Life Expectancy: Pensions, Health and Insurance - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:07 pm on 26 April 2023.

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Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Labour 3:07, 26 April 2023

I thank the Minister, but is he aware that Office for National Statistics figures show that life expectancy, which is a key indicator of national health, has stalled in the UK since 2010 for the first time in 120 years? Is he aware that one consequence of this is that over half of families in England cannot get a funeral in less than three weeks, and 17% cannot get one for over a month? Funeral directors are running out of storage space because of what is happening. There are far too many early deaths under this Government, as shown in the report from the Government Actuary’s Department, placed in the Library last week, which states that before the pandemic the UK had the lowest life expectancy of any major European country.