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Summer Adjournment (20 Jul 2005)

Shailesh Vara: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to make my maiden speech. My constituency, North-West Cambridgeshire, is relatively new, having been created in 1997, and I am only its second Member of Parliament. However, the area that the constituency covers has a long and distinguished history and many eminent people have left their footprints in its soil. My immediate...

Orders of the Day — Employment Tribunals (Representation and Assistance in Discrimination Proceedings) Bill (14 Oct 2005)

Shailesh Vara: The hon. Gentleman is regularly referring to the absence of funding for the CRE, citizens advice bureaux and like. But those bodies are not there to act as adjudicators and lawyers themselves; part of their function is to refer to lawyers who do have access to the necessary funds, through legal aid. He is therefore proposing a duplication of something that already exists.

Orders of the Day — Employment Tribunals (Representation and Assistance in Discrimination Proceedings) Bill (14 Oct 2005)

Shailesh Vara: Legal aid is available to anyone who has a just and valid cause.

Orders of the Day — Employment Tribunals (Representation and Assistance in Discrimination Proceedings) Bill (14 Oct 2005)

Shailesh Vara: On the question of the role of trade unions, I would have thought that, in the present circumstances where much advice and information is available to the individual that was previously provided by the unions, it is better to advise employees of other options rather than simply encourage them to join a trade union. That is only one option, but I am mindful that I may be straying from the main...

Business of the House (10 Nov 2005)

Shailesh Vara: May I return to a question that has been asked already by right hon. and hon. Friends about the relationship between the police and Ministers? I regret that the matter has to be repeated for the benefit of the Leader of the House, but the problem is that he is not answering the question that has been put to him. It is all very well him saying that it is proper for the police to have...

Business of the House (24 Nov 2005)

Shailesh Vara: We have learned today that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office made a number of mistakes at the time of the Asian tsunami. Can we have a statement here from either the Foreign Secretary or the Secretary of State for International Development explaining what the mistakes were and why they occurred, and, most importantly, giving an assurance that they will never be repeated?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (7 Dec 2005)

Shailesh Vara: In a response that the Prime Minister gave earlier to a question put by my hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr. Cameron), he spoke of action. May I remind the Prime Minister of something that he said in April: "We cannot let the evil of ethnic cleansing stand"? May I remind him that more than 300,000 people have been butchered in Darfur? Will he kindly tell the House at what stage he...

Written Answers — Treasury: Tax Credit System (8 Dec 2005)

Shailesh Vara: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the recent performance of the tax credit system.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Zimbabwe (10 Jan 2006)

Shailesh Vara: If he will make a statement on human rights in Zimbabwe.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Zimbabwe (10 Jan 2006)

Shailesh Vara: I am grateful to the Minister for those comments. Recently, the British Government donated £10 million to the World Food Programme for use in Zimbabwe. What safeguards are in place to ensure that that money will be used for the needy in that country, and not end up in the pockets of President Mugabe and his henchmen?

Breast Cancer Bill (20 Jan 2006)

Shailesh Vara: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. During my speech, I propose to set out the current position of the national health service breast screening programme as well as explaining my proposals. I shall also try to deal with other important issues, including funding and resources. The Bill has cross-party support and acknowledges that the United Kingdom has one of the highest...

Breast Cancer Bill (20 Jan 2006)

Shailesh Vara: My hon. Friend raises a valuable point, and I shall come to that subject later in my speech. We should indeed be in the business of prevention rather than cure. Prevention is always cheaper, and we are always dealing with limited funds. No one doubts that early screening saves lives. Indeed, in her foreword to the 2005 annual review of the NHS breast screening programme, the Minister of...

Breast Cancer Bill (20 Jan 2006)

Shailesh Vara: I am mindful of the fact that, in our earlier debate, the hon. Gentleman said that he would exercise restraint. I understand that that is a quality that he is not used to exercising in debates on private Members' Bills, but bearing in mind the time constraint under which we are working, I hope that he will continue to exercise it today. I shall address the issue of lowering the age limit...

Breast Cancer Bill (20 Jan 2006)

Shailesh Vara: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising that point and I agree that the more frequency we can have, the more detection we can have. Detection means prevention, and I will address the issue of the over-70s.

Breast Cancer Bill (20 Jan 2006)

Shailesh Vara: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for putting that on the record. I am sure his record in previous debates speaks louder than any response that I can give.

Breast Cancer Bill (20 Jan 2006)

Shailesh Vara: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising that point. Yes, as a woman's age rises, so the risk of getting this dreadful disease increases. I shall also come to that in due course. When screening is done at an early stage, it can reveal breast cancer before the onset of symptoms. It means fewer mastectomies, less cost of treatment, and less pain and suffering. In 2003–04, the programme...

Breast Cancer Bill (20 Jan 2006)

Shailesh Vara: I agree with my hon. Friend that mobility and a host of other factors contribute to the fact that women do not follow things up. The best solution is to ensure that women are given a reminder. There are other reasons why people post-70 do not volunteer themselves. I will come to those.

Breast Cancer Bill (20 Jan 2006)

Shailesh Vara: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for those comments. I agree that one of the reasons that has been given for the situation is co-morbidities—that, I think, is the technical term referring to other diseases and conditions. But women are now living healthier, longer lives, and that has to be taken into account with reference to what my hon. Friend said. We must also recognise that if we are to...

Breast Cancer Bill (20 Jan 2006)

Shailesh Vara: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for highlighting that very relevant point. I mentioned earlier the recent survey by the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer, which found that 47 per cent. of women do not know how to perform a self-examination, and 80 per cent. certainly had not done so in the previous month. I return to the 20 per cent. of women with breast cancer who are dismissed, on a...

Breast Cancer Bill (20 Jan 2006)

Shailesh Vara: I repeat the answer that I gave the hon. Gentleman earlier. I appreciate the concerns, but I shall address them. Breakthrough Breast Cancer has reservations, but that is not to say that it has not sent me a letter encouraging the debate in which I am engaging. The hon. Gentleman will doubtless be aware of charities other than Breakthrough Breast Cancer. I have had a letter from Breast Cancer...


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