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Children’s Health: Ultra-processed Foods - Question for Short Debate (25 Oct 2023)

Baroness Jenkin of Kennington: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords participating in today’s debate, apologise that they have only four minutes each, and thank those who have provided briefing. I am grateful to the First Steps Nutrition Trust, which pointed out to me that the focus of today’s debate should really be on how diets high in UPF negatively impact children’s health, rather than focusing on individual...

Scottish Parliament: Culture Sector (25 Oct 2023)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: One of the main characters of one of my favourite TV shows, the much-acclaimed “The Wire”, is the cigar-smoking and curmudgeonly Baltimore detective Bunk Moreland. The actor who plays Moreland, Wendell Pierce, said that culture was a “form through which we as a society reflect on who we are, where we’ve been, where we hope to be.” I am fortunate to represent the Highlands and...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking (24 Oct 2023)

Neil O'Brien: Smoking rates in England have been consistently falling and are currently at 12.7%, according to 2022 data from the Office for National Statistics. On 4 October 2023, the Prime Minister unveiled plans to introduce a new law to stop children who turn 14 years old this year or younger from ever legally being sold cigarettes, in a bid to create the first ‘smokefree generation’. This...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Electronic Cigarettes: Health Hazards (24 Oct 2023)

Nick Gibb: On 1 June 2023, the Prime Minister announced an intervention which will take steps to prevent children obtaining e-cigarettes illegally. The Department is planning to include a specific reference to the dangers of e-cigarettes in the amended relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) curriculum. The RSHE statutory guidance, which sets out the curriculum topics, already states that in...

Trends in Excess Deaths (20 Oct 2023)

Maria Caulfield: I congratulate the hon. Member for North West Leicestershire (Andrew Bridgen) on securing this important debate. I only have five minutes of this 30-minute debate to respond. I will try to cover all the points if I can. Can I start by acknowledging that the hon. Member is correct that we have seen an increase in excess deaths in the last year? However, I disagree with his analysis, because...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking: Medical Treatments (20 Oct 2023)

Will Quince: On 4 October 2023, as part of the Prime Minister’s smokefree generation announcement, the Government also announced an additional £70 million of funding per year to local stop smoking services to help even more people to quit smoking. Local authorities will work with a range of local partners to deliver this. The announcement is available at the following link:...

Written Answers — Treasury: Tobacco: Taxation (19 Oct 2023)

Gareth Davies: The Government is unable to speculate on tax matters outside of fiscal events. As with all taxes, the Government keeps the tobacco duty system under review during its yearly Budget process. As announced by the Prime Minister on 4 October 2023, the Government is creating the first smokefree generation, by bringing forward legislation so that children turning 14 this year or younger will...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking (18 Oct 2023)

Cat Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress he has made towards its target of an adult smoking prevalence of 5% or less by 2030.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking (18 Oct 2023)

Bambos Charalambous: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Written Ministerial Statement of 17 April 2023 on Achieving Smokefree 2030: cutting smoking and stopping kids vaping, HCWS710, whether his Department has made an assessment of modelling on the potential effectiveness of each of the proposed steps in helping reduce smoking rates to 5% or less by 2030.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Electronic Cigarettes: Health Hazards (18 Oct 2023)

Nick Gibb: On 1 June 2023, my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, announced steps to prevent pupils getting access to e-cigarettes illegally. As part of this, the Department is planning to include a specific reference to the harms of e-cigarettes in the amended Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) curriculum. The Department expects to publish an amended draft of the statutory guidance for...

Health and Social Care: Cardiovascular Disease Prevention (17 Oct 2023)

Steve Barclay: As my hon. Friend knows, there is no agreed definition for ultra-high processed food. As a general principle, I do not think we should be taxing and banning things—smoking is an outlier. We have to empower the patient and recognise the pressures from the cost of living. We are also rolling out anti-obesity drugs to give patients access to the most innovative drugs as part of our wider...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department of Health and Social Care: Stopping the start: our new plan to create a smokefree generation (16 Oct 2023)

Neil O'Brien: On 4 October 2023 the Prime Minister announced a bold and ambitious plan to create a ‘smokefree generation’, and the government published the command paper “Stopping the start: our new plan to create a smokefree generation”. This command paper sets out:Plans to bring forward legislation to make it an offence to sell tobacco products to anyone born on or after 1 January 2009. In...

10. Short Debate: The impact of vaping across Wales (11 Oct 2023)

Lynne Neagle: Thank you, acting Deputy Llywydd. I would like to thank John Griffiths for tabling this debate today, and for the points he has made on vaping, and also thank the other Members who've contributed. Like him, I've been very concerned for some time by the increases in vape use, particularly amongst children and young people. Many of these products contain nicotine and have no place in the hands...

4. Debate: 'NHS in 10+ years: An examination of the projected impact of Long-Term Conditions and Risk Factors in Wales (10 Oct 2023)

Vikki Howells: This is a really important report, assessing what the health needs of our nation will be after the next decade, how we as a country, we as policy makers and our most treasured national institution, the NHS, are able to meet the requirements of current and future citizens. As the report reminds us, these challenges are stark. From one perspective, the NHS is almost a victim of its own success...

1. Questions to the First Minister: E-cigarettes in Public Places (10 Oct 2023)

Mark Drakeford: ...week in the United Kingdom, accumulating to 10 tonnes—10 tonnes—of lithium every year. So, I agree with him on a number of the points that he made. As to whether e-cigarettes are a significant contribution to people quitting smoking, I think the evidence is a good deal more equivocal than he would suggest. Most people who use e-cigarettes are dual users; they use e-cigartettes and they...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking: Health Services ( 4 Oct 2023)

Rupa Huq: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) providing additional funding for services that help people stop smoking and (b) using proceeds from the tobacco industry to fund smoking cessation services.

2. Business Statement and Announcement ( 3 Oct 2023)

Darren Millar: Trefnydd, can I call for two statements from the Minister for Health and Social Services, please? The first on the role of the Welsh Government in overseeing managed practices in Wales. I've got a managed practice in Colwyn Bay in my constituency—the West End Medical Centre. I know that it's under pressure from a staffing point of view, but I'm very concerned that, in the last two weeks, on...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament Powers ( 3 Oct 2023)

Michelle Thomson: I knew that the Scottish Liberal Democrats were irrelevant, but I did not expect them to prove it quite so readily today. It all started with Brexit, didn’t it? Sold a dud by Tory Brexiteers who stoked and then played on fears, people in the UK took a leap into the darkness—apart from Scotland, which wisely voted by a majority to remain. It was not immediately obvious that the slogan...

Scottish Parliament: Neonatal Services (Lanarkshire) (20 Sep 2023)

Brian Whittle: I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate. I thank the Labour Party for using some of its debating time for such an important topic. I declare at the outset that I have a daughter who is a midwife in the Scottish NHS and that my youngest was born at Wishaw, as was my eldest grandson. It is a timely debate for me, because I—along with my colleague Carol Monaghan—was recently...

Conference Adjournment (19 Sep 2023)

Bob Blackman: ...his absence. I start with some bad news, namely on the ultra low emission zone. We are all incredibly disappointed that, despite the fact that the majority of Londoners overwhelmingly oppose the expansion of ULEZ, the out-of-touch, megalomaniac Mayor of London has gone ahead regardless. The measure has already had an absolutely devastating impact on thousands of people across outer London....

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