This week, the House of Commons has been given the opportunity to debate Mental Health. While much work has been done in recent years to reduce racism, sexism and religious intolerance in our society, there is still often a stigma attached to mental health issues. This is particularly worrying given that, at some point in their life, a quarter of people will suffer with some form of mental illness with one in six experiencing symptoms at any one time.
Earlier this week, the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill received its Second Reading in the House of Commons. The Bill aims to deliver the Government’s commitment to ensure that business is the driver of economic growth and innovation. The Government is taking this much-needed action to boost enterprise, support growth and help revitalise our economy.
Over the bank holiday weekend, people in the Forest and across the country joined together to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. During 2012, people from Her Majesty’s fifteen other realms across the world have been joining in the celebrations, with members of the Royal Family touring them on behalf of The Queen.
Mark will be meeting with constituents and attending the Dilke Hospital Annual Summer Fete.
Mark will be attending the Newent Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.
A key responsibility of any Government is to defend the lives of our citizens by protecting national security. Our country can only be protected in the long-term if our military strategy is properly considered well in to the future and if any commitments that are made are well thought-out and fully costed. National security depends on economic security.
Some constituents have asked me to write about my responsibilities as Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform. This week, one of the Bills I am working on with the Deputy Prime Minister, the Electoral Registration and Administration Bill, received its Second Reading in the House of Commons. The Bill aims to improve both the accuracy and completeness of the electoral register, and will significantly reduce the likelihood of electoral fraud.
Recently published figures show that unemployment is beginning to decrease, both nationally and in the Forest of Dean. This is good news. However we cannot be complacent. There are still too many people in part-time work who want to be in full-time work. There are also still too many people who are long-term unemployed.
Mark has a constituency surgery.
Last week, I wrote about the history and ceremony behind the Queen’s Speech. However, the most important part of the day is the message delivered by Her Majesty, which outlines HM Government’s programme for the year ahead.