All 19 results for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Eleanor Smith

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Eleanor Smith: I thank the hon. Member for Glasgow East (David Linden) for securing this debate. Many of my constituents have written to me regarding the degrading process of the work capability assessment and the effect it has on their mental health. They have complained about the lack of mental health expertise and the insensitive way that the questions are worded, which has led many of my constituents...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Eleanor Smith: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. I thank the hon. Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) for bringing this subject to us. I have received a number of emails from constituents highlighting the effect of the public sector pay cap on them. One of my constituents—a single mum of two, who is also a nurse working part-time shifts—has been struggling to...

Backbench Business: Rohingya Crisis — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (28 Nov 2017)

Eleanor Smith: My speech will be very short because everybody will more or less say the same thing that I will. I was one of the delegates who went to Myanmar as part of the CPA group. I also went into that camp, and what I saw has left a mark on me. I am a nurse and have seen many things, but that is the worst of people’s humanity I have ever seen. How people can treat others like that is beyond me....

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4: Relocation (16 Nov 2017)

Eleanor Smith: What recent discussions she has had with Channel 4 on relocating outside London.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4: Relocation (16 Nov 2017)

Eleanor Smith: The Secretary of State keeps saying that this has got to be ensured, but many of us have put bids in, particularly from the west midlands—I am from Wolverhampton so I would want Channel 4 to go there—and we still do not know. What will she do to ensure that any relocation of Channel 4 protects its ability to fund itself through advertising?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2017)

Eleanor Smith: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2017)

Eleanor Smith: How does the Department plan to respond to its own research, which shows that universal credit is a driver of rent arrears among families who rely on it for support?

Exiting the European Union: Transitional Arrangements: Timetable (2 Nov 2017)

Eleanor Smith: What the timetable is for agreement on transitional arrangements for the UK leaving the EU.

Exiting the European Union: Transitional Arrangements: Timetable (2 Nov 2017)

Eleanor Smith: The Chancellor has described the proposal for a transitional arrangement as a “wasting asset” for businesses: the arrangements will become less valuable the longer it takes to negotiate them, as they will cease to provide certainty about the future. Does the Secretary of State agree with that assessment? Will he therefore rule out lengthy negotiations over the terms of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Young Offender Institutions (31 Oct 2017)

Eleanor Smith: What recent steps he has taken in response to the finding of the chief inspector of prisons that no young offender institution inspected in the last year was safe to hold juveniles.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Young Offender Institutions (31 Oct 2017)

Eleanor Smith: Given that no prison is safe for children, that over a third of children in prison have diagnoses of mental health conditions and that nearly 70% of children sent to prison reoffend within a year of release, does the Minister believe that it is time to find an alternative to sending children to prison?

Universal Credit Roll-Out (24 Oct 2017)

Eleanor Smith: I recently had a meeting with the Snow Hill citizens advice bureau in my constituency, which has expressed concerns about the roll-out of the full service. I agree that we need to simplify our benefit system, but universal credit is not working for most of its claimants. The six-week waiting period is pushing claimants further into debt, with some facing more delays if they have complicated...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Eleanor Smith: Before the recess, I handed in a petition on the behalf of my constituents, and I have received several emails since then requesting that I ask the Government to do more. They have suspended the training of Burmese military, but that is not enough. A constituent of mine also pointed out that the media were slow to pick up on the situation, so I want the Government and everyone else to note...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2017)

Eleanor Smith: As of November 2016, youth unemployment in my constituency of Wolverhampton South West was 27%. Now, we are due to have the roll-out in December and this will see the enforcement of the youth obligation. What steps has the Minister taken to ensure that young people who reside in constituencies such as mine are provided with support into employment, while the transition to the full UC service...

Petition - the Rohingya in Myanmar (14 Sep 2017)

Eleanor Smith: This petition is from the Muslim community in my constituency and is about the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The petition states: The petition of residents of the UK, Declares that urgent action should be taken to stop the violence against Myanmar’s Muslim ethnic minority, the Rohingya i.e. genocide, ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity…The petitioners therefore request that...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Eleanor Smith: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry). As a nurse of 40 years, I can say that the issue we are debating today is close to my heart. I, like many other NHS staff, struggled to make ends meet with the 1% pay cap, which acted as a pay cut. Since 2010, NHS staff who have decided to stay in the profession have experienced a real-terms pay cut of 14%. They are...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Eleanor Smith: The hon. Gentleman talks about eight years, but Andrew Lansley’s Bill basically destroyed the NHS. That is why we are in this state with the pay cap. I think the hon. Gentleman has forgotten about that.

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Eleanor Smith: I have been a nurse for 40 years, but this is not just about nursing. There are other groups as well, including occupational therapists and physiotherapists, who are also registered professionals. Along with everybody else, they are just as important as nurses.

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Eleanor Smith: I am proud to address the Chamber as the newly elected representative of the people of Wolverhampton South West. Whether they voted for me or for the Conservative, Liberal Democrat or Green party representative, I will endeavour to represent them in the House to the best of my ability. I pay tribute to my predecessor, Rob Marris, who stood down when the general election was called. He was a...


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