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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:42 pm on 15th March 2017.

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Photo of Lisa Cameron Lisa Cameron Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Climate Justice) 12:42 pm, 15th March 2017

I refer the House to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. As chair of the all-party parliamentary group for disability, people from across the UK continually contact me to say that the process contains little assessment of psychological problems and does not seek information from mental health practitioners. The Secretary of State must be aware that a cognitive impairment is just not the same as a mental health problem. In fact, neither dementia nor a learning disability, the examples he gave, is a mental health problem, so he should go back, do his homework and find out what a mental health problem actually is.