Sir Mike Penning takes the opportunity of a Northern Ireland Budget debate to call on Parliament to stand up for veterans who served in the Province and condemns expenditure by the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland on prosecutions against current and former members of the armed forces for certain alleged offences committed during military operations 30 or 40 years ago.
Sir Mike Penning calls on the Government to move medical cannabis from the Home Office to the Department for Health and Social Care where it can be treated as a medicine and can be separated from recreational cannabis which is classified as a controlled drug under schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.
Sir Mike Penning welcomes the Government’s moves towards banning combustible cladding on high-rise buildings following the Grenfell Tower fire, but also calls for heat-seeking cameras on every fire engine that goes out to an incident.
Speaking in Northern Ireland Questions, Sir Mike Penning calls for the proposed consultation on a statute of limitations in the province to “protect our soldiers, putting them first and the terrorists second.”
Sir Mike Penning speaks in a packed debate on an e-petition to make the drug Orkambi available on the NHS for people with Cystic Fibrosis. He calls for changes to the NICE system for assessing drugs and urges the Minister to back this cause.