Results 1–20 of 39 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Royston Smith

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (10 Oct 2017)

Royston Smith: Oesophageal cancer is one of the most aggressive cancers with some of the lowest survival rates. Early symptoms are frequently masked with over-the-counter heartburn remedies. Will the Secretary of State consider meeting manufacturers and charities such as Barrett’s Wessex in my Southampton, Itchen constituency to develop a clear warning on packaging to encourage regular users of...

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul: Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry (12 Jul 2017)

Royston Smith: I assure the hon. Member for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts) that if he wins the chairmanship of the Communities and Local Government Committee by one vote, it will have been mine, and he is welcome to it. On a more serious note, I would like to declare an interest. As is set out in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, I am an unremunerated director of 3SFire Ltd, a wholly...

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul: Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry (12 Jul 2017)

Royston Smith: As I understand it, and as I said, there was a recommendation that the use of sprinklers should be encouraged. The difference between Southampton and the local authority in the Lakanal case is that Southampton committed to that retrofitting but did not do it. As I said, if one of the dozens of fires in tower blocks in Southampton since Shirley Towers had turned out like that fire or Grenfell,...

Balancing the Public Finances — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (11 Jul 2017)

Royston Smith: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Balancing the Public Finances — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (11 Jul 2017)

Royston Smith: Will the hon. Lady give way?

National Spitfire Project — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Mar 2017)

Royston Smith: I am grateful to right hon. and hon. Members for their contributions, which were made on a cross-party basis. To ever achieve anything, it is better to have everyone lined up in a row, rather than anyone thinking, “It’s not a great idea.” To have the support of Members from across the House has been really helpful, and I am grateful to everyone for that. I am grateful to the...

National Spitfire Project — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Mar 2017)

Royston Smith: I beg to move, That this House has considered funding for the National Spitfire Project. A national monument to the iconic Spitfire is long overdue, and in moving this debate, I hope the House will also consider the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. The Spitfire, like me, was made in Southampton—I always have to get...

National Spitfire Project — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Mar 2017)

Royston Smith: I agree with the hon. Lady that it is a national monument that we seek. I acknowledge that R. J. Mitchell was born in Stoke-on-Trent. In fact, it was where he started his apprenticeship. However, he designed the iconic Spitfire in my constituency of Southampton, Itchen, which is where I think the monument should be situated. The Spitfire completed its maiden flight from Eastleigh airport,...

National Spitfire Project — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Mar 2017)

Royston Smith: I agree with everything my hon. Friend has just said. In fact, I was about to come on to that very point.

National Spitfire Project — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Mar 2017)

Royston Smith: I am happy to agree with the hon. Gentleman, my neighbour and friend. Southampton is the home of the Spitfire. It just so happens that the Supermarine factory was located in my constituency. However, I am referring to Southampton in general. Returning to the comment made by my hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Rishi Sunak), sheds, garages, bus stations, industrial units and a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Auto-enrolment (20 Feb 2017)

Royston Smith: What assessment his Department has made of recent trends in the number of people saving into a pension scheme as a result of auto-enrolment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Auto-enrolment (20 Feb 2017)

Royston Smith: Auto-enrolment has been hugely successful. However, a number of people are still opting out. A business in my Southampton, Itchen constituency suggested that up to 50% of its staff may be opting out. What steps is the Secretary of State taking to encourage people to continue to save for their retirement in a workplace pension?

Pension Schemes Bill [Lords] (30 Jan 2017)

Royston Smith: I hope that Members will forgive me for not going into as much detail as the hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber (Ian Blackford). My comments will be considerably shorter, which will give people some comfort tonight. If we are able to have the financial resources in the future to spend on things our constituents rightly take for granted, such as our NHS and our children’s...

Petition - Road Safety in Southampton Itchen (13 Dec 2016)

Royston Smith: I rise to present a petition on behalf of residents of my Southampton, Itchen constituency, particularly those who live on the junction of Station Road and Spring Road. Even as I was with the Clerks yesterday to signal my intention to present this petition today, there was another accident at that junction. It is now imperative that Southampton City Council do something about it before there...

Petition - Implementation of the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts (27 Oct 2016)

Royston Smith: I rise to present a petition on behalf of the Women Against State Pension Inequality, who are now better known to us all as the WASPI women. I know that this is not the time to make a great long speech, and I do not propose to do so, but I will, if I may, pay tribute to the women who have contacted me during this campaign. They are the most decent, the most honourable and the most...

UK Exit from the European Union — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (17 Oct 2016)

Royston Smith: Other hon. Members have talked about what should be repealed given the choice. May I ask the hon. Gentleman about his thoughts on when we tried to repeal the unwanted, unfair and sexist VAT on women’s sanitary products? We could not do that through Parliament, but we would be able to do so if we had control in our Parliament. Is that one of the things he would be happy to repeal?

UK Exit from the European Union — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (17 Oct 2016)

Royston Smith: Will the hon. Lady explain something? The SNP continues to campaign to stay in the EU, because the vote was 62% in favour of remaining, but when the Scottish people voted to remain part of the United Kingdom, the SNP continued to campaign for Scotland to leave the UK. The two things are inconsistent.

UK Exit from the European Union — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (17 Oct 2016)

Royston Smith: We seem to have turned this debate into some sort of attack on the Foreign Secretary. Were we to expand on that, we could equally talk about the Leader of the Opposition, the right hon. Member for Islington North (Jeremy Corbyn). Because he was actually in favour of Brexit, he was so lukewarm when campaigning for remain that it caused a leadership challenge in the Labour party. We would be...


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