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Results 101–120 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

Proportional Representation: House of Commons — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (23 Apr 2019)

Cat Smith: I welcome the Under-Secretary of State for Wales, the hon. Member for Torbay (Kevin Foster), to his new position, and wish the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, the hon. Member for Norwich North (Chloe Smith) all the best on her maternity leave. I am sure that he will ably cover her post. Before addressing proportional representation, I want to highlight the feeling, which has come...

Business of the House (11 Apr 2019)

Cat Smith: It is now obvious that the UK will be taking part in the European Union parliamentary elections and, as a consequence, the regulated spend period began on 23 January. This will have implications not just for political parties, but for non-party campaigning organisations that may already have spent over the limit on targeted online adverts. Before the House goes into Easter recess, can the...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Funding for Youth Services (11 Apr 2019)

Cat Smith: The Opposition welcome the Government’s recognition of the importance of youth services with their commitment today to a youth charter. The Minister will be aware that there is a strong economic case for investing in youth services, with Ofsted saying that cuts are “a false economy” leading to “greater pressures elsewhere”. We know that the cost of late intervention is estimated to...

Voter Id Pilots (10 Apr 2019)

Cat Smith: (Urgent Question): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on the Government’s voter ID trials ahead of local government elections.

Voter Id Pilots (10 Apr 2019)

Cat Smith: Thank you for granting this urgent question, Mr Speaker. Next month, voters in 10 local authorities across England will be using the voter ID pilots in local elections. These schemes have been the focus of significant controversy. At last year’s local elections, where there were five pilot areas, the Minister appeared to celebrate the fact that at least 350 citizens were excluded from...

Voter Id Pilots (10 Apr 2019)

Cat Smith: indicated dissent.

Votes at 16 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (3 Apr 2019)

Cat Smith: Will the Minister give way?

Votes at 16 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (3 Apr 2019)

Cat Smith: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. We have heard a great many contributions from Members on both sides of the Chamber, and we have had quite a lot of consensus. It is notable that we have heard fantastic contributions from a number of Members from Scottish constituencies. There is a really strong argument that, where people have seen votes for 16 and 17-year-olds...

Votes at 16 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (3 Apr 2019)

Cat Smith: The hon. Gentleman is confusing two different issues. One is about our rights as citizens; the other is much more about society, welfare and protection. Basically, there are some things that a person can do that will kill them; however, voting is not known to lead to death, at least not directly. When people make such arguments regarding the right to buy alcohol, cigarettes or fireworks, it...

Votes at 16 — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (3 Apr 2019)

Cat Smith: The hon. Lady makes the point that life experience is different for everyone, and all of us come here with very different life experiences. Many 16, 17 and 18-year-olds have experienced far more in their lives than a 40, 50 or 60-year-old, and she is right to make that point. I must make some progress, because I am aware that I need to leave time for the Minister’s response, which we are...

Permitted Development and Shale Gas Exploration (28 Mar 2019)

Cat Smith: My hon. Friend is making a passionate speech. As a fellow Lancashire MP, I am sure he also hears from his constituents about their concerns about earth tremors and earthquakes caused by fracking. In response, the Government have brought in a traffic light warning system. Many of my constituents are concerned that that traffic light warning system is maintained and stays in place, despite the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Leaving the EU: Fisheries Policy (28 Mar 2019)

Cat Smith: Over the years, the face of the fishing industry has changed, as is reflected in the town of Fleetwood. We export 70% of what we land, and we import the vast majority of what we consume as a country. With a view to preventing fish rotting at the borders, what is the Secretary of State’s assessment of how tariffs or trade uncertainty could impact the industry after we leave the common...

Gaza Border Deaths: Unhrc Inquiry (22 Mar 2019)

Cat Smith: The Minister will be aware that, as of December last year, there was less than a month’s supply left of 42% of the essential medicines in Gaza. Indeed, in the 11 years since the illegal blockade, the Gazan medical system has reached the verge of collapse. If the Government will not vote for the recommendations in the report, to what concrete actions will they commit themselves?

Gaza Border Deaths: Unhrc Inquiry (22 Mar 2019)

Cat Smith: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Gaza Border Deaths: Unhrc Inquiry (22 Mar 2019)

Cat Smith: Thank you, Mr Speaker. May I seek your guidance on how much notice a Member would expect to get when a Secretary of State is visiting their constituency? I have just had an email—it is after midday—from the Department for Work and Pensions informing me that the Secretary of State is visiting my constituency.

Emergency Summit on Knife Crime (22 Mar 2019)

Cat Smith: The causes of this appalling rise in knife crime—particularly among young people—are complex, as are the solutions, so may I draw the Minister’s attention to three facts? Since 2010, 760 youth centres have closed, 4,500 youth worker jobs have gone, and annual budgets for local authority youth services have been cut by more than £700 million. Does she agree that Government cuts have...

European Council: Article 50 Extension (22 Mar 2019)

Cat Smith: The Minister has said an awful lot about what he thinks, but not so much about what he knows. Does he think the Prime Minister even wants to get her deal through? She has to convince Members of this House to vote for it, but her irresponsible speech in Downing Street on Wednesday evening has seen increased hostility and threats, including death threats, towards Members of this House from...

Backbench Business - Services for People with Autismbackbench Business: Valproate Pregnancy Prevention Programme (21 Mar 2019)

Cat Smith: I am raising the issue of the valproate pregnancy prevention programme today as a result of tireless campaigning by my constituent Janet Williams. Along with her friend Emma Murphy, Janet, who is here today, launched the Independent Fetal Anti-Convulsant Trust, or INFACT, in November 2012, and they have almost single-handedly kept the issue of disabilities caused by anticonvulsant medication...

Point of Order: Points of Order (14 Mar 2019)

Cat Smith: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Yesterday, during Cabinet Office questions, I asked about a phone conference that had taken place between the Cabinet Office and regional returning officers at which the preparations for the European Parliament elections had been discussed. The Minister without Portfolio responded, saying it was “simply not true”. In today’s Guardian, however, the...

Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Topical Questions (13 Mar 2019)

Cat Smith: There have been reports that the Conservative party is preparing to take part in the upcoming European elections. The Opposition have heard that on Monday, there was a telephone conference between the Cabinet Office and regional returning officers, who would run such an election, during which preparations for European elections were discussed. Are the Government saying one thing in public and...


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