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Results 1–20 of 528 for speaker:Jeff Smith

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Jeff Smith: My hon. Friend is making a very powerful speech. My great-grandmother, Rosa Simonson, came to Manchester, originally, having fled an earlier manifestation of antisemitism—the anti-Jewish pogroms in eastern Europe in the 1880s. Most of the Jewish population of the area she came from in what is now Poland perished in the holocaust, and I often think about what happened to her family. Does he...

High Speed 1: Rolling Stock: Economy and Society: Contribution of Music (21 Jan 2020)

Jeff Smith: Thank you for calling me to speak, Ms McDonagh. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for St Helens North (Conor McGinn) on securing the debate and for giving me the opportunity to plug my former profession. There are not many former nightclub DJs in Parliament. In fact, I might be the only one. While people rightly talk about the importance of the live music scene, I note the importance...

Protection for New Home Buyers (16 Jan 2020)

Jeff Smith: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for bringing this matter to the attention of the House. My constituent Sarah bought a property off-plan from Bellway Homes in West Didsbury and ran into a whole host of problems. She is very supportive of the idea, which my hon. Friend has mentioned in the past, that homeowners should be able to retain a snagging fund, governed by an independent team and...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance (13 Jan 2020)

Jeff Smith: What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of Government funding for local authorities in England.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance (13 Jan 2020)

Jeff Smith: Big-city authorities such as Manchester have been hit hardest by the cuts at the same time as they have had to deal with the extra costs of deprivation, such as high demand on social care budgets, poor health, and homelessness, with big cities being magnets for homeless people from the wider region. What guarantees can the Minister give that those pressures will be reflected properly in the...

Thomas Cook Customers (5 Nov 2019)

Jeff Smith: I thank the Secretary of State for her statement. This is clearly a combination of shocking system failure and a failure by the company, but I am unclear whether the Secretary of State thinks that the law has been broken here. If it turns out that the law has been broken by executives, who may well have been taking large bonuses at the time, will she reassure us that the Government will be...

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: UK Trade with EU (31 Oct 2019)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what assessment he has made of the potential effectiveness of the provisions in the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill for Parliament to scrutinise the UK-EU free trade agreement negotiations.

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Brexit: North West (28 Oct 2019)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he has made an assessment of the potential economic effect of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill on the North West of England.

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (28 Oct 2019)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, when he plans to publish a detailed impact assessment for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Brexit (28 Oct 2019)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Government document entitled Operation Yellowhammer HMG Reasonable Worst Case Planning Assumptions, what plans the Government has to mitigate the predicted disproportionate effect on low-income groups of price rises in food and fuel in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Home Department: Leaving the EU: Unaccompanied Child Refugees in Europe (28 Oct 2019)

Jeff Smith: If she will make it her policy to maintain the rights of unaccompanied child refugees in Europe to family reunion in the UK in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Home Department: Leaving the EU: Unaccompanied Child Refugees in Europe (28 Oct 2019)

Jeff Smith: The House of Lords Home Affairs Committee recommendation is to temporarily maintain the current rights for family reunion in the event of a no-deal exit to avoid legal limbo. Will the Home Secretary assure this House that the Government will do that to protect vulnerable families in the event of a no deal?

Business of the House (24 Oct 2019)

Jeff Smith: This week the Health and Social Care Committee published a good report on drugs policy. May we have a full debate in Government time on the welcome recommendation that we move to a health-focused and harm-reduction approach to drug policy?

Turkish Incursion into Northern Syria (15 Oct 2019)

Jeff Smith: I met a group of Kurdish constituents on Friday, and they were dismayed at what had happened. They were disappointed by what they saw as a weak response from the international community, and they were firmly of the view that the UK had a special responsibility to help to resolve the situation, given our historic influence in the region. The Foreign Secretary says that the situation is under...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Hepatitis: Health Services (8 Oct 2019)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people were treated for hepatitis C in England in the financial year 2018-19.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Hepatitis: Screening (8 Oct 2019)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure people who are in contact with drug treatment services are tested for hepatitis C.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: *No heading* (8 Oct 2019)

Jeff Smith: What assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of sentences of less than six months in reducing reoffending.

Women’S Mental Health (3 Oct 2019)

Jeff Smith: The hon. Gentleman made an important point about the reduction in funding for local authorities. When it comes to trying to provide holistic support to the family and mother, does he share my regret at the closure of so many hundreds of Sure Start centres since 2010?

Women’S Mental Health (3 Oct 2019)

Jeff Smith: The hon. Gentleman is making an important point, but, with the greatest respect, West Sussex did not have the kind of cuts to its local authority funding that many more impoverished areas such as Manchester and other big northern cities did. He is right that it is not just about bricks and mortar: it is the support services that were also cut that have had the greatest impact on young...

Women’S Mental Health (3 Oct 2019)

Jeff Smith: I very much welcome the work of the Women’s Mental Health Taskforce, its report, and the principles laid out in it. Does the hon. Lady share my concern that those principles will not be effectively implemented unless there are clear targets and concrete commitments from the Government, and that the next stage needs to be a full strategy on women’s mental health, with those targets and...


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