Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe Portrait

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe

Labour - Life peer

Became Member: 23rd October 1997


Licensing Act 2003 Committee
25th May 2016 - 4th Apr 2017
Information Committee (Lords)
8th Jun 2015 - 31st Aug 2016
Crossrail Bill
17th Jan 2008 - 26th Nov 2008
Information Committee (Lords)
7th Dec 2004 - 26th Nov 2008
House of Lords Reform (Joint Committee)
19th Jun 2002 - 5th May 2005
Draft Civil Contingencies Bill (Joint Committee)
11th Jul 2003 - 28th Nov 2003
European Union Committee
6th Dec 1999 - 7th Nov 2002


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe has voted in 326 divisions, and 4 times against the majority of their Party.

9 Nov 2020 - United Kingdom Internal Market Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 2 Labour Aye votes vs 156 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 165 Noes - 433
29 Nov 2021 - Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill [HL] - View Vote Context
Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe voted No - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 4 Labour No votes vs 78 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 147 Noes - 211
22 Feb 2022 - Procedure and Privileges Committee - View Vote Context
Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 7 Labour No votes vs 64 Labour Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 144 Noes - 133
5 Jul 2022 - Sitting Times - View Vote Context
Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 22 Labour Aye votes vs 44 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 158 Noes - 124
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Lord Markham (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
(27 debate interactions)
Lord Kamall (Conservative)
(22 debate interactions)
Lord Bethell (Conservative)
(18 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(62 debate contributions)
Home Office
(21 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(11 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Domestic Abuse Bill 2019-21
(2,123 words contributed)
Health and Care Act 2022
(1,306 words contributed)
Online Safety Act 2023
(598 words contributed)
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Lords initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.


5 Bills introduced by Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe


A Bill to establish a Registrar of lobbyists, a register of lobbyists and a Code of Conduct for lobbyists; and for related purposes.

Lords Completed

Last Event - 3rd Reading : House Of Lords
Tuesday 20th December 2016
(Read Debate)

A bill to amend the Road Traffic Act 1988 to lower the prescribed limit of alcohol in relation to driving or being in charge of a vehicle; and for connected purposes.

Lords Completed

Last Event - 3rd Reading : House Of Lords
Thursday 5th May 2016

A Bill to amend the Road Traffic Act 1988 to lower the prescribed limit of alcohol in relation to driving or being in charge of a vehicle

Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Thursday 6th January 2022
(Read Debate)

A Bill to provide for the Secretary of State to develop and publish a video gaming health and wellbeing strategy and to provide for the Secretary of State to develop health advice on video gaming

Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Monday 20th January 2020
(Read Debate)

First reading took place on 12 June. This stage is a formality that signals the start of the Bill's journey through the Lords.Second reading - the general debate on all aspects of the Bill - is yet to be scheduled.The 2014-15 session of Parliament has prorogued and this Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision for the addition of a public health objective to the Licensing Act 2003.

Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Lords
Thursday 12th June 2014

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


Latest 50 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
2 Other Department Questions
16th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had on inviting Pope Francis to COP26.

All parties of the UNFCCC are entitled to attend a COP. We are not in a position to confirm at this stage the attendance of specific leaders, but as the Holy See is a UNFCCC observer state, His Holiness The Pope will receive an invitation.

It is at the discretion of each party as to what level of representation they send.

11th Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether issues relating to global population growth will be on the agenda for COP26; and if so, what proposals they have to address any such issues.

COP26 will seek to address the steps needed to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. In his closing speech at the Climate Ambition Summit, the COP26 President Designate set out four strategic aims for COP26: a step-change in mitigation; a strengthening of adaptation; getting finance flowing; and enhancing international collaboration.

The UK Presidency will focus on five campaigns, in the areas of energy, transport, nature, finance, and adaptation & resilience, but population growth is not an explicit focus in our work. Each aims to enhance international collaboration and accelerate progress towards a resilient and zero emission global economy. The campaigns bring governments, business and civil society together to address these systemic challenges.

