Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill

Debate between Baroness Blackstone and Lord Evans of Rainow
Wednesday 17th April 2024

(2 months, 4 weeks ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Evans of Rainow Portrait Lord Evans of Rainow (Con)
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My Lords, I remind the Committee that interventions should be brief and about clarification on a technical point.

Baroness Blackstone Portrait Baroness Blackstone (Lab)
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My Lords, can I ask the Minister whether it is the intention of this Bill to stop disinvestment in oil and gas companies associated with a particular country or territory?

NHS Waiting Times: Long-Term Sickness Absence

Debate between Baroness Blackstone and Lord Evans of Rainow
Thursday 19th October 2023

(8 months, 4 weeks ago)

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Lord Evans of Rainow Portrait Lord Evans of Rainow (Con)
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The noble Lord asks a good question; however, it is not just mental health but also other things, such as musculoskeletal and cardiovascular disease, so the whole thing has to be done at the same time. But, on the disparity of the service, the noble Lord raised a good point, and I have said before from this Dispatch Box that more has to be done to share best practice across NHS England.

Baroness Blackstone Portrait Baroness Blackstone (Lab)
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My Lords, I declare my interests as listed in the register. Some 600,000 women are waiting for gynaecological surgery, and many of them report that they are either unable to work at all or their work is seriously disrupted by their conditions. Given the disproportionate increase in waiting-list numbers for gynaecological surgery, can the Minister tell the House what priority the Government are giving to addressing this problem?

Lord Evans of Rainow Portrait Lord Evans of Rainow (Con)
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The Government plan to spend £8 billion in revenue funding and make a £5.9 billion investment in NHS capital projects, which will include new hubs that will do diagnosis and, hopefully, will allow the people she mentioned to get a speedier diagnosis and, therefore, speedier treatment.