Results 1–20 of 486 for speaker:Ruth Smeeth

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Finance (5 Nov 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that people who are in receipt of support under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 are able to pay (a) travel costs that can only be paid in cash and (b) other travel costs in order to attend Home Office reporting centres.

Leaving the EU: Workers’ Rights (29 Oct 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: The Secretary of State has repeatedly discussed pay inflation in response to questions. The west midlands TUC has today published pay level analysis. My constituents are currently experiencing the worst pay squeeze in 200 years and are still earning less in real terms than in 2008. We cannot trust the Government on pay, so how can we trust them to deliver the workers’ rights that I, along...

Health and Social Care: Hearing Aids (29 Oct 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: North Staffordshire clinical commissioning group is the only CCG in the country to restrict hearing aids. It is about to launch its consultation to ensure that all my constituents can get hearing aids when they need them. Does the Minister agree that it should be compliant with NICE guidelines?

Business of the House (28 Oct 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I just want to put on record the fact that my right hon. Friend the Member for Barking (Dame Margaret Hodge) has been re-selected this evening, despite an appalling attack by members of our party. I am delighted she remains a Labour candidate at the next general election.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: West Midlands Trains: Strikes (28 Oct 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 15 May 2003 to Question 113237 on rail strikes, whether West Midlands Trains has an indemnification clause in its franchise agreement with the Department for Transport allowing it to apply for reimbursement for revenues lost as a consequence of official industrial action.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: West Midlands Trains: Strikes (28 Oct 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 15 May 2003 to Question 113237 on rail strikes, whether (a) he or (b) his Department has had any correspondence with West Midlands Trains on reimbursement for potential industrial action.

Business of the House (24 Oct 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: Stoke-on-Trent City Council signed a 25-year deal with Solarplicity for a community energy scheme and thousands signed up, but in August Solarplicity went into administration. The customers were transferred to Toto Energy, but Toto went into administration last night. May we have a debate in Government time on community energy schemes because, good as they are, local authorities have...

Business of the House (22 Oct 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: I have yet to do my first point of order, Mr Speaker. Today, many people on this side of the House walked through and voted for Second Reading. All we are asking for is the opportunity to ensure that the deal, which was presented to us only last night, works for our constituents—and for my local economy. We need slightly more time. I urge the Leader of the House to find more time, so that I...

Defence: Defence Manufacturing Capabilities (21 Oct 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: Project Tempest is delivering and investing in a future fast jet programme. However, given what we are hearing about the potential closure of Brough, may I ask what conversations the Secretary of State is having with BAE Systems about replacement training jets, and what investment he is planning to make in some new Red Arrows?

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Travel (21 Oct 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the frequency of requirements for asylum claimants to attend a Home Office centre are not excessively (a) burdensome and (b) expensive for people more than five miles away from such a centre.

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Finance (8 Oct 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that people who are in receipt of Section 4 support are able to pay (a) travel fares which can only be purchased with cash and (b) other upfront travel costs in order to report at Home Office reporting centres.

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Travel (8 Oct 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to ensure reporting frequencies are not excessively (a) burdensome and (b) expensive for people who live in places where the journey to a Home Office reporting centre is significant.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (7 Oct 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking with representatives of Paypoint UK to ensure that universal credit claimants without access to a bank account receive their entitlement without delay.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Occupational Pensions: Stoke-on-Trent North (7 Oct 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in Stoke-on-Trent North constituency have (a) opted out after being auto-enrolled into a workplace pension and (b) saved more than the auto-enrolment minimum contribution.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft: Repairs and Maintenance (7 Oct 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assurances he has received from Lockhead Martin on the (a) quality of the canopy adhesive used on the F35 and (b) effect on its stealth capability of that adhesive.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement (7 Oct 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will announce the procurement timetable for the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle programme; and what proportion of the build will be undertaken domestically.

Education: Children with Higher Needs: Stoke-on-Trent (9 Sep 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: The Minister has just referred to a report which is currently under way, and which relates to children’s social services rather than the high-needs budget. The cuts proposed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council will cost every secondary school £100,000 and every primary school £50,000. That is money we cannot afford to spend. Will the Minister undertake to accept the request from my neighbour...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Finance (9 Sep 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure people who are in receipt of Section 4 support are able to cover (a) travel fares which can only be purchased with cash and (b) other upfront travel costs in order to report at Home Office reporting centres.

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Finance (9 Sep 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to ensure reporting frequencies are not excessively (a) burdensome and (b) expensive for people who live in places where the journey to a reporting centre is significant.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Porton Down: Procurement (9 Sep 2019)

Ruth Smeeth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many SMEs have been awarded Defence Science and Technology Laboratory contracts.


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