Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs's recommendation that the treatment services that are most effective will be those that combine harm reduction services with support to recovery.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding her Department has provided to (a) support the implementation of the Drug Strategy 2017 and (b) evaluate the effect of that strategy.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will allocate additional funding to evaluate the effect of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 on harm reduction.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government's air quality strategy will include charging clean air zones.
Jeff Smith: May I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Slough (Mr Dhesi) on a really excellent speech? It was a privilege to be here for the first maiden speech by a brightly coloured turbaned Sikh. I am looking forward to a number of maiden speeches today. In my own maiden speech two years ago, I said among other things that I looked forward to arguing for reform of our drug laws. There has been...
Jeff Smith: No, I do not agree with the hon. Gentleman, because I do not think that is the evidence and I do not think that is the message. There is a host of evidence through the years that cannabis is far less dangerous than alcohol.
Jeff Smith: That is absolutely right. We talked earlier about the use of skunk, which has very high THC content. If one were to regulate the cannabis market, one could balance the THC and CBD elements of the product and make it safer for people.
Jeff Smith: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. He knows it, and I suspect that very many Members in this House know it—far more than are represented here today. I think plenty on the Government side know it, too, and perhaps even the Home Secretary knows it but, because of the toxic climate of the debate around drug policy, we are not able to say so. If we legalised and regulated cannabis, we...
Jeff Smith: There is a black market in tobacco and there is a black market in alcohol, but most people do not obtain their tobacco and their alcohol from the black market. Is it not the case that there would be less temptation, and that over time there would be a reduction in the number of people using dealers?
Jeff Smith: Greater Manchester police would argue that since the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 supply has shifted to the streets, and the product was more consistent in the head shops, whereas now it is constantly changing. Does the Minister agree that that shift is part of the reason for the epidemic of Spice use in Manchester, which is causing huge problems?
Jeff Smith: The Manchester Royal Infirmary has had to stop congenital heart surgery because staff have been leaving following the uncertainty caused by the review which the right hon. Lady referred to earlier. Patients now have to travel up to 150 miles for treatment. May we have a statement on how we can continue to deliver local congenital heart services to those patients in advance of the review?
Jeff Smith: The hon. Gentleman is quite right: this behaviour is reprehensible. He is right to identify social media. Does he also think that the traditional print media, particularly newspapers such as The Sun, has had a role in creating a climate in which it is okay to abuse politicians? Perhaps we need to look at the traditional print media as well.
Jeff Smith: My hon. Friend is right to refer to the report, because it is a powerful document. Much of it talks about the need for investment in early years and schools as the vehicle for social mobility. How does she think the Government can square that with the cuts to early years and schools? For example, Parrs Wood High School in my constituency—a school she knows well—faces losing the equivalent...
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding and other support his Department has offered to Manchester City Council to carry out fire safety checks on high-rise buildings.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to improve the understanding of mental health among personal independence payment and employment and support allowance assessors.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress the Government has made in implementing recommendation 52 of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health on undertaking a review of existing regulations of the Health and Social Care Act to identify disparities and gaps between provisions relating to physical and mental health services.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times a nearest relative formally objected to the detention or transferral into detention of a person under the Mental Health Act 1983 in the most recent year for which data is available.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications to displace an unsuitable nearest relative under section 29 of the Mental Health Act 1983 have been made in England in the most recent year for which data is available.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that Greater Manchester Police have sufficient resources to reduce harm caused by the drug spice.
Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he has taken to use the authority given to him in the Building Act 1984 to retroactively enforce the standards laid out in the Building Regulations England & Wales Part B (2006) Fire Safety in Dwelling Houses on all buildings and compel all building owners to undertake a fire safety check.