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Tobacco and Vapes Bill (16 Apr 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, who makes such a powerful point and speaks with such authority. Similar points were made by my hon. Friend the Member for Sleaford and North Hykeham (Dr Johnson), who as a paediatrician spoke with great expertise on this matter. It is absolutely true: it is a false choice. It is not a freedom of choice; it is a choice to become addicted and that then removes...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Obesity: Health Services ( 3 Apr 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: The National Health Service and local government provide a range of free tier two weight management services (WMS), to help eligible people living with obesity to lose weight. These are multi-component programmes, including dietary approaches and physical activity, with behaviour change support. The length of support can vary, but guidance from the National Institute of Health and Care...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Electronic Cigarettes (27 Mar 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: Smoking is the number one cause of ill-health, disability, and death, responsible for approximately 80,000 deaths a year in the United Kingdom, causing around one in four cancer deaths. It costs our country £17 billion a year, and puts a huge burden on the National Health Service. There is no more dangerous product that is legally sold in our shops than tobacco, a product that will kill two...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking (27 Mar 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: Due to the nicotine content and the unknown long-term harms, vaping carries risks to health and lifelong addiction for children. Vaping is, therefore, only recommended for adult smokers who wish to quit smoking. Young people and people who have never smoked, should not vape. Our youth vaping call for evidence, published in 2023, demonstrated that the flavours are one of the main reasons that...

Scottish Parliament: Smoking and Vaping (26 Mar 2024)

Jenni Minto: In Scotland, more than 8,000 lives a year are cut short by diseases that are caused by smoking. Large parts of the harm that is caused by cancers, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease are caused by smoking—harm that is entirely preventable. I have personal experience of that harm with one of my grandparents, who was advised to stop smoking just before I was born. He was told that,...

Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - Question for Short Debate (19 Mar 2024)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness on her contribution and fully endorse what she has to say. We clearly have a crisis in sexual and reproductive healthcare. I refer the Minister to evidence given to the Commons Women and Equalities Committee only in January by Dr Claire Dewsnap, president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV. She said that “a lot of the...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Health Services: Children (19 Mar 2024)

Lord Markham: At the 2021 Spending Review, we considered the need for local government public health funding, and have provided cash growth in the Public Health Grant to local authorities each year over the settlement period. In 2024/25 the total Public Health Grant to local authorities will be £3.603 billion, providing local authorities with an average 2.1% cash increase compared to 2023/24. In addition...

Spring Budget 2024 - Motion to Take Note (18 Mar 2024)

Baroness Vere of Norbiton: My Lords, it is a pleasure to open this double-header in your Lordships’ House. It is an opportunity to discuss and debate the measures brought forth by the Chancellor in the Spring Budget and to consider the National Insurance Contributions (Reduction in Rates) (No. 2) Bill, or the NICs Bill. I start by taking this opportunity to welcome my noble friend Lord Kempsell to your Lordships’...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (18 Mar 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: Smoking is the number one entirely preventable cause of ill-health, disability, and death in this country. It is responsible for 80,000 deaths in the United Kingdom a year, and one in four of all UK cancer deaths. It costs our country £17 billion a year, £14 billion of which is through lost productivity alone. It puts huge pressure on the National Health Service and social care, costing...

Duty Solicitor Scheme: Sport: Gambling Advertising — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (13 Mar 2024)

Gavin Newlands: This has been an excellent debate, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Inverclyde (Ronnie Cowan) on securing it and starting us off in his own style—it is always fun to sum up his speeches. He questioned whether some of the Conservative Members might be at Cheltenham, present company clearly excluded. He spoke about puppy dogs and toilet roll, and then got to free bets, but he...

Income Tax (Charge) (12 Mar 2024)

Maggie Throup: We have heard it said many times in this Chamber that the first duty of any Government is to protect and safeguard the lives of their citizens. That premise is almost exclusively quoted during debates relating to the defence of the realm, yet it can just as easily be applied to our discussions about investment in targeted public health measures. If a person is only as productive as their...

Health and Wellbeing Services: Essex (12 Mar 2024)

Priti Patel: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, and he has teed up the issue I wanted to raise—community healthcare provision and localised services. I have just mentioned our big hospitals in Essex, but it is absolutely vital that we have localised healthcare provision. That brings me on to a local issue that affects my right hon. Friend the Member for Maldon and me—the future of St Peter’s...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (11 Mar 2024)

Peter Gibson: The icing on the cake for Darlington in last week’s Budget has to be the £20 million of long-term investment the Chancellor announced, building on the £23.3 million that Darlington has already secured under the towns fund programme. Those funds have already developed the Ingenium centre at Darlington College, helped fund the saving of and development of The Northern Echo building, which...

Ways and Means - Financial Statement and Budget Report ( 6 Mar 2024)

Jeremy Hunt: When patients do not show up or one member of a team is ill, operating theatres are left empty despite long waiting lists. When we published the NHS long-term workforce plan, I asked the NHS to put together a plan to transform its efficiency and productivity. I wanted better care for patients, more job satisfaction for staff and better value for taxpayers. Making changes on the scale we need...

Health and Social Care: Tobacco and Vaping: Legislation ( 5 Mar 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: Yes. My hon. Friend raises an incredibly important point. There is no doubt that tobacco and vaping companies are now trying to recruit children, putting vapes, including many illegal vapes, next to the sweet counter with extraordinary flavours such as bubble gum and berry blast, which are clearly not designed, as was originally proposed, for adult smokers to be able to quit smoking by moving...

Funding for Youth Services — [Derek Twigg in the Chair] (28 Feb 2024)

Tim Farron: It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship this morning, Mr Twigg. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Luton South (Rachel Hopkins); she made a really good speech, as did all her colleagues who followed, and she has secured a debate on this really important topic. Funding for youth services has experienced a downward trend, and that has been the case for a couple of generations. That...

Tackling Obesity — [Peter Dowd in the Chair] (27 Feb 2024)

Maggie Throup: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Dowd. I congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Bexleyheath and Crayford (Sir David Evennett) on securing this debate. Tackling obesity is preventing ill health; I want to make it very clear that it is not nanny state, because good health provides choices. We are already looking at these issues through the way we are tackling...

1. Questions to the First Minister: Health Inequalities (27 Feb 2024)

Mark Drakeford: Well, Llywydd, I thank Vikki Howells for that. She is right, that dealing with the inverse care law has been a preoccupation of successive Labour Governments here in the Senedd, from the very outset. Many of us here were friends of Julian Tudor Hart, who coined that phrase as long ago as 1971. I vividly remember being with Julian in those campaigns to establish this Senedd, in which he placed...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Visual Impairment (27 Feb 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: The benefits of reducing sight loss for both the economy and an individual’s quality of life are clear. That is why prevention, early detection, and timely treatment are essential. In England, over 12 million free National Health Service sight tests are provided annually. Diabetic retinopathy screening is also offered annually to individuals aged 12 years old or over, with diabetes. The...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (26 Feb 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: Smoking is the number one entirely preventable cause of ill-health, disability and death in this country. It is responsible for 80,000 yearly deaths in the United Kingdom and one in four of all UK cancer deaths. It costs our country £17 billion a year, £14 billion of which is through lost productivity alone. It puts huge pressure on the National Health Service and social care, costing over...


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