Health and care

Fighting to ensure the highest possible standards of care are maintained at Russells Hall. Working with the hospital we secured government funding for improvements at A&E.

Mike Wood: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that as well as direct legal expenses, related legal expenses in relation to responding to the consultation on the terms of reference will be met, so that the voice of victims and their families can be properly heard?


David Lidington Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

Mike Wood: What discussions has the Minister had with ministerial colleagues at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport about bids to address period poverty through the tampon tax fund?


Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

It is a real pleasure to be able to speak in this debate and to follow the moving contributions of my hon. Friend
the Member for Eddisbury (Antoinette Sandbach) and many other Members.

Mike Wood: What steps he is taking to improve mental health support for members of the armed forces and veterans.


Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

I support the Bill today.

Lucy Allan Conservative, Telford

It is a great pleasure to follow Melanie Onn, who made a very thoughtful and engaging speech on this important issue. I am very glad that so many Members are in the Chamber to take part in the debate.

Mike Wood: As my hon. Friend says, part of the problem is that so many hospital trusts are locked into long-term PFI contracts. Many of them were negotiated in the late 1990s or early 2000s and will shortly be coming up for renewal or expiry. Does she agree that now is the time to look at what provisions we can put in place to ensure that, as the contracts are renewed, they do not contain exploitative provisions that allow hospital trusts to take patients, as well as their families and visitors, for mugs by overcharging them for parking?


Mike Wood: Does the Minister agree that a police cell or a police station is not a suitable place for an innocent person suffering from mental health problems, and will she support initiatives such as the mental health triage projects in the West Midlands to make sure that people with mental health problems get the medical support they need when they need it?


Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Mike Wood: What assessment he has made of the effect of prisoners participating in sporting activities on improving rehabilitation rates.


Phillip Lee The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

There is strong evidence that physical education and sport improve the wellbeing and motivation of those in custody and ex-offenders in the community. Both improve their prospects of successful resettlement.

Mike Wood & James Cleverly (Braintree)

What steps the Government are taking to support women back into work when they have had time out of the workplace to look after children or other relatives.


Anne Milton 

(Minister of State (Education), Minister for Women)