11th Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to conduct a public consultation on (1) the impact of the (a) COVID-19 pandemic, (b) demographic change in the UK, and (c) global population growth, on public services, and (2) the legislative framework relating to voluntary euthanasia.

There are currently no such plans to conduct public consultations as described.

Lord True
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
23rd Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the terms of reference of the independent inquiry into COVID-19, announced on 15 July; and whether that inquiry will examine the prevalence of diabetes and obesity as key risk factors for patients with COVID-19.

The Government has always been clear that there will be opportunities to look back, analyse and reflect on all aspects of COVID-19. As the Prime Minister has said, this will include an independent inquiry at the appropriate time. For now the Government is focused entirely on responding to the pandemic and saving lives. Further details will be set out in due course and announced in the usual way.

Lord True
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
23rd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to discuss the growth in the world population at the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26); and, if so, what changes they will they be advocating.

Unsustainable consumption remains the primary driver of climate change and environmental degradation.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister has been clear that tackling climate change is a priority for this government. Over the past 30 years, the UK has been at the forefront of the transition to green – demonstrating that economic growth can be aligned with protecting the climate and environment, with our GDP growing by 75% whilst emissions have fallen by 43%.

In the lead up to COP26, we must listen to all voices to unleash the full potential of the Paris Agreement when we meet in Glasgow next year. Together we can reduce emissions, adapt to climate impacts, build resilience and grow our economies.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on climate change.

While it is clear that an economic slowdown caused by Covid-19 is likely to have an impact on emissions both domestically and globally, it is too early to know the likely size of the impact and the long-term implications. Domestically, Covid-19 has had a significant short-term effect. For example, BEIS statistics estimate that road fuel sales in the 12 weeks since the 23 March were 48 per cent below the preceding eight weeks, and electricity consumption has also reduced. Renewables have regularly been providing more than 50% of our power and we recently went 67 days without using coal for electricity generation. Internationally, the International Energy Agency estimate global CO2 emissions will fall by around 8% this year, but then rebound with economic recovery.

These reductions are likely to be short-term. The fundamental need for the world to act urgently to decarbonise remains. Global emissions need to fall rapidly year on year in line with the Paris Agreement goal. That is why we set out ambitious plans at the Budget, and will be focusing on continuing to develop our net zero strategy in advance of COP26 – including through strengthening our plans for decarbonisation in key sectors. The Government will also continue to lead work on the international economic recovery, striving to deliver a UK and world economy which is stronger, cleaner, more sustainable and more resilient after this crisis. Through our COP26 and G7 Presidencies, we will work with our international partners to increase climate ambition and address the linked challenges of public health, climate change and biodiversity.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
9th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to undertake a public consultation on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct at work.

Any form of bullying and harassment is unacceptable and has no place in today’s workplace. Current legislation already provides robust safeguards for employees against harassment in the workplace.

Whilst it is important to have a safety net of legislation to protect employees from the worst form of abuses, the best way to address bad behaviour is through cultural change within the workplace. Employers can, for example, establish good practices through a clear anti-harassment policy and ensure all staff receive training in this area. There are currently no plans to undertake a further public consultation

The Government has however identified a need to take further action where employers are using non-disclosure agreements to intimidate victims of harassment into silence. It consulted on the misuse of confidentiality clauses between workers and their employers in 2019. In response to our consultation, we announced a package of measures, including that we will legislate so that no provision in a workplace non-disclosure agreement can prevent disclosures to the police, regulated health and care professionals and legal professionals.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
9th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to incorporate clauses to end bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct at work in the forthcoming Employment Bill.

