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Choosing a PMQ


September 14th 2011

Drawing Question Six to the Prime Minister in the weekly raffle does not happen very often.

I thought long and hard about the question. To mislead Cameron’s minions I put this tweet out at the weekend.

Possible Question to David Cameron on Wednesday. What is PM most proud of, increasing the number of peers or cutting the number of police?

My planned question was on medicinal cannabis to make the press conference today by CLEAR. I intended to read a comment made by Cameron in 2002 when he wrote of his first Select Committee and his full understanding on the case for decriminalising cannabis and other drugs. I was thinking of asking him 'What this Prime Minister now thinks of the progressive ideas of that backbencher of nine years ago?

Another subject I wished to raise is the Weightman report on Fukushima. It is due to be published soon. It will be a whitewash. The question I planned was:

After Fukushima, France, Italy, Thailand, Malaysia and Switzerland said the costs of nuclear power were unaffordable and uninsurable.

As the Government have banned the British Inquiry from considering increased costs of a natural disaster or a terrorist attack, won’t the report be rightly judged to be a vain attempt to shore up collapsing investor confidence with spin and propaganda?

In the event another subject cropped up. I thought Ed Miliband might go on it. He did not so I asked;-

 Q6. [71528] Paul Flynn (Newport West) (Lab):Are not the most vulnerable people in the care of the health service those silent voices who live in residential homes? Will the Prime Minister express his regret that under his watch there was, we hear today, a nearly three quarters reduction in the number of inspections—a 70% reduction—because money was moved from inspection to bureaucracy? Does not that again prove that the National Health Service is not safe in the hands of the nasty party?

The Prime Minister: The Health Committee report that is released today makes a very important point about the future and the work of the Care Quality Commission. It is important that it focuses on inspections and making sure that standards are high rather than simply on a process of registration and bureaucracy. I look forward to seeing the Government’s response to a very good report.