9 March 2023
Andrew Bridgen calls for Parliamentary debate on excess deaths

Andrew Bridgen highlights the excess number of deaths recorded after the pandemic, where normally after a pandemic we would expect a period of less than the expected number of deaths, and calls for a debate in the House of Commons to look into this.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Ind)

After a pandemic that saw considerable excess deaths, we would normally expect a period of less than the expected number of deaths, where those who sadly passed before their time during the pandemic reduce the number of those passing after, but that is not what we are seeing. Referring to the Office for National Statistics figures on deaths registered weekly in England and Wales, the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities’ “Excess mortality in England”, and Continuous Mortality Investigation’s mortality monitor, the Office for Statistics Regulation stated last month that

“all three do reflect the trend of a marked increase in excess death”.

Can we therefore have a debate in Government time on excess deaths, an issue that sadly affects every constituency and community in the land?

The Leader of the House of Commons (Penny Mordaunt)

I thank the hon. Gentleman for raising the issue. It is incredibly important that we analyse and learn from our experiences in the pandemic to ensure that we are as prepared as we can be if, God forbid, such circumstances arise again. Many hon. Members on both sides of the House will want to focus on that, so I encourage him to apply for a debate in the usual way.