Roger Gale: Mr Howell has indicated to me very courteously that as one of Her Majesty’s trade ambassadors he has an unavoidable commitment. I know that the Opposition and Government Front Benchers will understand that he will therefore not be able to be present for their winding-up speeches, but he has undertaken to read them in Hansard.
Roger Gale: Actually, Members who give way get injury time. I am afraid that the next speech must be the final one from the Back Benches. If anyone has not got in, they should take note that they can intervene.
Roger Gale: Order. I hate doing this, but I am afraid three minutes means three minutes.
Roger Gale: Order. I gently suggest that interventions should be interventions, not speeches.
Roger Gale: Order. Seven Members have written in asking to speak and some others are standing who have not, but if you do the maths it does not work. I will set a time limit on speeches of three minutes, but I request a self-denying ordinance—even at three minutes, not everyone will get in. I apologise for that, but that is the way it is.
Roger Gale: I apologise, Mr Streeter. I mean no discourtesy to the hon. Member for Cambridge (Daniel Zeichner), the Opposition spokesman, my hon. Friend the Minister or you, but the curse of conflicting appointments has landed on me, and I must be elsewhere at 3.30. I will stay and hear as much as I can of the debate in the meantime. I am acutely aware of the importance of the EU citizens employed in my...
Roger Gale: I think I am right that the hon. Member for Ealing Central and Acton (Dr Huq) referred to the House of Commons Library, which provided those statistics, but my evidence is from my own eyes—
Roger Gale: I think we can accept—well, maybe we cannot, but I accept from personal knowledge—that most Brits who live in France outside Paris and in Spain outside Madrid, as the majority do, are not necessarily over retirement age but are retired or semi-retired. Some are working online. There is a significant number of them, and they are frightened people. I have become involved because...
Roger Gale: I entirely support the Government’s line in respect of the need for a reciprocal deal.
Roger Gale: Not just no—it happens to be the case that many people who live in mainland Europe could not, for example, secure private healthcare insurance at their age, in any meaningful sense. That may not be the case for the 3 million people from the rest of the European Union living in the United Kingdom, many of whom are working. There is a disparity between the two causes. I chair the...
Roger Gale: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I have a couple of housekeeping announcements before we kick off the debate. First, you may have noticed that the clock that we are working to is running about 40 seconds behind the annunciator clock. That will become relevant later when I put a time limit on speeches, because a lot of Members want to take part this afternoon. Secondly, in view of the...
Roger Gale: Order. Nine Members have submitted their names in advance to speak. I intend to call the Front-Bench spokespeople at 3.30 pm, so I am imposing a four-minute time limit on speeches. It may assist Members to know the batting order, so that they know where they stand: it will be Rachael Maskell, Robert Courts, Chris Evans, Jack Lopresti, Jim Shannon, Andrew Bowie, Luke Pollard, Eddie Hughes...
Roger Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals NHS England has made for the replacement of paediatric respiratory services currently provided at the Royal Brompton Hospital.
Roger Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the clinical evidence basis is that patient services will be improved as a result of the proposed closure of congenital heart disease services at the Royal Brompton Hospital.
Roger Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of NHS England’s proposal to close congenital heart disease services at the Royal Brompton Hospital.
Roger Gale: Will Members leaving the Chamber please do so quickly and quietly?
Roger Gale: Mr Kawczynski, you have 30 seconds for a final comment.
Roger Gale: In the interests of time, the hon. Member for Belfast East (Gavin Robinson) may wish to treat that as a rhetorical intervention.
Roger Gale: Order. It is not welcomed by the Chair because Hansard, of course, cannot see the articles to which the hon. Gentleman is referring, but he is more than free to quote from them.
Roger Gale: Order. Four hon. Gentlemen wish to speak, and I propose to start calling the Front Benchers at 10.30, so do the maths.