Results 121–140 of 378 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Edward Argar

Universal Credit (13 Mar 2018)

Edward Argar: I will not, because I am conscious of the time. An issue such as this, which is of real importance to many people, quite rightly excites strong passions and strong arguments, but it is important that we stick to the facts. An Opposition who are unable to muster coherent arguments against actual Government policy are instead taking issue with hypothetical Government policy and scenarios. I am...

Northern Ireland Finances (12 Mar 2018)

Edward Argar: May I start by paying tribute to my right hon. Friend and her predecessor for their tireless work to try to restore devolved government to Northern Ireland? Will she reaffirm that her clear commitment to working for that restoration of devolved government goes hand in hand with her clear commitment to ensuring that, while that work goes on, through this budget the people of Northern Ireland...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Support for Local Government (12 Mar 2018)

Edward Argar: What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department’s support for local government.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Support for Local Government (12 Mar 2018)

Edward Argar: My hon. Friend will be aware that under Governments of both parties, Leicestershire has had one of the lowest per head of population funding settlements in the country. Will he ensure that as the new funding system is consulted on and brought in, it addresses this issue and provides fair funding for Leicestershire, alongside his Department continuing to support our councils in driving further...

Uk Relations: Saudi Arabia: Blagging: Leveson Inquiry (7 Mar 2018)

Edward Argar: A free and independent press, especially local press, is a pillar of our democracy. It is vital that the press adhere to the highest ethical and journalistic standards and that any criminal allegations are fully investigated, and it is also vital that that freedom is preserved and respected. It is a difficult balance to strike, but will my right hon. Friend reassure me that it is exactly that...

Petition - Removal of Royal Mail Postal Collection: Eating Disorders Awareness Week (27 Feb 2018)

Edward Argar: Anorexia nervosa, a well-known eating disorder, has the highest mortality rate of any mental health condition. When eating disorders are not fatal, they can still lead to significant and long-lasting health issues. An estimated 1.25 million people in this country suffer from an eating disorder. Of course, it affects not just them but their families, yet eating disorders are all too rarely...

Petition - Removal of Royal Mail Postal Collection: Eating Disorders Awareness Week (27 Feb 2018)

Edward Argar: I will. My hon. Friend is absolutely right to raise this issue. Indeed, my hon. Friend the Member for South Ribble (Seema Kennedy) highlighted earlier today the work of the SEED—Support and Education for Eating Disorders—organisation in Penwortham in her constituency. They are both absolutely right to highlight the work of such organisations. As hon. Members may know, since my election...

Petition - Removal of Royal Mail Postal Collection: Eating Disorders Awareness Week (27 Feb 2018)

Edward Argar: The hon. Gentleman makes a very important point. This is one of those issues on which I would hope we can see the widest engagement across the UK, across all involved in government and the provision of services, to come up with a coherent and common approach to beating eating disorders.

Petition - Removal of Royal Mail Postal Collection: Eating Disorders Awareness Week (27 Feb 2018)

Edward Argar: My hon. Friend makes a very important point and if he will perhaps be patient for a few more minutes, I will turn to, among other things, exactly that point. At the launch that I referred to, I met and heard from some impressive and inspiring people, who had grappled with eating disorders and who wanted to share their experience and raise awareness. I subsequently met Beat to discuss its work...

Petition - Removal of Royal Mail Postal Collection: Eating Disorders Awareness Week (27 Feb 2018)

Edward Argar: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. It is always true in any situation that someone who has been there can speak with much more power and in a much more compelling way than someone who has not, however empathetic they are. The reality is that the recognition of an eating disorder for what it is—an illness—and getting the help and treatment for it is, all too often, still too slow. With an...

Petition - Removal of Royal Mail Postal Collection: Eating Disorders Awareness Week (27 Feb 2018)

Edward Argar: The hon. Gentleman makes a very important point. Mental health services, whether they are statutory mental health services or supported services from the voluntary sector, have to be able to address the needs of the individual as an individual. I will come shortly to funding and the provision of those services. Beat’s report last year found that the average cycle of relapse and recovery...

Petition - Removal of Royal Mail Postal Collection: Eating Disorders Awareness Week (27 Feb 2018)

Edward Argar: I certainly join my hon. Friend in urging that. I daresay that were the Speaker to express a political opinion, he might, too, but of course, he cannot. It will always take courage to talk about an eating disorder, but by talking about them in this House and in our communities, we can help to make it easier and to reduce the 149 weeks that I talked about. I hope that in the Minister’s...

Petition - Removal of Royal Mail Postal Collection: Eating Disorders Awareness Week (27 Feb 2018)

Edward Argar: My hon. Friend makes an important point. One of the key themes drawn out from this and related research is that it should not just be one symptom or factor that determines when someone needs help; there is a basket of factors and considerations that demonstrates when that need is there and when treatment is needed. He is absolutely right, therefore, to highlight that point. As we know, GPs do...

Petition - Removal of Royal Mail Postal Collection: Eating Disorders Awareness Week (27 Feb 2018)

Edward Argar: I will come very shortly to overall spending, but part of that is not just the overall size of the pot, but how that money is spent and works its way through the system to reach the frontline. In 2016-17, we spent a record £11.6 billion on mental health services, and that amount will continue to rise year on year until 2020-21, by which point 21,000 new mental health posts will be in place....

Petition - Removal of Royal Mail Postal Collection: Eating Disorders Awareness Week (27 Feb 2018)

Edward Argar: That is indeed very important. A key issue is the need to ensure that, as far as possible, there can be school referrals or, indeed, self-referrals as well as referrals made via a professional medical route. Some people may choose those ways of reaching out for the help that they need. I hope that the Minister can update us on the progress of NHS England’s “Testing New Care Models in...

International Trade: Topical Questions (22 Feb 2018)

Edward Argar: Further to his earlier answer, does my right hon. Friend agree that the prospects for future trade with our close friend and economic partner India remain very bright?

Northern Ireland (20 Feb 2018)

Edward Argar: I join in the tributes to my right hon. Friend for her determination and work on this issue. Northern Ireland has enjoyed significant economic success in recent years, largely down to the dynamism of the people of Northern Ireland, but also to the conditions that effective, devolved, power-sharing government created. Does she share my view that certainty about a budget and the restoration of...

Health and Social Care: Children and Young People: Mental Health (6 Feb 2018)

Edward Argar: What steps he is taking to improve mental health provision for children and young people.

Health and Social Care: Children and Young People: Mental Health (6 Feb 2018)

Edward Argar: I have been approached by a number of my constituents in Leicestershire who are concerned about the wait between a referral to child and adolescent mental health services and the allocation of a named caseworker and formal treatment. Will my right hon. Friend enlarge on how the steps that he is taking, which he has set out, will help to reduce such waits in Leicestershire and across the country?


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