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Upcoming Business – Commons: Main Chamber (10 Dec 2021)

Medical Cannabis (Access) Bill: Second Reading – Jeff Smith. Private Members' Bills; 9:30 am

Women and Equalities: Afghanistan: Women and Girls (22 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: What assessment the Government has made of the impact of the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan on women and girls in that country.

Women and Equalities: Afghanistan: Women and Girls (22 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: I agree with the Minister on that. It has been a depressing week in Afghanistan, with primary school students returning to gender-segregated classes, older girls excluded altogether, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs closed down and female employees told not to return to work. How, specifically, can we use our leverage, particularly our financial and economic leverage, to hold the Taliban to...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Climate Change Committee: 2021 Annual Progress Report (21 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: What steps he is taking in response to the Climate Change Committee’s 2021 annual progress report to Parliament.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Climate Change Committee: 2021 Annual Progress Report (21 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: Well, it needs to, because the report was pretty damning. The Environmental Audit Committee recently made a number of recommendations to support community energy projects such as Greater Manchester Community Renewables in my constituency. Will the Minister emphasise the importance of community energy in the upcoming net zero strategy, as recommended specifically by the Committee, and put in...

Justice: Nightingale Courts (14 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: What plans his Department has to increase the number of Nightingale courts.

Justice: Nightingale Courts (14 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: Nationally we have a record high Crown court backlog of about 60,000 cases a result of the court closures and a decade of Tory cuts. Will the Government commit to continuing Nightingale courts until the backlog has cleared? When does the Minister think that will happen?

Justice: Topical Questions (14 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: The Law Commission is currently conducting an important review of intimate-image abuse that will, I hope, recommend making it an offence for a person to take photographs of someone breastfeeding without their consent. When does the Secretary of State expect that report to be published? Perhaps more importantly, what assurance can he provide that the report’s recommendations will be given...

Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill: Clause 1 - Determinations in respect of certain non-domestic rating lists (9 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: I will again be brief, because we set out our concerns on Second Reading and in Committee, I am aware that this might not be seen as the highlight of the parliamentary week by Members, and there is an important debate to follow. As we said, we have always supported the Bill’s broad aims. We want to see support administered quickly for businesses that have been affected by covid and have...

Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill: New Clause 1 - Duty to report on directors of dissolved companies (9 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion. Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill: New Clause 1 - Duty to report on directors of dissolved companies (9 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: I am conscious that we have an important debate to follow and that time is pressing, so I shall be relatively brief. Labour’s broad support for this Bill has not changed. We recognise the urgent need to support businesses, as well as the Valuation Office Agency, and the need to close a legislative gap exploited by unscrupulous directors. The Bill remains lacking in some safeguards. Labour...

Covid Vaccine Passports (8 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: Thank you, Mr Speaker. As somebody who worked in nightclubs for 25-plus years, let me tell the Minister that this is a recipe for chaos on the doors of nightclubs. As my hon. Friend the Member for Feltham and Heston (Seema Malhotra) said—and as I said to the Minister the other day—the Night Time Industries Association has said that this will cripple the industry. This industry has been...

East Midlands Economy — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (7 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Sir David, and I thank you for the opportunity to reply to the debate on behalf of the Opposition. I congratulate the hon. Member for Mansfield (Ben Bradley) on securing the debate. I agree with him that the Government need to come down on the side of investment and innovation in the region. I also thank the other speakers, who made important...

East Midlands Economy — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (7 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: My hon. Friend makes an important point. I hope that the Minister is listening to his own side, not just to Labour. We have been making this case for a long time, but it has been made strongly, as my hon. Friend says, on both sides of the Chamber. There is a strong view that the biggest single thing that the Government could do for the east midlands economy would be to improve transport and...

Treasury: Net Zero Emissions and Green Investment (7 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: What fiscal steps he is taking to help achieve the Government’s net zero emissions target.

Treasury: Net Zero Emissions and Green Investment (7 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: The Minister must recognise that climate inaction is not just a disaster for the planet but has a huge financial cost and economic consequences. We cannot dodge the critical decisions that we need to decarbonise the economy any more. How exactly will the Government hardwire our net zero targets into every decision in the upcoming spending review?

Medicinal Cannabis (6 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: Will the Minister give way?

Medicinal Cannabis (6 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: The Minister is being very generous in giving way, and I know she wants to find a solution to this problem. I tried to get in earlier when she referred to some parents who had used medical cannabis and found that some of it worked and some of it did not work. It sounds like an evidence base was being created there. I understand that she does not want to create a system for all our medical...

Covid-19 Update (6 Sep 2021)

Jeff Smith: On vaccine passports for nightclubs, the Minister said yesterday: “The best way we can keep those industries open…is to work with the industry”. Does he recognise that industry representatives do not support the proposal? The Night Time Industries Association has said that “it will cripple the industry.” Not only is it impractical and indeed unworkable, but it could potentially lead...


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