Parliament

There are a number of ways of raising issues in the House of Commons. A Member of Parliament can make a speech or intervention in a debate, ask an Oral Question during scheduled questions to a particular Minister or department or ask a question in response to a Ministerial statement. In the case of Oral Questions, an MP tables a question but it is then a random 'shuffle' which decides if they get on to the Order Paper. There is always the possibility of asking a supplementary question if they can catch the Speaker's eye.

In October 2013, I was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health at the Department of Health. As a Minister, I am only able to speak in the chamber of the House of Commons, or the second chamber, Westminster Hall, on issues in my ministerial portfolio. However, I continue to raise hundreds of issues, both local and national, on behalf of my constituents in Parliament with other Ministers through letters and meetings.

As a Minister, I speak in Parliament on a regular basis. I answer both Written and Oral Questions; I lead and respond to debates on issues in my portfolio, as well as during Statements and Urgent Questions. This page gives you a summary of where I have spoken in Parliament. You can find a complete list of my contributions in this Parliamentary session here.

If you are interested in following a piece of legislation's progress through its various Parliamentary stages, you will find more information here.

parliamentThursday 7 March 2013
Statement on improving the lives of women and girls around the world ahead of International Women's Day
During exchanges following a statement by the Secretary of State for International Development ahead of International Women's Day, I spoke about the importance of supporting the work of grassroots campaigners in Africa who work to end female genital mutilation. [Read More]


parliamentWednesday 6 March 2013
Speaking on the opportunities of reforming the benefits system
Speaking in a debate on the publication of a report by the Work and Pensions Select Committee, of which I am a member, I spoke about the opportunities presented by the Universal Credit and the modernisation of the benefits system. [Read More]


parliamentWednesday 27 February 2013
Debating welfare, under-occupancy and reforms to Housing Benefit
During an Opposition Day Debate on Housing Benefit, I spoke about the steps that the Government is taking to tackle the problem of under-occupancy and the pressure it puts on housing waiting lists. [Read More]


parliamentThursday 14 February 2013
Speaking out on violence against women and girls during One Billion Rising debate
A debate was held on the day of the One Billion Rising campaign, the international movement on combating violence against women and girls. I spoke during the debate on the need to tackle female genital mutilation, and the problem of sexual texting and imagery - so-called 'sexting' - in schools and the affect on girls. [Read More]


parliamentMonday 11 February 2013
Calling for a study to establish scale of FGM in the UK
At Oral Questions to Ministers from the Home Office, I asked the Home Secretary what progress had been made on tacking Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and encouraged the Government to carry out a prevalence study to establish the scale of FGM in the UK. [Read More]

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