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Results 41–60 of 5000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Norman Lamb

Backbench Business - Whistleblowingbackbench Business (3 Jul 2019)

Norman Lamb: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. We need effective legislation to redress that imbalance of power. All the cases I have outlined highlight the value and importance of enabling people to expose wrongdoing. Effective protection for brave people who decide to speak out is first of all vital for that individual—they should be celebrated, not denigrated—but it also benefits us all if we give...

Backbench Business - Whistleblowingbackbench Business (3 Jul 2019)

Norman Lamb: I totally agree with the right hon. Lady. Sir Robert Francis, who did the report in 2015, recommended the introduction of “freedom to speak up champions” in the NHS, and that has happened. However, this is an administrative process within trusts that, I am afraid, simply has not worked—that is the brutal lesson that we have to learn. For those who are covered by the legislation, the law...

Backbench Business - Whistleblowingbackbench Business (3 Jul 2019)

Norman Lamb: I am conscious that I am trying the patience of the Deputy Speaker, and I need to get to the conclusion of my remarks. The brilliant organisation Protect highlights the fact that a number of laws, such as in the utility sector, make it an offence to disclose certain information and include no public interest defence exceptions for whistleblowing. Even if there is awful wrongdoing, the person...

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) (No. 3) Bill: Dangerous Drugs (3 Jul 2019)

Norman Lamb: I welcome the appointment of Dame Carol Black to do this work. Will she be able to look at the experience from Canada, so that we can look at all the options in making our decisions about the right way forward?

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) (No. 3) Bill: Dangerous Drugs (3 Jul 2019)

Norman Lamb: I am grateful to the Minister for his tolerance. What advice do we give to the family from Norwich whom I mentioned who are spending well over £1,000 on just three weeks’ supply of cannabis oil for their son with epilepsy through a private prescription? They simply will not be able to afford to carry on, so what should they do?

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) (No. 3) Bill: Dangerous Drugs (3 Jul 2019)

Norman Lamb: I meant to mention the following case when I spoke earlier: a family in Norwich have just had to spend well over £1,000 on a private prescription for their young son who has epilepsy. They will not as a family be able to afford more than a few weeks’ worth of paying for this privately. It is ludicrous that that family, desperately in need of help for their young boy, cannot get it through...

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) (No. 3) Bill: Dangerous Drugs (3 Jul 2019)

Norman Lamb: I join others in welcoming this statutory instrument, but I ask the Minister why it has taken so long. The recommendation from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs was made in December 2017. Why has it taken more than 18 months to get to this point? Given the changes being made to facilitate research, for goodness’ sake, would it not have made sense to act immediately on its advice,...

NHS Long-Term Plan: Implementation (1 Jul 2019)

Norman Lamb: The Secretary of State may remember that I brought a group of mental health reformers to see him, to make the case for culture change in mental health services to address clear human rights abuses such as locking people up when they do not need to be locked up, often for a long period, shunting people around the country in ways that would never happen with physical health and the endemic use...

Net Zero Emissions Target (12 Jun 2019)

Norman Lamb: Thank you very much indeed, Mr Speaker. I warmly welcome this statement. It is a significant milestone, but does the Secretary of State agree that we now need to significantly increase the sense of urgency, particularly in decarbonising the heating of buildings and transport? We have no incentive at all to increase energy efficiency in the heating of homes other than for the most vulnerable...

Whorlton Hall (23 May 2019)

Norman Lamb: (Urgent Question): To ask the Minister if she will make a statement on the treatment of people with learning disabilities and complex needs at Whorlton Hall.

Whorlton Hall (23 May 2019)

Norman Lamb: I thank the Minister for that response. Last night’s “Panorama” was deeply shocking and particularly distressing for any family who have a loved one in an institution and are worried about their safety. We saw people with learning disabilities and autism mocked, intimidated, taunted and provoked, and care workers admitting to deliberately hurting patients—behaviour appropriately...

Secondary School Standards: East Cleveland: Debt Collection Letters — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (21 May 2019)

Norman Lamb: I appreciate the Minister’s constructive response. As an ex-lawyer, I think it is perfectly possible to address the real mischief here by adapting the letter using more constructive and up-to-date wording without undermining the broader objectives of the 1974 Act.

Secondary School Standards: East Cleveland: Debt Collection Letters — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (21 May 2019)

Norman Lamb: I beg to move, That this House has considered the content of debt collection letters. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Graham. I have been working with the charity the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute. I sit on its advisory board, along with hon. Members from other parties, including the hon. Members for Plymouth, Moor View (Johnny Mercer) and for Liverpool,...

Secondary School Standards: East Cleveland: Debt Collection Letters — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (21 May 2019)

Norman Lamb: The hon. Gentleman goes to the heart of what I am proposing. I will expand on the point he made. Debt collection letters, like the ones received by Paul and Jerome, often include complex text, which is capitalised and put in bold. The language can be intimidating to someone experiencing mental ill health. The letters often start with threats of court action. They do contain advice—the...

Secondary School Standards: East Cleveland: Debt Collection Letters — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (21 May 2019)

Norman Lamb: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. The guidance we had from organisations before the debate makes the point that the letters are often lengthy. People in a state of anxiety and distress will give up reading something complex before they reach the helpful advice, which might be right at the end. There needs to be clear information up front about seeking advice. It is in the interest of the...

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Norman Lamb: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Norman Lamb: In response to another intervention, the right hon. Gentleman indicated that there is a degree of resistance within the NHS and among clinicians, but does he agree that this is about more than that? This is also about the Government’s regulatory framework, which is restricting access to this medication. Many people in acute pain are resorting to opioids, which are highly addictive and...

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Norman Lamb: rose—

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Norman Lamb: I agree with the points the right hon. Gentleman is making, but the fact that the one prescription that has been issued has been through the Home Office raises an important point: the Home Office should have nothing to do with a health issue and this should be transferred, without delay, by the Government to the Department of Health and Social Care?

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Norman Lamb: And licensing?


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