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Elections for Positions in the House: Backbench Business — Valedictory Debate (26 Mar 2015)

Andrew Miller: Forty-eight years ago, when I first joined the Labour party having been rather angry at the way in which a landlord had treated a neighbour of mine, little did I think that I would end up here. I thought about that when I gave my maiden speech on 6 May 1992. The 23 years between then and now have been extraordinary and I have a lot of people to thank for that, particularly from my local...

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

Andrew Miller: Will the Minister reflect carefully on paragraphs 111 to 113 of the Science and Technology Committee’s Legacy report on variant CJD? The Minister gave compelling evidence to our inquiry; the one area of difference was the long-term protection of research funding to give public confidence. Will she look carefully at that and put her response in the public domain?

[Mr Dai Havard in the Chair] — backbench business — Digital Democracy (10 Mar 2015)

Andrew Miller: I did not intend to speak in this debate, but I am particularly interested in the report. Back in 1992, when I was first elected to this place, I complained to the powers that be in the building about the inadequacies of my office. I said that I wanted another telephone line, and the person I spoke to said, “You can’t have another telephone line; you’re only entitled to two.” I said,...

[Mr Dai Havard in the Chair] — backbench business — Digital Democracy (10 Mar 2015)

Andrew Miller: That is a good point, and we need to examine in parallel whether we would take the same view if, for example, a Select Committee were away from the Palace on official business. That needs exploring. I am not drawing any conclusions; I am saying simply that we need to examine those rules and get the principles right before we embark on phase 2, which will involve bringing the technology into...

[Mr Dai Havard in the Chair] — backbench business — Digital Democracy (10 Mar 2015)

Andrew Miller: My hon. Friend talks about the role of the incoming head of our parliamentary information services. That has to be looked at against the background of first, what happened in the past, and secondly, the difficulties relating to this building. Some 20 years ago, when we put the current network into the House, some of us were arguing that blown fibre would have been the answer. Doing the...

[Mr Dai Havard in the Chair] — backbench business — Digital Democracy (10 Mar 2015)

Andrew Miller: Some hon. Members complain about the use of electronic media as a modern version of the postcard campaign: people press a button and send a message to their MP without even bothering to read it. There is some legitimate criticism there, but does my hon. Friend agree that, handled properly, creating proper digital engagement with our constituents will put some of those approaches on the...

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: (Programme) (No. 3) (11 Feb 2015)

Andrew Miller: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. When this House sent the Bill to the other place, we sent a strong message through an amendment that we unified around. The Lords have now diluted it and my hon. Friend the Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West (Tom Greatrex) has tabled an amendment to rectify the situation. Will you use your good offices to ensure that the House has an...

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: Infrastructure Bill [Lords]: (Programme) (No. 3) (11 Feb 2015)

Andrew Miller: Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. For clarity, are you saying that if the House provides time for a Division to take place on the Opposition amendments, that can happen?

Business of the House (5 Feb 2015)

Andrew Miller: In responding to my hon. Friend the Member for Wallasey (Ms Eagle), the Leader of the House referred to inputs as well as outputs in the public sector. With that in mind, may I bring to his attention a recent contract relating to sexual health in Cheshire, where the winning bid appears to have been allocated not on the basis of value for money or the right skill set, but a political fix?...

Energy and Climate Change: Household Energy Bills (5 Feb 2015)

Andrew Miller: What steps he is taking to help households with their energy bills.

Energy and Climate Change: Household Energy Bills (5 Feb 2015)

Andrew Miller: The report to which my hon. Friend the Member for Wythenshawe and Sale East (Mike Kane) and my right hon. Friend the Member for Delyn (Mr Hanson) referred shows that 2,300 children in my constituency live in families that have energy debt. Equally, at the other end of the spectrum, many of the high-energy businesses that sustain some of the most valuable jobs in my constituency are...

Living Wage (Reporting): Human Fertilisation and Embryology (3 Feb 2015)

Andrew Miller: The hon. Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) set out her case clearly and I respect her beliefs, but I do not agree with her conclusions. If we took them to the logical point, we would ban any intervention that introduces some part of one person to another. It would mean boycotting blood and organ transfers, simply because—[Interruption.] I listened with courtesy to the hon. Lady and I hope...

Living Wage (Reporting): Human Fertilisation and Embryology (3 Feb 2015)

Andrew Miller: The hon. Gentleman makes an interesting point, but there are plenty of occasions when such tests are not carried out. In central Africa we have been testing Ebola vaccines without first testing them on primates, because the benefits outweigh the risks. We are in that position already. My hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent South referred to research undertaken in China 10 years ago. He...

Living Wage (Reporting): Human Fertilisation and Embryology (3 Feb 2015)

Andrew Miller: The ethical basis on which science is conducted in this country is world leading. The hon. Gentleman is right to say that we should be immensely proud of the successes—again—of our scientific community in a range of life science disciplines. This one affects a very small group of the population but does so in such a profound way. Although there are issues that need properly regulating,...

Living Wage (Reporting): Human Fertilisation and Embryology (3 Feb 2015)

Andrew Miller: No, as it would not be fair on other people. In case colleagues have not seen them, let me commend the e-mails sent to all Members by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign; Jonathan Kingsley wrote to us all, and the Lily Foundation has written to us all in very powerful language. Those people who have sat and listened to some of the families will understand, and colleagues who have constituents...

Blood Safety (Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease) (29 Jan 2015)

Andrew Miller: I thank right hon. and hon. Members for participating in the debate, which has been about a hugely important subject. I respect the integrity of the Minister on this matter. She needs to be probing some very serious questions. I hope that she insists that her officials get those responses to the Committee and to Members participating in the debate as quickly as possible; it would be...

Blood Safety (Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease) (29 Jan 2015)

Andrew Miller: I find the Minister’s remarks somewhat surprising. As I said in my opening remarks, the Government response alluded to unspecified “technical issues” that they would refer to the relevant advisory committee, but that committee had already recommended that the study should go ahead.

Blood Safety (Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease) (29 Jan 2015)

Andrew Miller: On behalf of the Select Committee, let me say that it is a pleasure to introduce our report “After the storm? UK blood safety and the risk of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease”, which was published last July. We considered the ongoing health risk posed by variant CJD and examined the steps taken by the Government to ensure that any further transmission of this deadly disease through blood...

Blood Safety (Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease) (29 Jan 2015)

Andrew Miller: The hon. Gentleman follows this matter with great care. He is absolutely right, but I am trying to simplify what is an incredibly complicated subject. The underlying science is very hard to communicate, but I am grateful for his observation. This issue is known, because there have been several cases of classical CJD being passed on through contaminated surgical instruments. Following two...


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