Members, including the shadow spokesperson for health and a former minister in the Department of Health, debated actions to evaluate innovative cancer treatments and make them available through the NHS, and to raise life expectancy for cancer patients, in the House of Lords on Thursday 26 January.
This was a question for short debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Baroness Jowell (Labour), former health minister; Baroness Jowell is currently undergoing treatment for brain cancer.
In a break from usual House of Lords convention, members of the House gave Baroness Jowell a standing ovation at the end of her opening speech. Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt MP also attended the chamber to hear the debate.
Members who took part include:
Lord O'Shaughnessy (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary in the Department of Health and Social Care, responded on behalf of the government.