Results 61–80 of 700 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Cat Smith

Defence: Topical Questions (3 Feb 2020)

Cat Smith: When a service child moves to a new school, it is up to the old school to flag this on the student’s file, otherwise there could be a delay in receiving the service pupil premium. What discussions has the Minister had with the Education Secretary about the guidance provided to schools to ensure that every service child gets the education they deserve?

Transport: Topical Questions (30 Jan 2020)

Cat Smith: As a long-time campaigner for the line to Fleetwood to be reopened, I welcome the fact that the Secretary of State was in Poulton-le-Fylde this week, announcing £100,000 for a feasibility study into the line. However, I was concerned that he said in his speech that one of the reasons why we are at the front of the queue is that we have all the stations on the line already. Of course, we do...

UKAEA Public Service Pension Scheme (28 Jan 2020)

Cat Smith: I beg to move, That this House has considered the UKAEA Public Service Pension Scheme survivor’s pension. It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Gray, for this short but important debate. I requested the debate to highlight the inconsistent and discriminatory application of rules across public sector pension schemes in respect of awarding survivor benefits to unmarried partners upon...

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Cat Smith: This year we mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. I thank the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust for everything it does to ensure that the whole country remembers the 6 million Jews murdered during the holocaust, as well as the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides. My hon. Friend the Member for Hampstead and Kilburn (Tulip...

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Cat Smith: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point and I hope that it is one of the points that is explored during the debate, but if he will forgive me, I would like to get on with my speech. As Primo Levi said, monsters do exist in our world, but they are too few to be truly dangerous; more dangerous are those who are willing to follow their evil without asking questions. It is our job in this...

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Cat Smith: I thank my right hon. Friend for raising that incredibly valid and painful point with regard to social media companies. I pay tribute to her work on always challenging antisemitism wherever it raises its head, even when it can be very uncomfortable to do so. She raises topics around the way in which social media companies seem to be given a free rein and how it is so hard to remove these...

Wuhan Coronavirus: Holocaust Memorial Day (23 Jan 2020)

Cat Smith: Absolutely; I want nothing more. As Primo Levi said, “we too are so dazzled by power and prestige as to forget our essential fragility. Willingly or not we come to terms with power, forgetting that we are all in the ghetto, that the ghetto is walled in, that outside the ghetto reign the lords of death, and that close by the train is waiting.” I regret that I am not able to stay for the...

Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (22 Jan 2020)

Cat Smith: What plans have the Government to bring the House of Lords into the 21st century? If, as I suspect, the answer is none, may I remind the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster that it was the House of Lancaster that won the Wars of the Roses, and may I suggest, if the Government are looking to relocate their lordships, that we have a fine mediaeval castle in the city of Lancaster which has...

Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill (21 Jan 2020)

Cat Smith: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Bill (21 Jan 2020)

Cat Smith: I thank the Secretary of State; she is being very generous. One of the concerns that my constituents will have is around the payments from the Rural Payments Agency, which has received huge cuts since 2010. The civil servants who are working to deliver payments to farmers obviously work very hard, and I have some very positive stories in casework that I could show her. However, a huge...

Education: Topical Questions (20 Jan 2020)

Cat Smith: I draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. A significant proportion of teaching staff in our higher education institutions are casualised. Is the Minister aware of the University and College Union report published today, which illustrates this culture of fixed-term and casual contracts? Will he join me in welcoming the changes at Lancaster...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Full-fibre and Gigabit-capable Broadband (16 Jan 2020)

Cat Smith: Will the Minister congratulate my constituents who are involved with Broadband for the Rural North—B4RN—which prides itself on delivering full-fibre gigabit broadband, not just gigabit-capable broadband, to thousands of properties in my constituency? Phil Hughes from B4RN tells me that it is much cheaper sometimes to deliver this broadband in very rural areas than in semi-urban areas,...

Flybe (14 Jan 2020)

Cat Smith: Following the Monarch and Thomas Cook debacles, what lessons has the Minister learned and which of them will he apply to the situation with Flybe?

Business of the House (9 Jan 2020)

Cat Smith: As I am the fifth Member to ask about rail, the Leader of the House can be in no doubt about the strength of feeling on both sides about transport infrastructure. Can we have a Transport Minister before us so that we can question them on details of the recent announcements on the reopening of lines closed under Beeching? I am particularly keen to raise the reopening of the line to Fleetwood.

Treasury: Street Crime (7 Jan 2020)

Cat Smith: My constituents in Fleetwood have been left reeling over an unprecedented spate of armed robberies in shops in the town over the festive period. Does the Minister think that the cuts to police numbers and the fact that they now have to be replaced was the wrong decision to make a decade ago? Does he not see that not just the cuts to police numbers but cuts to youth services that help to work...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill: Early parliamentary general election (29 Oct 2019)

Cat Smith: I beg to move amendment 2, page 1, line 2, leave out “12” and insert “9”. This amendment would change the date of the proposed general election to Monday 9 December.

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill: Early parliamentary general election (29 Oct 2019)

Cat Smith: The Prime Minister came to office promising to deliver Brexit by 31 October, and he has failed. He has shown his utter incompetence, and he simply cannot be trusted. We have consistently said that we will support a general election once a no deal is absolutely off the table and when a date can be fixed in law. After lengthy denial by the Prime Minister, we have now reached that point, which...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Oct 2019)

Cat Smith: This Government are in complete disarray. After yesterday’s vote, we now have a Prime Minister who has suffered 10 embarrassing defeats in this House and two historic court rulings against him. He has shown his utter incompetence as Prime Minister. The Prime Minister came to office promising to deliver Brexit by 31 October, accompanied with the usual sensationalist language about dying in...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Oct 2019)

Cat Smith: I will not give way; time is very limited. The purpose of a general election is to let the people decide the future of our country. It therefore must be conducted in a way that is accessible to as many people as possible. We will therefore be supporting amendments that achieve this. Students should not be disenfranchised by an election date which will not allow them to vote at their term-time...

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (24 Oct 2019)

Cat Smith: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing yet another Adjournment debate on the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is, indeed, a sorry state of affairs when we find ourselves debating the trust once again. He makes important points about the staff, who work incredibly hard. Does he share my concern that the CQC report said that the staff did not always feel respected,...


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