Results 81–100 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

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,...

Cabinet Office: Voter Identification (23 Oct 2019)

Cat Smith: We seem to be importing a lot from across the pond. If it is not Trumpian trade deals weakening workers’ protections and opening our NHS to further privatisation, it is repressive voter ID laws that are well used by right-wing Republicans as an act of voter suppression. Is the Minister ashamed to be part of a Government who are learning lessons from the US Republican party on voter...

Eden Project North (Morecambe) (17 Oct 2019)

Cat Smith: The hon. Gentleman is making a strong case for Eden of the north. I was very touched by his comments about Morecambe bay, but he forgot to mention one thing: quite how stunning it is. I might be biased—I was born on one side of it, and now I live on the other—but it is the most beautiful part of the country. Does he agree that Eden Project North has the potential to transform not just the...

Eden Project North (Morecambe) (17 Oct 2019)

Cat Smith: The hon. Gentleman is making a strong case for the collaboration that is truly going on to try to make Eden Project North happen. I hope that he can see, while he is reading his speech, that the Minister is making some very positive nods of the head. I hope that means that the Minister has his cheque book ready to ensure that the project can be delivered. The hon. Gentleman has made some...

Eden Project North (Morecambe) (17 Oct 2019)

Cat Smith: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that this is not just about the population who live in the area? The Lake district, which is just up the road from both our constituencies, will also offer plenty of visitors who could visit Eden Project North.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (7 Oct 2019)

Cat Smith: Why are the Government not tracking young people when they leave the youth obligation? As such, how do they know whether the scheme works? [Interruption.]

Petition - Rail Link to Fleetwood (3 Oct 2019)

Cat Smith: I rise to register my constituents’ deep concerns about the poor public transport links to Fleetwood. This petition has been organised by the campaign group “Fleetwood Back on Track”. The petitioners are concerned that Fleetwood has poor public transport connections and relies on just one road in and out; all the while the old railway track is still there, but not in use. The petition...

Business of the House (3 Oct 2019)

Cat Smith: As the longest parliamentary Session draws to a close, the Government have had plenty of time to pass their Bills through this place. I am reminded that on 25 July I asked the Leader of the House the whereabouts of the Fisheries Bill, and he reassured me by saying, “all will be well”. But all is not well. The Fisheries Bill, the Agriculture Bill and the Immigration and Social Security...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (3 Oct 2019)

Cat Smith: Given that spending on youth work has fallen by £880 million since 2010, I was very interested in the Government’s announcement this week, but note that it is just £50 million a year in revenue for the sector. Given that at least 760 youth centres have closed their doors and 14,500 youth and community workers have lost their jobs since 2010, does the Secretary of State think that the...

Health Infrastructure Plan (30 Sep 2019)

Cat Smith: I am pleased that my persistent and passionate campaigning for the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust must have been heard by those on the Government Benches; I am sure it has nothing to do with the two marginal constituencies of Morecambe and Lunesdale, and Barrow and Furness, which fall into the trust’s footprint. When constituents get in touch with me frustrated...


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