Chris McCafferty: No, I am not giving way again. Restrictions may be well intended. I understand about the religious views of many hon. Members speaking in this debate and I know that they are well intentioned, but obviously I take a different view. The problem with restrictions, however well intended, is that they do not lead to a reduced frequency of unwanted pregnancies or abortions.
Chris McCafferty: No, I am not giving way. Restrictions do not even lead to an improvement in the quality of care, and they certainly do not lead to an increase in the birth of wanted children. What restrictions do is delay gestational age at abortion, increase the risks to the physical and psychological health of the woman and increase the costs, but without any obvious benefits.
Chris McCafferty: I do not recall having said that. What I am saying is that putting restrictions in the way of women who have already made a difficult and, as my hon. Friend the Member for Crosby (Mrs. Curtis-Thomas) said, traumatic decision—she used that word about three times—is just prolonging the agony. Doing so is cruel and unnecessary. There are increased costs to society, but no benefits. Mr....
Chris McCafferty: What advice has my right hon. Friend received from the police on the value and importance of database testing and CCTV in the fight against crime? Does he agree that the tools, as well as the resources, are very important in the fight against crime and, indeed, terrorism?
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to undertake a comprehensive review of civil service pay arrangements.
Chris McCafferty: In the light of today's historic and dynamic intervention, does my right hon. Friend consider that the proposed takeover of HBOS by Lloyds TSB will still proceed? If so, will he reassure my constituents in the Calder Valley, and those of my hon. Friend the Member for Halifax (Mrs. Riordan), many of whom are employed by HBOS in Halifax, that he will do everything that he can to ensure that...
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of differences in treatment of civil servants and other public sector staff in (a) pay rises and (b) the funding of pay progression, with particular reference to the use of recyclable elements to fund such progression.
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer question 221509, tabled on 17 July 2008 for named day answer on 22 July 2008, on Civil Service pay.
Chris McCafferty: Like my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton, South-East (Dr. Iddon), I declare an interest: I am the chair of the all-party group on compassion in dying, and so, obviously, I have a specific and opposing view to him. I should like to make the view of the all-party group clear to hon. Members, because there is a great deal of misunderstanding about the views of Members who support the right to...
Chris McCafferty: I take that on board entirely, Mr. Bayley. Indeed, the judges ruled that only Parliament can change legislation—a point that I am sure we would all readily accept. Some opponents of a change in the law on assisted dying argue that the law is not broken so we should not attempt to fix it. However, much evidence shows that, despite those claims, the status quo has many negative consequences....
Chris McCafferty: I take on board that point, Mr. Martlew. I shall make just a couple of final points. The Law Commission has recommended a review of the way in which mercy killing is treated under the law, but the Government and the Ministry of Justice have not established such a review. In a written answer to me on 24 April, my hon. Friend the Minister said that the Government had no plans to do that,...
Chris McCafferty: Many trafficked young women become pregnant as a direct result of enforced prostitution. Does my hon. Friend agree that compulsory and comprehensive sexual health education is vital to help all young women to protect themselves, especially those who are most vulnerable?
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps the Government are taking to use early intervention as a method to tackle social exclusion.
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many student midwives who entered training in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04 were over the age of 25 years.
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many student midwives dropped out of training in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04.
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has given to primary care trusts on ensuring that patients with gender dysphoria are able to access assessment and treatment on the same basis as other patients with a mental illness.
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the median waiting time is for a patient with a mental health illness to receive an initial out-patient appointment with a consultant, following referral by a general practitioner.
Chris McCafferty: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many student midwives were in receipt of non-means tested state financial support in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04.
Chris McCafferty: If he will make a statement on the millennium development goals review in September 2005 in relation to sexual and reproductive health targets.
Chris McCafferty: Is my right hon. Friend aware of the millennium project taskforce report on child and maternal health and gender equality? It suggests a new target for universal access to reproductive health care by 2015 to help pull people out of poverty.