Chris Evans: Since this Government came to power, they have relied heavily on monetary policy. The Chancellor of the Exchequer will know that quantitative easing and interest rates have now been cut to the bone. Is he concerned by noises coming from the Bank of England that interest rates could rise, and the effect that that would have on heavily indebted middle-income families?
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the funding available to Veterans UK.
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the armed forces independence payment in providing financial support to veterans.
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the war pensions scheme for injured veterans.
Chris Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on authors of removing VAT from the sale of e-books.
Chris Evans: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people are self-employed as writers.
Chris Evans: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate the Government has made of the number of people who rely partially on income from writing.
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to reform the pharmacy sector to support the delivery of the NHS Long-Term Plan.
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to introduce a long-term Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework that operates beyond 2019-2020.
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the value for money of public funding for the pharmacy sector.
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to encourage the use of technology in the pharmacy sector.
Chris Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to identify and deliver efficiencies in the pharmacy sector.
Chris Evans: Yesterday, I met a managing director of a local manufacturing company who imports most of his goods through ports. He is stockpiling raw material at the moment, which is affecting his cash flow and his future plans. The Secretary of State went to Holyhead in April and spoke about the importance of ports, saying that we needed a deal. Now he has said recently that we need to prepare for no...
Chris Evans: As usual, my hon. Friend makes a powerful speech. Will she join me in encouraging everybody to visit the Mary Seacole statue, which is just across the road outside St Thomas’ Hospital, to see the wonderful contribution that she made as a British Jamaican woman to nursing in this country?
Chris Evans: Thank you, Mr Streeter. I, too, apologise to my hon. Friend the Member for West Ham (Lyn Brown). She has been in the House a lot longer than I have and perhaps should have been called first. I am passionate about history—one of my proudest boasts is that I am a history graduate—and I want to talk about how history is taught in schools, about how a subject about the human life story is...
Chris Evans: That is very interesting. The hon. Gentleman makes a pertinent point. I did not study Irish history until my third year. I hold my hands up that I did not know who Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera were. I knew nothing about the cause of the troubles. When I was growing up, the troubles were just something that happened over the Irish Sea in places I did not recognise but if I had been...
Chris Evans: My favourite fact is always that in Pennsylvania in the 1920s there were more Welsh speakers than in Wales. That came from Welsh migrants going to West Virginia and Pennsylvania to work in the mines. We also have the famous colony in Patagonia, which was set out in the famous novel “How Green Was My Valley”. We need to be a bit braver about our history, about our history as an island...
Chris Evans: That is the whole point of this debate: we cannot whitewash our past. These things happened; we should recognise them, and we should learn lessons so they never happen again. The Department for Education itself said in 2014 that the teaching of Britain’s involvement in the slave trade was considered patchy. We should accept that for well over 300 years, whether we like it or not, Britain...
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Cuban counterpart on the potential effect of that country's new constitution on freedom of religion or belief.
Chris Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of reports of harassment of Cuban church leaders in the lead-up to the constitutional referendum in Cuba in February 2019.