Julian Sturdy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support Clinical Commissioning Groups to meet national standards on the treatment of children and young people with eating disorders.
Julian Sturdy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to introduce (a) access and (b) waiting times standards for adults with eating disorders on an equivalent basis to standards for people up to the age of 19.
Julian Sturdy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve access to NHS dental care in (a) York, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) England.
Julian Sturdy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure all children have access to NHS dental services.
Julian Sturdy: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to ensure continued mutual recognition of Eurocodes design and civil engineering standards for UK and EU companies and other bodies after the UK has left the EU.
Julian Sturdy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the feasibility of setting a precise date for the complete phasing out of single-use plastic bottles.
Julian Sturdy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to include steps on microplastic fibres pollution as part of its work on reducing the effect of plastic waste.
Julian Sturdy: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of changes to IR35 regulations on small businesses.
Julian Sturdy: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of microplastic fibres on the world's oceans.
Julian Sturdy: What plans the Government have to invest in major infrastructure during the 2017 Parliament.
Julian Sturdy: Through the major road network, vehicle excise duty will be made available for investment in strategic roads outside the remit of Highways England. I understand that economic growth must be a priority, but how much will the pressure of future housing developments be considered in any of these future schemes? My constituency in York, for example, is surrounded by the northern ring road and we...
Julian Sturdy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of the proposals in the Life Sciences Strategy on treatments for people with (a) cystic fibrosis and (b) other long-term conditions.
Julian Sturdy: I beg to move, That this House has considered the introduction of an agriculture GCSE. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes, I think for the first time. As Members may recall from previous debates, my professional background is in agriculture; I draw Members’ attention to my declaration in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. My background and...
Julian Sturdy: I entirely agree with the hon. Gentleman. I have not quite reached the farmer’s average age yet, which is around 59 at the moment. I was going on to mention that Northern Ireland already has a GCSE in agriculture, which started in 2013.
Julian Sturdy: It is up to the Minister to respond to that, and I hope she does, but I do not want to see a GCSE in agriculture only in North Herefordshire. I want to see it in England and Wales and perhaps Scotland as well.
Julian Sturdy: I entirely agree with my hon. Friend, who makes a valuable point. My support for the agriculture GCSE is based on two central arguments: first, the course would offer great benefits to GCSE pupils in helping to equip them for a skilled and fulfilling career that agriculture can offer; and secondly, it would support the farming sector by providing a better and larger pool of young, educated...
Julian Sturdy: I am glad my hon. Friend has brought those figures to this debate. I can always rely on him to bring facts to the table. It is also worth mentioning that there is an opportunity for those who are privileged enough to have the advantage of taking an IGCSE qualification in agriculture offered by Cambridge Assessment, but it is clear that opportunities are limited to a small cohort of students...
Julian Sturdy: My hon. Friend makes a valid point. It is important to ensure that all education facilities have the opportunity to offer a GCSE in agriculture. It should be available to all—that is the premise of the argument—and not a limited few.
Julian Sturdy: Very briefly.
Julian Sturdy: Again, I entirely agree. I will go on to mention that this is not just about agriculture. The wider rural economy, the environment and food security link back to agriculture and food production. I understand that the Department for Education has recently introduced changes to secondary qualifications and wants a time to allow those to settle down, but a model exists for how to design and...