Results 1–20 of 259 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

Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice (29 Nov 2018)

Jeff Smith: The Government will have discharged their duty to the House not when the Attorney General makes his statement, but when they publish the full and final legal advice that the House has requested and voted for. Is that not what he should do on Monday?

Health and Social Care: NHS: Workforce Vacancies (27 Nov 2018)

Jeff Smith: The Department’s own statistics show that more than 23,000 mental health staff left the workforce last year. That is an eighth of the total mental health workforce. How can we possibly get parity for mental health when more than one in 10 posts are vacant and staff are leaving?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Infected Blood Inquiry (14 Nov 2018)

Jeff Smith: What assessment he has made of the progress of the infected blood inquiry.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Infected Blood Inquiry (14 Nov 2018)

Jeff Smith: Last month, the chair of the inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff, said that many victims of the infected blood scandal are still living on the breadline today. The inquiry is not due to look at financial support until 2020, so what more now can the Government do to help the people affected?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (5 Nov 2018)

Jeff Smith: When I was a local authority executive member back in 2012, we were often warned about the “graph of doom”, which showed that by about 2018 local authorities would be running out of money for everything but statutory services. At the time, the Government accused the Local Government Association and the National Audit Office of scaremongering, but given what has happened in...

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: I beg to move, That this House has considered the five-year forward view for mental health. It is a pleasure to serve with you in the Chair, Mr Hollobone. The key purpose of the debate is to represent the recent report of the all-party parliamentary group on mental health, of which I am vice-chair. We published “Progress of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health: On the road to...

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: I very much agree with the hon. Gentleman. Although I will never say that increased spending on mental health is not good, the announcement in yesterday’s Budget of extra funding for mental health teams in A&Es points to a problem because we should not have to increase spending on A&Es. We should try to cut the number of people who have to go to A&Es at an earlier stage, and we must invest...

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. Child, adolescent and early adult mental health is a big and growing problem. The five year forward view recognised creating treatment pathways for people with bipolar disorder, adult eating disorders and personality disorders, but halfway through the plan, the inquiry found that those are still to be published. It is vital that NHS England implement in...

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: The hon. Gentleman has great experience and knowledge of those issues and makes an important point. He has anticipated some of the comments I will make and I strongly agree with him.

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: That is an excellent point; some training packages are available for MPs’ staff. I encourage all colleagues to take advantage of that. The vast majority of people severely affected by mental illness will receive support within a community mental health team, which is the type of core service that provides help to around 700,000 people in England, often with quite complex needs. Although...

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: Again, that is an excellent point and I strongly agree. The report makes it clear that core services are underfunded and under pressure. There has been great success in getting people better access to psychological therapy, but while IAPT is an excellent service it is not designed for people with severe mental illness. Core services are too overstretched to provide timely talking therapies to...

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: The hon. Gentleman makes another excellent point. Health Education England’s plan commits to 19,000 more people working in mental health by 2021, but between March 2017 and March 2018 the number of mental health staff in the NHS increased by just 915 people. That does not look like progress is on target. One in 10 consultant psychiatrist posts is empty and between April 2010 and 2018 there...

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. I am probably not going to take any more interventions because I want to give the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on mental health time to make remarks and to hear from the Minister. I will rattle through the rest of my comments. The report suggests that the peer workforce, where people with their own personal experience of mental illness...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (30 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: I am sure that most of us will have viewed the outcome of the Brazilian presidential election with some alarm in terms of the implications for human rights and the rule of law. How are the Government going to approach their future relationship with the Bolsonaro Administration?

Exiting the European Union: Transition Period (25 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: It is reported that the Government are considering a proposal to make the transition period renewable on an annual basis. Are those reports accurate?

Drugs Policy — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (23 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: I will be as brief as possible, Mrs Moon. I congratulate the hon. Member for Inverclyde (Ronnie Cowan) on securing this debate and on his long and strong advocacy on these issues. I am tempted to say only that I agree with everything that he said, because I do, but I have a few brief comments to add. First, I want to say how disappointing it is to see the Minister and the shadow Minister in...

Drugs Policy — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (23 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: It is counting up. Have I really had all that time? I cannot quite believe how long I have been speaking for. Not only does our drug policy not work, but it causes problems, not least through unnecessary criminalisation. In 2017, nearly 38,000 people were unnecessarily criminalised, which leads to poorer life chances and a cycle of prison. Then there is the cost: if we include all the costs...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces Personnel Numbers (22 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: What recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of armed forces personnel.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces Personnel Numbers (22 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: The Armed Forces Pay Review Body reports that the outflow rates—personnel leaving the armed forces—are at “historically high levels” under this Government. Why does the Minister think that is?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Economic Growth and Emissions (16 Oct 2018)

Jeff Smith: There is a huge opportunity for economic growth in the solar industry, but the news that the export tariff is being scrapped has alarmed many clean energy providers. More than 300 organisations, from small solar co-operatives up to Nissan, have signed a letter calling on the Secretary of State to reinstate the tariff. I am grateful to the Minister for meeting me in the past to discuss...


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