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Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Question (30 Nov 2021)

John Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to support British soft power overseas.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Topical Questions (30 Nov 2021)

John Baron: Further to my constructive Adjournment debate on the British Council with the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, my right hon. Friend the Member for Braintree (James Cleverly), and given the fact that the FCDO’s overall budget is to increase by 21% over the coming three-year spending review period, I seek clarity from those on the Front Bench as to whether the Government still...

Health and Care Bill: New Clause 62 - Pharmaceutical services: remuneration in respect of vaccines etc (23 Nov 2021)

John Baron: I thank the Minister and the Government for listening and for accepting the new clause in its entirety. It is a progressive step. I and the whole group behind the new clause look forward to working with him. If nuanced changes were required, then, by all means, we would consider them.

Health and Care Bill: New Clause 62 - Pharmaceutical services: remuneration in respect of vaccines etc (23 Nov 2021)

John Baron: Thank you for calling me, Mr Deputy Speaker, and I thank Mr Speaker for selecting my new clause 19. I also thank all those who have kindly supported it. It remains an inconvenient truth that although our cancer survival rates are improving, we continue to lag behind international comparators. The primary reason for this is that the NHS does not diagnose cancers early enough. New clause 19...

Health and Care Bill: New Clause 62 - Pharmaceutical services: remuneration in respect of vaccines etc (23 Nov 2021)

John Baron: I tend to agree, and that is in part what the new clause is intended to address. I chaired the all-party parliamentary group on cancer for nine years. We were painfully aware that the Government had once estimated that if the country matched the best survival rates in Europe, 10,000 lives a year would be saved. In 2013, the OECD confirmed that that our survival rates ranked near the bottom...

Health and Care Bill: New Clause 62 - Pharmaceutical services: remuneration in respect of vaccines etc (23 Nov 2021)

John Baron: I will not. I do apologise, but time is short. New clause has been endorsed by the founding chief executive of Cancer Research UK, Professor Sir Alex Markham, who has commented that “comparable health services abroad continue to outperform the NHS in terms of cancer survival. They all remain focused on cancer outcomes and the UK would be foolish not to do likewise.” The new clause has...

Health and Care Bill: New Clause 49 - Cap on Care Costs for charging Purposes (22 Nov 2021)

John Baron: The Government deserve credit for grasping this nettle, which has evaded Governments of both parties for too long, but he must understand that there is a real cause on the Government Benches in respect of the distribution of the relative losses and the worry that those who are less well off will be hit hardest by the Government’s new clause. Will he address that issue?

British Council: Global Britain (18 Nov 2021)

John Baron: First, I thank my right hon. Friend for his comments about those at the British Council, who will be heartened to hear what he says. I know it will not be strange to them, but it is nice to hear it from the Dispatch Box all the same. I concur with his comments about the new chief executive Scott McDonald and Stevie Spring, too. They will bring a lot to the British Council at this important...

British Council: Global Britain (18 Nov 2021)

John Baron: I appreciate my right hon. Friend’s generosity in giving way again, but we have a little bit of time, without wishing to detain the House for too long. I accept what he has just said, because I know he is a decent fellow, but my worry is that this message, despite his exalted position in the FCDO, does not translate, frankly, because it did not translate last time. May I tease him a little...

British Council: Global Britain (18 Nov 2021)

John Baron: I thank my right hon. Friend for being generous in giving way. Of course I do not doubt his words, but what seems to be happening is a disconnect between Departments. This week in the House the Defence Secretary, who is a good man, said he thought it was more a responsibility for the FCDO. This situation needs gripping, because the sense is that bureaucracy is getting in the way. There are...

British Council: Global Britain (18 Nov 2021)

John Baron: First, may I thank the Speaker and indeed you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for choosing and allowing this debate to take place? I also thank the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, my right hon. Friend the Member for Braintree (James Cleverly), for fielding the debate on a Thursday afternoon. While I am in this mode, I should also like to thank the all-party group on the British Council...

British Council: Global Britain (18 Nov 2021)

John Baron: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right: when the Government are quite rightly talking about the importance of global Britain, it sends completely the wrong message to the world to close, in many countries, an organisation that represents the very best of British. The irony of the situation is that the additional closures can easily be prevented, without any new money from the FCDO, by...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Members: Correspondence (16 Nov 2021)

John Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 16 July 2021 and chase up correspondence of 13 August 2021, 15 September 2021 and 13 October 2021 regarding a constituent with reference JB33290.

Cop26 (15 Nov 2021)

John Baron: Real progress has been made at COP26, and we should all be grateful to its president and the Prime Minister for achieving so much. However, the Prime Minister will be aware that we must keep countries’ feet close to the fire. What reassurance can he provide that the annual progress reports have real teeth, so that leaders can be held accountable for the progress required in the short term,...

Defence: Afghan Nationals: Evacuation (15 Nov 2021)

John Baron: I have no doubt that the Defence Secretary is straining every sinew, but one fears that bureaucracy and lack of clarity are getting in the way. I understand that almost 200 Afghans who worked with the British Council, and are therefore eligible for the ARAP scheme, are still in Afghanistan in fear of their lives. One sent this email: “we are now being hunted by the Taliban. We are in...

Committee on Standards: Decision of the House (8 Nov 2021)

John Baron: Will the hon. Gentleman give way? [Hon. Members: “No.”]

Committee on Standards: Decision of the House (8 Nov 2021)

John Baron: I am grateful to the hon. Member, who is speaking with great eloquence, as usual, on this subject. I suggest to him that reform is a natural, evolving process—of course it is; no system is perfect—but, by and large, the system works quite well, so whatever the hon. Member does, will he make sure that it is transparent, as far as he is able to, and that it progresses as speedily as...

Committee on Standards: Decision of the House (8 Nov 2021)

John Baron: I thank the hon. Lady for securing this debate. As one of those who defied the three-line Whip of their Government last week on this issue, I think she will agree that it was patently wrong to try to reform the system at this point. We have had years to reform it, but does she agree that we need cross-party support for this, and that, given that the Committee on Standards is already looking...


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