Jeff Smith: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. I am probably not going to take any more interventions because I want to give the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on mental health time to make remarks and to hear from the Minister. I will rattle through the rest of my comments. The report suggests that the peer workforce, where people with their own personal experience of mental illness...
Jeff Smith: I am sure that most of us will have viewed the outcome of the Brazilian presidential election with some alarm in terms of the implications for human rights and the rule of law. How are the Government going to approach their future relationship with the Bolsonaro Administration?
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the report published by the Trussell Trust on 5 October 2018 entitled The next stages of Universal Credit, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure that people switching to universal credit do not fall into food poverty.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding her Department has allocated to training staff on universal credit working in (a) her Department's call centres and (b) job centres.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9 October 2018 to Question 173617 on Asylum: Dunkirk, what programmes the Government is funding to improve security at the shared border in northern France.
Jeff Smith: It is reported that the Government are considering a proposal to make the transition period renewable on an annual basis. Are those reports accurate?
Jeff Smith: I will be as brief as possible, Mrs Moon. I congratulate the hon. Member for Inverclyde (Ronnie Cowan) on securing this debate and on his long and strong advocacy on these issues. I am tempted to say only that I agree with everything that he said, because I do, but I have a few brief comments to add. First, I want to say how disappointing it is to see the Minister and the shadow Minister in...
Jeff Smith: It is counting up. Have I really had all that time? I cannot quite believe how long I have been speaking for. Not only does our drug policy not work, but it causes problems, not least through unnecessary criminalisation. In 2017, nearly 38,000 people were unnecessarily criminalised, which leads to poorer life chances and a cycle of prison. Then there is the cost: if we include all the costs...
Jeff Smith: What recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of armed forces personnel.
Jeff Smith: The Armed Forces Pay Review Body reports that the outflow rates—personnel leaving the armed forces—are at “historically high levels” under this Government. Why does the Minister think that is?
Jeff Smith: There is a huge opportunity for economic growth in the solar industry, but the news that the export tariff is being scrapped has alarmed many clean energy providers. More than 300 organisations, from small solar co-operatives up to Nissan, have signed a letter calling on the Secretary of State to reinstate the tariff. I am grateful to the Minister for meeting me in the past to discuss...
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many asthma inhalers have been issued (a) in England and (b) in each region to (i) adults and (ii) children in each of the last 10 years.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government plans to take to ensure the social housing system supports people with mental health problems.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has taken to encourage social media platforms to put in place protections to prevent personal details being shared publicly without the consent of the individual concerned.
Jeff Smith: If this is going to be a truly comprehensive review, will the Secretary of State look again at the ownership of stations, especially those in Greater Manchester, where Transport for Greater Manchester made a strong case for better integrated services if it were able to take over ownership of the stations?
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) funding and (b) technical support has been given by the UK Government to the military of the Government of Myanmar in each of the last three years.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions his Department has had with their French counterparts on the forced eviction of of asylum seekers at the Grande-Synthe camp in Dunkirk.
Jeff Smith: What assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of sentences of less than three months in reducing reoffending.
Jeff Smith: Over the past five years, the use of community sentences has declined, and it has declined fastest for theft and drugs offences. Does the Secretary of State think that prison is the best place for people with drug addictions and shoplifting convictions? If not, how is he going to reverse that trend?