Baroness Watkins of Tavistock


Recent appearances

  • Education (Student Fees, Awards and Support)(Amendment) Regulations 2017 - Motion to Regret 27 Apr 2017

    My Lords, I declare my interests as outlined in the register and I believe that this afternoon I am the only registered nurse in the House. Nursing is the largest profession in the UK, with some 500,000 people on the professional register. It is vital that the international shortage of nurses and allied health professionals is recognised and that more investment is given to meet the demands...
  • Technical and Further Education Bill - Report 27 Mar 2017

    My Lords, I support Amendment 16, to which I have added my name. It is very clear that many young people who take out government-backed loans believe that they give a quality indication to the provider, to which they then enrol to study. It seems extremely unfair that, in the event of such a provider becoming unable to continue, they would go to the back of the queue for the repayment of...
  • Social Care in England: Older People - Question 20 Mar 2017

    My Lords, will the Minister explain why the number of mental health and community nurses in England fell between 2010-11 and 2015-16 by 13% to 33,000, as is clearly outlined in the Age UK report? Further, could he explain the recent significant cut in funding at HEE for post-qualifying nurse education, which includes the preparation of district nurses and advanced mental health nurse...

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Crossbench Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 14 December 2015

Currently held offices

  • Member, Licensing Act 2003 Committee (since 25 May 2016)


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