The Government is clear that bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct is unacceptable and is concerned by evidence that confidentiality agreements are being used to intimidate victims of harassment into silence. We consulted on the misuse of confidentiality clauses between workers and their employers in 2019 and in response, have committed to:

  • Legislating to ensure that a workplace confidentiality clause cannot prevent an individual disclosing to the police, regulated health and care professionals or legal professionals;
  • Legislating so that the limitations of a confidentiality clause are clear to those signing them;
  • Legislating to improve independent legal advice available to an individual;

This legislation will be brought forward in due course.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
10th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a mobile national digital technology support force, in partnership with local authorities and the private sector, to assist those who struggle with digital technology, including (1) the elderly, and (2) economically and socially disadvantaged groups.

The Government recognises that, although we live in an increasingly online world, a significant part of the population remains digitally excluded. There are currently no plans to establish a national digital technology support force. There are, however, a number of initiatives that tackle the digital divide in partnership with local authorities and the private sector.

In 2017 the Digital Skills Partnership was established by DCMS to bring together the public, private and third sector to improve digital skills across the spectrum. We have worked closely with Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities to establish Local Digital Skills Partnerships in seven regions. These bring together key regional stakeholders to address local digital skills challenges.

The introduction of the Digital Entitlement means that from August 2020, adults with no or low digital skills can undertake new digital qualifications free of charge. The Government also supports the Future Digital Inclusion Programme. Since 2014, the programme has helped over 1.4 million people to gain the digital skills they need for life and work.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
20th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of children eligible for free school meals who are not registered to receive them; and what steps they are taking to encourage registration.

The department does not routinely collect information on the proportion of pupils that would be entitled to a Free School Meal (FSM) but do not make a claim.

The department wants to ensure as many eligible pupils as possible are claiming their FSM, and to make it simple for schools and local authorities to determine eligibility. To support this, the department provides an Eligibility Checking System to make processes as straightforward as possible. A model registration form has been developed to help schools encourage parents to sign up for FSM. In addition, the department provides guidance to Jobcentre Plus advisers, so that they can make Universal Credit recipients aware that they may also be entitled to wider benefits, including FSM.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
7th Jun 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will change the conditions on which Universal Infant Free School Meal grants are made to ensure that the grants are expended solely on improving the quality of school meals to meet their child obesity targets.

Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) are funded through a direct grant to schools. To recognise the pressures facing schools, the Department announced an £18 million increase to the per-pupil funding rate for UIFSM to support with costs around food, transport and staff wages.

UIFSM helps to improve children’s education, boost their health and save parents around £400 a year. There are no plans to change the conditions in which these grants are made. The Department is continuing to review funding in order to ensure that schools continue to be able to provide healthy and nutritious meals in school. The funding for the free school meal (FSM) factor is increasing in line with the latest available GDP deflator forecast when the New Funding Formula (NFF) was published in July 2022.

Schools receive their provisional allocations for UIFSM in June based on the final allocation of the previous academic year. Schools receive a subsequent allocation of revenue funding in early summer, adjusted either up or down to reflect actual number of meals taken. This is calculated using an average taken from the October and January Censuses.

Local Authorities can decide whether they should top up the UIFSM allocation from their general maintenance and improvement budgets in the light of local circumstances, as they would do in any other year.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
26th Jan 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will revise school meal food standards to ensure that guidelines on children's recommended maximum daily sugar intake are displayed.

The standards for school food are set out in the Requirements for School Food Regulations 2014. The Regulations ensure that schools provide children with healthy food and drink options, and make sure that children receive the energy and nutrition they need across the school day. The Standards define the foods and drinks that must be provided, those which are restricted, and those which must not be provided. Foods high in fat, salt and sugar, including high sugar foods and confectionery, are restricted.

The current standards provide a robust yet flexible framework to ensure that pupils in England continue to receive high-quality and nutritious food, that builds healthy eating habits for life.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
7th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the legislation to replace the Bread and Flour Regulations will (1) reduce, or (2) ban, sugar added in the making of manufactured bread.

