Desmond Swayne: The hon. Gentleman began by talking about stigma—the stigma of laziness or of something “in the head”. We all know that the sort of people afflicted by ME are certainly not lazy. As to its being in the head, there may be some psychological causes of ME but it is none the less an illness, and to treat it as if it were not is to reinforce the stigma that has been so damaging...
Desmond Swayne: The Minister said that personnel would be safer; will he explain how?
Desmond Swayne: When we conceived the NCS, the ambition was that it would be so good that it would become universal. Does that still hold?
Desmond Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter of Dr Maureen Rickman and Dr Nick Broughton of Southern Health dated 13 March 2018 following unexpected deaths.
Desmond Swayne: I’ll have a go! The issue before us is that private Members’ Bills are determined by a queue which is the result of a ballot. The Government are accused of manipulating the queue by withholding money resolutions. Interestingly, what happened last Friday was an attempt by the Government to manipulate the queue by taking a Bill that was No. 8 and getting it a Second Reading on the...
Desmond Swayne: rose—
Desmond Swayne: This is not an area where I have expertise, but my understanding was that the money resolution enabled money to be spent in preparation for the Bill becoming law. So there is a financial implication of passing a money resolution, even if the Bill has not proceeded to Third Reading and Royal Assent.
Desmond Swayne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Where is everybody? I hope, in the light of the extraordinary accusations of the right hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb), they are not behind the bike sheds having a spliff.
Desmond Swayne: Clinical leadership may have its place, but for years the crying need has been for political leadership, so may I thank my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State and the Policing Minister for providing it?
Desmond Swayne: Does the Minister have proposals for the reform of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency? I hope so.
Desmond Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what conclusions he has drawn as a result of his call for evidence of 12 April 2017 on park home regulation and the level of sales commission charged on park homes.
Desmond Swayne: Clinicians tell me that half of interventions have no value to the patient whatsoever, and yet the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency wages war on new entrants with inexpensive and effective remedies. There is plenty of scope for reform, isn’t there?
Desmond Swayne: In the meantime and until my hon. and learned Friend’s Bill becomes law, will she vigorously exploit every opportunity afforded by the common law to see that these offences are prosecuted?
Desmond Swayne: Will my right hon. Friend ensure that this process, even if clinically led, is not administered by a bureaucrat, but is electrified by a politician alive to the need to be re-elected?
Desmond Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of employment support allowance recipients that have seen an overall reduction in benefit payments when council tax benefit has been withdrawn following the introduction of support for mortgage interest; and if he will make a statement.
Desmond Swayne: Really?
Desmond Swayne: Which power is my right hon. Friend planning to take away from the Scottish Government and Parliament?