Ruth Smeeth: NHS England and Staffordshire police have decided to relocate the children’s sexual assault referral centre in Cobridge in my constituency to Walsall. That is a two-hour, 17-minute journey on public transport; instead of a matter of a few miles, it will be over 40 for my constituents. May we have a debate in Government time on the responsibilities of statutory agencies, to consider the...
Ruth Smeeth: My healthcare economy was held together over the winter solely by the good will of NHS workers, yet they have had a 14% pay cut in real terms since 2010. This announcement is a drop in the ocean. How does the Secretary of State think that it will help retention rates?
Ruth Smeeth: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2018 to Question 128648 on Treasury: Tableware, which subcontractors supply his Department with its tableware.
Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans the Government has to support an increase in UK-based gas storage.
Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to help reduce the likelihood of the UK experiencing future gas price spikes; and if he will make a statement.
Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the total sleep-in back pay liability for care providers in the Stoke-on-Trent North constituency.
Ruth Smeeth: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of his Department's tableware is made in the UK.
Ruth Smeeth: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on tableware since 2015; and how much of that spending was on tableware manufactured in the UK.
Ruth Smeeth: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, from which manufacturers his Department procures its tableware.
Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his Department's policy is on the creation of new unitary authorities.
Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what criteria his Department uses for the creation of new unitary authorities.
Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, which local authorities his Department has had discussions with on unitary authority status in the 12 months.
Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what powers his Department has to create new unitary authorities.
Ruth Smeeth: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing this debate. As chair of the all-party group on ceramics, I think there is no more important issue to discuss in the House than the future of the sector—
Ruth Smeeth: Well, they are wrong! What are the hon. Gentleman’s views on celebrating the work that is already being done by the Ceramic Innovation Network, which is leading in this area? It is led by Lucideon, which is based in the constituency of my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Gareth Snell), and is supported by organisations such as Steelite, Churchill and Dudson—I...
Ruth Smeeth: I thank the Minister for his response. I have a great deal of respect for him, and I wish him more luck with Lloyds tomorrow than I had. We need more clarity on a few issues, and the emphasis should be on the banking sector to resolve them, but if they will not act—so far, they have not—the Government and Parliament will have to act to hold them to account. The banks are not being...
Ruth Smeeth: One issue that has been raised with me by my constituents is to do with community groups that fundraise and hold big one-day festivals. They generate cash on that day, but, unlike businesses, which may be able to mitigate some of the problems, they may have volunteers who never have done anything like it before. That is a huge issue. Unfortunately, the post office will take cash deposits of...
Ruth Smeeth: My hon. Friend may not be aware that the price of an average transaction has not increased for nine years. The service is not costing the banks any more money; they just do not want to pay for it any more.
Ruth Smeeth: I thank my right hon. Friend for making such a passionate speech on this subject. One of my issues with the journey times quoted is that I do not believe that any of these journeys have ever been done on public transport. The figures do not take account of how many bus changes may be needed, nor the fact that some of these places are not connectable on public transport. The numbers do not...
Ruth Smeeth: I beg to move, That this House recognises the vital importance of community-based banking; believes that national banks have a responsibility to their customers; is concerned about the effect of branch closure announcements by Lloyds Bank, RBS/Nat West, Santander, Yorkshire Building Society and the Co-operative Bank; and calls on the Government to support measures to protect access to banking...