Results 1–20 of 614 for speaker:Alyn Smith

Smartphones and Social Media: Children — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (14 May 2024)

Alyn Smith: It is good to see you in your place, Sir George. I congratulate the hon. Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Miriam Cates) on a good introduction to a complex, pressing policy area. This is not an academic exercise: these issues have real-world consequences for real families. In Dunblane in Stirling, recently we saw the terrible case of Murray Dowey. Murray was a bright, happy...

Smartphones and Social Media: Children — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (14 May 2024)

Alyn Smith: I will not. I need to make progress. I have been contacted by hundreds of parents across Stirling who likewise want to see action. It is up to us to decide what that action needs to be, but being aware that we need to do more is a good place to start. On the petition, I am less convinced that banning smartphone access for under-16s would be effective— I think it could encourage a backlash...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Freeports: Finance (10 May 2024)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the adequacy of funding arrangements for Freeports.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Freeports: Finance (10 May 2024)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the return of investment from Freeports for (a) the UK economy, (b) the Scottish economy and (c) shareholders and private investors.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Freeports: Finance (10 May 2024)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether he has made an estimate of the of the proportion of projected profits earned by Freeports to be received by (a) offshore investors, (b) UK companies and (c) Scottish companies.

Written Answers — Treasury: Revenue and Customs: Correspondence ( 9 May 2024)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking with HMRC to help ensure taxpayers receive (a) prompt and (b) accurate responses to queries.

Scotland: Youth Mobility: European Commission Scheme ( 1 May 2024)

Alyn Smith: What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential impact of the European Commission’s proposal for a youth mobility scheme on young people in Scotland.

Scotland: Youth Mobility: European Commission Scheme ( 1 May 2024)

Alyn Smith: I have to say that I am bemused by that answer. I will never shake in my view that Brexit was an act of gross harm against the next generation, particularly in Scotland, where we rejected it. But we are where we are, and the EU has offered the UK a comprehensive youth mobility scheme up to the age of 30 for four years. That strikes me as a fantastic deal. Scotland wants to do it, so why is...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Illegal Migration: International Co-operation (30 Apr 2024)

Alyn Smith: The only way to stop boats at sea and illegal migration is through structured co-operation with our neighbours and internationally. I welcome the signing on 23 February of the agreement between the UK and EU’s Frontex border protection service, but is it properly funded and what mechanisms are in place to review that funding as it evolves? Surely the Minister must agree with me that the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: UK Internal Trade: Labelling (22 Apr 2024)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of introducing Not for EU labelling on agricultural businesses.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: UK Internal Trade: Labelling (22 Apr 2024)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of introducing Not for EU labelling on trends in consumer behaviour in the purchase of agricultural products from UK-based businesses.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Higher Education: Overseas Students (18 Apr 2024)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress her Department has made in implementing the objectives of the International Education Strategy to increase the (a) value of education exports and (b) number of international higher education students studying in the UK.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Higher Education: Overseas Students (18 Apr 2024)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to (a) promote and (b) protect education exports.

Written Answers — Home Office: Higher Education: Overseas Students (18 Apr 2024)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that (a) the UK visa system and (b) Government discourse on migration encourage international students to choose (i) Scotland and (ii) the UK as their study destination.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Gaza: Sustainable Ceasefire (12 Mar 2024)

Alyn Smith: The best way to deal with a sustainable ceasefire is obviously to deal with the ongoing humanitarian crisis, and that is best done by UNRWA, not through individual bilateral actions. The Minister mentions states that have suspended their funding, and the situation is evolving really fast. The EU has just announced €50 million for UNRWA, and two further tranches of €16 million, subject to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food: Labelling ( 8 Mar 2024)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to improve food labelling so that (a) consumers are effectively informed on which products have been produced (i) locally and (ii) in the UK and (b) local products are not undercut by external competition which is not produced to the same standard.

Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Feb 2024)

Alyn Smith: One of the few good things to come out of Wednesday’s stramash last week was that the House united around a call for an immediate ceasefire. Now, I welcome that—that is progress. The Prime Minister was just given an opportunity by my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdeen South (Stephen Flynn) to commit to the UK’s representatives in the United Nations and elsewhere articulating that...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: EU Defence Policy (28 Feb 2024)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Air Power Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: EU Defence Policy (28 Feb 2024)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Arctic Command and Control Effector and Sensor System Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: EU Defence Policy (28 Feb 2024)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s CBRN Defence Training Range Permanent Structured Cooperation project.


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