil: European Council (23 February 2015)

Julian Smith: Following the criticism over the weekend, does the Prime Minister agree that our intelligence and security services are doing the most amazing job in incredibly difficult times, and that we should pay tribute to every woman and man working in those services?

Isil: Tax Avoidance (HSBC) (23 February 2015)

Julian Smith: Many small businesses and taxpayers in north Yorkshire will be shocked by the time line that the Chancellor has just described. Will he clarify once again what the last Government knew and when?

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Programme (No.3): Clause 1 — Seizure of passports etc from persons suspected of involvement in terrorism (10 February 2015)

Julian Smith: On the point of people’s concerns about privacy, we now have a Select Committee, which has done a detailed report on Lee Rigby and has shown it is scrutinising Parliament and the intelligence services, and we now have the civil liberties board. We have tremendous oversight in this country, and is it not now time that we say we have got good control of our intelligence services and we...

Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Programme (No.3): Clause 1 — Seizure of passports etc from persons suspected of involvement in terrorism (10 February 2015)

Julian Smith: Does the right hon. Gentleman regret, as I do, that the amendments tabled by the noble Lord King that sought to bring back the draft Communications Data Bill, or all the elements of it, did not make it back to this House? Does he agree that we need to move forward with that as soon as possible?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Tax Avoidance (HSBC) (9 February 2015)

Julian Smith: Last week, Bill went missing. This week, it is Ed, who had sole responsibility for these issues in 2007. Why does the Minister think that no substantive action was taken in those years?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Terrorism (9 February 2015)

Julian Smith: What progress she has made on ensuring that the Security Service is adequately equipped to tackle terrorism.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Terrorism (9 February 2015)

Julian Smith: A terror suspect is arrested every day, and our intelligence services are crystal clear that they need greater oversight of internet communications. When will the Government bring the Communications Data Bill back to the House?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (4 February 2015)

Julian Smith: Taxis have been, and almost certainly still are, the trafficking method of choice of abusers and exploiters across the north. I welcome the Secretary of State’s strong words on taxi regulation, and I welcome this very robust statement. May I urge him and his Department to look at every taxi licensing authority across the north and make sure they are doing exactly the right thing?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Child Sexual Abuse (Independent Panel Inquiry) (4 February 2015)

Julian Smith: I welcome the statement and the foundations the Home Secretary has laid for the review. One local issue in north Yorkshire concerns the number of responsible bodies. I have spoken to victims, and they have a problem with the lack of co-ordination and the lack of training of the people dealing with the issue. In looking at funding and money, will she consider what help she can give to local...

[Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] — Dairy Industry (4 February 2015)

Julian Smith: The issue that we are discussing is a major one for Britain, but it is particularly acute for North Yorkshire. Since 2002, the region has lost 489 farmers, which is the second worst performance and loss in the country. Even farmers who are doing their best to invest in and build their businesses—such as Paul and Janet Bolland near Skipton, who recently invested 700,000 in their...

Living Wage (Reporting): Backbench Business — Rural Phone and Broadband Connectivity (3 February 2015)

Julian Smith: rose—

Living Wage (Reporting): Backbench Business — Rural Phone and Broadband Connectivity (3 February 2015)

Julian Smith: rose—

Living Wage (Reporting): Backbench Business — Rural Phone and Broadband Connectivity (3 February 2015)

Julian Smith: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Hereford and South Herefordshire (Jesse Norman) for securing this debate. North Yorkshire was one of four pilot areas that won a Government commitment in 2010 to push forward with superfast broadband in rural areas. To counter the comments of the jumping jack shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant), the whole idea of the...

Living Wage (Reporting): Backbench Business — Rural Phone and Broadband Connectivity (3 February 2015)

Julian Smith: I agree. That is a valid point and I acknowledge my hon. Friend’s expertise on this topic. I pay tribute to the Government for the 10 million fund for innovation—North Yorkshire has one pilot project called Airwave—but the exceptional broadband Minister may need to dig a little deeper over the coming months and years in order to top up that fund and get a few more...

Living Wage (Reporting): Backbench Business — Rural Phone and Broadband Connectivity (3 February 2015)

Julian Smith: Absolutely. That is a well-made point. This is not just about the Government’s responsibilities; people are taking responsibility themselves. The B4RN project—Broadband for the Rural North—split between Lancashire and Yorkshire has sought out all of the disused wires and cables to make the most of the opportunities to deliver superfast broadband. We have not yet discussed...

Living Wage (Reporting): Backbench Business — Rural Phone and Broadband Connectivity (3 February 2015)

Julian Smith: I am not going to give way to jumping jack. I pay tribute to the expertise of Chris Townsend, who has no need to do the job but who is giving great public service by leading BDUK and pushing us forward. We have talked about Openreach, and I concur with all the comments made. We are generally happy with BT in North Yorkshire, but there have been major service and data issues. We have tried to...

Living Wage (Reporting): Backbench Business — Rural Phone and Broadband Connectivity (3 February 2015)

Julian Smith: In the short term, Openreach could do a great deal by pushing forward with its “fibre to the node” technology, which is an issue that the Minister has been working hard to solve. The technology could reach many of the communities to which my hon. Friend has referred, and BT and Openreach could do much more in that regard.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Local Access to Justice (3 February 2015)

Julian Smith: What steps he has taken to ensure local access to the justice system.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Local Access to Justice (3 February 2015)

Julian Smith: Skipton magistrates court is key to providing local access to the justice system for one of the most rural parts of our country. Will the Minister confirm that he will do everything he can to ensure that that court is kept busy and stays open?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (19 January 2015)

Julian Smith: I thank the Government for their support for rural schools on the sparsity factor and dealing with Labour’s historic legacy of underfunding for Britain’s most rural schools. Will she pay tribute to schools such as Upper Wharfedale school in my constituency, which have federated with other primary schools around them, are taking responsibility for their own efficiency and are being...

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