Laura Smith: The hon. Lady is making a very good point, and I agree with a lot of it. Increasingly, local people take it upon themselves to try to help in their community. Does she agree that enforcement alone will never be the sole answer to change behaviour, and that we need more prosecutions to be seen through?
Laura Smith: Among those of us who have been trying to follow President Trump’s tweets over the past week, I cannot be the only person who has found it extremely difficult to keep track of whether he was for military action or against military action, so I wonder whether the Prime Minister can tell us at what point the President instructed her that military action would be taken.
Laura Smith: Whether she is taking steps to reduce the demand for prostitution in the UK.
Laura Smith: Article 6 of the 1979 United Nations convention on gender equality and the empowerment of women positions prostitution as symbolic of women’s continued discrimination and inequality. What is being done to address that and to prevent inequality and discrimination happening to women who find themselves in that vulnerable position?
Laura Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the criteria used to designate housing as affordable for identifying real affordability; and if he will make a statement.
Laura Smith: With local elections taking place in May, it is vital that we have a diverse set of councillors representing our communities. However, only 33% of councillors in England are women, which represents a rise of only 5% in the past 20 years. There is a clear contrast with progress in the House. Does the Minister agree that the progress in improving women’s representation in local government...
Laura Smith: What assessment she has made of trends in the number of in-work households living in poverty.
Laura Smith: Even though they are in work, many families in my constituency of Crewe and Nantwich are struggling to feed their children. That suggests that work is no longer an escape route out of poverty. The Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts that child poverty will increase from the 4.1 million recorded in the Government’s latest figures to 5.2 million by 2022. The Government originally...
Laura Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 19 March 2018 to Question 132626, on Social Services: Minimum Wage, whether EU State Aid Rules allow the full provision of back-pay by the Government for sleep-in shifts.
Laura Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made as assessment of the compatibility of Government provision of back-pay to care providers for sleep-in shifts with EU state aid rules.
Laura Smith: Last year the Prime Minister acknowledged that our social care system is broken and promised to fix it. Since then, two care providers in Crewe and Nantwich have been placed into special measures and another is worried that it may have to close due to a lack of funding. What does the Prime Minister say to providers who say that the local government settlement does not go far enough and that...
Laura Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on additional funding to help meet the sleep-in back pay liability for care providers.
Laura Smith: Today’s statement was an opportunity for the Government to ease the burden on care providers by offering a solution to the sleep-in crisis. Sleep-in shifts are an integral part of public services which the Government have a statutory obligation to provide. Have the Government ruled out paying directly and in full the six years of back pay to which low-paid careworkers are entitled?
Laura Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the views of people living in care homes are taken into account during consultations on the Green Paper on care and support for older people.
Laura Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking ensure that the responses of people who do not have access to the internet are taken into account in its forthcoming consultation on care and support for older people.
Laura Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish the findings of the Deloitte and King's College audit of the liability of the social care sector for sleep-in shifts.
Laura Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the findings of the Deloitte and King's College audit of the liability of the social care sector for sleep-in shifts.
Laura Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the Government fully meeting the costs in the care sector of any liability and back-pay relating to sleep-in shifts.
Laura Smith: I am quite upset about the tone of the Minister’s message, after a debate in which we thought we were getting a bit of movement. As a former teacher, I put on the record that I completely disagree with his statements regarding teachers feeling supported at the present time. I think it is very sad—I saw people in the Public Gallery shaking their heads—that the Government are...
Laura Smith: I am not interrupting; I just want to make a point to the Minister. It is wonderful that deaf people and deaf children are exceeding what has been achieved previously and doing well in terms of their attainment, but these are not equal opportunities. Surely it is the Government’s responsibility to deliver equal opportunities for all children and all people in our society. I just do not...