Results 101–120 of 782 for speaker:Mark Reckless

New Member: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill (21 Nov 2014)

Mark Reckless: The hon. Gentleman is correct. There was a great deal of privatisation and, indeed, fragmentation of the NHS under Labour, and I do not deny that there has been more of it under the current Government. I think that it is a problem that has afflicted both main parties.

New Member: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill (21 Nov 2014)

Mark Reckless: I will continue for a bit, if I may. Let me explain how I view the issue from a local perspective. As far as I can see, Darent Valley hospital, which is in my constituency, was privatised under Labour in one of the most disastrous private finance initiatives experienced by the NHS. Medway NHS Foundation Trust became a foundation trust on the basis of what was largely a box-ticking exercise,...

New Member: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill (21 Nov 2014)

Mark Reckless: I will clarify the view of my party on the NHS in general, but I am afraid that I am not yet in a position to give details of its policy on the NHS in Scotland. I should be happy to seek to assist the hon. Gentleman on another occasion. What happened in Medway was fragmentation. The hospital was cut loose by the Department of Health, and is now essentially run by an independent board. When...

New Member: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill (21 Nov 2014)

Mark Reckless: I will continue, if I may. The independence of such hospitals, the inability of the House or the Secretary of State to drive improvements, and the decision to allow a hospital to become a foundation trust although one in 10 more people were dying than should have been the case, constitute an indictment of the last Government’s policy. I was delighted to hear from the Labour candidate whom I...

New Member: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill (21 Nov 2014)

Mark Reckless: I think that that is probably correct. I may be guilty of having believed the undertakings I was given by those on the Government Front Bench.

New Member: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill (21 Nov 2014)

Mark Reckless: I think that my hon. Friend the Member for Clacton was right in saying that some doctors supported the Bill that became the 2012 Act. During the early stages of that Bill, a number of representative bodies supported it, or were presented as doing so. As the Bill proceeded, however, some of what had been claimed to be support from organisations such as the British Medical Association seemed to...

New Member: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill (21 Nov 2014)

Mark Reckless: That is an excellent website, which I recommend to all Members. The Minister has said that my hon. Friend made those observations when most of the Committee stage of the Bill had been completed. Was that during the “pause” that had been invented as a new mechanism for Parliament? My hon. Friend is not here at the moment, but I think he would agree with me that the 2012 Act is not as it...

New Member: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill (21 Nov 2014)

Mark Reckless: No, I will continue for a bit, if I may. I do not think that the extent of the difficulties that doctors and others would encounter as a result of section 75 of the Act and the bureaucratic, market-based—or quasi-market-based—commissioning rules that it requires was any more apparent to my hon. Friend the Member for Clacton than it was to other Members, although some Opposition Members...

New Member: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill (21 Nov 2014)

Mark Reckless: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his congratulations; that is very decent of him. I am not a fan of quasi-autonomous bodies, of great amounts of regulators or of overlapping layers of bureaucracy; they rarely work. Given the degree of complexity that has now been brought into the NHS, I think it is possible—although I am not certain—that the centralisation of power in a single...

New Member: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill (21 Nov 2014)

Mark Reckless: There is an argument for doing that, and a judgment has to be made. It might be possible, depending on the different areas of the countries—particularly in the devolved Administrations—that the solution to that question might be different. My general view is that it is much better to have democratic accountability than not to have it, and in many areas I would prefer that to be local. My...

New Member: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill (21 Nov 2014)

Mark Reckless: I am just reaching my conclusion, if I may. The hon. Member for Eltham made a mistake in talking about the UK negotiating on TTIP. That is an area of exclusive competence for the European Community, and it is therefore the EU Commission that will negotiate with the United States on that matter. When I first heard about TTIP, it sounded as though it would be all about free trade and I thought...

Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 Sep 2014)

Mark Reckless: Surely, humility and modesty should be our watchwords in this debate, if only because the reductions we have made to the size of our armed forces across the Army, Navy and, I am afraid, Air Force are so significant; yet we do not seem to have made the same reduction in our leading politicians’ desire to intervene across the world with the relatively modest armed forces that we still have. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: NATO Summit (8 Sep 2014)

Mark Reckless: I chair the all-party parliamentary group on Georgia. The Prime Minister referred to NATO beginning its capacity-building missions. He is held in very high regard in Georgia since his visit shortly after the war with Russia. Will he say a little more about the enhanced partnership, which will put Georgia alongside Sweden and Finland, among other countries, and how it will help the country,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Special Measures Regime (16 Jul 2014)

Mark Reckless: Mortality rates at Medway are not as elevated as they were in 2005, but does the Secretary of State believe that the astonishingly well paid interim managers have made any sustainable improvements, and will he expand on how University Hospitals Birmingham will help us to drive improvements at Medway?

Caste Discrimination (9 Jul 2014)

Mark Reckless: Many of my constituents attend the gurdwara in Gravesend to which my hon. Friend referred, but more still are members of the Ravidassia community in Strood.

Caste Discrimination (9 Jul 2014)

Mark Reckless: My understanding was that the Government had given a commitment that it would bring in this order, so why has it not happened?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Jul 2014)

Mark Reckless: Should taxpayer money be used to gather information on MPs that is then retained by a Chief Whip or shredded?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Child Abuse (7 Jul 2014)

Mark Reckless: The Home Secretary mentioned political parties. On alleged child abuse by past or present Members of Parliament, will she confirm whether the inquiry will consider any allegations or evidence held by the Whips?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Counter-terrorism Strategy (7 Jul 2014)

Mark Reckless: It was reported this weekend that MI5 could have stopped Michael Adebolajo committing murder if it had more powers. Is the Minister aware that when the Home Affairs Committee was in Kenya, senior ambassadors at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told us that in all likelihood he would have been in prison in Kenya had it not been for the UK authorities requesting that he be returned to this country?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: European Council (30 Jun 2014)

Mark Reckless: When the Prime Minister gets Britain’s new deal in Europe, with “big and significant improvements on the previous terms” and “after long and tough negotiations”, so that he can say, “I believe that our renegotiation objectives have been substantially, though not completely, achieved”—[ Official Report, 18 March 1975; Vol. 888, c. 1465.] will he reflect on the fact that that is...


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