Defra alongside the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Northern Ireland and Wales, Food Standards Scotland, the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Scottish and Welsh Governments are currently conducting a review of The Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 and The Bread and Flour (Northern Ireland) Regulations 1998 to ensure the regulations are fit for purpose, supporting industry while protecting consumers. To assist the review, Defra convened a technical working group made up of a wide range of relevant stakeholders to help identify and explore issues around the regulations which cover the compositional requirements of bread and flour. We will consult on potential legislative changes to the Bread and Flour Regulations.

The Sugar Reduction Programme (2016-2020) led by Public Health England challenged businesses across all sectors of the food industry to reduce the amount of sugar in foods that contribute most to children's sugar intakes. This does not include bread but does include cake, biscuits and morning goods (e.g. buns, pastries etc).

Lord Benyon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with faith leaders about the impact of population growth on climate change.

Faith groups are key policy and delivery partners for DFID. We hold regular discussions with faith groups on all aspects of international development including on climate change.

18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on population growth.

Differences in population age structure mean that the impact of COVID-19 on population growth will vary from region to region. In many low-income countries, the indirect impacts of COVID-19, such as interruptions to education and reduced access to essential sexual and reproductive health services, will impact on people’s ability to access essential services and therefore population growth rates.

The UK is working to identify and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations in low income countries.

18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of population growth on climate change; and what discussions they have had (1) with other governments, and (2) within intergovernmental agencies in which they are a member, about any such impact.

There is a connection between population growth, sustainable development and climate change, though unsustainable consumption remains the primary driver of climate change and environmental degradation.

The Government has placed a high priority on tackling climate change and protecting the environment and, as part of this, we have committed to double our international climate finance over the next five years. This will help developing countries reduce global carbon emissions, cope with the climate change impacts that are already locked in, and invest more in nature.

We regularly discuss all aspects of climate change and environmental degradation with other governments and intergovernmental agencies and will continue to play a leading role in international work to combat these issues. Next year we will be hosting the international climate change discussions (COP26) in Glasgow, at which we want to secure commitments to take more ambitious and urgent action.

23rd Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to restrain and reverse the projected growth in the world’s population.

The UK is committed to increasing access to voluntary family planning, empowering women and girls to make their own decisions about if, when and how many children they have, without coercion or discrimination, and with full, free and informed choice.

The UK is the world’s second largest global bilateral donor on family planning and has committed to spend an average of £225 million per year on family planning up to 2021/22. We built on this commitment at UNGA 2019, where the Secretary of State announced a £600 million programme for reproductive health supplies up to 2025. Our investment in girls’ education, empowerment and economic opportunities, will ensure that rapidly growing young populations can access education, jobs and services.

22nd Nov 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking, if any, to return the level of exports from to UK to countries in the EU to the exports level prior to the UK leaving the EU.

The EU is a vital export destination for British businesses, with exports to the EU totalling £298 billion in the 12 months to the end of June 2022.

The Government’s refreshed Export Strategy helps businesses at every stage of exporting and our Export Support Service is a single point of access digital enquiry service, assisting business in trading with the EU. In addition, the Department for International Trade has around 300 trade experts across Europe, including a dedicated Trade Commissioner for the continent, and we will have facilitated almost 500 activities and events to support UK exporters between April 2022 and March 2023.

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
29th Feb 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how many limb amputations were performed in NHS hospitals in (1) 2005, (2) 2010, (3) 2015, and (4) 2020, and what was the principal cause of these.

A table showing the number of finished consultant episodes with a main or secondary procedure code for limb amputation, broken down by primary diagnosis group and the year of the operation, is attached due to the size of the data.

Lord Markham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jul 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what are the key incentives needed to achieve sustained long-term weight reduction in cases of obesity.

Local authorities and the National Health Service provide weight management services to support their communities to achieve and maintain a healthier weight. These services incentivise behaviour change, by encouraging the development of sustainable habits and fostering independence and self-management

Maintaining weight loss over the medium and long term is challenging in an environment where high saturated fat, salt and sugar food are readily available, marketed, and cheaper than healthier alternatives. That is why the Government is taking action to help people maintain a healthier weight such as: the introduction of out of home calorie labelling regulations for food sold in large businesses, including restaurants, cafes and takeaways; the introduction of restrictions on the promotion by location of less healthy products in key selling locations in store and online; and working with the food industry to make further progress on reformulation and making healthier choices easier.

