MPs to debate petition relating to air ambulance funding
21 April 2021
On Monday 26 April, MPs will debate a petition relating to air ambulance funding.
- Watch the debate (from 4:30pm, Monday 26 April)
- Read the debate transcript (available shortly after the conclusion of the debate)
- Follow the Committee on Twitter and join the discussion using #AirAmbulanceDebate
The debate will be led by Petitions Committee Member Martyn Day MP. MPs from all parties can take part, and a Minister will respond on behalf of the Government.
The Air Ambulances to be government funded
The petition, which has more than 134,000 signatures, states: “The air ambulances that operate around the UK cost around £12,000 per day to run and maintain, and are mainly funded through charity organisations. This petition is to ask the Government to fully fund the air ambulances through the emergency services.”
In response to the petition, the Government said: “NHS ambulance services provide clinical staff and equipment to air ambulance charities. A charitable model gives charities independence to deliver specialised, specific services to each locality.”
What are petitions debates?
Petitions debates are ‘general’ debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one, or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.