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Private Members’ Bills — [Valerie Vaz in the Chair] (13 Apr 2016)

Jeff Smith: That is a good point, and if the responsibility is with us, our responsibility is to change the system to make it understandable for the public. When people write to us about these Bills, they think they are something that will make a difference, but we know as parliamentarians, once we have learnt the rules—some of us are still learning them—that it is not going to happen. A case in...

Private Members’ Bills — [Valerie Vaz in the Chair] (13 Apr 2016)

Jeff Smith: Seventeen minutes at the end of the session. That was hardly enough time for the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas) to introduce the Bill properly. There was no chance to vote on it and now it is lost in the parliamentary wilderness. There is a fundamental dishonesty in a system that allows people to believe that a private Member’s Bill will make a difference, when we...

Private Members’ Bills — [Valerie Vaz in the Chair] (13 Apr 2016)

Jeff Smith: That is absolutely right, and I will come to time limits shortly. We have two key problems. The first, which is widely acknowledged, is of Bills being talked out. Other hon. Members may want to speak about their experience of that. I have no doubt that Members who indulge in that practice will say in their defence, “We are working within the rules.” If that is the case, we must change the...

Private Members’ Bills — [Valerie Vaz in the Chair] (13 Apr 2016)

Jeff Smith: The hon. Gentleman makes an excellent point. It is quite correct that Members should be able to spend some time on a weekday in constituencies, visiting schools and businesses, doing advice surgeries and meeting residents, and it is sensible to allow one weekday a week for that. There should not necessarily be the need, therefore, to attend Parliament on a Friday. If we were to move...

Private Members’ Bills — [Valerie Vaz in the Chair] (13 Apr 2016)

Jeff Smith: The point is that that does not happen. My understanding is that under Standing Order No. 42 the Chair can direct a Member to discontinue their speech, but between 1945 and 1999 that was used on only 21 occasions, so that parliamentary procedure is used rarely. I also think there are better ways of organising our time. As I have said, if we moved the debates to a Tuesday or Wednesday, we...

Energy and Climate Change: Low-carbon Economy (24 Mar 2016)

Jeff Smith: What steps her Department is taking to increase investor confidence in the low-carbon economy.

Energy and Climate Change: Low-carbon Economy (24 Mar 2016)

Jeff Smith: As a result of changes in Government policy, Greater Manchester Community Renewables has had to scale back its solar PV project from 20 sites to four, meaning that 16 schools have missed out on solar panels and the local economy has missed out on more than £1 million of investment. It is estimated that there are 8 MW of stalled schemes in Greater Manchester, equating to about £10 million of...

Energy and Climate Change: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2016)

Jeff Smith: If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.

Energy and Climate Change: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2016)

Jeff Smith: At the last Energy and Climate Change Question Time, my hon. Friend the Member for Ashton-under-Lyne (Angela Rayner) asked the Minister about the planned rise in VAT on solar, and she told us that the Government had “no choice” but to implement the European Court’s decision. On Monday, when the Financial Secretary was filling in for the Chancellor, he told us that they had decided not...

[Sir David Amess in the Chair] — BMA (Contract Negotiations) (21 Mar 2016)

Jeff Smith: Will my hon. Friend give way?

[Sir David Amess in the Chair] — BMA (Contract Negotiations) (21 Mar 2016)

Jeff Smith: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. I met a group of junior doctors recently. For the first time, many of them are considering going abroad to work. None of them want to, but they are so demoralised by this Government’s actions that they are considering it. One of them told me how much she loved her job, but she said, “I would never let my daughter train as a junior doctor.” Does my hon....

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (17 Mar 2016)

Jeff Smith: The Chancellor yesterday announced a plan to teach maths until age 18. That may be a laudable aim, but how can it possibly be delivered when there is a chronic shortage of maths teachers—a teacher shortage that she is presiding over and failing to tackle?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (8 Mar 2016)

Jeff Smith: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (8 Mar 2016)

Jeff Smith: The director of Amnesty UK has said: “The UK is setting a dangerous precedent to the world on human rights. There’s no doubt that the downgrading of human rights by this government is a gift to dictators the world over and fatally undermines our ability to call on other countries to uphold rights and laws.” In the light of that advice, is it not time to drop plans to scrap the Human...

Police Funding Formula (1 Mar 2016)

Jeff Smith: Does my hon. Friend agree that there is another issue that relates to vulnerable and deprived areas, which is the top-slicing of grants? Next year, there will be a 69% rise in the top-slicing of police grants. In my area of Greater Manchester, that means a reduction of £16.2 million. Does he agree that we need an assurance that top-slicing for national projects, such as the transformation...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Faith Schools: Admissions (29 Feb 2016)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policy on school admissions of the finding of the report, An Unholy Mess, published by the Fair Admissions Campaign in October 2015, relating to information made available on requirements for religious observance as part of the admissions process for certain religiously selective schools.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Faith Schools: Admissions (29 Feb 2016)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the implications for her policy on school admissions of the finding of the report, An Unholy Mess, published by the Fair Admissions Campaign in October 2015, on the use of supplementary information forms which assume that parents are of the opposite sex; and if she will take steps to ensure that such forms are not...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Faith Schools: Complaints (29 Feb 2016)

Jeff Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many vexatious complaints there have been against faith schools from secularist campaign groups in each of the last three years.


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