Results 1–20 of 3789 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Nick Hurd

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: I, personally, and the Government sympathise deeply with the situation faced by Alfie Dingley and his family. I think that everyone on both sides of the House and outside it will understand and respect the desire of the family to try to alleviate his suffering in any way possible. I assure my hon. Friend that we want to help to find a solution within the existing regulations. As my hon....

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: I thank my hon. Friend. I totally respect his position. I should place it on record that the Under-Secretary of State for Health, my hon. Friend the Member for Winchester (Steve Brine), is sitting next to me, very much in listening mode. I reassure my hon. Friend, and my right hon. Friend the Attorney General, who has made many representations to me on behalf of Alfie Dingley and his family,...

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: I agree with the hon. Lady that policy should be evidence-led, and I support entirely her point that we need to think very carefully about the implications and consequences of everything we do. As I said in my statement, outside of research, we would not issue licences for the personal consumption of cannabis because it is listed as a schedule 1 drug. However, as in the case of Sativex, the...

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: I thank my hon. Friend for his comment. I dispute the allegation that the Government are not fleet of foot on this. As I said in my statement, we are aware that things are changing in other countries and that the WHO is reviewing the evidence, and we will follow that very closely indeed.

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: I do not have a heart of stone, and I say that not just as a parent of six children. Anyone with or without children could not fail to be moved by this case, but, as the hon. Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris) said, we have to look at this through the lens of its implications across the system. We have to look at this through the lens of the existing law, which is set on the basis of...

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: Well, they still have to operate within the law. The law does permit the development, licensing and marketing of medicines, including those containing controlled drugs, such as cannabis. I have used the example of Sativex, which I believe provides relief to patients with MS. My hon. Friend talks about lots of other cases like this one. It is worth noting, however, that in the case of Alfie...

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: I thank the hon. and learned Lady for her contribution, and this issue will be debated with the private Member’s Bill on Friday. Again, I come back to the point that we have the existing regulatory framework, and we will not issue licences for the personal consumption of cannabis because it is listed as a schedule 1 drug. However, it is possible to consider issuing licences to enable...

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: We look forward to the debate on Friday. We will see what the will of the House is.

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: There are good reasons for the Government’s current position. As I made clear in my statement, we are looking very closely at the approaches being taken by other countries. We have a keen eye on what the global experts, the WHO’s expert committee on drug dependence, conclude in relation to the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of cannabis.

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: That depends on what happens to the first two Bills.

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: I totally understand the hon. Lady’s point, which underlines why the WHO is undertaking its work. I am sure she will agree, however, that cannabis products must be treated in the same way as all other drugs. That means going through the normal testing procedures that apply to any other medicine.

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: The hon. Gentleman will understand why I approach any offer of help from him with caution, but in this case I will certainly discuss the evidence he mentions with my colleagues in the Department of Health and Social Care. We need to proceed on the basis of evidence, because of the need for safety.

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: I am not aware of any barriers. What I am aware of is the current regulatory framework, underpinned by expert advice, which continues to be that cannabis in its raw form is not recognised in the UK as having any medicinal benefit. The situation is evolving in other countries and the WHO is looking at it. It is right that we keep an open mind and that we continue to look at the evidence and...

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: I think that question is best answered by the Department of Health. What I am keen to register with the House is our determination to try to explore every option within the boundaries of the existing regulations to see whether we can support this case.

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: I am certainly happy to meet that group, or a more appropriate Minister could, so the answer is yes.

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: The hon. Lady is taking us broader than a UK scope. I do not know the book and I am grateful to her for her offer, but I come back to what I said at the start. The Government have a position based on the listing as a schedule 1 drug and the view of experts, but we review, and keep under review, what is happening in other countries and, most importantly, the WHO’s position.

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: We are fleet of foot in the sense that we keep abreast of the evidence as it develops. I made it very clear in my statement that the Home Office will consider issuing licences to enable trials of any new medicine under schedule 1 to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001, providing that it complies with the appropriate ethical approvals.

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: I totally accept the point about urgency, and I totally accept the point made by others that we cannot look at policy entirely through the lens of one case. However, I have undertaken to meet the family as quickly as possible, and we are exploring every option inside the existing regulatory envelope.

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: As I said in my statement, the UK has a view, which is that cannabis in its raw form is not recognised in the UK as having any medicinal benefits. As I also said, I recognise that there may be special circumstances in this case, which is why I am absolutely determined to look at every option inside the existing regulatory envelope.

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Nick Hurd: What the Government do is listen to the independent, statutory Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, which has been very clear that “the use of cannabis is a significant public health issue. Cannabis can unquestionably cause harm to individuals and society.” We cannot just ignore that expert advice. As I said in my statement, there is a precedent for medicines, including...


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