Jeff Smith: I will be very quick; in fact, I will read the bullet points. First, the Government need to remove international students from the net migration target. Secondly, the Government need to reintroduce the post-study work visa for STEM and nursing graduates. Thirdly, they need to rethink proposals to introduce visa restrictions. Finally, the Government really need to publicly acknowledge that the...
Jeff Smith: What assessment he has made of the effect of changes to local authority social care budgets on the demand for health services.
Jeff Smith: The Secretary of State’s Conservative predecessor, Stephen Dorrell, has said this month that we are increasingly using our acute hospitals as “unbelievably expensive care homes”, and he described this as a “grotesque waste of resources”. Is it not the case that the Government have simply outsourced the hardest decisions on social care cuts to the hardest-pressed local authorities to...
Jeff Smith: May I press the Minister once more on the financial issue? He talked about the HMRC compensation scheme. Will he tell us whether the payments under that scheme will be recovered from Concentrix?
Jeff Smith: I do not disagree with the Minister on equalising constituencies, but if we want equal constituencies based on proper data, surely the 2 million newly registered voters should be taken into account in that equalisation.
Jeff Smith: This morning the High Court ruled that the Government have comprehensively failed to tackle air pollution properly. Which does the Prime Minister feel is worse: the Government losing in the High Court for the second time, or the 40,000 early deaths that result from air pollution every year in the UK?
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on consumers of the time taken to implement switching in the mobile market to a gaining provider-led system.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what information she holds of when Ofcom plans to bring forward its proposals to reform switching in the mobile market.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on vulnerable consumers of the current switching regime in the mobile market.
Jeff Smith: If the Government will take steps to provide further transitional support to women affected by the increase in the state pension age.
Jeff Smith: It is clear that the members of the Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign and their many supporters around the country think that the Government have not done enough. Will the Minister commit herself to publishing all assessments of the impact of the 2011 changes, and any analysis that has been undertaken of possible transitional arrangements at the time of the Pensions Act 2011 and...
Jeff Smith: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) on securing this debate on an important issue that probably affects many more people than today’s turnout suggests. I have a few short remarks—I will not speak for long—about my constituents’ experience of the Disclosure and Barring Service...
Jeff Smith: I absolutely agree. The case is similar to that of Nazim in my constituency. Despite my office raising the issue both with the DBS and with the Government, he became unable to work because his licence expired, which understandably caused him and his family a huge amount of stress and some financial hardship. The second case is of Angela Gallagher, a constituent of mine who lost a job as an...
Jeff Smith: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. It is an extremely stressful process for a person stuck in this limbo.
Jeff Smith: I agree absolutely that in principle we should be trying to do that. I appreciate that the DBS itself is not always the cause of the delay, because the backlog is often at the police checking stage, and that the DBS often cannot give a proper estimate of the delay with any real accuracy. Even for people who live in Manchester, the backlog is often down to delays from the Metropolitan police,...
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make it the Government's policy to require local authorities to collect data on the number of children who have experienced abuse and neglect.
Jeff Smith: What discussions he has had with the Government of the Republic of Ireland on the Government’s negotiations on the UK leaving the EU.
Jeff Smith: I am pleased to hear the Secretary of State reassure us that the common travel area is a key priority. Does not the fact that citizens of EU countries will be able to move freely to live and work in the Irish Republic make a nonsense of the leave campaign claims that Brexit means that somehow we can take back control of our borders?
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of applications to the Disclosure and Barring Service were not resolved within 60 days in (a) the UK, (b) Manchester and (c) Manchester Withington constituency in the most recent year for which figures are available.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students have studied at least one arts subject at A-level in Manchester, Withington constituency in each of the last five years.