Canlyniadau 1–20 o 1382 ar gyfer speaker:Robert Smith

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Meters (26 Maw 2015)

Robert Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of amending the licence conditions for retailers responsible for implementing smart meters so that they may use normative benchmark comparisons as an alternative to in-home displays on (a) the total cost of that implementation project and (b) the likelihood of achieving...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Maw 2015)

Robert Smith: Will the hon. Gentleman give way on that point?

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Maw 2015)

Robert Smith: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his recognition of the coalition, which the broadcasters have lost sight of in reporting what happens in the House. The Budget specifically talked about how Government can get in the way of business, but has it not shown how the Government can, with the right engagement, take positive action, as they have with the North sea oil and gas industry? Entering into...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: North Sea Oil and Gas (10 Maw 2015)

Robert Smith: What steps he is taking to support jobs in the north-east of Scotland by maximising the economic recovery of North sea oil and gas. [R]

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: North Sea Oil and Gas (10 Maw 2015)

Robert Smith: I thank the Chief Secretary to the Treasury for recognising the problems in the North sea. Does he also recognise that the job losses that have been announced predate the fall in the oil price, and that it is crucial that in the Budget we see long-term structural change for the maturity of the province?

Living Wage (Reporting): Backbench Business — Rural Phone and Broadband Connectivity ( 3 Chw 2015)

Robert Smith: I am pleased to take part in this debate and I congratulate the hon. Member for Hereford and South Herefordshire (Jesse Norman) on securing it, because it has highlighted, across the Chamber, the need for broadband and mobile reception in rural areas, and the recognition that it is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Let me start by discussing the basic need for some kind of phone that...

Living Wage (Reporting): Backbench Business — Rural Phone and Broadband Connectivity ( 3 Chw 2015)

Robert Smith: The hon. Gentleman makes a point. There was also the illegal solution of boosters. Perhaps it is time for Ofcom to look at how mobile phone signals can be boosted in properties and business centres. Individual suppliers using wi-fi and broadband could be a solution—that could be the case for the business centre that I mentioned. There would need to be a signal booster for each network, but...

Living Wage (Reporting): Backbench Business — Rural Phone and Broadband Connectivity ( 3 Chw 2015)

Robert Smith: It also transpires that Openreach pays compensation to service providers, but not all service providers necessarily pass that compensation on to the end user. Perhaps if there was more of a compensation culture the management would be more efficient about maximising repairs.

Living Wage (Reporting): Backbench Business — Rural Phone and Broadband Connectivity ( 3 Chw 2015)

Robert Smith: I thank the hon. Gentleman for bringing this important debate to the House. He is highlighting how crucial it is for rural businesses and farmers to have good connectivity, but another important message is that good connectivity reduces the pressure on the road network, because people can work from home and not overstretch the commuter roads. The roads around Aberdeen, for example, are...

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill: Constitutional Law ( 2 Chw 2015)

Robert Smith: I welcome this order which will deliver on commitments made in the Smith commission. Its timeliness will allow it to be implemented effectively, efficiently, and in time for the Scottish election and future local government elections, and in particular it will allow us to get the register right. I wish to reinforce the experience of having 16-year-olds involved in the political system. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Business Support (27 Ion 2015)

Robert Smith: Does the Minister recognise that when the consultation on tax reforms for the North sea finishes, it will be crucial to businesses in the north-east of Scotland for the Budget to set in place permanent reforms for the long term, not just for the crisis?

Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: New Clause 15 — Advice on likely impact of onshore petroleum on the carbon budget (26 Ion 2015)

Robert Smith: The important thing that has come from these exchanges is that it is the use of carbon that causes the emissions. Therefore, it is crucial that we have a proper emissions trading scheme throughout Europe and that the source of the energy should be as low carbon as possible. Therefore, maximising the economic production from the North sea is an important first step.

North Sea Oil and Gas (Employment) — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (20 Ion 2015)

Robert Smith: The Minister is making an important point about the value of decommissioning, but we really want that to be as far away in the future as possible. The crucial thing is to sustain production. I would be grateful if he took the message back to the Treasury that when people drill for oil, they take a big risk, and if they find something, they would like a larger share of what they find as a...

North Sea Oil and Gas (Employment) — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (20 Ion 2015)

Robert Smith: One of the lessons of history is that if downsizing in the current crisis is inevitable, the way it is handled and the way people are treated, so that they are still interested and willing to come back in the good times, are important. There is a lesson for the industry about the way it behaved in the past.

North Sea Oil and Gas (Employment) — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (20 Ion 2015)

Robert Smith: We need to realise that we face quite a large challenge. There is an undercurrent of jobs going, and that is not necessarily being reported. Contracts are being lost, especially by subcontractors, but that does not necessarily show up straight away in unemployment figures.

North Sea Oil and Gas (Employment) — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (20 Ion 2015)

Robert Smith: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to take part in this debate, Mr Streeter. I congratulate the hon. Member for Aberdeen North (Mr Doran) on bringing this timely and important debate to the House. He has set out how important the industry is to the north-east of Scotland and the whole of the UK. I declare an interest recorded in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests to do with...

Opposition Day — [12th Allotted Day]: Energy Prices (14 Ion 2015)

Robert Smith: The important thing is to be concerned about current consumers and their energy bills being as low as possible. However, we must also think about future consumers and ensuring investment in supply and in networks. The lesson from when Labour was in Government and we faced high gas prices is that it did not intervene in the market, but allowed the market to bring forward new investment that...

Backbench Business: Fishing Industry (11 Rha 2014)

Robert Smith: May I take up the hon. Gentleman’s point about not shutting up voices? Will he join me in congratulating both the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations on all that they have done to inform Ministers and other Members of Parliament of the needs of fishermen? Their voices should be heard and understood in our debates.

Backbench Business: Fishing Industry (11 Rha 2014)

Robert Smith: Everyone recognises the need to end discards, but the feedback we are getting now is that we need to phase it in much more gently, so that we can learn lessons and ensure that we do not do any unintended damage to the whole operation.

Backbench Business: Fishing Industry (11 Rha 2014)

Robert Smith: The only thing I remember from a briefing by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation before a previous debate on fishing is that one of its spokesmen pointed out, in relation to conserving the herring stock so that there was a long-term future for the industry, “You do need to manage the North sea as a whole, because the herring do not recognise national boundaries.”


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