Pat McFadden had a debate on Ritalin. He asked for an inquiry into its growing use. I intervened on him with a point I have made before.
Paul Flynn(Newport West) (Lab): Had the young Mozart been on Ritalin and the young Beethoven been on anti-depressants, we would probably never have heard of them. Does my right hon. Friend agree that trying to drug children into conformity and uniformity is the enemy of creativity?
Mr McFadden: My hon. Friend makes an eloquent point. I do not take the view that the drugs cannot work. I am not qualified to say that, but there are serious questions to be asked about the growth in their use.
Had the Tory backbench MPs yesterday been on Ritalin they would have all obeyed Cameron's whip.