The Government also launched ‘The Better Health: Rewards’ pilot in February 2023 for adults who live in Wolverhampton. This is an innovative app-based health intervention where participants can download an app, receive a free wearable fitness tracker, and can earn points for completing diet and physical activity challenges which they can redeem for rewards in an in-app store. This pilot is designed to test whether financial incentives can be used to support people to improve their diet and physical activity behaviour.

Lord Markham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Jun 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what was the cost to the NHS of prescribing the heroine substitute drug methodone in (1) 2005, (2) 2010, (3) 2015, and (4) 2020.

Information on the cost to the NHS of prescribing methadone is not held centrally.

Lord Markham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to use more trained therapists to ease the backlog of NHS patients with mental health problems.

Through the NHS Long Term Plan we are committed to transforming and expanding mental health services in England by 2023/24 so that an additional two million people can get the mental health support that they need. This commitment is backed by our plans through the NHS Long Term Plan to grow the mental health workforce by an additional 27,000 professionals, including more trained therapists to provide more people with National Health Service talking therapies, by 2023/24.

Lord Markham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
29th Nov 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government when they will publish the fourth and final report from their Sugar Reduction Programme.

The fourth progress report, Sugar reduction – industry progress 2015 to 2020: Including the final report for foods included in the programme and the latest data for drinks included in the Soft Drinks Industry Levy and juices and milk based drinks on the sugar reduction programme was published on 1 December. A copy of the report is attached.

Lord Markham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Oct 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government what further steps they will take to encourage the greater use of Stevia in food and drink as a replacement for processed sugar.

No specific assessment has been made. The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities is aware that some businesses use artificial or other non-caloric sweeteners, including Stevia, to lower the sugar content of their products. It is an individual business decision to decide if and how the product is used, subject to legislation.

Lord Markham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of patients who joined the Diabetes Prevention programme between 2018 and 2019 failed to complete the course; and what steps they are taking to improve completion rates.

The information is not collected in the format requested as the NHS Diabetes Prevention programme is of nine months’ duration, where patients may commence support at any point during a calendar year. Completion rates are not collected on a yearly basis. However, data is collected for reference periods to identify cohorts of service users who have completed the programme within a specific time.

Providers of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme are updating session availability to support increased convenience and reduce waiting times. The support available for participants is being amended to encourage continued engagement outside of sessions such as meetings with a health coach and facilitated peer support groups.

6th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government why they did not mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS in 2018 with the creation of a National NHS Charity; and why they intend to mark the 75th anniversary in 2023 with the creation of such a charity.

We have no plans to create a national National Health Service charity. There are currently 241 charities in the United Kingdom which collectively raise £1 million a day for the NHS. NHS Charities Together is the national umbrella organisation of which all NHS charities are members.

6th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the timetable for the rollout of social prescribing plans as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Over 1,500 social prescribing link workers are now in place and we are continuing to work towards the target of at least 900,000 people referred to social prescribing by 2023/24. NHS England and NHS Improvement are currently working on plans beyond the NHS Long Term Plan metrics to ensure social prescribing is fully embedded and sustainable in primary care.

13th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 19 February (HL13296), whether work on producing a cross-addiction strategy has now resumed; and if so, when such a strategy will be published.

Work on developing the addiction strategy will commence later this year and we expect this to be published in 2022. This will build on current Departmental work related to drugs, alcohol and gambling addiction.

11th Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they made towards the development of the National Institute for Health Protection.

Plans are on track to establish the National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP) in spring 2021 with staff and systems moving into the new organisation over the following months. The recruitment process for the NIHP Chief Executive is ongoing and the outcome will be announced in due course.

