Frank Dobson: Mitochondrial disease is horrible. It has dreadful effects on children and shortens their lives and there is no cure. The scientists at Newcastle university have been trying to improve the inadequate treatment services that are presently available and one of the reasons why they got involved in this research is that they do not see very much progress there. The replacement technique does not...
Frank Dobson: I hope the Prime Minister accepts that no one in the House is more opposed to terrorism than I am—my constituency was subject to the Tavistock Square and Russell Square bombings. Does he agree that to be a British citizen is very precious, and that we need to be very careful about interfering with the rights of British citizens? If the security services know enough to finger people and say...
Frank Dobson: While Israel is rightly claiming its right of self-defence under international law, we cannot have international law for the Israelis and another international law for the Palestinians, and when is Britain, and more importantly the United States, going to bring pressure to bear to get the Israelis to comply with international law, to end the blockade of Gaza and the settlements on the west bank?
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much of the estimated income included in the business case for phase 1 of High Speed 2 comes from Birmingham to London commuters.
Frank Dobson: Is it not also the case that in order to protect blood products and blood transfusions, this country has been spending the best part of £1 billion for the same reason?
Frank Dobson: I congratulate the hon. Member for St Ives (Andrew George) on securing the debate. I have the privilege of representing probably the biggest concentration of biomedical research institutions in this country and in Europe, if not in the whole world. I must declare an interest as a member of the court of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and as a governor of the Royal...
Frank Dobson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what modelling (a) his Department and (b) the Office for Budget Responsibility has made of the financial effect of a tax levied on financial transactions.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 16 December 2013, Official Report, column 524W, on NHS: public appointments, where the data showing the gender of people appointed to the boards of NHS foundation trusts is held.
Frank Dobson: I strongly support new clause 14. It would appear that the Treasury’s Orwellian motto is “Ignorance is strength”. It is not just that the Treasury will not have this study done, but it has not had it done and does not know the answer. The Government are clearly afraid of the answer; what have they got to hide? That is typical of the current Treasury position. On a number of occasions I...
Frank Dobson: No, I will not give way—[Interruption.] Well, I have sat here throughout the whole debate and listened to what other people had to say, so I am going to get a little further in. One thing that is particularly irksome for badly off people in this country is hearing apologists for the City talking about bankers’ compensation packages—compensation apparently for the horrid requirement that...
Frank Dobson: Will the Minister give way?
Frank Dobson: Can the Minister identify anything I said that was factually incorrect? [Interruption.]
Frank Dobson: Does the hon. Gentleman, as a Lib Dem, not recall that that date was significant in another way, as it was the day that the leader of the Liberal Democrats signed a pledge to get rid of tuition fees?
Frank Dobson: Uncharacteristically, I will come to the aid of the former right hon. Member for Hartlepool, because his sentence went on to say—and it was the same sentence— “providing they pay their fair share of tax”.
Frank Dobson: Is it not the case that the very well paid people who got the benefit are a collection of tax swindlers swindling the rest of the taxpayers, and should not everybody in the House be attending to changing the law so that such tax swindling cannot happen in the future?
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the cost of decking over Euston Station and the cutting approach to the station.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of Crossrail 2 works required to deal with extra passengers at Euston station resulting from High Speed 2.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many years the longest serving head teacher on the panel which assessed the Institute of Education proposal to establish a university training school in Holborn and St Pancras had been a school head.
Frank Dobson: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the biggest problems is that these constant moves often involve children? It is clear from the research that a child having to shift from one school to another—sometimes two or three schools in one year—is about as damaging to their educational opportunities as can be imagined.
Frank Dobson: In a great university city such as Nottingham, large numbers of people are graduating with phenomenal debts because of the massive increase in fees, and in many cases they have very little chance of getting what might be described as a graduate job. That adds to their problems in raising the money either to rent or buy and provide services to the people of Nottingham.