Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effect of restricting High in Fat, Salt or Sugar (HFSS) food advertising during all programmes before the 9pm watershed relative to existing restrictions on such advertising on (a) children's exposure to HFSS food and (b) children's obesity rates.
Jeff Smith: What steps his Department is taking to ensure that personal independence payment assessments are undertaken fairly and appropriately.
Jeff Smith: Citizens Advice and the mental health charity Mind told the Public Accounts Committee in March that private contractor assessors were comprehensively failing claimants with mental health issues, so what progress has been made since in the recruitment of registered mental health nurses by healthcare assessment providers to ensure that claimants with mental health issues get the support they need?
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been spent on training and resources to enable local emergency services to better respond to possible incidents involving transport of nuclear warheads and high level nuclear waste passing through their areas in the last five years.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what notice is given to local government emergency services on nuclear warhead convoys and consignments of high level nuclear waste passing through their areas.
Jeff Smith: What plans he has to consult representatives of the higher education sector as part of his Department's preparations for the UK exiting the EU.
Jeff Smith: The Erasmus exchange programme has enabled 200,000 UK students and 20,000 staff to spend time abroad. That enhances their employability, improves their knowledge and promotes understanding between cultures. What is the plan to ensure that that kind of valuable exchange can continue in future?
Jeff Smith: What discussions he has had with the incoming US Administration on their policy on article 5 of the NATO treaty.
Jeff Smith: At the recent Warsaw summit, NATO leaders made a commitment to step up collective action against Daesh. What assurances has the Secretary of State had from the incoming Administration that they remain committed to that and to the principle of collective defence in working with allies in the fight against Daesh?
Jeff Smith: What plans the Government have to bring forward legislative proposals to reduce the number of members of the House of Lords.
Jeff Smith: Even the House of Lords now thinks the House of Lords is too big, so how can it be the Government’s priority to reduce the elected house by 50 Members, when under David Cameron the Lords expanded by 260?
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that a care advisor is provided to support adults in the neuromuscular service at Salford Royal NHS Trust.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to increase specialist neuromuscular consultant support for children attending Royal Manchester Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Jeff Smith: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Betts. I congratulate the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on a comprehensive and valuable report on the air quality crisis that we face in this country. I am pleased that the Committee is continuing to take evidence on DEFRA’s plans following the High Court ruling that the Government have comprehensively failed to address...
Jeff Smith: What we do not get in Manchester is the support and resource to do it, as the other five cities do. I was told in July 2016 that Greater Manchester was denied funding and support for a clean air zone because of predictions that the city region would not break the EU directive limit. However, it emerged during the recent High Court case that DEFRA originally included Greater Manchester in the...
Jeff Smith: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Northampton South (David Mackintosh) who, like me, brings experience of local government to the debate. I do not intend to speak for long, but I want to echo concerns that have been raised about the Bill. Like others, I welcome it in principle. I welcome more flexibility for councils to make spending decisions closer to home. We have certainly...
Jeff Smith: There is an issue with rural funding that needs to be looked at. We calculate that if Manchester had had a fair and equal share of funding cuts across England—not protection from cuts, but the average cut—we would be £1.5 million a week better off, which would go a long way in local government spending. I agree with my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts) that the...
Jeff Smith: rose—
Jeff Smith: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker.
Jeff Smith: Thank you also for that, Madam Deputy Speaker—I am grateful. It is quite right, of course, that other parliamentary business should be shelved over the next couple of weeks so that we can debate article 50, and that includes the Bus Services Bill. In Manchester, we have been demanding London-style bus franchising powers for many years. We can wait a little longer, but may I encourage the...