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Results 1–20 of 6000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jacqui Smith

Business of the House (11 Mar 2010)

Jacqui Smith: May we have a debate about the role and independence of the excellent researchers in the House of Commons Library? This week, the shadow Home Secretary, who is a serial reoffender when it comes to dodgy crime statistics, embroiled the Library in controversy by quoting selectively from research. Would it not be better if, when using research from the House of Commons Library, all of us...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Out-of-Hours GP Services (9 Feb 2010)

Jacqui Smith: I welcome my right hon. and learned Friend's emphasis on national minimum standards to ensure high-quality out-of-hours care for all patients, and the fact that local GPs will be involved in the design of the system. No GP has argued to me that they want to take back full responsibility, but they should be involved in the design. Does my right hon. and learned Friend think that, if new...

Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill (Allocation of Time): Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill (8 Feb 2010)

Jacqui Smith: I welcome the Bill and the speed with which the Government have introduced it. Nobody would want any Bill to have to pass all its stages in one day, and for the House to miss the opportunity of pre-legislative scrutiny, but I am wholly convinced that the serious risk of no effective provisions being in place for terrorist asset freezing following the Supreme Court decision and, significantly,...

Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill (Allocation of Time): Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill (8 Feb 2010)

Jacqui Smith: My point is that there was not only significant legal advice that the 1946 Act was a legitimate ground for introducing Orders in Council in order to translate UN Security Council resolutions, but legal justification between October 2008 and the point at which the Supreme Court upheld once again those individual appeals. The idea that every time a piece of legislation-primary or...

Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill (Allocation of Time): Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill (8 Feb 2010)

Jacqui Smith: I was not making that argument; I was arguing that the Supreme Court made its decision on the basis of the translation of UN Security Council resolutions into UK law, rather than on the detail of the legislation's implementation or even on some of the other questions, which Members from all parts have rightly raised.

Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill (Allocation of Time): Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill (8 Feb 2010)

Jacqui Smith: Surely the key element is that, given the significant and onerous nature of the proposals, it was wrong to implement them without sufficient parliamentary oversight and scrutiny. The Government are attempting to put right the first stage of that today. Given the seriousness of the threat, and given that there was legal advice to support the use of the 1946 Act, it is understandable that the...

Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill (Allocation of Time): Terrorist Asset-Freezing (Temporary Provisions) Bill (8 Feb 2010)

Jacqui Smith: Given the hon. Gentleman's understandable concerns about the impact of such measures on families, does he welcome, as I do, the Treasury's recent decision not to investigate or impose on spouses restrictions such as those he is concerned about? Many of us share his concerns about spouses, but the Treasury has already acted on those issues.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (3 Feb 2010)

Jacqui Smith: Across the country, police officers and their community partners are working immensely hard to tackle violent crime. Who does my right hon. Friend think they should turn to, to monitor their success: to the Opposition, who have been caught bang to rights issuing dodgy crime statistics, or to the authoritative and independent British crime survey, which suggests that violent crime has fallen...

Business of the House (21 Jan 2010)

Jacqui Smith: May I push my right hon. and learned Friend on the subject of a debate about support for families so that I can raise the concerns of working parents across Redditch-married and unmarried-who fear that they will lose the little bit of help that comes from their tax credit, as well as access to Redditch's children's centres, so that funding can be given to an unthought-through and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Security and Counter-terrorism (20 Jan 2010)

Jacqui Smith: I welcome my right hon. Friend's commitment to continue the development of and the investment in the e-Borders system, which is so important, not only in enabling us to count people in and out of the country, but in tracking those who may pose a risk. I fear that he may be premature in believing that the Leader of the Opposition has withdrawn his concerns or opposition to the e-Borders...

Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (14 Jan 2010)

Jacqui Smith: An increasing number of sub-postmasters face action for the misappropriation of funds that, they believe, is based on shortcomings in the Horizon computer system. Given those numbers, does my right hon. Friend agree that it is time for the Post Office to review those cases and that system so that sub-postmasters can be confident that the computer systems that are put in place are there to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (14 Dec 2009)

Jacqui Smith: I recently wrote to the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, my hon. Friend the Member for Tynemouth (Mr. Campbell) about the case of one of my constituents who was unfortunately burgled and was surprised that the burglars focused almost completely on taking jewellery and other gold. He believes, as do I, that this may have been prompted by the burgeoning of cash-for-gold...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Oct 2009)

Jacqui Smith: Over the past month, I have been able to visit every Sure Start children's centre in my constituency and to hear the parents' and children's wishes for the future of those centres. One of the children wished that his centre could get a rabbit; one of the parents wished that every child could achieve their potential but many parents are fearful about the plans of the Conservative party to cut...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Tours of Parliament (Disabled People) (15 Oct 2009)

Jacqui Smith: What arrangements are in place to assist disabled people to undertake tours of Parliament.

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Tours of Parliament (Disabled People) (15 Oct 2009)

Jacqui Smith: Although I welcome the progress that has been made, I want my hon. Friend to be aware of what happened earlier this year, when I tried to organise a tour of Parliament for the Redditch Deaf Club. My office was told that no one could be assigned to the group because of cost reasons. Furthermore, I understand that there is not full hearing-loop availability throughout the whole tour. I do not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (13 Oct 2009)

Jacqui Smith: Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust has recently reported to me on the huge progress that it is making in reducing hospital-related infections-only seven MRSA infections so far this year, well inside the rightly tough target that has been set for them. Given that that progress saves lives and saves money, how can we ensure, first, that it continues, and secondly, that money saved in...

New Member: Personal Statement (12 Oct 2009)

Jacqui Smith: With permission, Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a personal statement. I am grateful to the Committee on Standards and Privileges for its consideration of the detailed report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards following his seven-month investigation. I want to apologise unreservedly to the House, as I have to my constituents, for wrongly claiming for the cost of films alongside my...

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Identity Cards (6 Jul 2009)

Jacqui Smith: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Identity Cards (6 Jul 2009)

Jacqui Smith: A central plank of the Opposition's argument is the savings that they argue could be made by scrapping the scheme. The credibility of their case is therefore dependent on the hon. Gentleman being able to tell us how much can be saved, over what time scale and what that money would be spent on. Can he do so?


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