Results 1–20 of 641 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Mike Freer

HIV Treatment — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (29 Mar 2017)

Mike Freer: I thank right hon. and hon. Members for their time this afternoon. This has been a constructive debate, and I thank the Minister specifically for the commitments on extending the ring fence, for recognising that work needs to be done on the commissioning model and with regard to the work that PHE will be doing on a new action plan to support the pilots in addressing fragmentation and...

HIV Treatment — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (29 Mar 2017)

Mike Freer: Could the Minister write to hon. Members to clarify what will happen to those who are currently on the PROUD trial? What will happen while there is a gap between the drug stopping and the new trial starting? That would be appreciated.

HIV Treatment — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (29 Mar 2017)

Mike Freer: I beg to move, That this House has considered the all-party parliamentary group report Impact of Health and Social Care Act on HIV treatment. I associate myself with your comments, Mrs Main, which are exactly right, and it is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I also put on the record my appreciation of the Minister and other colleagues, but especially the Minister, who has been...

HIV Treatment — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (29 Mar 2017)

Mike Freer: My hon. Friend makes a good point. I will go on to identify what is almost a lottery or a roulette, where people can access testing only if the parts of the health service or social care services that they come into contact with know what to do. I will also comment on the problem that some services—particularly GP services—feel that they are under so much pressure that they do not...

HIV Treatment — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (29 Mar 2017)

Mike Freer: My hon. Friend makes a good point. The APPG is currently considering an informal report about the future of social care. Because HIV is no longer a death sentence but a manageable condition, people are living to ages by which they expected to be dead, or by which the health service expected them to be dead. We have early indications that the social care sector simply is not geared up for...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (29 Mar 2017)

Mike Freer: What steps is my right hon. Friend’s Department taking to support women and girls, given the Trump Administration’s reintroduction of the Mexico City policy?

Magnox: Early Contract Terminations (27 Mar 2017)

Mike Freer: The NDA settlement payments are very substantial. Will my right hon. Friend confirm that although the payments were made without accepting liability, the cost had the potential to rise much further were the matter taken to court?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Jobcentre Plus Closures (27 Mar 2017)

Mike Freer: The proposed closure of the Jobcentre Plus at Finchley Central, which is a major transport hub, will mean moving the jobcentre to High Barnet, which is on the periphery of London. That will mean a 40-minute journey and a £3 bus ride for my constituents. Will the Minister agree to revisit these proposals?

Royal Assent: Business of the House (16 Mar 2017)

Mike Freer: As the economy continues to thrive, the claimant rate in my constituency is just 1.9%, but the local economy is quite dependent on European workers. Can we have a debate in Government time on how we can have a sensible work permit system for those valuable workers post-Brexit?

Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) Bill [Lords]: HIV Awareness: PSHE Lessons (24 Feb 2017)

Mike Freer: The issue that I wish to raise today with my hon. Friend the Minister is sex education in our schools. For once, however, I do not want to stray near the issue of statutory sex education; I wish to focus on HIV awareness in the teaching of health and sex education to pupils. Before I touch on the issue of how the subject is taught, I think it is important that we understand the ongoing public...

Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) Bill [Lords]: HIV Awareness: PSHE Lessons (24 Feb 2017)

Mike Freer: The hon. Gentleman makes a very good point. The all-party group often invites young advocates and voices to come in and talk to parliamentarians and others, and we have seen at first hand the impact that a young person can have talking about the impact of an HIV infection on their life and their family. It is much more powerful than middle-aged men or women talking to teenagers—not...

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Mike Freer: I had no doubt that today would be an impassioned debate, and we have got off to a good start, hearing quite clear views from both sides of the issue. As other hon. Members have mentioned, Israeli settlements are not the main obstacle to peace between Israel and the Palestinians by a long stretch. A No. 10 spokesman said in December that settlements are “far from the only problem in...

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Mike Freer: The whole point of the Chamber—for those chuntering from a sedentary position—is to expose and discuss those arguments, not to merely rehearse entrenched positions. What, otherwise, is the point of a debate?

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Mike Freer: I am grateful for that intervention. Of course, the debate is one-sided. People criticise Israel for demolishing tunnels, building walls and raising buildings, but they make no comment when Egypt does exactly the same. The international community is silent on Egypt, and only vocal on Israel. As the right hon. Member for Enfield North (Joan Ryan) said, where is the balance? I said that some...

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Mike Freer: Would the hon. Gentleman gives me a moment? As the right hon. Member for Enfield North said, this is a fundamental issue of building trust. Unless trust is built and the issue of disputed lands is dealt with, the trust deficit will continue.

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Mike Freer: My hon. and long-time Friend makes a good point. Everyone talks about Israel giving up land for peace. It has given land, but it did not get the peace.

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Mike Freer: Sorry, but I have taken two interventions and time is running short. I wholeheartedly support and hope for a two-state solution that can be established with trust on both sides, but only two parties can decide on borders and other final status issues, and those two parties are Israel and the Palestinians. Accordingly, I welcome the Prime Minister’s reiteration yesterday that direct...

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Mike Freer: No, I will not. I have given way twice. I am trying to reflect the concerns of my constituents. Hon. Members may not like those views, but it is my job to represent my constituents in an imbalanced debate, whether other hon. Members like it or not. That is the purpose of a constituency MP, and that is what I seek to do.

Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli Settlements (9 Feb 2017)

Mike Freer: No. I have already given way twice. As I said, and as my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) said, Israel has given up land for peace, but it has not had the peace, and it is important that this Government continue to support, nudge and cajole our ally to take the right course. However, a premature declaration of statehood by the Palestinians, acting unilaterally, would put...

Marriage Week — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (1 Feb 2017)

Mike Freer: I also congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, Southgate (Mr Burrowes) on securing this debate. Does my hon. Friend the Minister agree that the fact that marriage is now open to all helps to embed social justice in our society?


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