Results 1–20 of 63 for alcohol speaker:Diane Abbott

Cannabis-Based Medicines (19 Jun 2018)

Diane Abbott: ...ago. However, I am also aware, as the Home Secretary will be, that a former chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, Professor Nutt, has said that cannabis is less harmful than alcohol. I note that Baron Hague of Richmond is calling for complete decriminalisation. The Opposition welcome the Home Secretary’s statement that he will look more closely at the use of...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Diane Abbott: ...shinier package. We frequently use the term “war on drugs”; I ask the Minister how exactly we expect to win a war with reduced forces and resources on the frontline. Responsibility for drug and alcohol treatment was transferred from the NHS to local authorities in 2013, which was undoubtedly a good idea in principle; local authorities are much better placed than central Government to...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Diane Abbott: ...question of resources, but I would be the first to say that it is more complex than simply providing more money. To give an overview of what local authorities are facing, Barnsley cut its drug and alcohol service by more than a third between 2015-16 and 2016-17. Some services will be unavailable and key drugs practitioners will be made redundant. Staffordshire County Council was forced to...

Points of Order: Drugs Policy (18 Jul 2017)

Diane Abbott: ...million. Until the Government put their money where their mouth is on the drugs strategy, they will have to accept that some stakeholders remain sceptical. There was an interesting discussion about alcohol earlier in the debate. Ministers seem to struggle with the notion that alcohol is actually a drug, but the truth is that in absolute terms alcohol causes more harm than any illegal drug....

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust — [Valerie Vaz in the Chair] (12 Jul 2016)

Diane Abbott: ...will ultimately be seen. Another problem is the lack of investment in public health, which could deal with some of the health conditions that people turn up to A&E with. There is also the issue of alcohol abuse. On a Saturday night, too many people are in A&E as a consequence of alcohol abuse, and we must consider how we can deal with those cases and stop A&E departments being filled up....

Alcohol Consumption Guidelines (28 Jun 2016)

Diane Abbott: ...officer wants to stop people having fun. At the end of the day, any Government must have care and concern for the health of the population, and particularly of young people. Let us spell it out: alcohol is one of the most well established causes of cancer. It increases the risk of mouth, throat, voice box, food pipe, breast, liver and bowel cancers. It astonishes me that Members who I...

Alcohol Consumption Guidelines (28 Jun 2016)

Diane Abbott: I have to advise the hon. Gentleman that I was a spokesperson on public health for three years for the Labour party. Not only did I do research on the health issues around alcohol, but I visited other countries—notably Scandinavian countries—to see what they had done. My point is that if hon. Members are willing to come here without spelling out the issues that I am describing, it must...

Alcohol Consumption Guidelines (28 Jun 2016)

Diane Abbott: I thank the hon. Lady for that. We can only look at the guidelines in the context of the social harm of alcohol abuse, and the guidelines are designed to bear down on alcohol abuse. It is too early to say how effective they are, but the principle of the Government acting to bear down on the social harms and costs of alcohol abuse must be correct. Like some other Members, I have visited...

Alcohol Consumption Guidelines (28 Jun 2016)

Diane Abbott: I am afraid I have to complete my remarks. If some hon. Members really understood the social harms and costs to the nation of alcohol abuse, they could not have made the speeches they made this afternoon. I welcome the guidelines. It will take time to decide whether they are exactly right and what their effects are, but we need a holistic strategy on alcohol abuse. When I was public health...

Alcohol Consumption Guidelines (28 Jun 2016)

Diane Abbott: The hon. Gentleman talks about the alcohol guidelines as social engineering, when they are actually designed to bear down on the health harms from alcohol consumption. How can he call it social engineering when the Government are trying to ensure that our fellow citizens are healthier and live longer?

Royal Assent: Mental Health and Well-being of Londoners (12 Feb 2015)

Diane Abbott: their lives, which is quite a high proportion. In 2014, Stonewall said: “Compared to the general population, lesbian, gay and bisexual people have higher rates of mental ill health as well as alcohol and drug consumption. Lesbians are also more likely to have never had a cervical smear test, while gay and bisexual men are more likely to experience domestic violence.” Particularly...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Alcoholic Drinks: Children (18 Nov 2014)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children and adolescents were admitted to hospital for injuries or illnesses caused by drinking alcohol in the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Business of the House: Backbench Business — UK Drugs Policy (30 Oct 2014)

Diane Abbott: ...Secretary, a wonderful man, the right hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (Alan Johnson), who sacked his adviser because they told him something that he did not want to hear: that alcohol was a much more harmful drug than cannabis, not only physically but in terms of the social disorder, domestic violence and so on that it promotes. I am sorry to say that my right hon....

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Tobacco Products (Plain Packaging) (3 Sep 2013)

Diane Abbott: ..., which has allowed everyone who wanted to speak to do so. In my brief remarks, I want to deal with the bogus point that doing anything about cigarette packaging necessarily affects how we treat alcohol and fatty foods, and to talk about the importance of protecting children and local leadership. I first want to congratulate my hon. Friends the Members for Blaenau Gwent (Nick Smith),for...

Written Answers — Health: Alcoholic Drinks: Young People (19 Jun 2013)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people under 18 years of age in each (a) socio-economic and (b) gender group were admitted to hospital with suspected alcohol-induced conditions in (i) 2013 to date and (ii) each of the last three years.

Written Answers — Health: Alcoholic Drinks: Young People (10 Jun 2013)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged under 18 years were admitted to hospital with an alcohol-related condition in each year since 2005-06.

Mental Health (16 May 2013)

Diane Abbott: ...and Cheam (Paul Burstow) on leading the debate in a detailed and informative fashion, and my hon. Friend the Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon), who raised a number of important points, including alcohol abuse and its impact on mental health—those two issues are inextricably linked. I follow the hon. Member for Totnes (Dr Wollaston) in saying that if we are concerned about addressing...

Home Affairs (9 May 2013)

Diane Abbott: ...raises an eyebrow, it seems to have been dropped from the Queen’s Speech. Another measure missing from the Queen’s Speech that has tremendous public health implications is a minimum price for alcohol. I am proud to tell the House that the Labour party’s policy is to support a minimum price for alcohol because there is a consensus—again—among campaigners, doctors’ organisations...

Written Answers — Health: Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse (24 Apr 2013)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to reduce the cost to the public purse of use of the NHS to treat illnesses traced to alcohol abuse.

Written Answers — Health: Transplant Surgery (24 Apr 2013)

Diane Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organ transplants have been received by those deemed to be (a) addicted to and (b) abusing alcohol in (i) each of the last five years and (ii) 2013 to date.

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