All 10 results for speaker:Laura Smith

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Taxis: Guide Dogs (19 Oct 2017)

Laura Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to prevent taxi drivers from refusing to carry passengers with guide dogs.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Local Housing Allowance (19 Oct 2017)

Laura Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of unfreezing local housing allowance.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Laura Smith: Today, I hope to give the House an insider’s look at what it can be like for a single parent relying on the benefit system. I became a single parent when my son, who is six, was 14 months old. I was working as a teacher and had no option but to drop my hours and apply for working tax credit. I experienced the process of benefit delay and went many weeks focusing on feeding my son meals...

Monarch Airlines (9 Oct 2017)

Laura Smith: The Secretary of State emphasised that Monarch passengers abroad would be covered until 15 October, but constituents of mine who are due to return on 16 October are worried because there is no information available online. Will the Secretary of State please let me know where they can obtain information, and whether their return is protected or not?

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Laura Smith: On that point, a constituent, Zoe, explained to me how the diagnostic procedures are outdated. Some children are not being diagnosed as autistic because they can do things such as make eye contact, and then that diagnosis is proved to be wrong. She also said: “If you become desperate and obtain a private diagnosis with an expert in the field, you are made to feel that you have bought...

HS2 Update (17 Jul 2017)

Laura Smith: Will the Secretary of State please confirm to my constituents in Crewe and Nantwich that the hub will be situated at the current Crewe station? Will he also confirm how many stops there will be? Crewe will welcome this if Crewe and the workers in Crewe will benefit from the station, but we need to know that we are getting the right number of stops and that the hub will be in the centre of our...

Schools Update (17 Jul 2017)

Laura Smith: Does the Secretary of State think it is right that schools in my constituency are already having to rely on donations from parents for books, stationery and other basic resources? This is not scaremongering; this is actually happening.

Education: Public Funding (4 Jul 2017)

Laura Smith: I represent Crewe and Nantwich, where Cheshire East Council is the worst-funded in Cheshire. My concern is that a primary school in Crewe is cutting six teaching assistants, including the only teaching assistant who can speak Polish. We have a new reception class starting in September with 23 EAL—English as an additional language—children who will have no support. I would like to...

Education: Public Funding (4 Jul 2017)

Laura Smith: You can come too.

Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Bill (3 Jul 2017)

Laura Smith: May I offer you my congratulations on your new role, Madam Deputy Speaker? First, I would like to acknowledge my immediate predecessor, Edward Timpson, who served the previous Government as Minister of State responsible for children and families. Edward was known for his desire to improve the care system for vulnerable children. I would also like to pay tribute to the late MP Mrs Gwyneth...


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