Results 1–20 of 600 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

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Topical Questions (31 Jan 2023)

Jeff Smith: The Foreign Secretary spoke earlier about the malign impact of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran, and said that we were not limited to the current sanctions. However, he did not answer the question from my right hon. Friend the Member for Tottenham (Mr Lammy) about when we might see some action. What more will it take—this is, perhaps, a more important question—to persuade the...

Education: Topical Questions (16 Jan 2023)

Jeff Smith: The number of PE teachers has fallen by nearly 3,000 in the past 10 years, and the number of hours of PE taught by 36,000. With nearly a third of young people currently classed as inactive, what will the Government do to stop physical activity flatlining and make sure that young people can get the social, physical and mental benefits of PE in schools?

Sport in Schools and Communities (10 Jan 2023)

Jeff Smith: Happy new year to everybody. It is the first time I have spoken in the House this year. It is a pleasure to be here on behalf of the Opposition. I agreed with much of what the Minister said. Sport and physical activity are essential elements of a modern, healthy, successful society, and keeping active is vital for personal physical health and mental health and for the social development and...

Sport in Schools and Communities (10 Jan 2023)

Jeff Smith: I absolutely agree. My hon. Friend anticipates my remarks. We need to support those grassroots sports clubs through the cost of living crisis and get on with ensuring that the bigger professional football clubs have a framework that protects them and the communities that they support and thrive in.

Sport in Schools and Communities (10 Jan 2023)

Jeff Smith: I certainly agree that we need a better way of distributing finance down the pyramid. In her report, the hon. Member for Chatham and Aylesford (Tracey Crouch) left it for the FA and the EFL to come up with a formula. That is the right thing to do at the moment, but they are taking their time. They need to come up with a formula that does what the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North...

Sport in Schools and Communities (10 Jan 2023)

Jeff Smith: Absolutely. My hon. Friend is an expert on these issues, and I agree with every word she said. I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the hard-working volunteers and community organisations that kept sporting activities happening as best they could through the pandemic and who do a fantastic job week in, week out, keeping our local sports clubs going. I also pay tribute to local...

Sport in Schools and Communities (10 Jan 2023)

Jeff Smith: The hon. Lady makes a really important point. The announcement of the new energy bills discount scheme yesterday came as a massive disappointment to the sector. There is no mention of sport and leisure facilities, no acknowledgment in the scheme that certain services such as swimming pools are particularly energy-intensive—they are not on the list of energy-intensive sectors—and no offer...

Rail Cancellations and Service Levels (1 Dec 2022)

Jeff Smith: Yesterday, the West Midlands Mayor was late for that meeting with the Secretary of State to discuss the problems on trains because her train was cancelled. You couldn’t make it up. My constituents in south Manchester do not want to hear that the Government are disappointed with the problems; they want to hear that some action is being taken. What can I do to reassure my constituents that...

Rail Cancellations and Service Levels (1 Dec 2022)

Jeff Smith: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker.

Rail Cancellations and Service Levels (1 Dec 2022)

Jeff Smith: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I thank those hon. Members who pointed out the slip of the tongue in my question to the Minister. Apparently, I said that the West Midlands Mayor was late for a meeting with the Secretary of State; I meant, of course, the West Yorkshire Mayor. I would not want to impugn Andy Street’s timekeeping, so I am grateful for the opportunity to correct the record. I am...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Football Governance: Fan-led Review (1 Dec 2022)

Jeff Smith: In the years since the fan-led review was published, Southend United faced a winding-up petition and a transfer embargo after financial failings; Derby County was in administration; Chelsea could only carry on because of special exemptions when its owner was sanctioned; and the Mayor of the West Midlands wrote to the Football League to express his worries that Birmingham City’s future is in...

Cryptoasset Promotions in Sport (8 Nov 2022)

Jeff Smith: It is great to see you in the Chair, Mrs Cummins. I congratulate the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme (Aaron Bell) not only on securing the debate, but on what I thought was an excellent speech that really set out the issues. I completely agreed with most of his speech, including, sadly, his criticism of the club for which I have been a lifelong season ticket holder, Man City. We have...

Avanti West Coast Contract Renewal (25 Oct 2022)

Jeff Smith: My constituents in south Manchester are contacting me, frustrated and angry about Avanti’s lack of service. They cannot book seats, and even if they can, the trains are ridiculously overcrowded or cancelled completely. The Minister is setting great store by this so-called December improvement plan, but how can we have any confidence in that plan, given the current terrible service, which by...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Onshore Wind Farms (25 Oct 2022)

Jeff Smith: What assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of onshore wind farms established in England since 2015.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Onshore Wind Farms (25 Oct 2022)

Jeff Smith: As a direct result of the Conservative Government’s decision to cut the “green crap” in 2015, every household’s bill is hundreds of pounds higher. Does the Minister regret that mistake, and is it not long past time to reform planning laws and to get on with building the quickest, cheapest, cleanest forms of power, such as onshore wind and solar, which would increase our energy...

Education: Teacher Recruitment and Retention (24 Oct 2022)

Jeff Smith: What steps his Department is taking to improve the recruitment and retention of teachers.

Education: Teacher Recruitment and Retention (24 Oct 2022)

Jeff Smith: That sounds very rosy, but teacher vacancies have gone up 240% since 2011. According to the latest National Education Union poll, 44% of England’s state school teachers plan to quit by 2027—22% of them in the next two years. Things are particularly difficult because experienced teachers—who may have 20 years’ experience—are leaving the profession. What steps is the Minister taking...

Fuel Poverty in Manchester Gorton (20 Oct 2022)

Jeff Smith: I am grateful to my constituency neighbour for giving way, and I would just like to echo his thanks for the work of Fallowfield & Withington food bank, which does a fantastic job in my constituency as well. We obviously need to tackle energy prices and bills now, but does he agree with me that the long-term strategy needs to be a massive programme of retrofitting houses to make them insulated...

Fuel Poverty in Manchester Gorton (20 Oct 2022)

Jeff Smith: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way again. May I add to his comments the example of the Arrowfield Road estate in Chorlton in my constituency, where Southway Housing is, alongside a new heat pumps programme, retrofitting the houses on the estate? That will make a significant difference to the bills and warmth for those houses.


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