11th Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards producing a cross-addiction strategy which includes consideration of alcohol addiction.

Work on the cross-Government addiction strategy was paused during the COVID-19 pandemic and will resume this year. We will consider the evidence around alcohol dependence and harms and what further action is needed as this work progresses.

16th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions the Department for Health and Social Care has held about  the future of Public Health England’s remit for (1) obesity prevention, and (2) weight management, services,

Alongside work to establish the National Institute for Health Protection, the Government continues to focus on health improvement and preventing ill-health, including tackling obesity, with support from the expert teams currently located in Public Health England (PHE). We do not envisage any changes to where those responsibilities will sit before spring 2021.

We have established an external stakeholder advisory group to help us develop our thinking on the best future arrangements for prevention, health improvement and delivery of public healthcare services including where PHE’s health improvement functions would be best placed in order to support the public health system and improve the public’s health. We will be engaging more widely over the coming months.

Through Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives we are delivering a range of measures on weight management, including expanding weight management services to help more people get the support they need and making conversations about weight in primary care the norm. Further details about these measures will be available later in the year.

16th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their policy paper Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives, published on 27 July, when they will publish their plans to expand weight management services available through the NHS.

Alongside work to establish the National Institute for Health Protection, the Government continues to focus on health improvement and preventing ill-health, including tackling obesity, with support from the expert teams currently located in Public Health England (PHE). We do not envisage any changes to where those responsibilities will sit before spring 2021.

We have established an external stakeholder advisory group to help us develop our thinking on the best future arrangements for prevention, health improvement and delivery of public healthcare services including where PHE’s health improvement functions would be best placed in order to support the public health system and improve the public’s health. We will be engaging more widely over the coming months.

Through Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives we are delivering a range of measures on weight management, including expanding weight management services to help more people get the support they need and making conversations about weight in primary care the norm. Further details about these measures will be available later in the year.

16th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Department for Health and Social Care has taken to address the level of obesity in socio-economically deprived communities; and whether any such steps will be taken as part of their strategy set out in their policy paper Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives, published on 27 July.

Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives takes forward actions from previous chapters of the childhood obesity plan including our ambition to halve the number of children living with obesity and significantly reducing the gap in obesity between children from the most and least deprived areas by 2030. We are also working with councils to reduce obesity locally through a range of schemes.

16th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the policy paper Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives, published on 27 July, what steps they are taking to help people with severe and complex obesity maintain a healthy weight following weight loss.

Alongside work to establish the National Institute for Health Protection, the Government continues to focus on health improvement and preventing ill-health, including tackling obesity, with support from the expert teams currently located in Public Health England (PHE). We do not envisage any changes to where those responsibilities will sit before spring 2021.

We have established an external stakeholder advisory group to help us develop our thinking on the best future arrangements for prevention, health improvement and delivery of public healthcare services including where PHE’s health improvement functions would be best placed in order to support the public health system and improve the public’s health. We will be engaging more widely over the coming months.

Through Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives we are delivering a range of measures on weight management, including expanding weight management services to help more people get the support they need and making conversations about weight in primary care the norm. Further details about these measures will be available later in the year.

23rd Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement (1) the proposals contained in Childhood obesity: a plan for action - Chapter 2, published in June 2018, and (2) the recommendations relating to childhood obesity outlined in the Green Paper Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s, published in July 2019.

We published Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives on 27 July. The strategy demonstrates an overarching campaign to reduce obesity, takes forward actions from previous chapters of the childhood obesity plan and sets our measures to get the nation fit and healthy, protect against COVID-19 and protect the National Health Service.

In addition, Public Health England has launched the Better Health campaign, which will call on people to embrace a healthier lifestyle and to lose weight if they need to, supported by a range of evidence-based tools and apps providing advice on how to reduce the waistline.

A copy of Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives is attached.

23rd Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on people living with obesity, what plans they have to develop a campaign to encourage people to make healthy choices; with whom they have engaged on the development of any such plans; and whether they intend to publish those plans.

