In October 2013, I was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health at the Department of Health. As a Minister, I was 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 continued to raise hundreds of issues, both local and national, on behalf of my constituents in Parliament with other Ministers through letters and meetings. Although during the dissolution I am no longer an MP, I remain as the Public Health Minister until a new Government is formed.

As a Minister, I spoke in Parliament on a regular basis. I answered both Written and Oral Questions; I led and responded 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 over the last five year. You can find a complete list of my contributions in the last Parliamentary session here.

Latest Parliamentary Session

Wednesday 21 October 2015
Westminster Hall debate on Secondary Breast Cancer
Following a debate in Westminster Hall on Secondary Breast Cancer, I responded on behalf of the Government. [Read More]

Thursday 15 October 2015
Adjournment Debate on Alcohol Harm and Older People
As the Government’s Public Health Minister, I responded to an Adjournment Debate on Alcohol Harm and Older People. [Read More]

Tuesday 13 October 2015
Oral Questions to Ministers from the Department of Health
During Oral Questions to Health Ministers, I responded on a range of issues including organ donation and banning smoking in cars carrying children. [Read More]

Wednesday 9 September 2015
Westminster Hall debate on Contaminated Blood Products
I responded on behalf of the Government to a Westminster Hall debate on the issue of Contaminated Blood Products. [Read More]

Wednesday 9 September 2015
Westminster Hall debate on Dementia Care Services
Following a debate on the services available to support those living with dementia, I replied as the Minister responsible. [Read More]