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.

Latest Parliamentary Session

Tuesday 1 July 2014
Adjournment Debate on Head and Neck Cancer
The issues of head and neck cancer were raised during an Adjournment Debate. I responded as the Minister responsible, on behalf of the Government. [Read More]

Tuesday 17 June 2014
Responding to a Westminster Hall debate on the Organ Donation Register
As Minister responsible for of health policy relating to organ donation, I responded to a Westminster Hall debate on the Organ Donation Register. [Read More]

Tuesday 10 June 2014
Oral Questions to Ministers from the Department of Health
During Oral Questions to Health Ministers, I responded to questions on issues including cancer survival rates, Kettering General Hospital’s A&E department, alcohol consumption in pregnancy, and congenital heart disease. [Read More]

Wednesday 14 May 2014
Replying to a Westminster Hall debate on the Ambulance Resources and Response Times
During a Westminster Hall debate on Ambulance Resources and Response Times, I responded on behalf of the Government.
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Thursday 1 May 2014
Backbench business debate on Cervical Cancer Screening
Following a backbench business debate on the importance of cervical cancer screening and diagnosis, I responded as the Minister responsible. [Read More]