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 Winston Lord Winston Labour 3:07, 26 April 2023

My Lords, the Government have made a pledge that they know perfectly well they cannot keep. There is no way that this massive morbidity will be reduced: obesity is not the answer. If he looks carefully, he will see what the Science and Technology Committee—chaired by the noble Lord, Lord Patel, who may want to comment—showed: that it is clearly due to deprivation in poorer parts of the country, which leads to a much shorter life. The Government need to deal with this holistically; it is not the problem of the Department of Health and Social Care but a much wider issue.