Emergency Services: Ministers of Religion Debate

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Emergency Services: Ministers of Religion

Lord Anderson of Swansea Excerpts
Monday 22nd November 2021

(2 years, 8 months ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Anderson of Swansea Portrait Lord Anderson of Swansea (Lab)
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My Lords, the noble Lord has spoken with compassion, but is there not a danger that the attendance of ministers of religion at the scene of an accident could hamper the work of the emergency services? If there are serious injuries, the victim will be taken to hospital, where they can, if desired, call on the excellent chaplaincy service, which works 24 hours a day.

Baroness Williams of Trafford Portrait Baroness Williams of Trafford (Con)
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The noble Lord is right that chaplains operate 24 hours a day in hospitals. My noble friend’s question, of course, was about Sir David Amess, who was at the point of death when his family wanted him to have the last rites from a Catholic priest. The noble Lord, Lord Anderson, is correct to point out that the criteria for the police to consider in such incidents are protection of life, the risks at the scene and the preservation of evidence at the scene.