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NHS Long-Term Plan (18 Jun 2018)

Peter Bottomley: I am glad that both my right hon. Friend and the Prime Minister have welcomed the fact that all parties have supported the health service: the Liberals first with Christopher Addison, for whom my father once worked, in 1919; Henry Willink, a Conservative member of the coalition Government, in 1944; and Aneurin Bevan, who made some changes and nationalised the hospitals, rather than the family...

Backbench Business - Windrush: 70TH Anniversarybackbench Business (14 Jun 2018)

Peter Bottomley: I could not understand why the Government or their agencies could not say, “If you’ve been paying tax or national insurance contributions for more than five years, the burden of proof should be totally reversed and it should be assumed that you are fully entitled to have all the rights of residency and citizenship in this country.”

Supreme Court Ruling: Abortion in Northern Ireland (7 Jun 2018)

Peter Bottomley: Clearly, the number of abortions we have throughout this country is far, far too high, but when they have to happen the present state of the law means it is a question of where they happen, rather than whether they happen. My hon. Friend the Member for Gainsborough (Sir Edward Leigh) has suggested that the Northern Ireland Assembly will have to look at this ab initio. If we were to repeal...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Peter Bottomley: My understanding is that if sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act are repealed, it will be necessary to have some other civil law both for England and Wales and for Northern Ireland. Clearly, the abolition of sections 58 and 59 will happen, as that is what the majority in the House wants to happen. That will then provide an opportunity to the devolved Assemblies and...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Peter Bottomley: There is no need to provide the answer now, but, at some stage, it would be interesting to know whether there is a debate and a variety of views in the DUP. That is important in Northern Ireland. The second question is whether we can take out the idea that this is a rarity. I do not normally talk about personal circumstances, but I have been involved in about 10 conceptions, three of which...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Peter Bottomley: My right hon. Friend will have heard me say that if a deliberate abortion is going to take place, the sooner it takes place the better. It is better that people do not face those circumstances, but when they do, the earlier the better. That is clearly right. The civil law will need to replace the criminal law. Members who have contributed, on both sides of the House, have earned the respect...

Rail Timetabling (4 Jun 2018)

Peter Bottomley: Our constituents who are passengers, and our constituents who work on the railways, want to get this solved, and the best thing to do is to give backing to those in the industry and to the Secretary of State to ensure that that happens. Anticipating an article by Nigel Harris in Rail magazine, I would suggest that those who have power need to be accountable and those who are accountable need...

Personal Independence Payments (4 Jun 2018)

Peter Bottomley: rose—

Personal Independence Payments (4 Jun 2018)

Peter Bottomley: I was here 10 minutes before questions finished.

Personal Independence Payments (4 Jun 2018)

Peter Bottomley: It is good that my right hon. Friend can be answering for two individual claimants and that she has given the background about the increase in disability spending. May I also say, “Thank you,” for saying that we can refer to individual cases? I have a victim of the infected blood scandal who is being asked to attend an assessment, but I do not think that an ordinary PIP assessor...

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community: Northern Rail Timetable Changes (24 May 2018)

Peter Bottomley: I join the Minister in congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Hazel Grove (Mr Wragg). As someone who occasionally travels up to the north, I hope that it might be possible for the Minister, with the help of the rail industry, to put out a general statement over the weekend about how the changes are settling in. If the changes are having some adverse effects not only in the north, as my...

NHS 70th Anniversary — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (16 May 2018)

Peter Bottomley: If I were able to make a speech, which I cannot, I would talk about public health even before the health service. However, let me remind everyone that on the creation of the national health service, in January 1944, Henry Willink, a Conservative Minister in the coalition Government, held up the first White Paper that said, “national health service”.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Peter Bottomley: An important correction is that it was not actually breaking the law. It exposed itself to substantial challenge in the civil court.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Peter Bottomley: I want briefly to say three things. First, I have brought four successful libel actions against the media. I hope not to have to repeat that. There are many other times that I could have taken action, but chose not to. Secondly, this House has to choose whether it wants to be Lord Ellenborough, a prosecutor, or William Hone. Their exchanges were well-illustrated in Ben Wilson’s history...

HPV Vaccination for Boys — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (2 May 2018)

Peter Bottomley: It is just a matter of pure mathematics. If 100%, or nearly 100%, of any age cohort —male and female—gets the vaccination, the herd immunity develops much faster than just relying on vaccinating up to 50% of that cohort.

HPV Vaccination for Boys — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (2 May 2018)

Peter Bottomley: When the Minister sends a report of this debate to the JCVI, it might be worth him respectfully saying that some of us here are aware of how long it took it to agree to bring in HPV protection even for females. It might want to consider whether postponing that decision was right or wrong. In my view, it was wrong. The people at the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV knew that it...

HPV Vaccination for Boys — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (2 May 2018)

Peter Bottomley: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for North Thanet (Sir Roger Gale) on his address and on securing this debate. We have to remember two things. First, celibacy is about the only thing we cannot inherit from our parents. Sex may be adopted or forced on you, but it cannot be inherited, unless one is conceived in a glass dish, which most of us were not. Secondly, HPV is a vector. It...

Tributes (Speaker Martin) (1 May 2018)

Peter Bottomley: Michael Martin would have been an MP for nine years when his successor but two was born. It is worth noting that if had he remained in the Chair until now and then gone on for a few more years, he might have been Father of the House as well as Speaker. How he would have heard the nomination and dragged himself to the Chair I am not quite sure, but he probably would have found a way. It is...

Tributes (Speaker Martin) (1 May 2018)

Peter Bottomley: Speaker Lenthall—forgive me. The Speaker whom I think had the problem with how the House dealt with expenses was Michael Martin’s predecessor. I have said this in the House before, so it will be no surprise. If his predecessor had backed up Elizabeth Filkin over the expenses rows involving a number of MPs, perhaps the standard of behaviour among some Members would not have fallen...


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