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

Andrew George: I thank the Minister for the Government’s support for the offshore Wave Hub, which is just to the north of my constituency. That is a welcome development. May I also draw his attention to the fact that the Swansea bay tidal lagoon proposes to source its stone from my constituency, which creates some challenges as it will have an impact on one of the Government’s important marine...

Petitions: Progress of the Affordable Homes Bill (24 Mar 2015)

Andrew George: I wish to present a petition that was the product of constituents’ astonishment, indeed anger, that the House of Commons could vote by an overwhelming majority on 5 September to support my private Member’s Bill to scrap the Government’s under-occupancy penalty, otherwise known as the bedroom tax, and to improve opportunities for affordable homes—the vote was 306 to 231, at column 603...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Devolution: South-West (24 Mar 2015)

Andrew George: What plans he has to devolve powers to Cornwall.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Devolution: South-West (24 Mar 2015)

Andrew George: I hope that my right hon. Friend does not think that I am damning him with faint praise when I say that he is the best party leader by far. He will therefore recognise that Cornwall will benefit a great deal from the proposed devolution-enabling Act. Does he agree that under those proposals Cornwall and places like it could redesign their planning and housing systems to put local need above...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (24 Mar 2015)

Andrew George: I warmly welcome the Government’s announcement on additional funding for childhood and adolescent mental health services. Will my right hon. Friend reassure me that we will never again see children and adolescents being held in police cells because there are insufficient in-patient beds? We need more tier 3 and tier 4 facilities for young people.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Inshore Fishing Fleet (Discard Ban) (12 Mar 2015)

Andrew George: May I urge my hon. Friend to review the application of the rules relating to the ban on the return of fish that might survive, particularly hand-lined mackerel? I have some experience of this, and I know that the vast majority survive. It is absurd for fishermen to be told that they cannot return those fish.

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (12 Mar 2015)

Andrew George: May I urge the Government to reconsider their policy? Although they offer support for bovine TB badger vaccination projects in edge areas, they do not provide that same support in so-called hot-spot areas. I have been working with the Zoological Society of London on a project which has just been very successfully rolled out for its first pilot this year in Penwith. I urge the Government to...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 ( 3 Mar 2015)

Andrew George: The hon. Gentleman says that we should look at the actuality and the detail. The fact is that the choose and book system was chosen by the Labour Government, which perhaps is often overlooked. In an area like mine, the reality is that my constituents who are waiting for an elected procedure often will choose the place that can treat them most quickly. What often happens is that consultants...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 ( 3 Mar 2015)

Andrew George: The hon. Gentleman says that we should look at the actuality and the detail. The fact is that the choose and book system was chosen by the Labour Government, which perhaps is often overlooked. In an area like mine, the reality is that my constituents who are waiting for an elected procedure often will choose the place that can treat them most quickly. What often happens is that consultants...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 - Duty on the Secretary of State to promote comprehensive health service based on social solidarity (24 Feb 2015)

Andrew George: On a number of occasions, the right hon. Gentleman has defended or explained the line that the Conservatives have not endorsed and would not endorse privatisation, and then moved on to the issue of charging and the fact that it is free at the point of delivery, with certain exceptions. May I suggest that he is confusing two completely separate issues? One is the bodies that deliver the health...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 - Duty on the Secretary of State to promote comprehensive health service based on social solidarity (24 Feb 2015)

Andrew George: On a number of occasions, the right hon. Gentleman has defended or explained the line that the Conservatives have not endorsed and would not endorse privatisation, and then moved on to the issue of charging and the fact that it is free at the point of delivery, with certain exceptions. May I suggest that he is confusing two completely separate issues? One is the bodies that deliver the health...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nurse Numbers (24 Feb 2015)

Andrew George: Does my hon. Friend agree with me and with the nursing profession that if nurse staffing levels on acute hospital wards fall below one registered nurse to seven acutely ill patients, excluding the registered nurse in charge, it will significantly increase the risk to patient care and result in avoidable excess deaths?

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Rural Areas (24 Feb 2015)

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reason he decided to amend section 106 agreements in respect of small and medium sized builders and rural areas not covered by section 157 of the Housing Act 1985.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: Rural Areas (24 Feb 2015)

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the (a) social and (b) environmental impacts of the housing opportunities for inadequately housed people arising from his decision to change section 106 agreements for (i) builders and (ii) rural areas not covered by section 157 of the Housing Act 1985; and what further steps he will take to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Bank Lending (12 Feb 2015)

Andrew George: What progress are the Government making to bring justice and recompense to the thousands of small businesses that were mis-sold—and perhaps still are being mis-sold—interest rate swap agreements?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (12 Feb 2015)

Andrew George: I congratulate the Government on the support that they have given to satellite communications and space research companies based at Goonhilly earth station in my constituency, and also on their excellent science and research consultation, which has an excellent section on space research. May I urge Ministers to ensure that Goonhilly is placed at the centre of the development of space research...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Francis Report: Update and Response (11 Feb 2015)

Andrew George: Like others, I welcome the report, but may I urge my right hon. Friend to reconsider the issue of safe staffing levels on acute hospital wards? I know that Robert Francis pointed to issues of culture and standards, but those are areas of interpretation and disputation. If we had the measuring stick of safe standards, particularly where a ward has less than one registered nurse to seven...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Cornwall Local Enterprise Partnership (10 Feb 2015)

Andrew George: Further to that exchange, I would be grateful if the Deputy Prime Minister ensured that he impresses on the Communities and Local Government Secretary the importance of Cornwall achieving intermediate body status, because only by doing so can we proceed with making decisions.

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill (10 Feb 2015)

Andrew George: I beg to move a manuscript amendment to amendment (b), after the word “9.25 am”, insert “and 2.30 pm”. I am grateful to you, Mr Bone. I intend to be very brief. As I have already said, it is clear that we need sufficient time to scrutinise the Bill, to which a large number of amendments have been tabled. The Bill and all the issues in it have been thoroughly debated by the House on...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill (10 Feb 2015)

Andrew George: I appreciate the support of the hon. Member for Eltham for my manuscript amendment. We know the origin of this proposal, which was a significant own goal by Conservative Back Benchers. I reassure the right hon. Member for Chelmsford, who proposed a 6 pm finish time, that in light of the Chair’s advice in relation to moving a motion to finish at any time of the Committee’s choosing, such a...


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