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Healthcare in Oxfordshire — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: I hate to interrupt the Minister’s flow as he is getting stuck into the STP, but as time is running out, will he prevail on his officials to write to me after this debate and answer two questions? First, when will the next tranche of capital funding be available for GP surgeries in Oxfordshire? Secondly, what engagements could his Department facilitate between Assura, myself and the...

Healthcare in Oxfordshire — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: For the record, I am laughing because I have never heard of a church praying for sense from a clinical commissioning group. That highlights the parlous state that we find ourselves in.

Healthcare in Oxfordshire — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (17 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Robert Courts) on securing this important debate. He spoke with verve and passion; in fact, throughout his speech I was grateful that I was never prosecuted by him when he was at the Bar, because I would not have stood a chance. He made his points cogently and those were...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: I am immensely enjoying my hon. Friend’s speech, not least as I have discovered that the one person in the country who went to the polls on 23 June specifically to get us out of Euratom also happens to be a Member of this House. It is a remarkable coincidence. If I may probe his argument, does it not have a weakness, in that if he is saying that so many members of the EU want to...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: I am always further intrigued by the arguments of people such as my hon. Friend, who imply that we could do nothing outside Europe when we were members of Euratom. However, we got the Chinese to invest in Hinkley while remaining members. How did our membership prevent us from co-operating with other nuclear states?

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: Thank you for calling me to speak, Mr Deputy Speaker. I am grateful for the opportunity to talk about this important Bill, which is the first step to picking up the pieces from our withdrawal from Euratom. I am also grateful for the numerous briefings I have received from the Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, my hon. Friend the Member for Watford (Richard...

Written Answers — Department of Health: In Vitro Fertilisation (16 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with clinical commissioning groups that have reportedly commissioned their own reviews of fertility services to inform commissioning practice.

Written Answers — Department of Health: In Vitro Fertilisation: Multiple Births (16 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the potential increase in the number of people seeking IVF treatment abroad and the consequences of this for multiple birth rates.

Written Answers — Department of Health: In Vitro Fertilisation (16 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ask NICE's implementation team to look at methods by which access to NHS tertiary infertility services can be improved in England.

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: Three things. First, I hope that the all-party group will get a response from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Secondly, the mood of the House is that we want a letter from the Health Minister, don’t we?

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: Thirdly, everyone who has attended today and so brilliantly contributed to this debate is now officially a member of the all-party group. So let us carry on and we will invite the Health Minister and the Arts Minister to our first meeting. Question put and agreed to. Resolved, That this House has considered the effect of the arts on health. Sitting adjourned.

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: I beg to move, That this House has considered the effect of the arts on health. It is a great pleasure to appear under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries—obviously with some trepidation, as I know that you are a hard taskmaster. I hope that we can exchange messages on WhatsApp afterwards, about how well I have done in this afternoon’s debate.

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: Health and wellbeing is much on our minds at the moment, and I am co-chair of the all-party group on arts, health and wellbeing, so this is a great opportunity to debate the significant role that arts-based interventions can play in addressing a wide variety of health and social care issues. In July the all-party group published an inquiry into that important issue—I am holding it up to...

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: The hon. Lady is a very distinguished former arts spokesman, and I know that when she was the Labour party’s spokesman for the arts she highlighted the fairness of lottery funding distribution. Again, without wishing to dodge the question, that is another debate. I am pleased that the Arts Council, for example, is now much more focused on ensuring that more money goes outside London...

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: The Liverpool Phil is an absolutely amazing organisation. I know that you, Ms Dorries, will know it from your own childhood. May I also particularly commend its work on the In Harmony programme, which is one of the most remarkable education initiatives that we have seen? It was started under the last Labour Government but carried on, I am pleased to say, by the current Government.

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: I completely agree with the hon. Lady, and I was going to mention Nordoff Robbins. It is the largest music therapy charity in the country. It reaches 7,000 people every year and aims to double that participation by the end of the decade. She is exactly on point: Public Health England is meant to be involved in focusing on prevention. To a certain extent we have to shift the whole health...

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: I absolutely endorse my hon. Friend’s players. I look forward to visiting them—in fact, I know that the Minister will visit on the 300th production that the players perform. He said that to me before the debate, and I know that he will stick to his commitment. My hon. Friend the Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) can tell her constituents to look forward to welcoming my hon....

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, and he has given me a wonderful introduction to the next part of my speech. Age UK has found that taking part in creative activities such as the arts has the most direct influence on a person’s wellbeing in later life. Indeed, in 20 years’ time we expect more than a million people to have a dementia diagnosis, and engagement with the arts...

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Ed Vaizey: I completely agree with that. It is not only children who suffer from excessive use of social media; that can apply to all categories of people. Hull city of culture has, I think, been an unequivocal success. It was Andy Burnham who called for a city of culture, but I am pleased to say that it was this Government who saw Derry/Londonderry and now Hull achieve such huge success. There have...


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