Nicholas Soames: I can confirm to the Foreign Secretary that we do indeed have excellent diplomatic and aid staff in Harare. If this does indeed presage a move towards easier times—and I do, of course, accept the caution issued by the hon. Member for Vauxhall (Kate Hoey)—will the Foreign Secretary acknowledge, along with me, that the British Government have unfinished business in Zimbabwe? Will...
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many care leavers there were in (a) West Sussex and (b) Mid Sussex constituencies in 2015-16; and how many of those care leavers were not in education, employment or training at that time.
Nicholas Soames: Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating my constituents in Group B Strep Support, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, on the September update to the green-top clinical guidelines on group B strep infection, which I am sure he will agree are a significant step forward in preventing that wicked and wholly unnecessary neonatal infection?
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, to which countries his Department is supporting the sale of Typhoon aircraft; and to which countries such aircraft have already been sold.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons regular drug testing was not mandatory for the crews of Vanguard-class submarines before October 2017.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his current policy is on drug testing on all ships of the Royal Navy on operations; and if he will make a statement.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, at how many meetings during her visit to Israel she was accompanied by Lord Polak; and who was present at each meeting on that visit.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has made to Network Rail on the sale of surplus land in its ownership.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what definition of British Values is used for the purposes of the Prevent Programme.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she is taking to improve the capacity of schools and colleges to support children and young persons who are experiencing mental illness.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will take steps to introduce a counselling strategy for schools.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total extent of MOD Landholdings is; and how much land the Department has sold in each year between 2010 and 2017.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure the prompt payment of benefits to people with motor neurone disease; whether his Department plans to make changes to that regime for such people; and if he will make a statement.
Nicholas Soames: I am sorry to intervene on the Minister so late in his winding-up speech, but may I ask him to give the House an assurance that the very complex roll-out of all these new schemes will be properly co-ordinated, so that delivery throughout the system is even? It is often difficult to see that happening when new schemes are introduced, so I will be grateful if the Minister ensures it does this time.
Nicholas Soames: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Nicholas Soames: I do not want to spoil the harmonious general cross-party agreement on this point, but the hon. Gentleman’s litany of despair occurs against the background of a substantial investment in mental health in this country. The problem—I see it in my constituency, and I am sure that everyone in this room sees the same thing—is the time from what, in the Army, they call flash to...
Nicholas Soames: I agree with that point and ask my hon. Friend to consider the excellent work being done by our hon. Friend the Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) on family hubs and centres, which I think is remarkable. If people are in the very unhappy position described, the trouble is that there is no one single signpost for them other than, as I said, the poor teachers, so the family hubs or centres are...
Nicholas Soames: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Brady. I congratulate the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell) on her formidable introduction. It was completely dispassionate yet very powerful about this terribly serious issue. I also congratulate my hon. Friends who have spoken. I will, unusually, speak very briefly, just to make a couple of points. My...