Former Labour Peer
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The option of online voting was removed, and a number of MPs may have been unable to vote because they were not physically able to attend.
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To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps, if any, they plan to take following reports that some private care providers are charging local authorities up to £10,000 a week to look after one child in care.
To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Department for Health did not respond to a request from The Observer for a comment on the rise in demand for youth mental health services.
To ask Her Majesty's Government why the rate of statutory sick pay in the UK of £95.85 per week is lower than the average of other countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; and when they plan they address this issue.
Former Labour Peer
Entered the House of Lords on 27 July 2010
Left the House of Lords on 1 September 2021