Results 1–20 of 2804 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Andrew Smith

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Income tax charge for tax year 2017-18 (25 Apr 2017)

Andrew Smith: I also congratulate the hon. Member for Copeland (Trudy Harrison) on a fine maiden speech and thank her for her well-deserved compliment to her predecessor on his service. She spoke with passion, wit and understanding of her beautiful constituency, as well as of Peter Rabbit. None of us envies her speedy transition from by-election to general election, but I do congratulate her. I made my...

Homeopathy and the NHS (29 Mar 2017)

Andrew Smith: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate. I certainly would not dispute the testimony of those who have benefited from homeopathic treatment, but does he not agree that scientific evidence of its effectiveness would help in a decision on whether to use it?

Detention of Vulnerable Persons — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (14 Mar 2017)

Andrew Smith: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Detention of Vulnerable Persons — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (14 Mar 2017)

Andrew Smith: The hon. Lady is being very generous. I congratulate her on the debate and agree with what my hon. Friend the Member for Hampstead and Kilburn (Tulip Siddiq) has just said. On medical conditions, does the hon. Lady agree that the issue is not simply mental health conditions? I would cite the example that I was told about of someone with an urgent arthritic condition, who, rather than being...

O’Neill Review — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (7 Mar 2017)

Andrew Smith: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this important debate. Is it not self-evident that the prevention of the occurrence and spread of infection must be in the first line of the battle against this problem, and screening people on admission to hospital to determine who might be resistant and carrying infections would be very useful?

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] : Fathers in the Family (1 Mar 2017)

Andrew Smith: The hon. Gentleman is making an excellent speech, and I congratulate him on securing this important debate. I wonder whether he has seen the helpful Barnardo’s briefing, which points out that without appropriate support, young and vulnerable fathers in particular can end up feeling isolated and marginalised by services and agencies. It goes on to recommend that local authorities should...

Agenda for Change: NHS Pay Restraint — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (30 Jan 2017)

Andrew Smith: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech. Is it not perverse that the Conservative party seems to favour the introduction of all sorts of markets in the NHS apart from a labour market? The devolution of responsibility to trusts that it often heralds is completely inconsistent with a centralised, state-imposed pay freeze.

Milton Keynes: 50th Anniversary — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (25 Jan 2017)

Andrew Smith: And there was a very good Government.

Milton Keynes: 50th Anniversary — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (25 Jan 2017)

Andrew Smith: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this welcome debate; I extend best wishes from the historic city of Oxford to Milton Keynes; and I look forward to the improved rail and road links between us, which we hope are on the way. May I also pass on the best wishes of his predecessor, my good friend Phyllis Starkey, who remains a firm friend of Milton Keynes and an advocate of its...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform (20 Dec 2016)

Andrew Smith: I commend the hon. Gentleman and my hon. Friend the Member for Poplar and Limehouse (Jim Fitzpatrick) for all their work on this incredibly important subject. Given all the complexity that the hon. Gentleman is describing, and the scope for manipulation and exploitation, is anything resembling the current pattern of leasehold tenure actually just not fit for purpose? Do we not need to move...

UK Nationals Imprisoned Abroad — [Robert Flello in the Chair] (20 Dec 2016)

Andrew Smith: I thank the hon. Lady for giving way, and I congratulate the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake) on securing the debate. Is it not material to this matter for the international community that the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention described Mr Tsege’s detention as “illegal” and concluded that an “adequate remedy” would be to release him and afford him...

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill (16 Dec 2016)

Andrew Smith: I, too, congratulate the hon. Lady on her Bill. This is a vital matter. What does she think is holding the Government back from ratifying the convention?

Retail Store Closure: Boxing Day — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (12 Dec 2016)

Andrew Smith: You’re not cousins, are you?

Retail Store Closure: Boxing Day — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (12 Dec 2016)

Andrew Smith: I am interested in the hon. Gentleman’s answer to the question asked by the hon. Member for Kettering (Mr Hollobone). Am I right in thinking the Scottish Government do not favour stopping large stores from opening on Boxing day?

Road Traffic Accident Prevention (6 Dec 2016)

Andrew Smith: I thought that my hon. Friend might be perorating towards a conclusion. [Interruption.] No, there is much more to come. I commend him for his passion and all his work over the years on this important subject. Will he say something about cyclists’ safety in particular? I am sure that a number of the tweets he mentioned would have referred to that. Does he agree that we all have an...

Flood Re Insurance Scheme — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (6 Dec 2016)

Andrew Smith: Will the Minister, as part of her ongoing review, review the level of premiums that are charged under the British Insurance Brokers Association scheme in relation both to leasehold properties and to those of small businesses? The danger of a finely targeted, granular approach is that some may find the risk premium unaffordable.

Flood Re Insurance Scheme — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (6 Dec 2016)

Andrew Smith: The hon. Gentleman is being generous in giving way. I, too, congratulate him on this important debate, which will be welcomed by his constituents and by everybody who has been seriously affected by flooding. Has he examined the proposal recently launched by the British Insurance Brokers Association that is intended for commercial properties and which I understand will also cover long lets? Is...

Exiting the EU: Higher Education — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (23 Nov 2016)

Andrew Smith: Is the Minister in a position to confirm reports that the Home Secretary is reviewing and revising her previously proposed limits on universities’ visa powers in relation to students who want to stay to work?

Exiting the EU: Higher Education — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (23 Nov 2016)

Andrew Smith: Has the hon. Gentleman had cause to reflect on why Wales voted so strongly to leave the European Union?

Exiting the EU: Higher Education — [Geraint Davies in the Chair] (23 Nov 2016)

Andrew Smith: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. Does she agree that universities and their research and spin-offs have a crucial role post-Brexit, but that to make the most of it they need to be assured that lost EU funding will be totally reinstated, that collaborative research with researchers and institutions in the EU will be enabled to continue and that restrictions on...


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