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Results 1–20 of 671 for speaker:Stephen Gilbert

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (23 Mar 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is his policy that specialised commissioning hubs will be able to deviate from national standards in their commissioning of specialised care.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hepatitis: Drugs (12 Feb 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans NHS England has to support patients with cirrhosis to access treatment for hepatitis C after the waiver for the implementation period of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance for the medicine sofosbuvir.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hepatitis: Drugs (12 Feb 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with NHS England on the fast track interim policy agreed by NHS England during the appraisal of sofosbuvir by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastic Bags (3 Feb 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons small and medium-sized enterprises are exempted from the provisions of the draft B Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015; and if she will bring forward a revised draft Order omitting that exemption.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing: St Austell (3 Feb 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new homes have been completed in St Austell and Newquay constituency in each of the last five years; and how many of those homes have been affordable housing.

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: NHS (Government Spending) (28 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: Does the Minister agree that money can be spent only once? Labours say it wants to invest £2.5 billion from the mansion tax in the NHS, but it has already promised that to deficit reduction and introducing a 10p tax rate. That is nonsense.

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: NHS (Government Spending) (28 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: The Minister missed one thing from the list. A written parliamentary question revealed to me in 2010 that the Labour party spent £250 million paying private providers to do precisely nothing.

Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: Watching that, I am reminded of that famous Stealers Wheel line: “Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right”. Eight months ago, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government assured people in Cornwall that the delay over resolving the EU funding programme would be settled. Eight months later, hundreds of millions of pounds of investment and hundreds of jobs are at risk....

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: It is, of course, worth having a debate about what the coalition has achieved over the past five years, but more crucially, I ask the Minister to consider two questions. First, will he issue stronger guidance to local authorities about the use of bed and breakfast accommodation for younger homeless people? Secondly, will he commit to having a review of the differentiation between priority...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: Mr Robertson, it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship in this important debate. I warmly welcome right hon. and hon. Members who have joined us here. May I ask if it is in order for me to also welcome to the debate people in the Public Gallery, some of whom are former homeless people?

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: Thank you, Mr Robertson. As we know, homelessness is a crisis. It is devastating, and it should not happen to anyone. We should all be clear that we are just a few steps away from finding ourselves with nowhere to go, whether through the loss of our jobs or our health, or relationship breakdown. Homelessness can be an isolating and frightening experience. Homeless people often feel that they...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: I could not agree more, both about the inappropriateness of bed and breakfast accommodation for vulnerable young people—I will mention that later—and about the need to remove the two tiers in the system at the moment for those who are in priority need and those who are not. Experience in the rest of the United Kingdom shows that reform is possible. The mantra in this debate should be that...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: I am aware of the excellent work that the hon. Lady has done in campaigning on the issue in general and on the specific case that she mentions. I know that she has fought strongly for that individual’s right to access proper services. I think we are all aware that local authorities are the key gatekeeper in this process. The duty that this House puts on local authorities needs to be clear,...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: My right hon. Friend is right. After the ring fence was removed by the previous Government, the impact was felt in Cornwall under the current Government because of the difficult decisions that they had to take to rebalance the books. Supporting People was one of the first areas of funding to be cut in Cornwall. I found myself sleeping outside county hall overnight, with a cohort of vulnerable...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: I completely agree with my hon. Friend. We see a cohort presenting with complex needs that are often associated with substance abuse—whether that is alcohol or illicit drugs—mental health issues and, perhaps, abuse in the family background. As well as having a mantra of nobody being turned away, we have to get to grips with the fact that we need to provide joined-up services in a holistic...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: The right hon. Gentleman puts an important point on the record. If the state is taking care of young people for a period of time for whatever reason, surely one of its first duties as a guardian is to ensure a smooth transition from the care setting to an environment in which they can flourish and look after themselves. For many, the process becomes a cliff edge when their care package runs...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: The hon. Lady makes a perfectly valid point. Abuse can come in many forms, whether violent, sexual or psychological. Often, family breakdown has a lasting negative impact on people’s mental health. I have a constituent who was turned away by his family and booted out the door because he came out to them as gay. That had a devastating impact, and when he presented to Cornwall council as...

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 Jan 2015)

Stephen Gilbert: My hon. Friend is a passionate campaigner on these issues for his constituents, and he makes exactly the right point. The official statistics belie the reality of the situation. We know the numbers presented by the Minister, the Department and third parties, such as Crisis, but we are all aware that the housing crisis is such that many thousands more people than the official figures suggest...


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