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Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Penrose Inquiry (26 Mar 2015)

Tom Clarke: You will recall, Mr Speaker, that on many occasions I have raised the case of John Prior, who is from Moodiesburn in my constituency. He was infected in the ’70s and his files have been lost. To put it bluntly, he is devastated; he says that the report offers him nothing. He regards the £25 million on offer from the Prime Minister as peanuts—not even sufficient for Scotland. The report...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Trade Unions (25 Mar 2015)

Tom Clarke: Will the right hon. Gentleman take this opportunity to thank those civil servants—mainly trade unionists—who have had to implement Government policies, particularly in the Department for Work and Pensions, such as referring people to food banks? Perhaps against their own judgment, they have had to implement austerity, which has done great damage to the people of this country.

Vaccine Damage Payments Act — [Mr Martin Caton in the Chair] (24 Mar 2015)

Tom Clarke: I use this opportunity to apologise to you, Mr Caton, and to my hon. Friend, because I have to leave soon to be at Downing street at 3 o’clock to present a petition with people with learning disabilities about things, such as Winterbourne View home, that ought not to be happening. I apologise that I have to leave, but I congratulate my hon. Friend on his wonderful work, and the all-party...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 Mar 2015)

Tom Clarke: I would like to begin by exploding the austerity myth, the so-called “mess Labour left behind”, which is repeated ad nauseam on the Government Benches. The myth is Labour’s excessive public expenditure. The reality is that on the eve of the 2008 international financial crisis, public spending was almost exactly the same as it was in the later years of the Chancellorship of the right...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Smith Commission (25 Feb 2015)

Tom Clarke: Given the powers that the Scottish Government already have, has the Secretary of State ever received an apology from them for their failure to spend £34 million on disabled children and their families and instead using it for the gimmick of keeping council tax static?

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Sustainable Development Goals (28 Jan 2015)

Tom Clarke: Given the discussions about whether there ought to be debates on this, does my hon. Friend agree that it is vital that we have a debate before the Paris conference in order to give strength to our representations?

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Sustainable Development Goals (28 Jan 2015)

Tom Clarke: The right hon. Gentleman knows that I supported his Bill all the way. If I may say so, he seems unusually proactive this afternoon, but perhaps if he calms down he will acknowledge that the fact that some people—albeit a minority—tried to talk out his Bill on Third Reading shows that there is a case for more development education, starting in this House.

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Sustainable Development Goals (28 Jan 2015)

Tom Clarke: I welcome the debate and have no difficulty in supporting the motion moved by my right hon. and hon. Friends. I think the House is in danger of being a bit hard on itself. Some very good points have been made already. I have to say, as somebody who has been very interested in international development since I came to the House, I have heard debates that I have found much, much more disturbing...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Draft Scotland Clauses (22 Jan 2015)

Tom Clarke: Does the Minister accept that nothing in this decent and honourable document diminishes the standing of local government, given that local authorities deliver more, day by day, to ordinary people than the Scottish Parliament or even this House?

North Sea Oil and Gas (Employment) — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (20 Jan 2015)

Tom Clarke: I apologise to the Minister and the House for not being at the earlier part of the debate; I was at a Committee speaking about, among other things, the issue of autism. As the Minister was referring to the supply chain and jobs that link to the wider oil industry, may I remind him that in my constituency 30,000 people work in the Bellshill industrial park, and many of them fit that...

Business of the House: Contaminated Blood (15 Jan 2015)

Tom Clarke: The Minister will recall that my right hon. Friend the shadow Secretary of State made some profound comments about the role of the civil service in dealing with these problems. Will she take time to respond to them?

Business of the House: Contaminated Blood (15 Jan 2015)

Tom Clarke: I apologise for my cold, but I promised my constituent, John Prior from Moodiesburn, this morning that I would seek to put on record a very controversial letter—some would say a lengthy letter—which he sent to me and which I thought I should share with the House. Before doing that, I congratulate the all-party group on its comprehensive report and the right hon. Member for North East...

Business of the House: Contaminated Blood (15 Jan 2015)

Tom Clarke: My hon. Friend will be aware that some of us who have sought for many years to get legislation through the House but have not yet achieved it feel that whoever wins the next election should make sure that time is available for this. Does he agree with that objective?

Business of the House: Contaminated Blood (15 Jan 2015)

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Business of the House: Contaminated Blood (15 Jan 2015)

Tom Clarke: The right hon. Gentleman mentioned the Penrose inquiry. We are all awaiting that report with great interest. Given his discussions with the Prime Minister, is he in a position to tell us when that report is expected?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Adult Autism Strategy (13 Jan 2015)

Tom Clarke: With reference to his Department’s publication “Transforming care: A national response to Winterbourne View Hospital”, published in December 2012, if he will take steps to ensure that the statutory guidance implementing the adult autism strategy uses clear language and is mandatory.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Adult Autism Strategy (13 Jan 2015)

Tom Clarke: The Minister will be aware that, under the Mental Health Act 1983, people with autism can be compulsorily detained for assessment and treatment although there is no evidence of mental illness. Will he join the National Autistic Society and others in endorsing the Justice for LB Bill campaign and seeking to end that wholly unacceptable practice?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: London-based Civil Servants (7 Jan 2015)

Tom Clarke: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that an outstanding example of civil service dispersal is the Department for International Development in East Kilbride. As long as Scotland remains in the UK, which I believe it will for a very long time, can such an example be emulated?

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Food Banks (17 Dec 2014)

Tom Clarke: My hon. Friend has rightly mentioned the problems caused by benefit changes. I recently initiated a debate in Westminster Hall about the change from disability living allowance to personal independence payments. When I telephoned my local benefits office in Bellshill, I was told that a man had been waiting for 14 months for a decision. Will she encourage the Government to accept their...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Boko Haram (17 Dec 2014)

Tom Clarke: The Nigerian military have made considerable territorial gains in recent weeks. How can we build on that situation to ensure that there are free and proper elections next year?

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