Results 1621–1640 of 1687 for speaker:Alex Norris

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Cameroon: Human Rights (30 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: What recent assessment she has made of the human rights situation in Cameroon.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Cameroon: Human Rights (30 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: The Biya Government’s hard-handed approach to calls for reform from those living in the Anglophone region has led to violence, 765,000 persons being displaced from their homes, and 800,000 children out of school. We have a long-standing connection to Cameroon and I am glad to hear from the Minister about efforts so far, but will she make a full-throated commitment today to a peaceful...

Public Health (30 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: It is a pleasure to speak for the Opposition in this important debate. The omicron variant is a sobering reminder that this pandemic is not over. We need to act with speed to bolster our defences to keep the virus at bay, and to keep each other safe throughout the difficult winter period. We on these Benches were critical of the Government’s slow response to the delta variant—slow to...

Public Health (30 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: My predecessor as Member of Parliament for Nottingham North had a strong record on recall of Parliament in 2003 and would smite me down if I were to dismiss the right hon. Gentleman’s question out of hand. It is a hypothetical question, however, and I am not going to be drawn on that, but I will say this: when we were getting through the backlog of such SIs over the summer I said to the...

Public Health (30 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: The hon. Gentleman’s question makes me think he has some plans to book; if he is trying to book a weekend away, he should not let me set those dates for him. Turning to the regulations, and starting with the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings) (England) Regulations 2021 (S.I., 2021, No. 1340), it is right to reintroduce masks on public transport, in shops and other...

Public Health (30 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: My hon. Friend makes a good point that I will cover shortly. Of course the measure should apply to public transport and shops—and also to the House of Commons Chamber, but I will get to that shortly.

Public Health (30 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: If the hon. Gentleman is seeking to redress grievances as to what Labour party parties he has and has not been invited to, I am the wrong person to address those concerns to. In order to build confidence in this issue, I ask the Minister to publish the guidance she and her colleagues have relied on that says that public transport and shops are areas of likely transmission but hospitality...

Public Health (30 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: We will now start to see how effective these regulations are—they have only been going for nine and a half hours—but I will shortly address my reticence about members of staff whose primary job has not traditionally been to enforce such measures now being put in that position. That gets to the point my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield South East (Mr Betts) was addressing.

Public Health (30 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: We are after the fact now on that, but I think we have to protect the principle that we do not expect people to wear masks if doing so is detrimental to their health. That is the right level of proportionality, but we are reliant on good faith and people not abusing that, and I would be disappointed to hear of cases such as those my hon. Friend raised. I particularly want to raise with...

Public Health (30 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: It is hard to answer given that this is not on the face of these regulations, so I have asked the Minister to be clear about why that differentiation was made, and then all Members would be able to make a judgment as to whether that was a wise decision.

Public Health (30 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: I have given way to the hon. Gentleman before; I do not rule out doing it again, but will not do so immediately. On ventilation, which links in to education settings, throughout this pandemic we on these Benches have called for a radical upgrade in the ventilation of public buildings, particularly schools. We know that is not something we can just click our fingers and do; it is more...

Public Health (30 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: The hon. Member goes slightly further than I did in saying that ventilation should be rolled out immediately across all schools. Of course, that would have significant financial implications. It would also, of course, be very good for British business. We are saying that, as has been clear throughout the pandemic, better ventilation in public buildings should be a significant part of...

Public Health (30 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: I cannot cast my mind back to that debate—I believe I had just started secondary school when it took place—but I can foresee the issues that were raised. I would not do down the idea of opening windows; that would be a good thing to do in and of itself, and I would support that. What I am saying is that there are certain places where that will work less effectively, and we ought to have...

Public Health (30 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful to the hon. Member for that intervention, which gets to the root of the matter. We have been talking about ventilation for a long time. What I would really like to hear from the Minister is whether any progress whatsoever has been made in this area. I turn to statutory instrument No. 1338 regarding self-isolation. The regulations introduce new rules for self-isolation after...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: National Leisure Recovery Fund (13 Dec 2021)

Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of including leisure facilities run in-house by local authorities in the National Leisure Recovery Fund.

Transport Infrastructure (11 Feb 2020)

Alex Norris: For four decades, the east midlands economy has been losing skilled work, which has caused extraordinary damage to our communities. HS2 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reverse that decline and add tens of thousands of skilled jobs to our community. The Prime Minister has taken a difficult but welcome decision. Can he reassure east midlands people that there will not be any...

Retail Workers: Protection (11 Feb 2020)

Alex Norris: Does my hon. Friend believe that we in this place have a special responsibility towards shop workers? We are the ones saying, “Please don’t sell some people alcohol. Please don’t sell children cigarettes. Please don’t sell offensive weapons and acids.” By making all those restrictions, we put shop workers in a difficult conflict situation. Does he think that gives us an extra...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Podiatry (16 Dec 2021)

Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support podiatrists within primary care to respond to increasing trends foot ulceration and amputation and to maintain peoples’ walking, working, and wellbeing.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Malnutrition: Health Services (11 Jan 2022)

Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of NHS statistics showing that the number of people treated for malnutrition increased from 4,657 in 2010-11 to 10,109 in 2020-21.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Dietary Supplements (16 Dec 2021)

Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances consultation on standard adult ready-to-drink oral nutritional supplements will report and publish interim conclusions.


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