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Written Answers — Department for Transport: South Western Railway: Compensation (25 Jul 2018)

Laura Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 28 June 2018 to Question 155260 on rail strikes, whether South Western Railway has made an application in the last 12 months to reimburse the company for revenues lost as a result of official industrial action.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Jul 2018)

Laura Smith: Will the Minister explain what the Prime Minister’s Brexit proposals would mean for those working for two of the largest employers in my constituency, Bentley Motors and the NHS?

Backbench Business: Defined-benefit Pension Schemes (10 Jul 2018)

Laura Smith: I thank hon. Members for attending this important debate. It is great to hear the Minister respond to the issues that I raised, and I thank him, especially for agreeing to meet me to discuss the ongoing issues at Bentley Motors. I also thank the hon. Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Jack Dromey) for his detailed response and for his continued efforts. I know he will continue to keep a...

Backbench Business: Defined-benefit Pension Schemes (10 Jul 2018)

Laura Smith: I beg to move, That this House has considered protecting defined-benefit pension schemes. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone, and to introduce this important debate. I welcome my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Jack Dromey) and the Minister; their presence underlines the importance of this issue. There are few more precious assets than a...

Backbench Business: Defined-benefit Pension Schemes (10 Jul 2018)

Laura Smith: I thank my hon. Friend for making that point. From my conversation with the Minister before the debate, I am sure he will be happy to talk about that in his speech and when he meets the Pensions Regulator. The Green Paper shows that there has been a clear decline in gilt yields over the past two decades. The public sector trade union, Unison, is of the view that most schemes that did not...

Backbench Business: Defined-benefit Pension Schemes (10 Jul 2018)

Laura Smith: I apologise to the hon. Gentleman—it was hard to hear him because of the sound of the fans. I will come on to those points. Basing assumptions on gilts may artificially inflate deficits and future service costs for the sponsoring employer and scheme members. That may lead to the unnecessary closure of schemes to new members and future benefit accrual. Unison’s experience is that...

Backbench Business: Defined-benefit Pension Schemes (10 Jul 2018)

Laura Smith: I touched on why I have concerns about that. As I said, securing member benefits should be paramount. What reassurance can the Minister give me that the eventual framework will ensure that employers’ decisions are focused on that objective? If an employer has the means to get a buy-out and that is the best way to guarantee scheme members’ benefits, it should get a buy-out. We need...

Public Bill Committee: Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill: Examination of Witness (10 Jul 2018)

Laura Smith: Women’s Aid and Professor Clare McGlynn have argued that the Bill’s scope needs to be extended so that victims of all image-based sexual offences have the right of anonymity in court. What are your views on thisQ ?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Antarctic: Marine Protected Areas (6 Jul 2018)

Laura Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterparts on the Antarctic Commission on the establishment of a marine protected area in the Weddell Sea.

Petition - Home Education: Draft Guidance and Consultation (4 Jul 2018)

Laura Smith: I present this petition on behalf of home educators in my constituency who feel that there has been a failure to consult them as stakeholders in the creation of the new guidelines, going against Government policies on consultation. The petition states: The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to withdraw the draft guidance and the consultation, until it...

Estimates Day: Department for Education (3 Jul 2018)

Laura Smith: Since the introduction of the new code of practice, there has been a significant increase in the number of pupils eligible to access special educational needs funding, but no proportionate increase in funding from central Government. Does my hon. Friend agree that the Government need to examine pressures on SEN budgets as part of their spending review, to help struggling local authorities...

Ministry of Justice: Department of Health and Social Care and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (2 Jul 2018)

Laura Smith: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Northampton South (Andrew Lewer). One thing I think we can all agree on is that we take our health for granted. We all get bogged down with everyday worries and problems, and all too frequently we hear the phrase, often from those who are more experienced, “Your health is the most important thing. Don’t take it for granted.” Of...

Ministry of Justice: Department of Health and Social Care and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (2 Jul 2018)

Laura Smith: I absolutely agree. The careworker who contacted me described how careworkers feel that they have no voice and no respect. Is it any wonder that more than 900 careworkers leave their job every day? The way that this crisis is being handled is utterly disgraceful, and the Government have missed opportunity after opportunity to put things right. How can we expect the care sector to function,...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Social Services: Minimum Wage (28 Jun 2018)

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.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fly-tipping (28 Jun 2018)

Laura Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made an assessment of the effectiveness of local authorities in reducing incidents of fly-tipping; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Palliative Care: North of England (27 Jun 2018)

Laura Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the time taken to provide patients in the north of England with palliative care.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Colorectal Cancer: Screening (27 Jun 2018)

Laura Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the relevant Clinical Reference Group plans to make its decision in relation to NICE guidance on testing for Lynch syndrome.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Academies: Asbestos (27 Jun 2018)

Laura Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to bring forward legislation requiring academies to have an asbestos management plan that is audited annually; and if he will make a statement.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office: Voter ID Pilots (27 Jun 2018)

Laura Smith: What representations he has received on the legality of the voter ID pilots.


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