John Baron: When it comes to the longer term, given the actions of the Russian state under President Putin, has the time not come for a fundamental reassessment of our defence spending—preferably in collaboration with our allies, but alone if that is not possible?
John Baron: I commend the Prime Minister for her speech on Friday and her statement in the House today. With record inward investment, record manufacturing output and record low unemployment for a generation, when does she think economic reality is going to dawn on the doomsters on the Opposition Benches, particularly when it comes to the economic prize that will be available once we have left the EU?
John Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in how many medical negligence claims against the NHS which were settled in 2016-2017 legal proceedings were issued; and in how many such claims damage payments were made.
John Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many medical negligence claims against the NHS were taken to trial in 2016-2017; and in how many such trials damages were awarded.
John Baron: Although many of us believe that the Regular Army should be closer to 100,000 in strength, it appears that we are struggling to reach even the reduced figure of 82,000. What more can our Government do to ensure that we increase recruitment, and maintain at those levels, to get closer to 82,000?
John Baron: Reports suggest that of the near 100,000 who wanted to join the Army last year, only 7,500 actually made it, in part because of time delays. What can be done to streamline the recruitment process?
John Baron: What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the level of funding for the British Council.
John Baron: I thank the Minister for that response. Given the importance of the British Council to our soft power, what are the implications of possible cuts to non-overseas development aid funding for the council’s work? How might they affect the Government’s plans for a global Britain?
John Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria the Government use to determine whether to settle a case before the commencement of legal proceedings against the NHS; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the application of that criteria in 2016-17.
John Baron: Does the hon. Lady agree that, whichever option we choose, it is important that we do not break the 1,000-year link between the Governments of the country and this site, and that we should therefore have a debating Chamber on this site while the restoration works continue?
John Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average hourly rate paid to lawyers instructed by the NHS in medical negligence claims is.
John Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether lawyers instructed by the NHS to defend claims of medical negligence are paid the same hourly rate whether or not the claim succeeds, as denoted by court award or agreement to pay damages.
John Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that lawyers instructed by the NHS to defend claims of medical negligence do not prolong proceedings to increase their fees.
John Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will list the solicitors instructed to defend clinical negligence claims against the NHS where the claim has resolved, and for each such firm (a) what fees were paid, (b) how many claims were made and (c) how many of those were successful as denoted by payment of damages whether by court award or settlement in the last 12 months.
John Baron: Will the Minister give way?
John Baron: May I briefly take the Minister back to amendments 381 and 400? I thank him for his kind words about amendment 400, and for his work on the Bill. He will know that I did not put my name to amendment 381, but I will support amendment 400 so long as that power will be used only in extremis and for the shortest possible time. We have had an assurance on that from the Prime Minister at the...
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John Baron: Before the hon. Gentleman whips himself up into too much of a state of pessimism, may I gently remind him that inward investment is at a record high? If anything, it has picked up recently. In addition, because the EU has no free trade deals with big trading partners such as the US, China, Australia and New Zealand, and neither do we. That has not prevented trade from being conducted...
John Baron: Will the hon. Lady give way?