Results 1–20 of 232 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jeff Smith

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Renewable Power-Generating Companies (17 Jul 2018)

Jeff Smith: What his policy is on supporting small and medium-sized renewable power generating companies after the scheduled closure of the feed-in tariff scheme.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Renewable Power-Generating Companies (17 Jul 2018)

Jeff Smith: Businesses are very aware of the need too. There are thousands of stakeholders in the renewables industry who need to understand the regulatory framework that they will be operating under when the feed-in tariff ends. The Government promised an update on the approach to small-scale renewables by the end of last year, but we have heard nothing. Will the Minister please tell us today when the...

Visit of President Trump: Policing (12 Jul 2018)

Jeff Smith: The Greater Manchester force has lost 2,000 officers since 2010, and it is clear from my case load that it is already struggling to cope with the workload. Now 250 of the remaining officers are being called in to police the Trump visit. Does the Minister accept that if the Government are going to rely on calling in officers from local forces, they should fully reinstate the funding for...

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and the Consultation (9 Jul 2018)

Jeff Smith: I rise to present a petition signed by Suzie Goodfellow and 63 other residents of Manchester, Withington, in the same terms and expressing the same concerns as that presented by the hon. Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland (Mr Clarke). I also present a petition on behalf of my hon. Friend the Member for West Bromwich East (Tom Watson) on the same subject, which is signed by 46...

Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: Music Festivals: Drug Safety Testing (6 Jul 2018)

Jeff Smith: I want to pick up on something that the Minister said. I am paraphrasing, but he effectively said, “Drugs are dangerous; that’s why they are illegal.” I have two questions: first, does he think that approach is working and is that stopping people taking drugs? Secondly, if dangerous drugs are illegal, why is alcohol not, which is a more dangerous drug than cannabis or ecstasy?

Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: Music Festivals: Drug Safety Testing (6 Jul 2018)

Jeff Smith: I am delighted to join my hon. Friend in paying tribute to Fiona Measham, who is my constituent, and her organisation the Loop. I spoke at its training day recently and was struck by the professionalism, hard work and dedication, and the high level of training, of the scientists and medical practitioners who do that job on a voluntary basis because they believe it keeps people safe.

Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: Music Festivals: Drug Safety Testing (6 Jul 2018)

Jeff Smith: Does my hon. Friend share my concern that although drug use in this country is relatively static, drug deaths are actually rising? That can only be attributed to an increase in the toxicity of those drugs, and we need young people to have that information. If they are going to take drugs, we need them to be aware that the drugs they take might be toxic.

Saddleworth Moor and Tameside: Ongoing Fire (2 Jul 2018)

Jeff Smith: May I note for the record that I hire my constituency office space from Greater Manchester fire and rescue service, and I am very proud to do so watching its heroic efforts this weekend? The scale of the problem is demonstrated by the fact that people can smell the burning moors all across my south Manchester constituency. May I just press the Minister on a question that my hon. Friend the...

Football: Safe Standing — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (25 Jun 2018)

Jeff Smith: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Robertson. It is always nice when parliamentarians can bring their personal experience to debates. I can bring thousands of hours of lived experience as a Manchester City fan, going back to the ’70s and ’80s, standing and sitting on terraces. The first point is that nobody wants to go back to those bad old days. I have stood on...

Business of the House (21 Jun 2018)

Jeff Smith: My constituent Yaser has been living, working and training as a GP in south Manchester for nine years, but he has been told that no local surgery can afford to sponsor his visa renewal application. As a result, he will be forced to go back to Canada in August instead of serving the community in which he was trained. May we have a debate on what more we can do to support GP surgeries in...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Football Grounds: Safe Standing Areas (21 Jun 2018)

Jeff Smith: What assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing safe standing areas at football grounds in the English premier league and championship.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Football Grounds: Safe Standing Areas (21 Jun 2018)

Jeff Smith: The truth is that we already have standing at practically every football ground in the country—it is just that it is on terraces designed for seats rather than standing, so it is less safe. The majority of clubs, and the leagues, are now calling for safe standing, so will the Minister let the clubs work with the safety advisory groups to design a system that works for them?

Cannabis-Based Medicines (19 Jun 2018)

Jeff Smith: I welcome the statement, and particularly the news on Alfie Dingley. Of course, there is already evidence of the medical benefits of cannabis, because otherwise Sativex would not be available on licence. That is why it is so absurd that cannabis is still a schedule 1 controlled drug. I am therefore hopeful and confident that the review will lead to a recommendation to reschedule. Will the...

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (19 Jun 2018)

Jeff Smith: Last November, the Health Secretary committed to ending out-of-area mental health placements by 2020, but the number of people placed more than 100 km from their home rose by 65% over the past year. The earlier response from the Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the hon. Member for Thurrock (Jackie Doyle-Price), was no answer, so what are the Government actually going to...

Medicinal Cannabis (18 Jun 2018)

Jeff Smith: I welcome this first step from the Government, but the Minister has just said that the Government recognise the medical benefits of cannabis, so the question is: why on earth is cannabis still a controlled drug under schedule 1, which is for drugs with no medical benefit? It is time for an urgent rescheduling of cannabis, which would make life easier for the Government and for patients.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Jun 2018)

Jeff Smith: It took nearly 5,000 cancelled trains in just three weeks for the Transport Secretary to notice the Northern Rail crisis. If this Government cannot run our railways properly, will the Prime Minister agree with businesses, council leaders and over 25 newspapers from across the region and give Transport for the North the powers that it needs to do the job?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (11 Jun 2018)

Jeff Smith: It is now 60 years since Operation Grapple. Is it not time that we followed so many other countries and awarded our nuclear test veterans a medal?

Northern Rail Services: Greater Manchester — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (6 Jun 2018)

Jeff Smith: I have not heard an explanation of why Northern could not suspend bringing in the new timetable. The Minister has just outlined that the new interim timetable has made a difference. Why could it not have thought about bringing in an interim timetable in the middle of May, instead of the new changed timetable?

Business of the House (24 May 2018)

Jeff Smith: Will the Leader of the House join me in congratulating the pupils at Chorlton High School in my constituency on their Incorporated Society of Musicians Trust for excellent GCSE results? I am regularly contacted by parents who are worried about the narrowing of the school curriculum, and particularly the squeezing out of creative subjects. Can we have a debate in Government time on creativity...


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