We published Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives on 27 July. The strategy demonstrates an overarching campaign to reduce obesity, takes forward actions from previous chapters of the childhood obesity plan and sets our measures to get the nation fit and healthy, protect against COVID-19 and protect the National Health Service.

In addition, Public Health England has launched the Better Health campaign, which will call on people to embrace a healthier lifestyle and to lose weight if they need to, supported by a range of evidence-based tools and apps providing advice on how to reduce the waistline.

A copy of Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives is attached.

23rd Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the evidence that informed their decision to include people with a BMI over 40 on the list of those most at risk of worse outcomes from COVID-19; and why people with a BMI lower than 40 who are overweight or obese were not in included in that category.

Having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or above is not one of the specific medical conditions that expert doctors in England identified as placing someone at greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable) and requiring them to shield.

It is, however, one of the health conditions identified as putting someone at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (clinically vulnerable). Those with BMI over 40 were eligible for a free influenza vaccination last winter, and that is the basis for including them in the clinically vulnerable cohort.

13th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to convene a meeting with the Members of Parliament who represent the constituencies with the highest levels of child obesity to consider the Government's proposals for reducing obesity.

Ministers have regular conversations with hon. Members on measures to reduce obesity.

18th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what new steps they are planning to take to reduce obesity. [T]

The Government has outlined steps to halve childhood obesity rates by 2030 through cutting sugar from half the drinks on sale, funding more opportunities for children to exercise in schools, and working with councils to tackle child obesity locally through ground-breaking programmes.

However, it is also critical to understand how different factors, including obesity, could be disproportionally impacting how people are affected by COVID-19.

Public Health England launched a review into the factors affecting health outcomes from COVID-19, to include ethnicity, gender and obesity. This will be published by the end of May.

As outlined in the United Kingdom Government’s Recovery Strategy, the Government is committed to investing in preventative and personalised solutions to ill-health, empowering individuals to live healthier and more active lives, which will help to mitigate pressures faced by NHS services.

21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what the five most prevalent underlying linked causes of COVID-19 death other than age.

According to the Office for National Statistics, in March 2020, the most common main pre-existing condition of people who died with COVID-19 in England and Wales was ischaemic heart diseases, with 541 deaths (14% of all deaths involving COVID-19). Pneumonia, dementia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes were also all in the top five most common pre-existing conditions. More information can be found online at GOV.UK at ‘Deaths involving COVID-19, England and Wales: deaths occurring in March 2020’.

More information about measuring pre-existing health conditions can be found online at GOV.UK at ‘Measuring pre-existing health conditions in death certification’.

30th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of inequality of access to drug and alcohol services for offenders across the UK; and what steps they are taking to address any such inequalities.

The Revolving Doors Agency, with support from Public Health England (PHE) and the Home Office, published Rebalancing Act in January 2017. The report addresses inequalities among offenders, including inequalities in accessing drug and alcohol services to help improve public safety, prevent offending and reoffending and reduce crime. It found that people in contact with the criminal justice system experience barriers to accessing services, because of complex health and social care needs, challenging personal and social circumstances and poorly designed services. A copy of the report is attached.

PHE takes steps to address any inequalities that offenders experience in accessing drug and alcohol services. This includes producing guidance to support local authorities and NHS England and NHS Improvement in commissioning services for people in contact with the criminal justice system.

30th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the reduction of NHS-operated drug and alcohol services on the training of psychiatrists; and what steps they are taking to address any shortfall in addiction-specialised psychiatrists.

No formal assessment has been made.

However, the Royal College of Psychiatrists is undertaking research to understand the issues with recruiting additional psychiatrists and how these might be resolved. The results of this work are due to be published imminently, and we will work with the Royal College of Psychiatrists to support them in taking forward any recommendations. This will form part of our efforts to meet our commitment in the Prevention Green Paper, Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s, to developing a shared understanding of the difficulties facing the wider substance misuse workforce. In addition, we are holding a United Kingdom-wide ministerial drugs summit on 27 February, launching the next phase of the Dame Carol Black Review, and developing an addictions strategy, all of which will pick up on this theme.

