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Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Tobacco Manufacturers’ Producer Responsibility (23 Mar 2015)

Paul Burstow: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the Secretary of State to undertake a programme of research into the costs and benefits of introducing an annual levy on sales to be paid by tobacco manufacturers, with the proceeds to be used to support tobacco control measures, to discourage young people from starting to smoke tobacco, to help existing tobacco smokers to stop...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Benefit Sanctions (9 Mar 2015)

Paul Burstow: Given how poorly served people with mental health problems are by the Work programme, and given the fact that the Minister told me in an answer that the Department does not currently have available to it information about the proportion of people with a mental health problem who are sanctioned, is it not time that the Government did that research and made sure that we had back-to-work...

Petitions and e-petitions: Backbench Business — Mental Health and Unemployment (24 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: I thank the Minister for his very full response to the speeches by the hon. Members for North Durham (Mr Jones), for Broxbourne (Mr Walker), for Strangford (Jim Shannon) and for Windsor (Adam Afriyie), and to those who intervened in this wide-ranging debate. I also thank the shadow Minister for her response. The hon. Member for Broxbourne talked about work being fun and purposeful. That is an...

Petitions and e-petitions: Backbench Business — Mental Health and Unemployment (24 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: I agree that we need a robust evidence base on which the roll-out takes place, but individual placement and support has already been the subject of randomised controlled trials. There is a very good evidence base that should be used to roll it out.

Petitions and e-petitions: Backbench Business — Mental Health and Unemployment (24 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: My hon. Friend is making some incredibly important points. What does he think about a possible requirement—voluntary or otherwise—on companies to report on their human capital, because it is an important risk factor for investors if companies do not properly look after their staff and have higher turnover rates as a result? I wonder whether that might push employers to focus on these...

Petitions and e-petitions: Backbench Business — Mental Health and Unemployment (24 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: I beg to move, That this House has considered mental health and unemployment. I am grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for enabling us to have the debate, and also to those who supported the application: the hon. Member for Broxbourne (Mr Walker)—whom I, too, congratulate on receiving his OBE today—and the hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones). Let me begin with a story that...

Petitions and e-petitions: Backbench Business — Mental Health and Unemployment (24 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. That is why I chose my words carefully. I said “Good work can be good for people’s health”, but, equally, bad work can be bad for people’s health. Poor employment practices and bullying cultures can indeed make a difference to the quality of a person’s mental health.

Petitions and e-petitions: Backbench Business — Mental Health and Unemployment (24 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: The hon. Gentleman has underlined a point that I intend to make later, and I hope that others will do so as well. Good mental health is everyone’s business, and it is certainly part of the work of business to look after the mental health and well-being of staff. It is key to reducing sickness absence, and to introducing productivity. (in other words improving and not introducing) It has so...

Petitions and e-petitions: Backbench Business — Mental Health and Unemployment (24 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: That is undoubtedly true and indeed some people do not go through the recruitment process in the first instance because they believe they will be discriminated against or they are fearful of disclosure. Those are serious issues to do with lack of parity and lack of equality, and the discrimination people both impose upon themselves but that also exists within our society. It is why tackling...

Petitions and e-petitions: Backbench Business — Mental Health and Unemployment (24 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: Yes; I want to come on to that, and I look forward to hearing what the Minister has to say about the pilots, where they have got to and the intentions going forward. It is inescapable that back-to-work support that is designed primarily around physical health problems and disabilities is poor at meeting the needs of people with mental health problems. Where the support is well-designed, it...

Petitions and e-petitions: Backbench Business — Mental Health and Unemployment (24 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: The short answers are yes and yes. In particular, severe mental health problems such as schizophrenia can lead to an increase of 65% in the likelihood of not being in employment unless properly supported. There is clearly an issue there. SANE’s report into schizophrenia and employment revealed that, of those who were not engaged in employment or related activities, 59.4% said they would...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Free Social Care (24 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: Eight out of 10 people say that they would prefer to die at home when their time comes. Since the Government published their White Paper and said that they saw merit in social care being free at the end of life, a succession of reports from Macmillan, Nuffield and others have shown that there are savings to be made and benefits in terms of more dignified deaths and compassion for families. Is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Tax Avoidance (HSBC) (9 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: While we are pursuing those who have benefited from the HSBC tax evasion scheme, what is being done to pursue those who designed and offered the scheme in the first place, and what questions are being asked of the auditors of the bank, such as why they do not appear to have blown the whistle on the scheme?

Backbench Business: Improving Cancer Outcomes (5 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: The hon. Gentleman is making the important point that we must debate the resourcing of the national health service. I made the point that removing inexplicable and unfair variation in access to early treatment for cancer will not cost more, but will save money.

Backbench Business: Improving Cancer Outcomes (5 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I wish to echo that very point. Some of the best debates that we have in this House, and certainly some of the best Back-Bench Business debates, are ones in which people bring their own personal experience and their own stories. My hon. Friend the Member for Filton and Bradley Stoke (Jack Lopresti) talked about the stories that gave him inspiration and hope....

Backbench Business: Improving Cancer Outcomes (5 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: Personally, I think that at some point there must be a legal challenge as to whether that places ageist assumptions at the heart of the NHS. The fastest growing part of our population are the over-85s. How on earth can it be that we do not have statistics that allow us to know how well that older part of our population is being treated for cancer, let alone anything else? When one considers...

Backbench Business: GP Services (5 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: I thank the hon. Member for Halton (Derek Twigg) for securing this debate. My name was on the application, but he was the person who made the argument that persuaded the Backbench Business Committee. I apologise to him for not being here for his opening remarks or for those of others who have contributed so far. I was keen to contribute to the debate because it goes to the heart of how we...

Backbench Business: GP Services (5 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: Absolutely, and certainly in its local planning my local authority does exactly that—it looks at what the community facility needs are. In the southern part of my constituency, in south Sutton, there has been some controversy over plans for a new GP centre. It is planned on a piece of land that was NHS land but which does not sit within easy reach of public transport and is perceived to be...

Backbench Business: GP Services (5 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: It is said that we need about half of all trainees to go into general practice and, at the moment, only 2,700 of the more than 3,250 places that are available are being filled. That is an issue, but it sits in the context of a global workforce pressure when it comes to medical staff. The opportunity to fill this gap by recruitment overseas will be difficult as well. I am conscious that others...

Backbench Business: GP Services (5 Feb 2015)

Paul Burstow: The hon. Lady is now drawing a very important distinction between some fragmentation and fracturing in how decisions are made. That criticism has been levelled at the legislation, but it is not the same criticism she was making initially, which was about privatisation. We know that only 6% of NHS activity and expenditure goes into the private sector.


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