Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make an increase to the national funding rate for sixth form students a priority in his Department’s spending review submission.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken in response to the Burundi Government’s recent decision to withdraw the BBC’s Operating Licence for that country, and if his Department will make representations to protest against the decision.
Jeff Smith: What recent assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on Northern Ireland of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
Jeff Smith: May I echo the Secretary of State’s words about the Belfast agreement? Organised crime does not stop at the border, and the European arrest warrant is a vital tool in modern policing. What discussion has the Secretary of State had with the Home Secretary to ensure that we retain this crucial means of tackling crime in all circumstances of leaving the EU?
Jeff Smith: I agree that we need to remove the barriers for clinicians. We need evidence, but the problem with randomised control trials is the nature of cannabis. The fact that it contains many different compounds that interact makes it difficult to isolate the compounds that work for individuals. Cannabis is a unique treatment, and should really be in a licensing and scheduling category of its own to...
Jeff Smith: What guidance the Government have issued to sustainability and transformation partnerships on drafting their five-year workforce plans.
Jeff Smith: The all-party parliamentary group on mental health’s recent report found that workforce is the biggest challenge to delivering improvements to mental health care. Given that there are 4,000 fewer mental health nurses than there were in 2010, what additional guidance and funding will the Government provide to ensure that local partnerships can recruit mental health nurses, and what are they...
Jeff Smith: My hon. Friend the Member for Greenwich and Woolwich (Matthew Pennycook) was being rather generous and polite when he described the Prime Minister’s speech as divisive; it would have been better described as shamelessly arrogant and dangerous. The Prime Minister is continuing to display that arrogance in every forum, and it really cannot go on. With respect, other Ministers are displaying...
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his Department’s Interim Assessment of the first year of the Independent Child Trafficking Advocates (ICTA) service, what assessment he has made of the merits of expanding the ICTA scheme to all unaccompanied and separated children.
Jeff Smith: If she will make reducing global warming a strategic priority of her Department.
Jeff Smith: The Minister said that there is no net investment from DFID and the CDC. I would be interested to know what she means by that, because we surely need a greater priority on disinvestment in oil and gas extraction. Is she not worried, as I am, about the possibility of stranded assets as a result of investments we have made in the global south?
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the £100 million budget for landmine clearance is being spent on clearing landmines in Syria; and whether that budget also provides for the clearance of other devices such as improvised explosive devices.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will allocate funding for Transport for Greater Manchester to implement its Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan.
Jeff Smith: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Chichester (Gillian Keegan). Earlier this month I attended a question and answer session at Green End Primary School in Burnage in my constituency. One of the young people said, “What do you talk about in Parliament, and what do you wish you talked about?” I said, “Well, we talk about Brexit, endlessly, but I wish we talked about climate...
Jeff Smith: Family members of the London-based human rights defender Sayed Alwadaei had their sentences upheld yesterday in Bahrain in what the UN has described as a reprisal case, one that has been condemned by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Will the Government call for their release?
Jeff Smith: The Government’s letter to Nissan promised that its ability to export to and from the EU would not be adversely affected by Brexit. How on earth can that possibly be reconciled with the Prime Minister’s red lines?
Jeff Smith: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. He is absolutely right. Greater Manchester police have lost nearly 2,000 police officers since 2010, and across south Manchester the problem is that the police are so stretched that they struggle to fulfil their duties, including proper investigation of the crimes that are happening. Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the biggest...
Jeff Smith: We heard this morning in the news that there is a study that suggests that street cannabis may be linked to depression in young people. If the study is correct, it emphasises how important it is that we protect young people from harm, which is why we should legalise and regulate the cannabis supply, in the same way as we do for that much more harmful drug, alcohol. May we have a debate on how...
Jeff Smith: I am pleased that the Government want to act quickly on this. Given how hard-pressed local authorities are, what will the Government do to help them manage this situation?
Jeff Smith: What recent diplomatic steps he has taken to secure a resolution to the conflict in Syria.