Results 1–20 of 252 for speaker:Jeff Smith

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Jeff Smith: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Owen. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (Emma Hardy) on securing the debate and on her powerful speech. I also congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Pontypridd (Owen Smith) on raising the issue and on forming the APPG to raise the profile of an issue that I confess I knew virtually...

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Jeff Smith: That is an important, well-made point. The failure of the procedure that my constituent went through has changed his life. He was previously a runner, cyclist and mountain-climber—a very active man. He now struggles to get around. When he came to see me, he had to stand throughout our meeting because of the pain that he is in. He is now suffering with a chronic condition as a result of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (17 Oct 2017)

Jeff Smith: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (17 Oct 2017)

Jeff Smith: I agree with the Foreign Secretary’s comments on the terrible events in Somalia. In March, the Foreign Secretary told this House that the Labour party had been “far too pessimistic” about Donald Trump. He said specifically that the nuclear deal with Iran “was going to be junked”, but “it is now pretty clear that America supports it.”—[Official...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Drug Treatment Services (10 Oct 2017)

Jeff Smith: What assessment he has made of the advice of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs on the level of funding for drug treatment services.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Drug Treatment Services (10 Oct 2017)

Jeff Smith: The ACMD says: “England had built a world class drug treatment system… This system is now being dismantled due to reductions in resources.” More than 100 local authorities have had to reduce spending on addiction services this year as a result of Government cuts. Will that reduction in addiction treatment budgets not just cost the NHS more in the long term?

Business of the House (14 Sep 2017)

Jeff Smith: Last week, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs published a report noting that addiction services are facing disproportionate and severe cuts in funding, hitting the amount and quality of treatment across England. May we have a statement or a debate on how the Government are going to respond to the report and address the problem?

Police Pay and Funding (14 Sep 2017)

Jeff Smith: The Minister says that we should look at the evidence. The evidence is that Greater Manchester police has lost 2,000 staff—officers—since 2010 as a result of Government cuts, and the strain is showing right across south Manchester. How can she claim that these unfunded rises are affordable for police forces such as Greater Manchester police when they are already desperately short...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Taylor Review (12 Sep 2017)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State what progress he has made on assessing the recommendations of the Taylor review of modern working practices.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Taylor Review (12 Sep 2017)

Jeff Smith: Taylor agreed that we needed to ensure that the self-employed were genuinely self-employed and to strengthen their rights. A Labour Government would shift the burden of proof, so that the law would assume that a worker was an employee unless the employer could prove otherwise. We would set up a dedicated commission to modernise the law on employment status. Why cannot this Government commit...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Shortages (11 Sep 2017)

Jeff Smith: What recent estimate she has made of the level of teacher shortages.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Teacher Shortages (11 Sep 2017)

Jeff Smith: That is a very complacent answer. The Secretary of State’s predecessor, the right hon. Member for Loughborough (Nicky Morgan), said that the public sector pay cap is having a clear impact on recruitment and retention. Does the Minister agree with his right hon. Friend that the policy makes it harder to recruit the teachers we need?

Written Answers — Home Office: Drugs: Decriminalisation (20 Jul 2017)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what evidence in favour of decriminalisation she considered in drafting the Drug Strategy 2017.

Written Answers — Home Office: Drugs: Rehabilitation (20 Jul 2017)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs's recommendation that the treatment services that are most effective will be those that combine harm reduction services with support to recovery.

Written Answers — Home Office: Drugs: Misuse (20 Jul 2017)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding her Department has provided to (a) support the implementation of the Drug Strategy 2017 and (b) evaluate the effect of that strategy.


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