30th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for protecting, or increasing, current levels of investment in drug and alcohol services.

Local authorities are responsible for assessing local need and commissioning services to meet identified needs, including for drug and alcohol dependence, using the ring-fenced public health grant. The ring-fence requiring the grant to be spent on public health, including drug and alcohol services, remains in place for 2020/21. The grant will increase in real terms in 2020/21 meaning local authorities can continue to invest in prevention and essential frontline health services.

30th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 21 January (HL Deb, col 1043), what instructions they have given Public Health England about monitoring and assessing the efficacy of minimum unit pricing in Scotland; and when will Public Health England be reporting any such findings.

Public Health England have not been formally commissioned to undertake a review of the evidence of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) in Scotland. However, as part of their role in gathering evidence across areas to feed into the policy making process they are monitoring progress of MUP in Scotland and working closely with partners there to understand the impact of the policy. The Scottish Government is taking forward a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of introducing MUP. The Scottish legislation also includes a sunset clause and the Scottish Government are required to present a report on the impact of MUP to their Parliament five years after implementation. which will be published in 2023.

16th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the report by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review, published on 2 February, what steps they will take in response to the contribution of global population growth to climate change.

The independent Dasgupta Review explores a range of actions it argues are needed to protect the environment and our prosperity. The Government will examine the Review's findings closely, call on international partners to do the same, and will respond formally in due course. The review focuses on biodiversity, rather than climate change and carbon emissions.

It is growth in levels of consumption driven by unsustainable development that influences carbon emissions, and increases climate change, rather than population growth itself.

The UK supports many low income countries to plan for population growth and harness a demographic dividend, including through UK aid investments in voluntary family planning and 12 years of quality education. Effective investments in health and education can also build the adaptive capacity of communities to respond to climate change.

18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government which intergovernmental agencies in which they participate involve representatives of churches and faith organisations.

The UK Government participates in a large number of intergovernmental bodies including but not limited to the UN. Many of these bodies involve churches and faith organisations in their work and discussions in one capacity or another, whether regularly or periodically. We believe that faith and belief leaders have a valuable role to play in in promoting Freedom of Religion or Belief and in other areas particularly in regards to other human rights issues and we will continue to work with them both within intergovernmental bodies and elsewhere.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
7th Dec 2022
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to review the proposed new alcohol duty bands, and (2) to increase the top band, so that the reforms will increase the yield to the Exchequer rather than reduce it, as presently forecast.

The next steps of the Alcohol Duty Review announced in the Growth Plan will continue as planned and will take effect from 1 August 2023.

The reforms are intended to improve the current system by making it simpler, more economically rational and less administratively burdensome on businesses.

The Government welcomed further views on aspects of Small Producer’s Relief and Draught Relief in a technical consultation which closed on 18 November 2022, to ensure stakeholders continue to be able to contribute to the reforms. The Government will respond to the consultation in due course.

Baroness Penn
Minister on Leave (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State)
11th Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conclusions and recommendations relating to global population growth in the report by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta Final Report - The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review, published on 2 February.

The independent Review explores a range of actions it argues are needed to protect the environment and our prosperity.

The Government will examine the Review’s findings closely, call on international partners to do the same, and will respond formally in due course.

18th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to consider revenue-raising opportunities and consequential behavioural changes through the levying of taxes on online and television advertisements.

The Government introduced a Digital Services Tax (DST) in April 2020, which is designed to ensure tech firms with UK user generated content pay their fair share of tax in the UK.

The DST applies to businesses that provide a social media platform, search engine or an online marketplace to UK users. The provision of these services includes the carrying on of any associated online advertising business.

The DST is a temporary measure until an appropriate international solution is in place.