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...
Nicholas Soames: I entirely agree with the line that my hon. Friend is taking, but as I said to the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell), who so brilliantly introduced the debate, there are not enough teachers qualified to do that, and to get them all up to speed and consistently trained will be a very long-term project. What we need to aim for is a tiered service that works, where...
Nicholas Soames: I completely support the thrust of the hon. Lady’s argument. Does she agree that, because of the lack of training for teachers in this particularly important subject, what is being applied now is really just emotional first-aid? If people are to do more, they have to have the ability to teach more. How does she see that working out?
Nicholas Soames: I am very sorry to intrude on the hon. Lady’s good nature by intervening again. I share everything that she says and I will support it to the nth degree, but I am worried about a question that needs to be answered. Given the diversity of teacher training, how will we get the kind of consistency required to deliver the excellent improvements that she suggests?
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the strength of the UK's relationship with the Maldives; what the objectives are of the Government's policies on the Maldives; and if he will make a statement.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of bio-security controls on the number of trees imported; and if he will make a statement.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many state-funded primary schools in West Sussex are rated in the top 250 such schools in England for key stage 2 national curriculum assessment outcomes at level 5 in (a) reading, (b) writing, (c) mathematics and (c) all three of those subjects.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will publish the level of performance in West Sussex in the 2017 Key Stage 2 results for (a) reading, (b) mathematics and (c) reading, writing and mathematics; and if she will set out that level of performance for all local authorities in England in order of standard.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to work with West Sussex County Council on improving educational results in that area.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the extent of the spread of sudden oak death; and if he will make a statement.
Nicholas Soames: Given the President’s astonishingly bovine decision—even by his standards—to de-certify the joint comprehensive plan of action, against the best military and intelligence advice available to him, will my right hon. Friend assure the House that although we acknowledge, as he did, the very considerable difficulties in dealing with Iran outside this agreement, it is through...
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many buildings owned by government departments are empty in (a) West Sussex and (b) Mid Sussex constituency; which those buildings are; to which departments those buildings belong; and what plans he has for the future use of those buildings.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the training of more child psychiatrists; and if he will make a statement.
Nicholas Soames: As my right hon. Friend wrestles with the inevitable compromises essential to securing the opportunities of Brexit in the national interest, and in view of this enormous administrative challenge, will she consider refining the machinery of government by creating an inner Cabinet to drive forward the work across the Government and thus retain greater grip and control over the whole process?
Nicholas Soames: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Heritage Maintenance Funds; and if he will make a statement.
Nicholas Soames: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of stamp duty levels on the housing market; and if he will make a statement.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the recommended level of stipend is to be paid to members of governing bodies of clinical commissioning groups.