Nadine Dorries: As a mother of three young women who are the same age as the hostesses who attended this function, I can only describe my initial response as being emotional and like a lioness. I immediately put myself in the position of it having been one of my daughters. That must be the reaction of every woman and every mother across the country—[Hon. Members: “And fathers!”] And...
Nadine Dorries: Order. That is a speech. I call John Grogan.
Nadine Dorries: Seven people wish to speak and wind-ups need to begin at 10.30 am. I will leave you to work out the maths for yourselves. If anybody takes too long, I will have to impose a time limit on the remaining speakers.
Nadine Dorries: Order. I will allow that, Ms McCarthy, but that is the only off-issue topic.
Nadine Dorries: Order. I remind Members that interventions should be interventions and not speeches.
Nadine Dorries: Order. I remind Members that conversations are for outside. Thank you.
Nadine Dorries: I call Gill Furniss. Five minutes, please.
Nadine Dorries: Five minutes please, Mr Hendry.
Nadine Dorries: I am afraid that I am now going to have to put a formal time limit of two minutes on speeches.
Nadine Dorries: Order. I am afraid that because we have so many speakers and time is running short we have to limit speeches, as a guideline, to three minutes. If anyone takes longer than three minutes, they are taking time off the next person.
Nadine Dorries: Order. This is a 30-minute debate for short interventions, not speeches.
Nadine Dorries: Many mothers in this Chamber know how hard childbirth can be, but we would never use that knowledge in a veiled threat against a journalist, in the way that the hon. Member for Hampstead and Kilburn (Tulip Siddiq) did when being questioned by a Channel 4 journalist recently. As I assume that the First Secretary is not pregnant, will he please complete the work that that journalist tried to...
Nadine Dorries: indicated dissent.
Nadine Dorries: Does the hon. Lady accept, however, that an injection of 300,000 homes per year—if that target is reached—will stabilise the price of homes at the very least, because supply will be increased in a way that has not happened since the 1970s?
Nadine Dorries: It is a relief to rise after the speech from the SNP spokesman, which was actually longer than the official Opposition’s—and half as riveting. Budget resolutions tend to be about figures and statements that can be quite dry and which are often leaked before the actual Budget statement, so I am delighted that one of its headline measures—the scrapping of stamp duty on...
Nadine Dorries: I am sure that SNP Members have heard my hon. Friend’s point and will take it forward—tomorrow, I would imagine. I wish to address an issue that is very close to my heart—and actually the reason I became a Conservative MP in the first place: home ownership. We have heard today measures that amount to a revolution in housebuilding: the target of 300,000 homes per year and the...
Nadine Dorries: Absolutely. I was coming to exactly that point. I have spoken to members of staff here, and one of the most startling facts about them is that they have to wait until they are in at least their mid-30s before they can even think of putting their feet on the property ladder. I hope the measures announced today—the abolition of stamp duty and so on—will help them become homeowners.
Nadine Dorries: The Chancellor made the point that other measures, such as on investment, would need to be implemented in conjunction with the abolition of stamp duty.
Nadine Dorries: That is another illustration of how important it is that people can purchase their own homes. In response to the hon. Member for Leicester West (Liz Kendall), I could list the measures announced today: the abolition of stamp duty and the investment of an additional £15 billion in housebuilding, taking the total this Parliament to £44 billion. So it is not just the abolition of...
Nadine Dorries: Order. Some interventions are a little long; I remind Members that interventions should be sharp and punchy.