Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department of Health, Jane Ellison, responded on behalf of the Government.
The debate was well attended by MPs and the public gallery was filled with victims and their families. The stories told by MPs about their constituents' experiences were both harrowing and moving and brought tears to the eyes of many of those present.
The Secretary for State for Health, Jeremy Hunt was present for part of the time and sat beside Jane Ellison. The two were seen at times to be chatting happily and evidently sharing a joke or two. Jane Ellison's response to the motion was cold and discouraging.