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Part of Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 15th October 2014.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence) 4:15 pm, 15th October 2014

My right hon. Friend should be congratulated, along with my right hon. Friend Alan Johnson, who brought in the IAPT—improving access to psychological therapies—programme. It was a revolutionary system for dealing with access to mental health services. Is not it the case that this Government, even though they obviously think that there are votes in championing mental health, are cutting not only the number of in-patient beds, but the mental health budget across the country?