Debates between Nickie Aiken and Matt Hancock

There have been 3 exchanges between Nickie Aiken and Matt Hancock

1 Thu 15th October 2020 Covid-19 Update
Department of Health and Social Care
3 interactions (491 words)
2 Thu 1st October 2020 Covid-19 Update and Hospitality Curfew
Department of Health and Social Care
3 interactions (102 words)
3 Mon 16th March 2020 Covid-19
Department of Health and Social Care
3 interactions (124 words)

Covid-19 Update

Debate between Nickie Aiken and Matt Hancock
Thursday 15th October 2020

(1 month, 3 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber

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Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
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On the first point, I will say that I will listen to all voices. The voice of my right hon. Friend the Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Sir Iain Duncan Smith) is far from siren. It is thoughtful, considered and represents his constituents. I will listen to and consider him, my hon. Friend the Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Sir Robert Neill) and the hon. Lady in trying to get the best public policy outcome, taking into account the health, economic and social consequences of these decisions and choices that we are unfortunately faced with. We should try to carry on that approach of listening to all considered voices.

On the point about vitamin D, I have asked the scientists to look once again at the impact of vitamin D on resistance and immunity. There has been some updated evidence that has come to light in the past few weeks, and I want to ensure that is fully taken into account. I can also tell the hon. Lady that we will be increasing the public messaging around vitamin D to make sure that people get the message that vitamin D can help with broad health and that there is no downside to taking it, and therefore people should consider that.

Nickie Aiken Portrait Nickie Aiken (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con)
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Thank you for squeezing me in, Mr Speaker. I thank my right hon. Friend for his statement, and I also thank him for his response to my hon. Friend the Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman) earlier. It is so vital that we have a pathway and an exit plan to take London back to tier 1 as soon as possible. I am concerned about the impact on local people and businesses in my constituency in central London, particularly in terms of the mental health issues we are facing. I met a businesswoman on Friday in the City of London—a beautician who is now on antidepressants because her business is failing. Will my right hon. Friend please assure me that funding for mental health services will be available as we go further into this crisis?

Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
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My hon. Friend is right to raise these issues, and these are difficult choices that we face. She has raised with me previously the need for a plan for exit so that we can motivate people to do what is needed to get the disease under control in London. In her constituency, almost more than any other, decisions to restrict social life have a significant direct impact. On economic and health grounds, getting this virus under control helps on both counts, particularly if we take into account, for instance, the mental health impacts. Having spoken to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, it is clear that the mental health impacts if the virus gets out of control are worse than the mental health impacts of the measures necessary to keep it in control, but nevertheless we have to ensure that the services are there to support people.

Covid-19 Update and Hospitality Curfew

Debate between Nickie Aiken and Matt Hancock
Thursday 1st October 2020

(2 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
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1 Oct 2020, 11:34 a.m.

Yes, I have addressed that point. We have put £190 billion in, and we keep all that under review.

Nickie Aiken Portrait Nickie Aiken (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con)
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1 Oct 2020, 11:35 a.m.

Love it or hate it, the gambling industry delivers thousands of jobs, and taxes, to this country. Casinos in particular create 60% of their business after 10 o’clock, and it is illegal for someone to gamble if they are drunk. May I therefore ask my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to consider whether casinos can continue to do business after 10 o’clock in England, as they can in Scotland?

Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
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1 Oct 2020, 11:35 a.m.

I would be happy to talk to my hon. Friend about that.

Covid-19

Debate between Nickie Aiken and Matt Hancock
Monday 16th March 2020

(8 months, 3 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber

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Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
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16 Mar 2020, 6:56 p.m.

As many as possible, as soon as possible.

Nickie Aiken Portrait Nickie Aiken (Cities of London and Westminster) (Con)
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I thank my right hon. Friend for the sterling job that he, his ministerial team, his officials and everybody on the frontline of this crisis is doing. Does he share my concern about reports I have had in my constituency in the past few days of local pharmacies hiking up prices of products such as sanitiser and masks, given that we should all be working together and, rather than profiteering, acting responsibly?

Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
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16 Mar 2020, 6:56 p.m.

Everybody has a responsibility: citizens have a responsibility to follow the public health advice; all of us have a responsibility to make sure we buy only that which we need; and of course businesses have a responsibility to look after the communities they serve.