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NHS Long-term Plan - Statement (1 Jul 2019)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, I declare an interest as chairman of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. There is much to welcome in this White Paper’s implementation—after all, a lot of the ideas were taken from Greater Manchester in the first place so we are pleased about that. We are particularly pleased about population health being a major factor now within government. I want to...

Stronger Towns Fund - Statement (5 Mar 2019)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, I declare my interests as a member and former leader of Wigan Council, and as a vice-president of the LGA. I welcome the Statement, for two reasons. First, it is an admission by the Government that austerity has damaged the north and the Midlands much more than any other part of the country. At least we are hearing that from them and they are going to try to do something about it....

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Hospices (13 Feb 2019)

Lord Smith of Leigh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to compensate hospices in order to ensure that the recent NHS pay rise and proposed pension changes do not adversely impact those hospices' ability to fund activities.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Hospices (13 Feb 2019)

Lord Smith of Leigh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they intend to provide to hospices as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS: Migrant Workers (13 Feb 2019)

Lord Smith of Leigh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of NHS staff, per region in England, are citizens of other EU member states; and what assessment they have made of the impact of Brexit on those employees.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Health Inequalities in England Post-2010 Strategic Review (13 Feb 2019)

Lord Smith of Leigh: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the social and economic determinants of health inequalities identified by the Marmot Review, Fairer Society, Healthy Lives, published in 2010.

NHS and Social Care: Winter Service Delivery - Motion to Take Note (25 Jan 2018)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, I too welcome this timely debate, which has been initiated by my noble friend. I declare an interest as yet another vice-president of the LGA—that makes three of us so far, and our president has spoken. I am also leader of Wigan Council and chairman of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, so I can see these issues from both sides—although whichever way you...

Housing: Availability and Affordability - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2017)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, I thank everyone for their contribution to the debate today. I think there was an overwhelming consensus on the scale of the problem. Considerable expertise and knowledge were shown. As the Minister reflected on, there were obviously criticisms of government, but they were criticisms of outcomes. There were a lot of positive suggestions from across the House on what we should do and...

Housing: Availability and Affordability - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2017)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, this is a timely debate for this House and I am grateful for the number of noble Lords who have expressed an interest in participating. I am sure that we will have a lively and interesting debate, and I see that we have a Minister who has considerable experience of housing in the past. I need to start by declaring my personal interests: I am leader of Wigan Council and also a...

Local Government Finance - Motion to Take Note (13 Jul 2017)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, in thanking my noble friend for securing this debate I must apologise to him for missing his first sentence. I was coming down on a train today and unfortunately it, like the Government, had a loss of power. Fortunately for Virgin Trains, the loss of power was only in Milton Keynes, not over the whole country. I need to declare my interests in local government. I am leader of Wigan...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (27 Jun 2017)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, I need to begin by declaring my interests in local government: I am the leader of Wigan Council, a vice-president of the LGA, a vice-chair of SIGOMA, chairman of the Greater Manchester health partnership board and a member of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The Queen’s Speech was a huge disappointment for local government. We understand the need to be exercised with...

HS2 Update - Statement (15 Nov 2016)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, I welcome the Statement made this afternoon and the Minister’s commitment to phase 2B of HS2. The economic benefits are in fact more than he said. He concentrated on the main regional centres but the recent publication from HS2 showed that the benefits will be wider than that and journey times will be improved. In fact the economic benefits will improve health in the north because...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Young People: Education (23 Mar 2016)

Lord Smith of Leigh: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will secure the skills necessary for students and businesses, and the improved productivity for the economy, given the pattern of delivery for 16–19 year olds through School Sixth Forms, Sixth Form Colleges and Further Education Colleges.

Written Answers — Department for Culture, Media and Sport: Rugby: Museums and Galleries (22 Mar 2016)

Lord Smith of Leigh: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the establishment of a National Museum of Rugby League in the Northern Powerhouse area.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Academies (21 Mar 2016)

Lord Smith of Leigh: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when all schools become academies, how they will ensure that the Department for Education has the capacity to respond quickly and positively to catastrophic events, such as the recent floods in Cumbria.

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (12 Jan 2016)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, I also welcome these amendments, and I thank the Minister for the way that he has introduced them. Obviously, this is very important activity, and without statutory backing Transport for the North has already had a major in-fight over agreeing the northern franchises for the rail networks that affect all our northern counties. In terms of reporting back, I assure the noble Lord,...

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (12 Jan 2016)

Lord Smith of Leigh: Could the Minister comment on the buses Bill and when we are likely to see it?

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] — Commons Amendments (12 Jan 2016)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, I also support the amendments moved by the noble Lord, and I thank him for his explanation. When the noble Lords introduced the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Warner, they obviously had a suspicion about what was going on in Greater Manchester— understandably so. We heard the phrase “postcode lottery” from the previous noble and learned Lord. One reason why...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Second Reading (17 Nov 2015)

Lord Smith of Leigh: My Lords, this has been a wide-ranging debate on a wide-ranging Bill, but I intend to concentrate on two aspects which I think I know something about from my experience, so I declare my interests as being leader of Wigan Council and a vice-president of the LGA. The two areas that I want to concentrate on are troubled families and social rents. The House may be surprised to hear that I am a...


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