Six months after being asked the Government finally admits that COVID-19 testing swabs were not delivered to a care home and that symptomatic carers who were self-isolating had to make a 120 mile journey in order to be tested.

Six months after being asked the Government finally admits that COVID-19 testing swabs were not delivered to a care home and that symptomatic carers who were self-isolating had to make a 120 mile journey in order to be tested. Lord Bethell, the Department of Health...

Fair access to medicines – “obscene” for a pharmaceutical to charge over $2000 for a Covid 19 treatment which can be produced for $9. Why the Sheehan amendment should be included in the Medicines Bill

Fair access to medicines – “obscene” for a pharmaceutical to charge over $2000 for a Covid 19 treatment which can be produced for $9. Why the Sheehan amendment should be included in the Medicines Bill

Don’t lock out anyone from Covid 19 Vaccines Read the full debate at: https://hansard.parliament.uk/lords/2020-10-26/debates/A00A2D14-3F6A-4FD6-8DE6-E23CF750A43B/MedicinesAndMedicalDevicesBill Lord Alton of Liverpool (CB) My Lords, in her prescient, topical and...

Government says it will respond to Amnesty International’s Report “As if expendable: the UK Government’s failure to protect older people in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic” – It’s focus should be on greater protection for the vulnerable in care homes not on putting the general population at risk by blanket lock down measures.

Government says it will respond to Amnesty International’s Report “As if expendable: the UK Government’s failure to protect older people in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic” – It’s focus should be on greater protection for the vulnerable in care homes not on putting the general population at risk by blanket lock down measures.

Government says it will respond to Amnesty International’s Report “As if expendable: the UK Government’s failure to protect older people in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic” – It’s focus should be on greater protection for the vulnerable in care homes not on...

Debate on Coronavirus and the North of England. Government told: “Our loss of liberty under the cover of Covid-19, and the intolerable threat to use our Armed Forces to enforce decrees and edicts touching every aspect of our lives, is simply not acceptable, and Ministers need to understand that.”… “Constantly changing messaging has been buttressed by muddle and confusion.” “An over-centralised “pushmi-pullyu”, stop-start approach destroys jobs and drives up unemployment.” “Chaos and confusion undermine confidence in government, while an emasculated Parliament gives the illusion of accountability and scrutiny.”

Debate on Coronavirus and the North of England. Government told: “Our loss of liberty under the cover of Covid-19, and the intolerable threat to use our Armed Forces to enforce decrees and edicts touching every aspect of our lives, is simply not acceptable, and Ministers need to understand that.”… “Constantly changing messaging has been buttressed by muddle and confusion.” “An over-centralised “pushmi-pullyu”, stop-start approach destroys jobs and drives up unemployment.” “Chaos and confusion undermine confidence in government, while an emasculated Parliament gives the illusion of accountability and scrutiny.”

Coronavirus Regulations for the North of England – 25.09.2020 Speech in the House of Lords  12.25 pm Lord Alton of Liverpool (CB) [V] My Lords, I declare an interest as I live in the north-west of England, as do members of my family, one of whom is an A&E...

World Hunger and the effects of Covid. Government quizzed about how many people they estimate are beneficiaries of UK contributions to World Food Programme projects; what assessment they have made of the impact of the reduction in global economies on those programmes; and what assessment they have made of the likelihood that current contribution levels will be maintained; and Minister Ahmad gives a welcome promise “of our commitment to preventing famine and eradicating hunger and we will work closely with WFP to ensure that the organisation receives the financial support needed to tackle the current and future challenge.”

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL7843): Question by Lord Alton of Liverpool:To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people they estimate are...

Government Minister responds to comments by the UN Human Rights Commissioner about the operation of care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic with their assessment of reports of care home staff (1) abandoning care homes, (2) leaving residents to die alone, (3) failing to make adequate preparations, and (4) failing to provide guidance and personal protection equipment; what assessment they have made, in assessing such reports, of the human rights of patients and staff in care homes; and the assessment they have made of a report by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services – respond positively, in principle, to a call for a UN convention on the rights of the elderly

Government Minister responds to comments by the UN Human Rights Commissioner about the operation of care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic with their assessment of reports of care home staff (1) abandoning care homes, (2) leaving residents to die alone, (3) failing...

Parliamentary Replies from Foreign Office, Home Office and DCMS Ministers about 1. the letter President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews about Uighur Genocide; 2.the need for international support for a full and impartial investigation into the detention of Uighur Muslims; 3.the new report on the persecution of Ahmadi Muslims and the rise of international extremism; 4. China’s failure to uphold  Article 18 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights; 5. discussions about the detention of Uighur Muslims in camps in Xinjiang with the Ambassador of China to the UK; 6. reports that the influence of Daesh has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic; 7.how many Daesh fighters are known to have returned to the UK; how many such fighters and individuals assisting Daesh in different capacities have been prosecuted in the UK courts, and 8. what progress they have made in establishing how BT verify Huawei’s denials of (1) the use of slave labour, and (2) the use of Huawei technology in oppressing Uighur people.

Parliamentary Replies from Foreign Office, Home Office and DCMS Ministers about 1. the letter President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews about Uighur Genocide; 2.the need for international support for a full and impartial investigation into the detention of Uighur Muslims; 3.the new report on the persecution of Ahmadi Muslims and the rise of international extremism; 4. China’s failure to uphold  Article 18 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights; 5. discussions about the detention of Uighur Muslims in camps in Xinjiang with the Ambassador of China to the UK; 6. reports that the influence of Daesh has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic; 7.how many Daesh fighters are known to have returned to the UK; how many such fighters and individuals assisting Daesh in different capacities have been prosecuted in the UK courts, and 8. what progress they have made in establishing how BT verify Huawei’s denials of (1) the use of slave labour, and (2) the use of Huawei technology in oppressing Uighur people.

Parliamentary Replies from Foreign Office, Home Office and DCMS Ministers about 1. the letter President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews about Uighur Genocide; 2.the need for international support for a full and impartial investigation into the detention of...

Care homes ‘thrown to the wolves’, MPs say.  Some of the Questions put to the Government as this tragedy unfolded. And in a further indication of diminished accountability to Parliament, Ministers have produced an unprecedented standard reply to avoid having to give detailed responses to parliamentary questions – including questions which have remained unanswered for weeks on end.

Care homes ‘thrown to the wolves’, MPs say. Some of the Questions put to the Government as this tragedy unfolded. And in a further indication of diminished accountability to Parliament, Ministers have produced an unprecedented standard reply to avoid having to give detailed responses to parliamentary questions – including questions which have remained unanswered for weeks on end.

Care homes ‘thrown to the wolves’, MPs say The Local Government Association LGA) has reported that Ministers have been accused of a “slow, inconsistent, and at times negligent” approach to social care during the coronavirus pandemic, which has exposed years of delayed...

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For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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