Results 181–200 of 18769 for speaker:Jim Shannon

Glaucoma and Community Optometry — [Dame Caroline Dinenage in the Chair] (30 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: I thank the Minister. That appeal was a wonderful way to end this debate. I began the debate today by asking that we move towards measures to getting more people tested. The Minister has just done that. He has thrown out a challenge to everyone across this great United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to do just that. My hon. Friend the Member for East Londonderry (Mr Campbell)...

Glaucoma and Community Optometry — [Dame Caroline Dinenage in the Chair] (30 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: I thank the Minister for his very positive and helpful response. The shadow Minister referred to ophthalmology services increasing by 40% over the next 20 years—those figures might not be entirely accurate, but I think that is what he said. That certainly indicates to me that we need to have a progressive and active programme to ensure that people can get tests in partnership with...

Glaucoma and Community Optometry — [Dame Caroline Dinenage in the Chair] (30 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: The hon. Gentleman is speaking very powerfully and I endorse those comments. What I have seen with optometrists in Newtownards in my constituency of Strangford is the amount of money and investment that they have put in. They have not asked for any help from the NHS for those things. They are doing it themselves. I think there is a wonderful opportunity for a partnership with optometrists who...

Glaucoma and Community Optometry — [Dame Caroline Dinenage in the Chair] (30 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: I beg to move, That this House has considered glaucoma and community optometry. First, a special thanks to the Backbench Business Committee for selecting the debate for this morning. I am my party’s health spokesperson—it is no secret—and am particularly interested in health issues. As such, I secured this debate off the back of a number of people who had contacted me. What I am...

Glaucoma and Community Optometry — [Dame Caroline Dinenage in the Chair] (30 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: Thank you for bringing me and us all back to focus, Dame Caroline. The reason why I said that is that the Minister has been to Northern Ireland and always has an interest in health issues, and I know that his journey was to Queen’s University to explore such issues. That is the connection. The fact it is a lovely place is just wonderful, but that is not the reason why we are here. The...

Glaucoma and Community Optometry — [Dame Caroline Dinenage in the Chair] (30 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention, and say to the Minister: that is the thrust of this debate. If nothing else comes from this debate but the answer was along those lines, I would be more than happy. That does not mean that I will sit down now, Dame Caroline— I want to give a wee bit more background and a couple of examples. Visual impairment and sight loss cost the UK economy...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Persecution of Christians (30 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: I thank the Minister for that answer. Open Doors produces the World Watch List reports and we are deeply indebted to it for what it does. Pakistan continues to cause concern for me and many others; there are Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and Christians who cannot have the freedom of human rights and are persecuted across all of Pakistan. How can we exert greater influence to effect change in...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Health Services: Coronavirus (30 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what her timetable is for the rollout of Endo Barriers on the NHS.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Nicaragua: Human Rights and Religious Freedom (30 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether he has made representations to his counterpart in Nicaragua on protecting (a) human rights and (b) religious freedoms (i) since the conviction of Bishop Rolando Álvarez and (ii) in the context of the treatment of Christians and Jews by President Daniel Ortega's regime.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: India: Christianity (30 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, whether he has had discussions with his counterpart in India on the treatment of Christian churches and foreign missionaries in India.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Hamas: Hostage Taking (30 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on securing the release of hostages from Gaza.

Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration Controls: Republic of Ireland (30 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the border between the UK and Republic of Ireland is secure against the passage malign foreign actors.

Post-16 Education: Isles of Scilly (29 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: I commend the hon. Gentleman for securing this debate. Does he feel it is immoral and wrong for a parent to have to pay for their children’s education when sixth-form education is free across the rest of this great United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland? It is wrong that the parents and children of the Scilly Isles cannot have the same advantages as we have elsewhere.

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill: Clause 1 - Quashing of convictions for relevant offences (29 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: Following on from my right hon. Friend the Member for Belfast East (Gavin Robinson), it is fair to say that a week ago or even a month ago, the 23 sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses in Northern Ireland had little hope. Today, they have hope and that is due to the Minister’s endeavours on their behalf, pushing this issue and the Government’s acceptance. On behalf of the 23, we would...

Assisted Dying — [Sir Robert Syms in the Chair] (29 Apr 2024)

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Assisted Dying — [Sir Robert Syms in the Chair] (29 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: To add to the hon. Member’s concerns over what is coming out of Scotland, it has been suggested that even young girls with anorexia could find themselves in a position where they might feel constrained to do this. I make this very important point. The health service saved the life of one of my constituents. When she was in difficult times, she went to St Thomas’ Hospital across the way...

Assisted Dying — [Sir Robert Syms in the Chair] (29 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: It is a real pleasure to speak in this very poignant debate as the DUP spokesperson on health. The issue is of great importance and must be in line with our obligations to uphold and protect the sanctity of life. I will say clearly that I am a Christian and I have a Christian faith; that faith is what drives me and it is why I am here to represent my people. And I represent the thousands of...

Assisted Dying — [Sir Robert Syms in the Chair] (29 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his intervention, but I will give him the example of a lady over 70 who has cancer and of those people who have to apologise for waiting for treatment to fight their cancer. This lady is 72. She says that she really wants to fight the cancer if they will give her the chance—those are her words. However, she says that she felt guilty for taking resources...

Assisted Dying — [Sir Robert Syms in the Chair] (29 Apr 2024)

Jim Shannon: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention and he is absolutely right; again, he iterates the issue. I will give two examples. In Belgium, courts have ruled that doctors have an obligation to make effective referrals even if they themselves are unwilling to take part in assisted dying. Canada is the very same. My goodness! The right hon. Member for New Forest West (Sir Desmond Swayne), who...


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