Results 1–20 of 145 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Transvaginal Mesh Implants (10 Oct 2017)

Karin Smyth: A constituent came to my surgery to explain how this has impacted her life. It is truly harrowing. I understand that NHS England has set up 17 regional teams to look into this. I want to be able to assure my constituent that the voice of women and how this is impacting them will be considered. I would be grateful if the Minister could respond so that we might understand what the future holds.

Air Rifles (9 Oct 2017)

Karin Smyth: I am encouraged by the Minister’s remarks. I made a point about the comparison with Scotland, so will his review of the regulation look at and learn from the evidence from Scotland and, indeed, from Northern Ireland?

Air Rifles (9 Oct 2017)

Karin Smyth: Mr Speaker, thank you for allowing this debate on the use and control of air rifles. This is a subject that the House has debated in the past, but which continues to have serious consequences for many of those we represent. Too many lives have been unnecessarily lost and too many serious injuries have been inflicted upon innocent civilians. Sadly, a large proportion of these victims are...

Air Rifles (9 Oct 2017)

Karin Smyth: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that intervention, for the information he has shared with me and for his expertise in this area. The point I will come on to is that we need to learn in England from what happens in Northern Ireland and Scotland and that children in Bristol South should be afforded the same level of security as children there, and I will return to that. Hon. Members...

Air Rifles (9 Oct 2017)

Karin Smyth: I am grateful for that intervention, and I certainly want to learn from other hon. Members’ experience and work in this area. I assured the Studley family in my constituency that, on issues such as this, hon. Members will work together cross party to achieve the best legislation. In his speech last year, my right hon. Friend the Member for Delyn informed the House that 17 children had...

Air Rifles (9 Oct 2017)

Karin Smyth: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for her intervention and I know from my reading of previous debates that she has done a lot of work on this issue. I shall certainly be asking for more updates on the comparison with Scotland to identify whether that is the right way to go. Most of the law in England and Wales on air weapons dates from the 1960s and it is time properly to re-examine the...

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)

Karin Smyth: As the vice-chair of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, I recently visited Jersey with the hon. Member for Romford (Andrew Rosindell). While there, we discussed the customs union, a customs union and a customs arrangement, but we did not get around to talking about a customs system. The Prime Minister has used various words to describe the border, from somewhere between hard and soft,...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Karin Smyth: The right hon. Gentleman talks about the need to use both university access and degree-level apprenticeships, and we worked together on this when he was in his former post. The issue of accessing degree-level apprenticeships is fundamental. Does he agree that some sort of UCAS system to help people move between those two things, to advance opportunities for young people, is a good policy to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Situation (13 Sep 2017)

Karin Smyth: The Prime Minister has been making phone calls, but does she have a date in her diary to make an extended visit to Northern Ireland?

Free Childcare Entitlement (6 Sep 2017)

Karin Smyth: In July 2016 I asked about progress, as a member of the Public Accounts Committee, given the Committee’s concerns. I asked in particular about work to ensure that local authorities were managing childcare markets effectively and whether there would be intervention if necessary. The then Minister told me that I had asked an important question and then announced the amount of capital. I...

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Sep 2017)

Karin Smyth: The Secretary of State continues to talk about the Canadian border when referring to the Irish border, reducing the situation to a technical issue, which it is not. The situations are not analogous. He said earlier that he would do anything to progress some of the talks. Will the Prime Minister do what her predecessors have done by taking charge of the situation in Ireland and visiting...

Summer Adjournment (20 Jul 2017)

Karin Smyth: I am pleased to be making my first appearance at the Dispatch Box as the shadow Deputy Leader of the House. I am very grateful to Members on both sides of the House for their kind words. I look forward to playing my role in continuing to ensure an open, modern Parliament, and one that reflects the priorities of the many in this country, not the few. This is an important moment for our country...

Points of Order: Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards (20 Jul 2017)

Karin Smyth: I welcome the comments of the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake) and the Leader of the House. On behalf of Her Majesty’s Opposition, I echo the thanks to the outgoing Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Kathryn Hudson. From my personal experience of meeting Kathryn when I was a new Member, I know just how important the role is in supporting all hon....


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