Results 1–20 of 1178 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Barclay

Privatisation of NHS Services — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (23 Apr 2018)

Stephen Barclay: It is a pleasure once again to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I thank all Members who have contributed to this wide-ranging debate, in particular the hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mike Hill) who, as a member of the Petitions Committee, introduced today’s debate on the petition. I join the shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Justin Madders), in...

Health Services in Essex (17 Apr 2018)

Stephen Barclay: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship once again, Mr Howarth. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Witham (Priti Patel) on securing the debate and on her wider commitment to championing Witham and the health issues within her constituency, particularly her work on the health centre in Witham. I am pleased that she is not calling for a new hospital in the...

Emergency Services and New Estates — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (27 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: It is a pleasure to serve once again under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I commend the hon. Member for Darlington (Jenny Chapman) for securing this debate. First, I extend my sympathies and, I am sure, the sympathies of all those present, to Charlotte for her loss. The hon. Lady has used a Westminster Hall debate in the finest tradition, by raising an issue that I was not previously...

Emergency Services and New Estates — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (27 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: The hon. Lady makes a pertinent point; I was just going to come on to the issue of timing. There are two aspects to this process: the updating of control systems and the updating of vehicles. Different work is happening on both those things, but she suggests a third point to be considered—the data that feeds into those two systems, and the time period between housing development coming...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: NHS (22 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. May I begin my joining colleagues in remembering PC Keith Palmer and all those injured in the attack this time last year? I congratulate the right hon. Member for Exeter (Mr Bradshaw) on securing the debate. He is a former Minister of State for Health. It is always interesting to hear from him both in his capacity on the...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: NHS (22 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: There has been a slight reduction in nurses; the situation is more textured for clinicians as a whole. The hon. Gentleman did not touch on the fact that there are almost twice as many doctors from the rest of the world than from the EU. The NHS recruits internationally, and that will still be the case after Brexit. The Prime Minister has signalled repeatedly that the UK will be open to the...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: NHS (22 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: Of course we are making representations to the Home Office, but the Prime Minister has signalled our commitment to attracting the brightest and best, and that will continue. What has been negotiated so far probably gives the hon. Gentleman the best signal. What the Prime Minister announced in December and what my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: NHS (22 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: I am very happy to recognise my hon. Friend’s point, which is well made. As she knows, I am keen to have close discussions with her about such issues. However, through our adoption of the acquis into UK law, our desire for a transition deal, our protection of workers’ rights and our clear signal to EU citizens, the Government have signalled that we are committed to working...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: NHS (22 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: I do not know the precise date but, having come to the House from a corporate career, I know that decisions can usually be stopped if there is a concern. The gestation is often for a longer period, but that does not mean that the decision cannot be stopped. The right hon. Gentleman may be able to point to one or two decisions, but there have been a number of significant decisions in the life...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: NHS (22 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: We can see the variability of forecasts, but the OBR’s forecast, which is the one that really matters—there is consensus that the Government relies on it and that Government planning is undertaken on the basis of it—shows a clear trajectory of improvement that is not reflected in much of the doom and gloom that we have heard in recent weeks. The debate is better informed if...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: NHS (22 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: The hon. Lady is right to recognise the skills and talent that the Secretary of State brings to this debate as to many others. It is no coincidence that he is the second-longest serving Secretary of State for Health. It would be recognised across the House that it is a demanding job. It is to his great credit that he has been in post for such a period and that he has championed patient safety...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: NHS (22 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: I am a former member of the Public Accounts Committee. The then Chair, the right hon. Member for Barking (Dame Margaret Hodge), would always talk about following the public pound. The National Audit Office has considerable reach in doing that. My point is that subsidiary companies are within the NHS family. They are 100% owned by the NHS foundation trust that sets them up. They are a better...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: NHS (22 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: My point is that we will have control of our trade deal. The Prime Minister has made it clear that there will be no change in the protections afforded to the NHS. The subject of the debate is Brexit, and we are talking about the difference between being inside and outside the EU. The regulatory controls as they would have been under TTIP will be no different in the new landscape. I remind the...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: NHS (22 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: I am very happy to write to the hon. Gentleman about that. The question of the border is for deep negotiation with our European partners. There is a desire on both sides for us to get it right, particularly given the sensitivities in Northern Ireland.

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: NHS (22 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: The Chair of the Health Committee is absolutely right about the importance of contingency planning. In the Scottish context, on the steps of No. 10 recently, a critic of the Government as fierce as the First Minister praised the level of discussion between the devolved Government in Scotland and the UK, and her discussions with the Prime Minister. It may reassure my hon. Friend that the...

Health and Social Care: NHS Trusts: Wholly Owned Subsidiary Companies (20 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: NHS Improvement has informed the Department that 42 foundation trusts have reported consolidated subsidiaries, but there might be a few instances of subsidiaries being too small to be consolidated.

Health and Social Care: NHS Trusts: Wholly Owned Subsidiary Companies (20 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: Had the hon. Lady been able to attend the recent Westminster Hall debate on this issue, she would have heard that in the trust under discussion the staff survey showed an improvement in responses as a result of the subsidiary because many staff valued the flexibilities in the new contracts that the subsidiary could offer.

Health and Social Care: NHS Trusts: Wholly Owned Subsidiary Companies (20 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: The party that is in denial is the Labour party, which, in 2006, passed the legislation through which subsidiaries could be offered. If the hon. Gentleman does not believe me, perhaps he should listen to NHS Providers, which says: “It is…inaccurate and misleading to say that the establishment of wholly owned subsidiaries is a new phenomenon or being pursued to avoid VAT, privatise...

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (20 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: My neighbour is correct that I know the hospital, not least because my son was born there, and he is absolutely right to highlight the importance of the work done at King’s Lynn and of the staff there. In the Budget the Chancellor signalled his additional commitment for the Agenda for Change staff, and those discussions are ongoing.

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (20 Mar 2018)

Stephen Barclay: The reality is that the number of places is increasing, even if the number of applications is lower. The Government have signalled their commitment on pay. We have more clinicians, doctors and nurses, and we are treating more people. That is part of the success of the NHS under this Government.


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