Results 1–20 of 190 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (17 Jan 2018)

Jeff Smith: Last week, my constituent Carol’s son had a mental health crisis. He was admitted to the nearest available psychiatric adult bed—in West Sussex, a 450-mile round trip from his home and family in Manchester. The lack of mental health beds is a national crisis and scandal, so when will Prime Minister turn her warm words on mental health into action to solve the crisis?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Future Accommodation Model (15 Jan 2018)

Jeff Smith: What recent steps his Department has taken to develop the future accommodation model.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Future Accommodation Model (15 Jan 2018)

Jeff Smith: It has been suggested that this model has saved £500 million, but also that it will not reduce the total pot of money used to subsidise housing. Given that we are told that no decisions have been made, is it not true that this £500 million figure has just been plucked from the air and we do not actually know the financial implications of this?

International Trade: Topical Questions (11 Jan 2018)

Jeff Smith: In setting up the Trade Remedies Authority, the Government will need to include a full range of skills, knowledge and experience. Will that include representations from the devolved Governments and trade unions?

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Democratic Processes: Foreign Influence (10 Jan 2018)

Jeff Smith: What steps he is taking to ensure that democratic processes are protected against foreign influence.

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Democratic Processes: Foreign Influence (10 Jan 2018)

Jeff Smith: In order to protect ourselves, the chair of the Electoral Commission has said that we need new rules for online political advertising to combat external influence, particularly via Facebook and Twitter. When will the Government bring forward the legislation we need?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Workforce (19 Dec 2017)

Jeff Smith: How many mental health staff the NHS employed in (a) 2010 and (b) 2017.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Workforce (19 Dec 2017)

Jeff Smith: That did not actually answer my question. Earlier, my hon. Friend the Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Justin Madders) read out a long list of concerned professionals, so let me add one more—Professor Wendy Burn, the president of the Royal College of Psychiatry, who said after the Budget: “There is a real and imminent danger that the promises made to improve mental health...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payments: Mental Health (18 Dec 2017)

Jeff Smith: What assessment his Department has made of the effect of the personal independence payments application process on people with mental health issues.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payments: Mental Health (18 Dec 2017)

Jeff Smith: The charity, Rethink Mental Illness, surveyed PIP claimants, and found that two in five felt that delays in decisions led to deterioration in their mental health, and that one in five had to take higher doses of medication to cope with the increased stress. Does the Minister think that that is acceptable, and will she look at the findings of the survey and review the assessment process in the...

Pension Equality for Women: Hormone Pregnancy Tests (14 Dec 2017)

Jeff Smith: I pay tribute to the right hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Sir Mike Penning) and my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton South East (Yasmin Qureshi) for securing the debate and for their work on this issue over the years. I pay tribute to other hon. Members who have doggedly pursued justice for the victims of Primodos over a long period. I have come relatively late to this issue, but it is...

Pension Equality for Women: Hormone Pregnancy Tests (14 Dec 2017)

Jeff Smith: My hon. Friend is right and makes an excellent point. We must ask why there was so little regulation for so long, given that it is possible to regulate on a precautionary basis, and whether there is a Government liability under general product law that is meant to protect citizens. Those questions need to be considered in detail. We heard other questions about the transparency of the report,...

Business of the House (14 Dec 2017)

Jeff Smith: My constituent Matthew Pounder was served an eviction notice by his letting agent when he chose to switch to a month-by-month contract rather than sign up to a new 12-month tenancy. He later discovered that the letting agents falsely told his landlord that Matthew wanted to leave the property. The agents had attempted to force him out of his home in order to profit from the fees from a new...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (7 Dec 2017)

Jeff Smith: At DEFRA questions on 20 July, the Secretary of State was asked to confirm that article 13 of the Lisbon treaty, which, as we have heard, categorises animals as sentient beings, would be part of the repeal Bill. He replied: “Absolutely”. Given that he then voted against the inclusion of article 13, what caused him to disagree with himself?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (5 Dec 2017)

Jeff Smith: Does the Justice Secretary not share my concern that handing over powers on court fine collection to private bailiffs will place the safety and finances of vulnerable people at risk from rogue operators?

Backbench Business: Rohingya Crisis — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (28 Nov 2017)

Jeff Smith: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way—she is being very generous with her time—and thank her for raising this topic. The repatriation deal requires that refugees produce a load of documentation, including names of family members, previous addresses, birth dates and a statement of voluntary return. Does she agree that, given the systematic denial of citizenship rights,...

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Jeff Smith: The hon. Gentleman is right to highlight the fact that our drugs policy in this country is failing. Does he not think that now might be the time for a shift in drugs policy and for us to focus not on criminalisation but on care and health? Should that not be the focus of our drugs policy?

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Jeff Smith: The hon. Gentleman is rightly making the case that it is a false economy not to invest in addiction services. Does he share my disappointment that funding for addiction services has fallen by half and that, under this Government, public health budgets are also falling, with councils struggling to fund the addiction services we need?


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