Results 1–20 of 4235 for speaker:Nick Herbert

Backbench Business: Rail Services: Hassocks (19 Jun 2018)

Nick Herbert: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way. Before he experiences the fate of politicians and other public figures in Sussex who have particularly infuriated us and is burnt in effigy, may I ask him to reconsider his comment that services are “much improved”? I think what he meant was that they might be much improved when the new timetable is finally introduced and works...

Backbench Business: Rail Services: Hassocks (19 Jun 2018)

Nick Herbert: I beg to move, That this House has considered rail services in Hassocks. I welcome the opportunity to raise the subject of the rail services provided for villagers in Hassocks in my constituency, and for others who use the station there, which is on the Brighton main line and which offers Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services. Hon. Members may wonder why I am talking about rail...

Backbench Business: Rail Services: Hassocks (19 Jun 2018)

Nick Herbert: I am grateful for my hon. Friend’s intervention. We have indeed been working together in West Sussex and we have been working closely with our right hon. Friend the Member for Mid Sussex (Sir Nicholas Soames), who is also very concerned about the disruption to services on the line. We are all concerned about the unfeasible interchange times and the safety implications, the implications...

Backbench Business: Rail Services: Hassocks (19 Jun 2018)

Nick Herbert: I agree with my hon. Friend. He has made the point directly, and I am sure the Minister will have heard it. We will have to look at the size of this franchise again. It is too big. It was meant to deliver benefits in economies of scale, but it has only given us problems from the moment that it was introduced. We also need to look at the franchise holder. I appreciate that that is a legal...

Tuberculosis (7 Jun 2018)

Nick Herbert: This has a been a good debate, with a large degree of consensus across the House and many well-informed contributions from right hon. and hon. Members on both sides, including the Front Benchers. I am grateful for that and for the help that hon. Members are giving to raise the profile of this disease. I pay tribute to the work of the co-chair of the all-party group on global tuberculosis,...

Tuberculosis (7 Jun 2018)

Nick Herbert: I beg to move, That this House recognises that tuberculosis (TB) remains the world’s deadliest infectious disease, killing 1.7 million people a year; notes that at the current rate of progress, the world will not reach the Sustainable Development Goal target of ending TB by 2030 for another 160 years; believes that without a major change of pace 28 million people will die needlessly...

Tuberculosis (7 Jun 2018)

Nick Herbert: I strongly agree with the hon. Gentleman that the diseases must be treated together. However, great progress has been made on tackling AIDS, partly because of the tremendous new tools available. By comparison, less progress has been made on tuberculosis. Last year, 1.7 million people died of tuberculosis. That is more than AIDS and malaria combined. The single fact that most people do not...

Tuberculosis (7 Jun 2018)

Nick Herbert: That is a very interesting point. TB is a disease of poverty. This opportunistic infection will strike if there are no basic health systems and if nutrition and housing are poor, and all those conditions would probably exist in areas of conflict. Drug resistant TB is a terrible affliction. It can be dealt with, but even in an advanced healthcare system, it requires a course of treatment in...

Tuberculosis (7 Jun 2018)

Nick Herbert: I do agree. There is a growing list of reasons why we should act, and that is one of them.

Tuberculosis (7 Jun 2018)

Nick Herbert: Again, I do agree. The scale of TB in London makes it one of the TB capitals of Europe. We have some 5,000 cases of TB in the UK. That figure is coming down with the new public health strategy, but it is still too high. The right hon. Gentleman is right. This disease is easily and cheaply curable, and it has been since the discovery of antibiotics, so why are we not doing it?

Tuberculosis (7 Jun 2018)

Nick Herbert: Yes. My hon. Friend is probably aware that there is a collaborative TB strategy that was introduced by the Government, urged by the all-party parliamentary group on global TB, which the hon. Member for Ealing, Southall and I co-chair. That strategy shows very promising signs. It represents exactly the kind of partnership that we need between Public Health England and NHS England. I commend...

Tuberculosis (7 Jun 2018)

Nick Herbert: I agree that some companies are willing to take a non-commercial view, such as Johnson & Johnson and Osaka Pharmaceuticals, but many other major pharmaceutical companies are not developing new TB tools because there is no commercial incentive. Therefore, we do need that partnership funding to make this happen. I would argue that there are three powerful reasons for us to act: a...

Tuberculosis (7 Jun 2018)

Nick Herbert: My understanding is that they already do. That is a good example of how we already—although we need to do more—deploy the resources that are available to us. Indeed, the commitment that we make as the second biggest donor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria—£1.2 billion in the last replenishment—has been made possible because of the increase...

Tuberculosis (7 Jun 2018)

Nick Herbert: My right hon. Friend asks a very pertinent question. Last month, 100 Members of this House and the other place wrote to the Prime Minister to ask if she would attend the meeting. The motion before the House specifically requests that the Prime Minister attend, as the UN General Assembly has asked. So far—understandably, I believe—the Prime Minister is not committing to attend. In...

Business of the House (7 Jun 2018)

Nick Herbert: The new rail timetable had already disadvantaged my constituents in Hassocks by increasing journey times and withdrawing peak-time services, but its introduction has been a complete shambles, and my constituents continue to be disadvantaged by the cancellation and withdrawal of services on a daily basis. May we have an urgent debate on the abysmal performance of Govia Thameslink Railway and...

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May 2018)

Nick Herbert: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that, just this morning, the offices of Sexual Minorities Uganda were raided by the authorities at the instigation of the Ugandan Government in Kampala, breaking up a meeting that it was holding to celebrate “IDAHO” Day? The meeting included diplomatic representatives from a number of countries, including, I understand, the United Kingdom.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May 2018)

Nick Herbert: Before my hon. Friend turns to international issues, will he pay tribute to the many LGBT non-governmental organisations that work so tirelessly in this area, particularly Stonewall and the Kaleidoscope Trust, to which I know my hon. Friend—and you, Mr Speaker—have given particular and personal support?

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May 2018)

Nick Herbert: I congratulate the hon. Member for Hove (Peter Kyle) on securing this debate. I was pleased to support him in my capacity as chair of the all-party group on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights, which now has more than 80 members from this House and the other place. It is timely that on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia we are here talking about the...

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May 2018)

Nick Herbert: Yes, I strongly agree with the hon. Gentleman, and I am just coming to that point. Still on the global front, there are other countries where the situation is going backwards. Under state auspices in Indonesia, there are calls for criminalisation and for cures for homosexuality, and raids on private spaces. This is all making public health outreach more difficult, which is interfering with...


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