Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:55 pm on 14th May 2019.

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Photo of Adrian Bailey Adrian Bailey Labour/Co-operative, West Bromwich West 3:55 pm, 14th May 2019

My hon. Friend is making an excellent case. In my local authority, Sandwell, life expectancy is in the bottom 15% nationally and the childhood obesity rate is more than three times that of the best local authorities, yet although nationally the Government boast that they are investing money in the health service, public health spending seems to be left out. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is essential that there is a big boost to public health spending, so that local area health budgets do not have devastating long-term obligations in future?