Results 1–20 of 69 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

Football: Safe Standing — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (25 Jun 2018)

Royston Smith: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. I shall try to make some comments while ignoring the taunting of the Portsmouth fan on the Opposition Benches to my right—although it is difficult to ignore. If we want to see who is successful in football, we need only note that Southampton has survived in the premier league again this year, while Pompey languishes...

Football: Safe Standing — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (25 Jun 2018)

Royston Smith: I think that has been said—that it may be cheaper if tickets are sold for standing. I have no evidence of it, but there is no reason why it should not be part of the mix. As a Southampton fan, I am no stranger to nail-biting finishes to the premier league, and last season was no exception. I am not especially vocal, although by all accounts people with offices near mine could hear me...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Cost of Living (22 May 2018)

Royston Smith: Increases in the personal allowance and the national living wage, and the freeze to fuel duty, have helped my constituents with the cost of living. However, things are still tough and too many are just about managing. What further plans does my right hon. Friend have to continue to support my hardworking constituents?

Access to Fertility Services: Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (18 Apr 2018)

Royston Smith: I do not propose to speak for quite as long as my hon. Friend the Member for Gillingham and Rainham (Rehman Chishti) but, of course, he has worked very hard on this issue through his private Member’s Bill, so I will whistle through my comments, many of which have been made already. The Bill rightly covers all modes of transport, but I will confine my comments to aircraft. I spent much...

Access to Fertility Services: Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (18 Apr 2018)

Royston Smith: The hon. Gentleman might be right. I did some research on the likelihood of having an accident in an aeroplane, which is why I know that my fear is irrational. Taking probability out of it, a person would have to fly every day for 15,000 years to guarantee themselves on accident. I know that, but it does not stop my thinking about it when I hit a bit of turbulence or when I come in to land....

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Modern Slavery (18 Apr 2018)

Royston Smith: What steps her Department is taking to tackle modern slavery in developing countries.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Modern Slavery (18 Apr 2018)

Royston Smith: Libya has become a hub for human traffickers who exploit migrants and refugees attempting to make their way to Europe. That has left thousands of women the victims of horrendous abuse. What discussions has my right hon. Friend had with the Libyan Government of National Accord to bring traffickers to justice and to end that abuse?

Health and Social Care: GP Services (20 Mar 2018)

Royston Smith: What steps he is taking to increase the capacity and availability of GP services.

Health and Social Care: GP Services (20 Mar 2018)

Royston Smith: Like many other places throughout the country, Southampton is struggling to recruit and retain GPs. There are many reasons for that, but perhaps one is the practice of discouraging medical students from going into general practice while encouraging them to become specialist consultants. Is my hon. Friend aware of that and of how widespread is it? What is he doing to encourage more people into...

Petition - Nature Reserves in Dudley South: Suspicious Deaths Abroad (28 Feb 2018)

Royston Smith: The Minister said that we could intervene only if we were invited to do so. What if we are never invited to do so? My constituent, whose son died in suspicious circumstances, went to the Thai police, who said that they had misled the results of the autopsy. How would the Foreign Office or our authorities involve themselves in that case? The Thai police are almost certainly never going to...

Petition - Nature Reserves in Dudley South: Suspicious Deaths Abroad (28 Feb 2018)

Royston Smith: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Petition - Nature Reserves in Dudley South: Suspicious Deaths Abroad (28 Feb 2018)

Royston Smith: I am very grateful to the hon. Lady for giving way. I apologise for interrupting her when she was making such a powerful and emotional speech. It was at a point that reminded me of my constituent, Mrs Brenda White, who, tragically, lost her son Michael in Thailand. She was told that it was suicide, but she simply did not believe that, and much of the evidence did not support that. I agree...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (20 Feb 2018)

Royston Smith: Millions of people are celebrating the seventh anniversary of the start of the Libyan uprising and the ousting of Colonel Gaddafi. Fayez al-Sarraj has been the Prime Minister of Libya for nearly two years and progress has been painfully slow. Will the Secretary of State update the House on what his Department is doing to help the Government of National Accord to bring about a prosperous...

Petition - Closure of Lloyds Bank Branch in Woolston (6 Feb 2018)

Royston Smith: I did not think that I would be the first to present a petition about a bank closure, but I have no doubt that I will not be the last. Before I get to the text of the petition, I want to say that I am disappointed with the chief operating officer of Lloyds Bank Group, Juan Colombás. I wrote to him twice on my constituents’ behalf, but I did not even receive the courtesy of a reply....

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament: Hospital Car Parking Charges (1 Feb 2018)

Royston Smith: The hon. Lady makes a very good point about congestion, with people trying to find parking spaces and there not being enough. Would a compromise be for hospitals to charge a reasonable flat rate, rather than abolishing charges completely, which would exacerbate the very situation she is describing?

Leaving the European Union — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (22 Jan 2018)

Royston Smith: Going back to my earlier comments, would the hon. Gentleman agree that continually saying people do not understand what they were voting for is patronising and why petitions such as the one before us today are presented to this place? [David Hanson in the Chair]

Leaving the European Union — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (22 Jan 2018)

Royston Smith: Does my hon. Friend agree that, first, it seems the overwhelming majority of people who want a second referendum are remain voters? Secondly, I do not recall anyone—remain or otherwise—saying that if the referendum result was to leave the European Union, we would need a subsequent referendum on the deal. Does he see it like that as well?

Leaving the European Union — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (22 Jan 2018)

Royston Smith: Does the hon. Lady agree that comments such as the ones that she makes about staying in the single market and the customs union and having a second referendum are precisely why people started the petition and why so many people signed it?

Leaving the European Union — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (22 Jan 2018)

Royston Smith: This is not a competition, but not only did I vote for the Referendum party in 1997, I was a member of it before I joined the Conservatives, not necessarily because I wanted to get out of the EU but because I felt it was time people had their say. On “crashing out”, does my hon. Friend agree that the people who say “Let’s go now,” are pushing us to crash out,...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Fire Safety (22 Jan 2018)

Royston Smith: What recent steps his Department has taken to ensure the fire safety of buildings in England.


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