Results 1–20 of 609 for speaker:Cat Smith

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: I thank the hon. Member for Montgomeryshire (Glyn Davies) for promoting this Bill so that we can debate the extension of voting rights to overseas electors. As a modern, progressive, socialist party, we are committed to building a truly global Britain, and to championing our core values of equality, social justice and opportunity for all. Globalisation has led to a broad section of British...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: I fully support my hon. Friend’s private Member’s Bill. I hope that Members across the House who want a more inclusive democracy where every eligible voter is on the electoral roll will continue to support her Bill. She raises an interesting point about why this matter is before us on a Friday as a private Member’s Bill. It is deeply concerning that this measure has been put...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: My hon. Friend makes a valid point. That is the context of local government funding being reduced significantly over the years, which has forced local authorities to review their electoral services. That has led to significant reductions in core service funding and staffing levels, with a growing number of skilled professionals leaving local authority elections teams. The impact of austerity...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: The report that my hon. Friend raises is very worrying and should be of concern to Members across the House. When 43% of local authorities agree that they do not have sufficient funds to administer a poll, we should all be worried about the integrity of our electoral system. The Government fail to understand that cuts to public services can have devastating consequences. Last year, the...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. My hon. Friend’s intervention was particularly about the capacity of local elections offices. Were the Bill to be successful, the impact on local elections offices in councils up and down the country would be huge, because the process of registering an overseas elector can take around two hours. If those offices were to see a huge increase in the number...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: Let me return to the Bill. I want to ask the Government three questions. Have they any indication of how many of the estimated 5 million Britons living abroad would apply to be overseas electors in the run-up to a UK parliamentary election or national referendum if the 15-year rule were removed? How do they intend to fund EROs for the additional costs incurred by these proposals? What steps...

Overseas Electors Bill (23 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: Given the overstretched nature of elections offices up and down the country, I suspect there would not be the capacity for such a check. Given that the Government are this May planning to trial requiring ID at polling stations, it seems that the requirements to prove the identity of an elector living in the UK are far greater than—

Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Parliamentary and Local Elections (21 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: It is clear that disabled people are under-represented in our democracy and our politics, but in 2015, the Minister’s Government abolished the access to elected office fund, which supported many disabled people in meeting the extra costs in standing for office. How can the Government claim to be making democracy more accessible when these financial barriers are put in their place?

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Prescription Drugs: Misuse (7 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the proposed membership is for the Steering Group on the forthcoming PHE review on addiction to medicine.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Local Government: Elections (7 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he plans to publish the statutory instruments required to allow for electoral pilots at local government elections in May.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Prescription Drugs: Misuse (6 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the terms of reference are for the forthcoming Public Health England review on addiction to medicine.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Prescription Drugs: Misuse (6 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will set out the proposed authors of the forthcoming Public Health England review on addiction to medicine.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (5 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: My constituent Mrs Allinson suffers from multiple sclerosis. She has been receiving the personal independence payment for 24 months, but was recently reassessed and denied it on the ground that she can work, although only part time. Given that she is no longer getting that money, she is working full time and damaging her health. Do the Government recognise that disabled people need support to...

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament (1 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: On that point, will my right hon. and learned Friend give way?

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament (1 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: I thank my right hon. and learned Friend for making an excellent speech, and declare my interest as one of those Members with a growing bump. Does she agree that that highlights the urgency with which we have to address the issue? I am not the only Member of the House who is currently pregnant. Does she agree that we are working to a deadline? Babies do not wait; it is not going to stay in...

Capita: Business of the House (1 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: Almost three months ago, on 3 November, I wrote to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government about the Preesall gas storage facility plans in my constituency. I am still waiting on a reply. Will the Leader of the House look into this on my behalf?

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register (1 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to increase voter registration among attainers; and if she will issue special guidance to electoral registration officers on working with schools to increase voter registration among school leavers.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Electoral Register (1 Feb 2018)

Cat Smith: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to review the declaration of local connection to enable people without a fixed address to register to vote online.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Elections: Disclosure of Information (31 Jan 2018)

Cat Smith: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to require (a) candidates and (b) election agents to publish their home address.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Elections: Finance (31 Jan 2018)

Cat Smith: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2018 to Question 121014, on returning officers: pay, what the review of funding of elections will cover; what progress has be made on that review; which bodies are involved in that review; whether the Government plans to conduct a consultation as part of that review; and when the Government plans to complete that...


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