Results 441–460 of 496 for speaker:Jeff Smith

Written Answers — Department for Education: Faith Schools: Complaints (29 Feb 2016)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many vexatious complaints there have been against faith schools from secularist campaign groups in each of the last three years.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Admissions (26 Feb 2016)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of implications for her policies of the finding in the Fair Admissions Campaign's report, An unholy mess, published in October 2015, that schools which are their own admission authorities are consistently failing to comply with the School Admissions Code.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Schools: Admissions (26 Feb 2016)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to her Department's press release, Parents to get greater say in the school admissions process of 25 January 2016, when her Department plans to launch its consultation on proposed revisions to the School Admissions Code.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Psychoactive Substances Act (22 Feb 2016)

Jeff Smith: What progress her Department has made on reviewing the status of poppers within the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Psychoactive Substances Act (22 Feb 2016)

Jeff Smith: Eighteen thousand police officers have been cut in the past five years. Is it really sensible to waste scarce police resources on enforcing a ban on poppers and unnecessarily criminalising users of a relatively harmless substance, particularly when the ban may be revoked in a few months?

Junior Doctors Contracts (11 Feb 2016)

Jeff Smith: I met a large group of junior doctors in my constituency to discuss the new contract. They were highly professional and totally committed to the NHS, but for the first time some of them were considering working abroad. One of them told me that, although she loved her job, she would never let her daughter train as a junior doctor now. Does that not demonstrate that the low morale—the...

Energy and Climate Change: Coal-fired Power Stations (11 Feb 2016)

Jeff Smith: The question is how we phase out coal use. Will the Secretary of State be taking new legislative measures to deliver on the Government’s commitment?

Business of the House (4 Feb 2016)

Jeff Smith: Civil society organisations have legitimate concerns about restrictions on their ability to challenge school admission arrangements. May we have a statement about the proposed ban on objections from these organisations so that we can better understand who will and will not be affected?

Local Government Funding — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (3 Feb 2016)

Jeff Smith: I am grateful to my borough neighbour for giving way. Like others, he has made an important point about the unfairness of the cuts. To illustrate that unfairness, if Manchester had had a fair share of cuts over the course of the last Parliament—not being protected from cuts but just suffering our fair share of them—we would be £1.4 million a week better off. Surely that is unfair to the...

Business of the House (21 Jan 2016)

Jeff Smith: My constituent Naheed Kausar Ali was tragically killed during the crushing incident at the Hajj in September. The Saudi authorities committed to an investigation, on which they have yet to report back. May we have a statement on what pressure can be applied and what assistance can be given to the Saudi authorities to ensure that they report back rapidly and publicly, so that lessons are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (18 Jan 2016)

Jeff Smith: The armed forces are facing serious personnel shortages in some of the most crucial specialist trades, including nuclear engineers and flight technicians. Given that a great deal of the expertise is in the Ministry of Defence’s civilian workforce, which the Government plan to cut by 30%, will the Minister explain how the Government plan to ensure that operational capabilities are protected...

Attorney General: EU Renegotiation (14 Jan 2016)

Jeff Smith: Whether he has had discussions with the Prime Minister on the legal form of the UK’s renegotiation deal with the EU.

Attorney General: EU Renegotiation (14 Jan 2016)

Jeff Smith: The President of the EU Council has said that we should expect a concrete proposal in February. Given the timescale involved, can the Attorney General tell us what legal form the renegotiation of the deal will take?

Women and Equalities: State Pension Age (14 Jan 2016)

Jeff Smith: What discussions she has had with her ministerial colleagues on the effect of the increase in the state pension age on women.

Women and Equalities: State Pension Age (14 Jan 2016)

Jeff Smith: That is correct. Last week’s Back-Bench business debate resulted in a unanimous decision, with Members on both sides of the House calling on the Government to correct the unfairness in the rules. Is it not time for the Government to lay down a strategy for introducing transitional arrangements to help the women most affected by these rules?

State Pension Age (Women): Children in Care (7 Jan 2016)

Jeff Smith: As a children’s home visitor until my election here in May, I am very aware that, as my hon. Friend says, care homes are not the best environments for vulnerable young people, who often have mental health issues, to grow up in. I am sure she agrees that the best approach is to intervene before families go into crisis. Does she agree that unfair cuts to the most deprived local authorities,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Recycling Targets (17 Dec 2015)

Jeff Smith: What steps her Department is taking to meet EU recycling targets.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: EU Recycling Targets (17 Dec 2015)

Jeff Smith: It looks as though we are going to miss our household recycling targets, and there is a question mark over the municipal recycling target as well. Is it not time for a proper waste strategy for this country to enable us to meet our requirements?

Opposition Day — [12th Allotted Day]: Mental Health (9 Dec 2015)

Jeff Smith: I want to make some brief remarks in support of the motion and, just as importantly, to welcome the opportunity to talk about this issue. I do so as someone who, like many Members of this House, and many millions of people across the country, has had my life affected by mental ill health. I grew up in a home where a very close family member suffered from severe depression and had a number of...

Opposition Day — [12th Allotted Day]: Mental Health (9 Dec 2015)

Jeff Smith: That is a very important issue, and I thank the hon. Gentleman for bringing forward his private Member’s Bill. A person recently came to my surgery who had some very difficult personal circumstances that left them unable to work due to mental health issues. They were told by an official at the jobcentre that in order to maintain their benefits they were required to take part in telephone...


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