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Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Businesses and Covid-19 (29 Sep 2020)

Jeff Smith: I used to work in the nightclub industry, like 70,000 people in the UK. Clubs are currently shut down on Government advice and are getting no support on rent, rates or other overheads. Loans are no good because they are just building up the debt. These are businesses that will be not just viable, but thriving businesses and good employers if they can get through the covid shutdown. What are...

Covid-19 (28 Sep 2020)

Jeff Smith: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Wycombe (Mr Baker), especially as, unusually, I agreed with much of what he said. If I have the time, I want to talk about three issues: the return of universities, support for closed-down industries and communication for areas in lockdown. But I have to start with the urgent question of the 10 pm hard closure for pubs and restaurants. There...

Written Answers — Home Office: Passports: Applications (28 Sep 2020)

Jeff Smith: What recent progress her Department has made on reducing the time it takes to process passport applications.

Occupied Palestinian Territories (24 Sep 2020)

Jeff Smith: I welcome this debate, and I endorse the principles outlined by my hon. Friend the Member for Aberavon (Stephen Kinnock) in his excellent introductory speech. Like him, I consider myself a friend of Israel and a supporter of the Palestinian cause and Palestinian statehood, and I think a two-state solution is the only way to get a lasting peaceful outcome. I visited the west bank in...

Occupied Palestinian Territories (24 Sep 2020)

Jeff Smith: I do not disagree. I might phrase it differently, but my hon. Friend makes an important point. We need to think about how we can practically influence the Israeli Government to abandon the plans. We have talked in this House about sanctions against Governments that break international law, and Crimea was mentioned earlier. We were talking a couple of hours ago about sanctions on Belarus, and...

Business of the House (17 Sep 2020)

Jeff Smith: Every year in England, more than 100,000 people in problem debt attempt to take their own lives. It is complex, and there are a range of factors that lead to somebody in debt becoming suicidal, but research shows that a key factor is receiving intimidating letters from lenders. That is a real concern with millions more people facing debt as a result of the crisis. Will the Leader of the House...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Mental Health Services: Homelessness (10 Sep 2020)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS England announcement, Rough sleepers in homeless hotspots to benefit from NHS mental health outreach, published on 14 October 2019, whether the roll-out of that initiative will go ahead as planned due to the covid-19 outbreak.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Mental Health (10 Sep 2020)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to co-ordinate the Government's support for people’s mental health and wellbeing in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

Covid-19 Update (8 Sep 2020)

Jeff Smith: With the universities returning shortly, there will be lots of students moving into shared houses, so there is real concern in communities like mine in south Manchester, where there are lots of houses in multiple occupation. There is clearly plenty of good work going on to make campuses covid-secure, but the recently published SAGE advice is very thin on community spread around universities....

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Metaldehyde (8 Sep 2020)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 March 2020 to Question 30111 on Metaldehyde, when the Government plans to make a fresh decision on whether the sale and use of metaldehyde products should continue to be authorised.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Mental Illness (7 Sep 2020)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on potential difficulties that people with mental health problems have in applying for benefits during the covid-19 outbreak.

International Trade: Environmental Protection Standards: Future Trade Agreements (3 Sep 2020)

Jeff Smith: What discussions she has had with UK trade partners on maintaining environmental protection standards in future trade agreements.

International Trade: Environmental Protection Standards: Future Trade Agreements (3 Sep 2020)

Jeff Smith: The former Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, said that the major role he played in his country’s trade negotiations was ensuring “that we weren’t sidetracked by peripheral issues such as… environmental standards”. Does his potential appointment as a policy adviser to the Board of Trade mean that that is the Government’s new approach? How can the Government reassure us that...

Channel Crossings in Small Boats (2 Sep 2020)

Jeff Smith: The Minister talked earlier—with some pride, I think—about our taking the highest number of applications from unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, which is good. Overall, the UK takes three times fewer asylum applications than France, three times fewer than Spain and four times fewer than Germany. So if we were to reopen safe routes properly, what level of asylum applications does he...

Summer Adjournment (22 Jul 2020)

Jeff Smith: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Wealden (Ms Ghani). I congratulate her on mentioning the Uyghur Muslims; she is right to do so, and it is a shame that we have not had the opportunity to debate that situation properly in the House. I also join her in thanking the officers and staff of the House for keeping us running and keeping us safe over the recent months. I want to take...

BBC (21 Jul 2020)

Jeff Smith: The Government have been completely disingenuous about this issue all along. Let us be honest: the BBC was given no choice but to take on responsibility for TV licences. My hon. Friend the Member for City of Chester (Christian Matheson) is absolutely right: the Government should not be outsourcing their welfare policy or, indeed, their manifesto promises to the BBC. Funding for the BBC’s...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Concert Halls and Theatres: Coronavirus (21 Jul 2020)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with (a) theatres, (b) live music venues, (c) concert halls and (d) arenas on the average capacity that they require to make a profit as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (9 Jul 2020)

Jeff Smith: This report is vindication for the campaigners, but it will also provide relief for the McLellan family and the Pierce family, constituents of mine whose lives have been blighted for decades by the consequences of Primodos. I am particularly pleased that one of the recommendations is for an ex-gratia scheme for discretionary payments to the families for their costs, but I remind the House...

Business of the House (9 Jul 2020)

Jeff Smith: Earlier this week, I chaired a meeting of the all-party parliamentary group on mental health. We heard about a worrying rise in urgent mental health referrals and a similarly worrying reduction in routine referrals, flagging up a probable pent-up demand on mental health services. May we have a debate on how the NHS can be helped to deal with the mental health consequences of the pandemic?

Attorney General: Crown Prosecution Service: Case Backlog (9 Jul 2020)

Jeff Smith: What discussions she has had with the CPS on its role in reducing the backlog of cases waiting to come before the courts.


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