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Results 61–80 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

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?

Medical Cannabis Under Prescription (20 May 2019)

Norman Lamb: What did Ministers do after the right hon. Gentleman made that point in Westminster Hall? He says that that was four years ago. Why did it take until last year for the Government to do anything?

Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (15 May 2019)

Norman Lamb: I welcome the Minister’s clear statement that it is wholly unacceptable that people with learning disabilities continue to experience much shorter life expectancy. It is wholly unacceptable, but the problem is that we have all been saying this for years and nothing ever changes. We do not appear to be capable of learning the lessons that she says are necessary. One problem is that people...

Bird Nesting Sites: Protection — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 May 2019)

Norman Lamb: The hon. Gentleman may be aware of a recent controversy affecting my constituency, where netting was placed over cliffs before a major project called sandscaping to build up the beaches and improve coastal protection. Does he agree that it is really important that there is close collaboration on such schemes between councils and bodies such as the RSPB to ensure that everything is done...

Timpson Review of School Exclusion (7 May 2019)

Norman Lamb: I broadly welcome this report. The Secretary of State will be aware of the analysis by the Education Policy Institute that shows that just 6% of schools account for almost a quarter of unexplained pupil exits. That equates to a whole class of 30 pupils over the course of their schooling in secondary school leaving with no explanation. That is wholly unacceptable. The EPI is now seeking to...

Facial Recognition and the Biometrics Strategy — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (1 May 2019)

Norman Lamb: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way and for indicating that he was willing to give way. He is making some really important points. When the Biometrics Commissioner gave evidence to our Committee, he gave a clear view that many in the police want a clear statutory framework that they can operate within. They do not want to be uncertain as to whether the next step they take will be...

Facial Recognition and the Biometrics Strategy — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (1 May 2019)

Norman Lamb: On the retention of images, the Government and successive Governments have been clear that DNA and fingerprints are not retained where someone is not prosecuted and is, in effect, an innocent person; yet with facial recognition, the facial images are retained. There is a mechanism for someone to apply to have their image deleted, but the indication is that people are not routinely told about...

Children and Young People: Restrictive Intervention (25 Apr 2019)

Norman Lamb: I thank all hon. Members who have contributed to this debate, which included some powerful contributions. The personal testimony from the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Anne-Marie Trevelyan) was telling, because the wonderful news is that her son is now at university. The Minister should note that, because not only will early intervention and positive behaviour support being embedded in...

Children and Young People: Restrictive Intervention (25 Apr 2019)

Norman Lamb: I beg to move, That this House calls on the Department for Education to urgently issue guidance on reducing the use of restrictive intervention of children and young people; and further calls on Ofsted to change its guidance to inspectors to recognise the importance of seeking to avoid the use of those interventions with children and young people. I will start by thanking the hon. Members for...

Children and Young People: Restrictive Intervention (25 Apr 2019)

Norman Lamb: I am not going to take interventions, because I am under strict instructions to keep to time. I hope that Members will accept that, with my apologies. This is a debate about the human rights of children. I am afraid to say that abuse of children is endemic throughout the system, and I am also afraid to say that the Government are complicit in the abuse of children for failing to get to grips...

Uk Telecoms: Huawei (25 Apr 2019)

Norman Lamb: Protecting this country’s national security must be non-negotiable, but there have also been reports, including in The Daily Telegraph, that Chinese technology companies have been complicit in the internal repression of ethnic Muslims in western China. That involves the internment of hundreds of thousands of people in “re-education” camps, and the creation of a surveillance state, and...

Local Government and Social Care Funding (24 Apr 2019)

Norman Lamb: The Minister has just mentioned the Green Paper. I realise that she cannot say when it will be published, but do the Government intend it to lead to reform in the current Parliament when it is published, or are we likely to have to wait until some time in the middle of the next decade before any reform actually happens?

Local Government and Social Care Funding (24 Apr 2019)

Norman Lamb: I will address most of my remarks to the issue of social care and the challenge we face, but first I want to highlight a real concern that other hon. Members have also expressed. The funding constraints on local government have had a very big impact on preventive services that are designed to stop extra costs being incurred at a later stage through a failure of the system. I will give one or...

Local Government and Social Care Funding (24 Apr 2019)

Norman Lamb: If we are honest, every Government have some responsibility. The reductions started before 2010. I absolutely accept—[Interruption.] Let me address this point; I am trying to be straight with the hon. Gentleman. I think mistakes were made by the coalition Government in terms of the hit local government took during that period. The contrast between the support for the NHS by increasing...

Local Government and Social Care Funding (24 Apr 2019)

Norman Lamb: I absolutely recognise and accept that point. The hon. Member for Chesterfield (Toby Perkins) intervened to challenge the point about spending under the coalition Government. There was a crisis in public finances in 2010 which did have to be addressed, but I do accept that the balance between social care and the NHS was not optimal. I also want to address other areas where the...

Local Government and Social Care Funding (24 Apr 2019)

Norman Lamb: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right to highlight the issue of how we care for people of a younger age who have care needs, particularly those with learning disabilities and autism. What happens too often is that those people end up in institutions when they do not need to be there, often away from home and at enormous cost to the public purse. Again, the evidence from around the country...

Local Government and Social Care Funding (24 Apr 2019)

Norman Lamb: I am deeply concerned about the future—or lack of a future—of the transforming care programme. One of the problems is that it is often NHS England that is funding care in an institution, and when a local authority is under financial stress, there is not much of an incentive to take that person out of the institution and make them the responsibility of the local authority. There has to be...


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