Results 161–180 of 1692 for speaker:Alex Norris

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 19 - Secretary of State’s duty to provide access to occupational health services to NHS staff (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful for that response. I do not intend to push this new clause to a Division. I have made my case about the importance of occupational health, and I understand what the Minister said about the broader range of interventions. Of course, we would support those, too, but particularly here, we really need to get to the point of having full coverage. Only NHS England has committed to...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 14 - Appropriate consent to transplantation activities when travelling abroad (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful to the Minister for his full reply. I do not intend to stress the consensus we have by dividing the Committee. He has given others who may want to look at this at a later stage quite a bit to go at. On resolving the point made in new clause 14, I heard what the Minister said about the scattering of the different parts across the statute book, but a judgment may have to be made...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 14 - Appropriate consent to transplantation activities when travelling abroad (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: That is a very kind offer and I am almost certainly going to avail myself of it. On that basis, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 14 - Appropriate consent to transplantation activities when travelling abroad (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: In speaking to these new clauses, I stand on the shoulders of the inestimable work done in this place by my hon. Friend the Member for St Helens South and Whiston (Ms Rimmer) and in the other place by the noble Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, who is with us for a little while longer before he has an oral question to dispose of in the other place. I note my thanks to them for their leadership. I...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 9 - Duty to promote research (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: It is a pleasure to resume with you in the Chair, Mr McCabe. I commend the right hon. Member for Kingswood for his new clause and for the persuasive case that he made for it. I will cover much of what he said in my contribution, but I highlight his point about long-term certainty, because I was not going to cover that. Those points were very well made. If we want to embed a culture of...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 5 - Support provided by the NHS to victims of domestic abuse (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I have listened carefully to what the Minister has said, and I agree with significant elements of it. I take the point about existing duties on CCGs, and I am very mindful of those. The reality is that they do not work, or they certainly have not worked to date. I have no confidence that anything will change if current arrangements are just ported over to integrated care boards, which is what...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 5 - Support provided by the NHS to victims of domestic abuse (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: It does, and of course I would not want to misrepresent what the Minister said. My point is that, while of course we should seek to work across the partnership and have a cross-partnership approach to tackling this issue in our communities—that is a very good thing to do—the problem currently is that that means we are not doing enough in the health and care space. There has to be...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 5 - Support provided by the NHS to victims of domestic abuse (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. For Opposition Members in Committees of this type, as we assemble the issues that we prioritise in proceedings, we have to be a bit of a magpie and pinch things along the way, so I want to recognise that this new clause is pinched from the hon. Member for Newton Abbot. I am grateful to her for tabling this and for the level of thought that...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 5 - Support provided by the NHS to victims of domestic abuse (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am very grateful to the hon. Lady for that intervention and completely agree with everything she said. For my part, and that of many of our colleagues, our way to tackle all those different barriers is to seek to put this in every bit of legislation. Most domestic legislation touches on these issues. What is pertinent to this debate is thinking about the barriers to reporting. One barrier...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 1 - Prohibition of virginity testing (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: Let me come back briefly on a couple of issues. First, I am grateful for the contribution of the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire and, in particular, her point about non-medical practices dressed up as medical practices. That is a particularly insidious way to inflict abuse on another person, and I completely agree with her that that is an absolute violation—it is as totemic as that. We...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 62 - Pharmaceutical services: remuneration in respect of vaccines etc (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: It is a pleasure to serve again with you in the Chair, Mrs Murray. As I said yesterday, we are grateful for the Minister writing with his explanation of this and the other new clauses ahead of time. That was helpful. As the Minister explained in his letter, the new clause will simplify and safeguard the process of remuneration where the Government centrally procures vaccines, immunisations or...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 1 - Prohibition of virginity testing (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 1 - Prohibition of virginity testing (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I want to speak to new clause 1 in my name and seemingly in the name of half the House. With pleasure, we have reached the new clauses. A central theme runs through the new clauses that my colleagues and I have tabled. If the Government are adamant that now is the time for this Bill, and we have well-established issues with that, then given the significant and growing challenges facing health...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish an update on the rollout of a third primary dose of covid-19 vaccination for people with severe immunosuppression.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 128 - Fluoridation of water supplies (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move amendment 149, in clause 128, page 108, line 22, at end insert— “(za) in subsection (3)(a)(i), after “Secretary of State” insert “or relevant local authority”;” The Bill removes the ability of local authorities to commence fluoridation schemes and gives that ability to the Secretary of State. This amendment, together with Amendment 150, seeks to allow local...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 128 - Fluoridation of water supplies (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am really pleased that we have reached clauses 128 and 129, on fluoridation of water supplies. This is something that I am personally very enthusiastic about, so I want to make a few points on it. Fluoridation is a very important venture. Oral ill health can be a hidden and very personal but insidious ailment. It is the single biggest reason for hospital admission among our children. A 2015...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 128 - Fluoridation of water supplies (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful for that intervention; I was going to turn to that issue next. Not only have opportunities been missed over the last decade to invest in oral health, but we are actually going backwards. Supervised tooth brushing and other high-quality evidence-based interventions, such as the models that the hon. Member mentioned, have disappeared because of this Government’s cuts to the...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 128 - Fluoridation of water supplies (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I take the Minister’s point about current powers. I agree that they are clearly at the wrong level, because these schemes simply are not coming through, so the system is obviously not working. As I say, I would rather we added what we are putting in the Bill today to what we already have, but I have probably made my point, so I do not intend to press amendments 149 or 150 to a Division. The...


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