Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the Local Housing Allowance and the effect it has on tenants living in the private rented sector.
Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients underwent an interventional radiology (image-guided surgery) procedure in each region in each of the last three years.
Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the NHS’ capacity to deliver 24-hour interventional radiology (image-guided surgery) services in each region.
Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of regional variation in patient access to interventional radiology procedures (image-guided surgery).
Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential efficiency savings that could be generated through the use of minimally invasive procedures supported by interventional radiology (Image-guided surgery).
Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many 24-hour interventional radiology centres there are in each region.
Steve McCabe: I understand that the sign language is being filmed today, and when the debate is re-broadcast it will appear in a box, as is normal in other TV transmissions. Obviously this is an early stage. I will report back on how the whole debate goes and any points that Members raise, but I understand that the arrangements for today are that when the debate is re-broadcast, the sign language will appear.
Steve McCabe: I draw hon. Members’ attention to the fact that our proceedings are being made accessible for people who are deaf or have problems with hearing, and the interpreters are using British Sign Language. If Members bear that in mind while making their contributions, that will be helpful for everyone.
Steve McCabe: At the present rate of progress, it will take the three officials at the First Secretary’s old Department more than 70 years to investigate the claims of around 4,500 WASPI women who are being deprived of their state pension. I know that this Government are slow, but is this not adding insult to injury?
Steve McCabe: In view of the Minister’s words, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion.
Steve McCabe: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. I shall be brief. This is almost where my interest in this subject started. When I first came across smart meters, I thought “Hey, that is a really clever idea”. Then, like the hon. Member for North Ayrshire and Arran, I started to attend to stories of people saying that they were being pressed to have these meters and that...
Steve McCabe: I accept that, although I interpret “satisfaction” to also mean satisfaction with the delivery and benefit of the meter. What I am asking for it is self-explanatory. I will not do us any good if I keep going on about it. I have made the point to the Minister, so he knows why I think it is important.
Steve McCabe: The Minister has persuaded me. I am happy to beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion.
Steve McCabe: What?!
Steve McCabe: The Minister is giving the Committee helpful information. Why, after 2014, did the Department abandon the progress reports that he is now proposing to reinstate? Was there an obvious explanation for that?
Steve McCabe: My hon. Friend says he is offering protection for the public, which is true, but is he not actually offering a bit of protection for the Minister? As I said before, if this goes wrong, only one person will carry the can. My hon. Friend proposes a way of guaranteeing that the information provided—or filtered through BEIS—to the Minister is actually real information about what is...
Steve McCabe: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.
Steve McCabe: I am not sure this need necessarily take long. As we have heard, it is a legal obligation on the energy suppliers to take all reasonable steps to meet the 2020 target of every household being offered a smart meter. Both new clause 1 and new clause 11 outline some steps that the Secretary of State could take to ensure timely completion of the roll-out while protecting consumers and ensuring...
Steve McCabe: Is it fair to say that my hon. Friend is seeking to guarantee that there is an accurate Hansard record that describes the doubt about the process, because it may well be a process that will be challenged in the future? This is not about the detail of the changes that the Minister is seeking to make, which I think there is broad agreement on and support for, but rather my hon. Friend has the...
Steve McCabe: I do not have any argument with what the Minister is trying to do, but I am intrigued by whether or not a precedent is being set. Is it my hon. Friend’s understanding that if this can occur in this situation, there is no reason why in the future, on any Bill—Private Member’s Bill, or anything else—a Member could not seek to change the long title of the Bill and...