Paula Sherriff: I thank the Minister for his considered response. Like the vast majority of MPs in the House from all parties, I care deeply about the NHS. However, I am getting slightly fed up with the platitudes that we hear day in, day out from the Government regarding their putting extra funding in. The NHS is in crisis, and I say that as someone who worked in the health service for nearly 13 years...
Paula Sherriff: I have listened to the Minister carefully. Can he explain why he feels it is acceptable that someone in Wakefield could have surgery, while someone nine miles away in Dewsbury could not? They might both be smokers, and the surgery would be carried out by the same surgeon, probably in the same hospital. Are we not in danger of going into a very big postcode lottery once again?
Paula Sherriff: I thank the Minister for his generosity in giving way. Does he agree that the decision must be made by a surgeon? That is so important, because they are highly trained and are surely the ones who can come to a decision on whether the patient can wait.
Paula Sherriff: I beg to move, That this House has considered the healthcare optimisation plan, Kirklees. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, as always, Mr Hollobone. As is now widely acknowledged, our NHS is under ever-increasing pressure, and budgets are stretched beyond capacity in almost every part of the country. In my area of Kirklees, we face unprecedented cuts and challenges. Both of...
Paula Sherriff: I thank my hon. Friend and neighbour for her very valid intervention. I was just about to say that BMI is very subjective. As we are all aware, some high-performance athletes or bodybuilders have a BMI higher than 30 but are at the peak of health. Obviously I agree that any moves to aid weight loss and stop people smoking are a good thing, but not at the expense of excluding people from NHS...
Paula Sherriff: Many small businesses are in catering and hospitality, and we of course wish them well, but when we leave a tip for staff we expect it to be paid to them, so when will the Minister publish the report on fair tips so that we can ensure that workers get paid properly?
Paula Sherriff: The Leader of the House will have seen that Virgin Care has sued the NHS, and that approach was familiar to me, as the company threatened me when I raised its dubious practices in the House. Will she consider a debate on the matter and make it clear that she will defend our NHS and Members from intimidation by private corporations such as Virgin?
Paula Sherriff: UN Security Council resolution 465 of 1980, “Determines that all measures taken by Israel to change the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure or status of the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem…have no legal validity”. How is Israel complying with that?
Paula Sherriff: I draw attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I visited Susiya on a delegation with Caabu—the Council for Arab-British understanding—in 2015 and heard at first hand how people living there were terrified of the threat of demolition. Does my hon. Friend agree that we need to redouble and intensify our efforts to stop the demolitions?
Paula Sherriff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the Pharmacy Integration Fund for 2017-18 has been spent to date; and if he will provide a breakdown of that expenditure.
Paula Sherriff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much of the funding allocated to the Pharmacy Integration Fund for 2017-18 remains unspent.
Paula Sherriff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the amount of funding allocated to the Pharmacy Integration Fund for 2018-19.
Paula Sherriff: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the retweet of 29 November 2017 from the @realDonaldTrump twitter account of the tweet from the @JaydaBF twitter account, whether it remains the Government's policy to proceed with President Trump's forthcoming official visit to the UK.
Paula Sherriff: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 28 November to Question 115565, how much the devolved administrations receive from the Barnett formula arising from the soft drinks industry levy-funded spending package in each financial year of the current spending review period.
Paula Sherriff: What assessment he has made of trends in the number of homeless people sleeping rough between 2010 and 2016.
Paula Sherriff: Many young homeless people fear being trapped in local authority temporary accommodation when they lose their housing benefit under universal credit. Given the revelation that roll-out has been delayed in the constituencies of the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and his two predecessors, will the Secretary of State agree to pass on the concerns of Kirklees...
Paula Sherriff: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding the Government plans to allocate to the PE and Sport Premium in (a) 2017-18, (b) 2018-19, (c) 2019-20, (d) 2020-21, (e) 2021-22, and (f) 2022-23.
Paula Sherriff: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much the Government has allocated to the healthy pupil capital fund in the next two financial years; and what proportion of that funding is ring-fenced from the soft drinks industry levy.
Paula Sherriff: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much government funding was allocated to the Union Learning Fund in each financial year from 2009-2010 to 2014-2015.