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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Andrew Murrison: Nobody doubts the hon. Lady’s commitment to our armed forces and to NATO, but her leader has one signal virtue, consistency—it is a virtue in a politician. He has not changed his mind on anything since the 1970s. What then are we to make of an individual who only six years ago said that NATO was a “danger to world peace” and that it was “a major problem”?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Nato (20 Jun 2018)

Andrew Murrison: On the issue of the Brussels summit, while it is true that NATO is inestimably more important in collective defence than the European Union, Europe’s nascent defence capability has nevertheless shown itself to have some utility. When we leave the European Union, what will our response be to things that have worked, such as Operation Atalanta and the EU battle groups, of which the UK has...

Gosport Independent Panel: Publication of Report (20 Jun 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I was a junior doctor at the Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport, which is just around the corner from the Gosport War Memorial Hospital, so I know that hospital fairly well, and I also know that the people of Gosport will be disappointed and distressed by this, since they very much value their community hospital. Does the Secretary of State agree with me that there is an issue about the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU (20 Jun 2018)

Andrew Murrison: The technical note published on 7 June spoke of free trade agreements that could be entered into that would not affect any temporary customs arrangements. What discussion has the Secretary of State had with the parties on specifically what form those free trade agreements might take and who they might involve?

NHS Long-Term Plan (18 Jun 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I congratulate my right hon. Friend, whose commitment to our NHS is very clear. Does he agree with me, however, that the Commonwealth Fund indicator that really matters concerns clinical outcomes, some of which he referred to in his statement, and on that the news is not good? Will he do everything he can to make sure that the increased funding he has announced today is absolutely dedicated...

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I shall be very brief. Like my hon. Friend the Member for North Wiltshire (James Gray), I did not intend to speak in this debate. I will start by declaring an interest. My home and a small piece of land that I own runs down to the A303, although much further west than Stonehenge. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Alex Burghart) on his speech. He did a great...

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Andrew Murrison: My hon. Friend should not be at all sorry that he does not come from Wiltshire. Those of us who do are very grateful to him for taking the interest that he has. Does he appreciate that the sensitivity of the matter is demonstrated by the fact that we are going to the extraordinary expense of constructing a tunnel past the stones, which will undermine, so to speak, archaeology that may be...

Stonehenge: Proposed Road Alterations (5 Jun 2018)

Andrew Murrison: My hon. Friend is being very generous. Would he acknowledge that there is a clear and present danger, not only to people who live and breathe in villages such as Chitterne, with the rat-running that currently goes on, and Chicklade, which sits along the route of the A303 and is blighted by that road at the moment—their lives are being adversely impacted by the A303—but to the...

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (24 May 2018)

Andrew Murrison: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity to present to the House our third report of this Session, entitled “Devolution and democracy in Northern Ireland—dealing with the deficit”. As you will know, Mr Deputy Speaker, the Northern Ireland Executive collapsed in January 2017, since when there has been no effective ministerial decision-making process at Stormont. I...

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (24 May 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. He is, of course, absolutely right. We practically say that on every single line of our report, because it is vital that we understand the tenets of the Good Friday agreement. It has a unique status. It was a remarkable achievement and is, of course, held dear in the hearts of those who have benefited from it over the past 20 years. Anything that is done...

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (24 May 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend—of course I do—although we have to understand that David Sterling and his civil servants, who have done a remarkable job, should not be put in the invidious position of having to make decisions or feeling that they have to do so because there is no Minister, and then finding that the High Court judges that what they have done is ultra vires....

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (24 May 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his comments. The report is strengthened by the fact that it was unanimously passed by our Committee, despite the fact that it was wide-ranging and contained some extremely difficult material. That is a tribute to the Committee, and I pay tribute to the hon. Gentleman. I believe that the Keegan judgment is probably the start of a process and that there...

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (24 May 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I thank my hon. Friend for the interest that he has taken in this matter, and he is, of course, correct on both fronts. We believe that there is no reason for further delay on the recommendations that we have made. I hope very much that the Minister, when he comes to respond to this in the fullness of time, will accept all the recommendations that we have made, but particularly those that...

Northern Ireland Affairs Committee (24 May 2018)

Andrew Murrison: I thank the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon), who made an extremely important contribution to the report. Clearly, without the co-operation of Sinn Féin, the recommendations in the report about the committee structure at Stormont, for example, simply will not work. That is inherent in the power-sharing structure, which forms such a big part of the Good Friday agreement. I urge...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Malnutrition: Older People (23 May 2018)

Andrew Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the contribution of undernutrition to the number of falls by elderly people.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (23 May 2018)

Andrew Murrison: In the 1940s, access by British epidemiologists to patient data established the causal relationship between smoking and lung cancer. How will the big data and artificial intelligence, which the Prime Minister spoke about on Monday, help us transform healthcare outcomes today, and what barriers to data sharing exist in the way of that?

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Incinerators: Health Hazards (22 May 2018)

Andrew Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 September 2017 to Question 6370 on Incinerators: Health Hazards, what conclusions Public Health England has drawn from its review of evidence on the health effects of waste incinerators published in peer review journals; and what the timetable is for the papers from the study on emissions from waste...

Deferred Divisions: Education (Student Support) (9 May 2018)

Andrew Murrison: Does my right hon. Friend agree that part of the way we might expand the numbers taking the apprenticeship route is to unleash the power of the further education sector? The sector now has degree-awarding powers and would be very attractive to a large number of people not just in the big urban centres but in the smaller regions, too.

Deferred Divisions: Education (Student Support) (9 May 2018)

Andrew Murrison: The Minister is right to highlight the university sector but has he, like me, recently visited his local further education college? If he has, I am sure that staff will have expressed the same view that I heard in Trowbridge recently: the new apprenticeship route into nursing is good for FE colleges that want to offer nurse training. Some colleges currently feel constrained because they are...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Andrew Murrison: Is it not the case that IPSO proposed its arbitration scheme only when a number of colleagues had tabled amendments that were distinctly unhelpful to the print media? Can we trust that organisation? Will my right hon. Friend be extremely careful about removing the boot from the neck of IPSO, particularly in relation to the review period? I know that he will come on to talk about that shortly,...


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