Nick Smith: Will the Minister give way?
Nick Smith: Will the Minister give way?
Nick Smith: I thank the Minister. His right hon. Friend the Defence Secretary told the Defence Committee recently that we would be leaders in cyber. Will he please elaborate on that?
Nick Smith: On the readiness of our armed forces, will the Secretary of State tell us about the Government’s record on Army recruitment? We are worried that they are making insufficient progress on this important matter.
Nick Smith: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?
Nick Smith: I want to take up the point made by the right hon. Member for Gloucester West when he said the then Government were trying to bring down the cost of politics by reducing the number of MPs from 650 to 600. Does the hon. Gentleman accept that that argument is undermined by the fact that since 2010 more than 200 new peers have been created?
Nick Smith: I hesitate to move the hon. Gentleman off one of his favourite topics, but does he agree that there is another fundamental point that is being missed? The current boundary review is inaccurate because its formulations do not include the many extra voters who have gone on to the electoral rolls since the Boundary Commission did its basic analysis. This needs to be done again, and that would...
Nick Smith: The Western Mail has said that the Severn tunnel will now be shut for three weeks as the rail electrification kit rusts before it has even been used. Does my hon. Friend agree that if true, this is shocking, and that there need to be further checks to ensure that this important infrastructure project will be fit for purpose?
Nick Smith: How many British citizens are currently working on aid programmes in Yemen, and what steps are the Government taking to protect them?
Nick Smith: This July sees the 70th birthday of the national health service. Our House should celebrate this brilliant institution and its architect, one of my predecessors, Aneurin Bevan. May we have a debate in Government time to look at the services, the funding and the future of this much loved public service?
Nick Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has received representations of the potential sale of HC-One; and if he will make a statement.
Nick Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has received representations on the takeover of Four Seasons Healthcare by H/2 Capital Partners.
Nick Smith: Keep Wales Tidy does a great job in Blaenau Gwent, too. What steps are the Government taking to address the problem of plastic waste at the manufacturer level?
Nick Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department plans to increase the level of compensation payable by the Pension Protection Fund.
Nick Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of providing inflation-linked increases to the amounts payable by the Pension Protection Fund to people with pre-April 1997 pensionable service.
Nick Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the cost of extending inflation-linked increases to the amounts payable by the Pension Protection Fund to people with pre-April 1997 pensionable service.
Nick Smith: I, too, commend my hon. Friend for her important work. The Public Accounts Committee is again proving itself to be very effective. She points out that the system is broken, with sharp practice, a poor service to the public, and a relationship that is too cosy between the Government and their suppliers. How does she think the civil service could improve the reporting of at-risk companies such...
Nick Smith: High streets throughout the country will be the poorer for this decision. Retail closures are coming thick and fast now. May I press the Minister on one point? When will we see a change in VAT rules that will help our local shops?
Nick Smith: Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs says that the so-called “max fac” proposal pushed by a few extreme Brexiteers on the Tory Back Benches will cost our country £20 billion a year. This explosive assessment necessitates a Government statement and parliamentary scrutiny so that we get a Brexit that works for our country.
Nick Smith: rose—