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.

parliamentWednesday 5 December 2012
Welcoming Government Support for Northern Line Extension to Battersea
Following the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, I welcomed the announcement that the Government is to provide a £1 billion loan and guarantee that will help to pay for the Northern line Tube Extension into Battersea. [Read More]

parliamentWednesday 28 November 2012
Standing up for entry-level retail jobs as a route into employment
Drawing on my previous career in retail, I spoke up for entry-level retail jobs as an excellent way of starting from the shop floor and rising to the top in a sector that rewards hard work, during an Opposition Day debate on jobs and social security. [Read More]

parliamentMonday 26 November 2012
Supporting the Prime Minister on the EU budget
The Prime Minister made a statement following an EU Council meeting about his efforts to freeze or reduce Britain's contribution to the EU budget. I spoke to support his position, pointing out that it was not credible for the EU to say it could not reduce its central costs when councils like Wandsworth are able to. [Read More]

parliamentThursday 22 November 2012
Speaking in favour of women bishops
Following a reply by the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Sir Tony Baldry MP, to an Urgent Question on the General Synod's decision to oppose the ordination of women bishops, I warned that the church risked missing out on some talented people if women could not fill these important roles. [Read More]

parliamentThursday 22 November 2012
Debating a report on Universal Credit welfare reform
The Work and Pensions Select Committee, of which I am a new member, published a report on the Government's flagship welfare reform policy, Universal Credit. I highlighted aspects of the report and, in particular, welcomed the move towards simplifying the system. [Read More]

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