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Results 1–20 of 6011 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Ivan Lewis

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Ivan Lewis: rose—

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Ivan Lewis: That is kind of the Minister and I thank him for his serious response to the debate. We said the last time we met that we did not want Ministers to keep an eye on the issue: we wanted Ministers to be actively engaged in it. The Minister gave us an assurance that his colleague would be actively engaged, not keeping an eye on it. Today, we repeat that we do not want NHS England and the drug...

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Ivan Lewis: We are living in an era when public confidence in a mainstream political class is at an all-time low. Too often the public suspect that we choose the low ground when they yearn for us to build common cause in pursuit of the high ground. Tonight we have a chance, in a small way, to prove them wrong, by using this debate to show the relevance and humanity of Parliament in the cause of human...

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Ivan Lewis: I agree entirely with the hon. Gentleman. It is absolutely vital that we see an engagement process that leads to action. I will develop that argument as I make my contribution here this evening.

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Ivan Lewis: I think that, in this context, we can all unite behind the concept that we want a resolution that is UK-wide if at all possible. Clearly, that would require different organisations to be involved, but if we can set a precedent here, we could make rapid progress, and that can only help all parts of the United Kingdom. May I make some progress, and then I will give way to other hon. Members?...

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Ivan Lewis: The right hon. Gentleman speaks for everybody present this evening and probably many who are not. There is inevitably sadness, but there should be real anger because this situation is causing human misery to many people who have enough challenges in their lives without not being able to resolve this situation. It would not be right for any of us to pretend that these decisions are easy. NICE...

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Ivan Lewis: I think that most people would accept that now is the time for a review of the criteria that are applied and the processes that are undertaken. Any organisation needs to be continually improving. We do not condemn NICE. In fact, we acknowledge that it has got many difficult decisions right, but it has also got some wrong. Time and again, the reason that it has got those decisions...

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Ivan Lewis: I entirely agree—my hon. Friend makes absolutely the right point. When there is an incomplete assessment in looking at value for money versus outcomes, that will lead to flawed decisions that are incredibly difficult to justify. We have a mismatch between the basis on which NICE is expected to make these decisions and appropriate processes. Instead of everybody hinting, “Yes, of...

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Ivan Lewis: I entirely agree. It is always very important, when a new Minister begins a role, that they have a very clear sense of a positive agenda on which they want to achieve change. This will be a very appropriate issue for the new Secretary of State to adopt and to drive forward.

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Ivan Lewis: Of course I agree entirely. It must be very frustrating for Holly and her family to find themselves in this situation. There really is no excuse for delaying the beginning of a review. Members know full well how long these reviews can take, so let us get on with it. I think we are united in a belief that this is absolutely essential as part of the lessons that we need to learn from this situation.

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Ivan Lewis: I agree entirely. We sometimes spend vast amounts of public money reacting to a problem, and the rhetoric is all about prevention and early intervention, but we end up doing the opposite. This is a very good example of that.

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Ivan Lewis: I will give way to my hon. Friend and then I have to make progress.

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Ivan Lewis: My hon. Friend clearly wants to finish my speech off for me. Of course, he is absolutely right to make that point. The most important thing to see from this debate is action, not words. I will go on to talk about what those actions should be.

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Ivan Lewis: I am going to make progress, if I may, but I will perhaps give way once more later on.

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Ivan Lewis: I will—my hon. Friend certainly deserves it.

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Ivan Lewis: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend, and I will develop his argument as I continue my speech. A quote from Emma, Alex’s mum, sums up many of the frustrations of the constituents represented here today. She says, very movingly: “Alex has a real love for life and all she wants to do is live a long and happy live without having to fight to breathe.” That powerful statement...

Access to Orkambi (17 Jul 2018)

Ivan Lewis: I agree entirely. The absence of a functioning Executive is a source of continued regret to those of us how care passionately about Northern Ireland. Progress has been made, but there is now a stalemate. It is incredibly important that, in the absence of an Executive, Ministers ensure that any solution that is reached also benefits people with cystic fibrosis in Northern Ireland. The UK...

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill: Committee Stage (19 Jun 2018)

Ivan Lewis: Does the right hon. Gentleman accept that the new legislation to which he referred made it far more difficult for young people to register? That legislation was passed under a coalition Government. One party in that coalition supported an increase in tuition fees having promised that there would be no fees, and the other party knew that its support among young people was minimal to say the least.

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Ivan Lewis: I have to say to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr Fysh) that it was never a good idea to attack Labour’s former Chief Whip. As a remainer, but also a democrat, my view following the referendum was that we had to respect the will of the people. That meant supporting the Government to trigger article 50, allowing the process of negotiations to begin as soon as possible and offering support...

Gaza Border Violence (15 May 2018)

Ivan Lewis: The Israeli Government have a moral duty to minimise civilian casualties in defence of their borders. The loss of life yesterday was a horrendous tragedy, but to be clear, Hamas members are not freedom fighters; it is a terrorist organisation sponsored by Iran and using civilians as a human shield. Does the Minister agree that a new reality whereby Iran is in Syria, Hezbollah runs Lebanon and...


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