All Debates between Robin Millar and Matt Hancock

Mon 19th April 2021
3 interactions (308 words)
Tue 10th November 2020
3 interactions (213 words)
Thu 16th July 2020
3 interactions (344 words)
Mon 16th March 2020
3 interactions (150 words)
Wed 11th March 2020
3 interactions (300 words)

Covid-19 Update

Debate between Robin Millar and Matt Hancock
Monday 19th April 2021

(3 weeks, 1 day ago)

Commons Chamber

Read Full debate Read Hansard Text
Department of Health and Social Care
Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
- Hansard - - - Excerpts

I recently saw the figures for the proposed increase for NHS spending in Scotland. The proposed increase is lower than in England; it is lower than the money that has been passed over to the Scottish Government from UK taxpayers to spend on the NHS in Scotland. My question is: what has happened to the money for the NHS in Scotland that was given to the SNP Government in Holyrood? They have not spent it on the NHS. We know that they have many wasteful projects. Thankfully, we work very closely together on important things such as the vaccination effort, which has been a true UK success story, but this question of the missing millions for the NHS in Scotland is one that we need answers to from the Government in Holyrood.

Robin Millar Portrait Robin Millar (Aberconwy) (Con) [V]
- Hansard - -

I thank my right hon. Friend for the foresight and the early investment decisions made on vaccines 12 months ago. Here in Aberconwy, the result is falling infection rates and a tangible sense of hope, albeit one coloured with frustration as we watch businesses in England open ahead of us. We have the second-oldest demographic in Wales, and it is right that their environment is protected to ensure their wellbeing. That is properly a priority. However, can my right hon. Friend give the elderly and the vulnerable, and their loved ones, assurances that they will one day be able to leave their accommodation to visit family, resume employment and otherwise pick up their old routines?

Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
- Hansard - - - Excerpts

Yes, of course. We want to get back to normal for care home residents—of course we do. We are taking steps in the right direction in England. I cannot comment on the situation in Wales; that is rightly a responsibility for the Cardiff Administration. As we progress down the road map, I hope we will be able to make further progress.

Covid-19 Update

Debate between Robin Millar and Matt Hancock
Tuesday 10th November 2020

(6 months ago)

Commons Chamber

Read Full debate Read Hansard Text
Department of Health and Social Care
Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
- Parliament Live - Hansard - - - Excerpts

The hon. Lady puts the point very movingly. The Minister for Care is leading on this issue with great compassion and I hope that we can make some progress soon.

Robin Millar Portrait Robin Millar (Aberconwy) (Con)
- Parliament Live - Hansard - -

The news of a vaccine is very welcome, but it comes just as Wales is leaving its firebreak and England has entered its own lockdown. This kind of diversion has caused confusion and some anxiety, so will my right hon. Friend confirm that the vaccine will be available in all parts of the Union? Does he agree that it is the action that the UK Government have taken on things such as the pre-purchase of doses that has given us this access?

Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
- Parliament Live - Hansard - - - Excerpts

There is absolutely no doubt that we have worked together as a United Kingdom to put ourselves in a strong position when it comes to access to the Pfizer vaccine, and we have worked together to ensure that, should it come off, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will be available across all parts of this United Kingdom. I pay tribute to the work that I anticipate the NHS in Wales will be doing to deliver the shots into arms across Wales, but it is a UK-wide programme and is yet another example of why the UK is so strong when it works together.

Covid-19 Update

Debate between Robin Millar and Matt Hancock
Thursday 16th July 2020

(9 months, 4 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber

Read Full debate Read Hansard Text
Department of Health and Social Care
Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
- Parliament Live - Hansard - - - Excerpts

We absolutely value enormously all those who work in health and social care. Just this week I was able to say that the exemption from the immigration health surcharge has been extended right across those who work in health and social care. That demonstrates the value that we place on them.

