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Cystic Fibrosis Drugs: Orkambi — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (10 Jun 2019)

Jeff Smith: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Bailey. I congratulate the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Paul Scully) and all the other Members who have made thoughtful and powerful contributions. As we heard, it is now more than a year since the Prime Minister called for a “speedy resolution” to this crisis. For years, patients and their loved ones have seen their health decline,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Topical Questions (10 Jun 2019)

Jeff Smith: The Carol Black review of drugs is specifically not considering legislative reform, but that may be exactly what we need to address the violence and harm associated with the drug market, so will the Secretary of State look again at the terms of reference of the review and at least consider that as in the scope of part two of the review?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (22 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: As a Manchester MP, may I thank the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition for their words of remembrance for the victims of the terrorist attack in our city two years ago? In the light of the concerns expressed about delays in accessing compensation, and about the amounts being offered to victims following the attack, will the Government give consideration, when the criminal...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Billy McNeill MBE (20 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: As a lifelong Manchester City fan, I am disappointed that I cannot be in Manchester tonight for the treble winners parade, but this gives me the opportunity to pay tribute to Billy McNeill for his time as manager of City. It was a tough gig being manager of City in the mid-80s, and we should not forget his achievements and the things he did for the club. He left in rather difficult...

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: Forgive me for shuffling my papers, Madam Deputy Speaker; I was not expecting to be called quite so early in the debate. I am grateful to have been called early, but the House will have to bear with me. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Sir Mike Penning) and my hon. Friend the Member for Gower (Tonia Antoniazzi) on securing the debate, on their brilliant campaigning...

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: I am delighted to have given way to my hon. Friend to allow him to pay that tribute to our visitors today. I have received two letters from a constituent of mine, who has asked me to keep his name confidential. I am happy to give it to the Minister on a confidential basis. My constituent first wrote to me on this issue last September, after the Government accepted the principle that we should...

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: The right hon. Gentleman, who set out the case very well, is certainly not an old socialist. As we heard from him, there are multiple examples of patients who want to access medical cannabis, and whose doctors want them to access it, but are not able to do so. These are patients who last year were given hope that their pain, anxiety and seizures would end, only to have their hopes dashed and...

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: My hon. Friend makes a key point. Those hopes were raised. People were promised medicine but that promise has not been delivered upon. It is a source of great frustration.

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: I am about to come to that point, which is the key question. The root of the problem is that we are not talking about an illegal prescription; these are legal prescriptions, but our NHS is unwilling or unable to make them and deliver on them. The question we need to ask today is, what can Ministers and the Government do to help to sort out the situation? What can we do? It is clearly not good...

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: My right hon. Friend makes a good point. The Minister’s letter said that cannabis should only be prescribed where there is “clear published evidence of benefit…and need…and where established treatment options have been exhausted”. My question to the Minister is, do we really think all those hurdles are correct? If cannabis is the best treatment for a condition, we should not have to...

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: Yes, what is the phrase about standing on the shoulders of giants? I think that we all admire the work on this issue carried out by Paul Flynn over many years. I do not understand why the Government will not, at the same time as calling for randomised controlled trails, also look at observational trials, whereby people can actually take the medicine they need and we can see how effective it...

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. Yes, there may be risks, but we should look at the risks of some of the other treatments that people are using. Opiate treatments are much more risky than cannabis. We need to find another way forward. We need to take into account the different types of evidence. We need, really, a bespoke medical response to this. I ask the Minister, how can we use...

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: That is absolutely right. There is almost an irrational fear about the risk of cannabis compared with the risk of some what we might call more conventional treatments that people are already using.

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: My right hon. Friend makes an excellent point. He is absolutely right. I am not aware of any evidence of the product making a condition worse. People have been using cannabis for thousands of years. If these worries about side effects were really justified, I think we would probably have seen them by now.

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. That points to the issue about where we get the product from. The problems, allegedly linked to increased episodes of psychosis, are from high-THC street cannabis, which is not what we mean when we talk about medical cannabis products. As I said, there are lots of different types of cannabis products. They are very often CBD-based, but when they...

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: That is not an unusual case. There are lots of people who want to use medical cannabis and do not want to buy it from the street or go to Holland to import cannabis products, and they are frustrated. I will wind up, because I have been speaking for longer than I intended. On the funding issue, there are cases of clinicians being willing to prescribe but being blocked by trusts or CCGs. What...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (20 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: The Minister talked earlier about the rise in the total number of trained and untrained Army personnel. What proportion are trained and what proportion untrained?

Exiting the European Union: Withdrawal Agreement: Public Vote (16 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of a public vote on the EU withdrawal agreement and political declaration.

Exiting the European Union: Withdrawal Agreement: Public Vote (16 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: What about a vote on the Prime Minister’s deal? In a few weeks’ time, the Prime Minister will have asked MPs no fewer than four times whether we agree with her deal. Does the Secretary of State not think it would be fair to ask the public once whether they agree with the deal?

Serious Violence (15 May 2019)

Jeff Smith: On the subject of drugs, may I just make a suggestion? If we were to legalise and regulate the cannabis trade, we could raise £1 billion a year to put into policing crime. We could also make the product safer and take the trade out of the hands of organised criminal gangs. By regulating our cannabis trade in the way we do with alcohol, we would make our streets safer.


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