Results 1–20 of 266 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Karin Smyth

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Future Relationship Between the UK and the EU (18 Jul 2018)

Karin Smyth: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for giving way, and I welcome him to his new position. He might be coming on to talk about Northern Ireland, but just in case he has no more to say than his brief comment, may I ask him a question? His predecessor admitted that he had not actually visited the border area, apart from on one brief occasion recently, for more than 20 years, since when,...

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill: EU VAT area and pre-commencement requirements (16 Jul 2018)

Karin Smyth: The right hon. Gentleman is of course right that the constitutional status of Northern Ireland has not been in dispute for a very long time and is underlined by the Belfast/Good Friday agreement. People have only started talking about the constitutional arrangements in Northern Ireland as a result of Brexit. That is the only thing that has now started to trigger any discussion around the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Air Weapons Review (16 Jul 2018)

Karin Smyth: What the timetable is for the publication of his Department’s response to its air weapons review of October 2017.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Air Weapons Review (16 Jul 2018)

Karin Smyth: The hallmark of this Question Time is delay. The review was announced in response to my Adjournment debate last October, following the shooting of 18-month-old Harry Studley in my constituency. The family submitted a response on 5 February, which was acknowledged on 22 February. Already, almost five months have passed and they have had nothing in return. Such a delay is insensitive and...

Visit of President Trump: Policing (12 Jul 2018)

Karin Smyth: This year I am taking part in the police service parliamentary scheme, which I recommend to all hon. Members. I recently visited the counter-terrorism unit, and I have spent a lot of time with Avon and Somerset police. Avon and Somerset police last year produced a report called “The Tipping Point”, which was about analysing demand using a very high-tech computer system. I do not...

Management of NHS Property (4 Jul 2018)

Karin Smyth: I am grateful for the Minister’s comments about, and work on, Bristol. I agree that the estate was not always particularly well managed in the local health system previously, and that the correct incentives are needed. However, does he agree that he has outlined a merry-go-round of money keeping the entire system afloat? NHS Property Services exists on a large and continuing Department...

Management of NHS Property (4 Jul 2018)

Karin Smyth: I beg to move, That this House has considered the management of NHS property. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. [Interruption.]

Management of NHS Property (4 Jul 2018)

Karin Smyth: I recognise that the management of NHS property is not the most enthralling subject, but many hon. Members from across the country will recognise that it as a growing problem in their constituencies. The problems are varied and many. My focus today will be on the community and primary care estate. I will not talk about bricks and mortar or leaking pipes, or outline the detailed and manifold...

Management of NHS Property (4 Jul 2018)

Karin Smyth: I agree. The building that my hon. Friend has been working on is iconic, and that case is a good illustration. My hon. Friend the Member for Bristol West (Thangam Debbonaire) has been dealing with a GP surgery in her constituency for a long time and can get no resolution. I have also spoken to my hon. Friends the Members for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Gareth Snell), for Stroud (Dr Drew), for...

Management of NHS Property (4 Jul 2018)

Karin Smyth: I cannot comment on the specific company, but trying to understand accountability and how systems work is frustrating for local people. Many of us are trying to make sense of it. The estate was an afterthought for the coalition Government and their disastrous Health and Social Care Act 2012—the Lansley Act. Their laissez-faire approach, which bordered on contempt, has saddled...

Management of NHS Property (4 Jul 2018)

Karin Smyth: That is exactly the point I want to make, but I will go on to show how that is difficult to do and make a difference. Patients and frontline practitioners were supposed to be front and centre of the new NHS, but that has simply not happened because, as we have heard, control is ever more centralised. It really did not have to be that way. NHS Property Services was set up as a national body,...

Ministry of Justice: Department of Health and Social Care and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (2 Jul 2018)

Karin Smyth: The first thing that I wish to highlight is my continuing concern about how wholly owned subsidiary companies are being established in the NHS largely to avoid the payment of VAT, which is not what Parliament intended. Although I recently spoke to people at the Treasury about this matter and they did not seem too concerned about the loss of VAT, it is not what Parliament intended in the...

Ministry of Justice: Department of Health and Social Care and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (2 Jul 2018)

Karin Smyth: I do agree, as would most Members, I think. There is a strong willingness in the NHS and in the Department to make it happen, but it is very hard to see it happening on the ground. The Secretary of State said two interesting things in the interviews that followed the NHS funding announcement. First, he said that the money is contingent on the NHS’s delivery of a plan based on the issues...

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [Lords]: EU Community Licence arrangements (26 Jun 2018)

Karin Smyth: The fact that we were not able to ratify the convention for some 50 years says more about the procedures between this place and the European Union. It would be useful for the right hon. Gentleman to accept that the registration of trailers has been brought up on a number of occasions over the years because of the weight limit of trailers that are not registered. In a case that I have brought...

Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill [Lords]: EU Community Licence arrangements (26 Jun 2018)

Karin Smyth: Notwithstanding the comments of the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake) on the Bill’s origins, I am grateful that the Bill has given me the opportunity to highlight the gaping hole in some of our country’s legislation on the safety of light trailers. My focus in seeking to amend the Bill, working with the noble Lords and the Opposition Front Bench, has...

Leaving the Eu: Airbus Risk Assessment (25 Jun 2018)

Karin Smyth: Bristol, home of Concorde, is proud of its aerospace industry, to which Airbus is critical. It is also critical to the provision of good apprenticeships in my constituency. How will the Secretary of State’s industrial strategy be delivered if companies such as Airbus are not here?

Universal Credit and Welfare Changes (21 Jun 2018)

Karin Smyth: As a former member of the Public Accounts Committee, I am very conscious of how much that Committee—and, indeed, the House—relies on National Audit Office reports. I remind the House that the Department does agree with the NAO on the veracity of those reports. Where there are issues, then the Department can follow them up in the Public Accounts Committee. May I ask about the...

NHS Long-Term Plan (18 Jun 2018)

Karin Smyth: May I press the Secretary of State on the issue of transformation and his hint—I think—at ring-fencing? If the people of Bristol South are to be asked to spend more money on the NHS, how will they know that it is being used to improve health outcomes and not simply to bail out local hospital deficits?

Exiting the European Union: Northern Ireland Border (14 Jun 2018)

Karin Smyth: What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on border infrastructure in Northern Ireland after the UK has left the EU.


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