Robin Millar Portrait Robin Millar (Aberconwy) (Con)
- Parliament Live - Hansard - -

My sympathies are with the people of Leicester. In north Wales, we continue to experience the low levels of infection that characterise a flat-topped curve, while containing local workforce outbreaks. I put on record my thanks to the care workers and staff at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board for tackling the different challenges presented by an outbreak of this kind. History teaches us that great tragedies present opportunities for innovation—for example, the great fire of 1666 gave us the origins of our fire service and modern insurance. Can my right hon. Friend give us any hope that any advances will come from this tragic pandemic?

Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
- Parliament Live - Hansard - - - Excerpts

I am a man who is an unashamed optimist. It is sometimes difficult to be an optimist in the middle of a global pandemic, but I am glad for the chance to answer my hon. Friend’s wise question with some enthusiasm because, amid the great tragedy of this pandemic, we have seen some big steps forward. The use of telemedicine and improved access to medicine for so many people through the use of technology is one example. Another is the advance and the march of British science, which has led the world not only in terms of the discovery of the first drug known to reduce the impact of coronavirus, but across the board in the scientific work that has gone on. I talked earlier about the flexibility and the system working in the NHS, which have to be the hallmark of the future of our NHS. Those are just three examples off the top of my head, but there are myriad others. Amidst this dark cloud, when we see a shard of light we must take great hope from it.

Virtual participation in proceedings concluded (Order, 4 June).

Covid-19

Debate between Robin Millar and Matt Hancock
Monday 16th March 2020

(1 year, 1 month ago)

Commons Chamber

Read Full debate Read Hansard Text
Department of Health and Social Care
Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
- Hansard - - - Excerpts

16 Mar 2020, 7:31 p.m.

I will look into the second point. On the first point, those conversations are happening.

Robin Millar Portrait Robin Millar (Aberconwy) (Con)
- Hansard - -

16 Mar 2020, 7:31 p.m.

I congratulate my right hon. Friend for his openness and for the quality of the information he is giving us. Will he please offer some guidance to the large number of religious communities—churches, mosques, gurdwaras—on what actually constitutes a large gathering of people?

Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
- Hansard - - - Excerpts

16 Mar 2020, 7:32 p.m.

We address that in the advice, and this is a very important point. We have taken advice on how to respond to the crisis, including from our ethics committee, which includes representatives of the major religious faiths. It is true that we include religious groups in our advice about social contact. We have seen from elsewhere in the world how sometimes it is through religious gatherings that the virus can spread so, with the deepest regret and the heaviest of heart, we include faith groups and gatherings of faith within the advice.

Coronavirus

Debate between Robin Millar and Matt Hancock
Wednesday 11th March 2020

(1 year, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber

Read Full debate Read Hansard Text
Department of Health and Social Care
Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
- Hansard - - - Excerpts

11 Mar 2020, 8:11 p.m.

First, the Leader of the House, Mr Speaker and the House of Commons Commission, advised by Public Health England, are best placed to come forward with guidance on the details of how this place can run should a significant number of colleagues and, potentially, staff be unwell or self-isolating.

Secondly, it is very hard, from central Government, to make sure we reach all the people who will need the sort of support the hon. Lady describes. This is best done through local authorities, which is why we have introduced a £0.5 billion fund for local authorities essentially to do whatever they think is necessary in these circumstances.

Robin Millar Portrait Robin Millar (Aberconwy) (Con)
- Hansard - -

11 Mar 2020, 8:12 p.m.

I also thank my right hon. Friend for his conduct and his handling of this situation.

It is true that Wales has seen very few registered cases of coronavirus relative to other parts of the UK. Indeed, I believe we have no registered cases of coronavirus in north Wales. None the less, I welcome the installation of temporary testing sites by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. Will my right hon. Friend confirm that the Welsh Government have access to the same advice as he does, and that they are being fully included in the preparations he is making here in the UK?

Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
- Hansard - - - Excerpts

11 Mar 2020, 8:13 p.m.

Yes, absolutely. This is a four-nations approach, and the Welsh CMO is in daily contact with the English CMO, the Scottish CMO and the Northern Irish CMO. Indeed, they are also working with the chief medical officer of the Republic of Ireland. The basis of the scientific advice is the same across the four nations. Although, as my hon. Friend reports, there are no cases in north Wales, I am afraid this virus will continue to spread and we should expect there will be a case in north Wales before too long.