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Part of Debate on the Address – in the House of Commons at 12:41 pm on 16th October 2019.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham 12:41 pm, 16th October 2019

My right hon. Friend is being very generous in taking interventions. I pay tribute to the work that she did on mental health, particularly on school age mental health, but does she agree that, as well as changing legislation, the biggest impact that we can have on the mental health of children is in the initial 1,000 days of that child’s life? Forming a strong attachment between a child and their parents is the best way of making sure that that child arrives at school in a balanced state, able to take advantage of good education and able to go on to be contributing member of society. We must do much more, much earlier.