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Early Years Family Support

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:53 pm on 16th July 2019.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham 4:53 pm, 16th July 2019

It is a great privilege to follow Matt Western. I, too, worship at the altar of my right hon. Friend Andrea Leadsom. She is the great authority on this subject and I pay tribute to her. I also pay limited tribute to Lucy Powell, given I am no longer her favourite ex-Children’s Minister—but there we go. [Laughter.] You can go off people.

It is interesting that at the same time as we started this debate there was a debate in Westminster Hall on children’s mental health. In the many years I have been in this place, subjects such as children’s mental health rarely got on to the Order Paper. It is a sign of huge progress that it is now much more common for us to talk about them—and with a great deal of experience and consensus. It is long overdue. We are starting to appreciate the huge strategic importance of doing much more, much better, much earlier for our children. Some of us have been banging on about that for many years in this place, and it is great to see many other headbangers joining us. It is becoming almost common parlance.