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Lords questions government on education, child safety online and Covid-19

3 June 2020

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On Thursday 4 June, business sarted in the House of Lords with daily oral questions on educational gaps caused by school closures, the National Risk Register, child safety online and obesity in relation to Covid-19.

You can watch the full session on Parliament TV. A transcript will also be available via Lords Hansard around three hours after proceedings, and a short summary of what was discussed is available below. 

Questions asked on Thursday 4 June:

  • Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale asked the government about closing educational gaps arising from the school closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Topics discussed include: support for vulnerable children; support for online teaching; support for children with special educational needs; additional support for disadvantaged children; plans to continue learning in regions with future outbreaks of Covid-19; the impact on apprentices; counselling for children; the impact on children studying additional subjects outside of their main schooling; and increasing funding for the pupil premium.


  • Lord Harris of Haringey asked the government about the national preparedness to respond to the key risks identified in the National Risk Register.

    Topics discussed include: actions to mitigate risks in the Register; preparedness for the protection of people from BAME backgrounds as part of the Risk Register; previous preparations for flu pandemics and use of PPE; capacity of local government to deal with future risks; the potential impact of Brexit on the flow of medicines into the UK; a review of military capacity; and previous and future preparations for a pandemic.


  • Baroness Benjamin asked the government how it plans to prevent 18 to 25 year olds becoming child sex predators online.

    Topics discussed include: the estimated 300,000 people who pose a threat to children in the UK; the government's early intervention strategy; the NSPCC's Child Protection in Sport Unit;  the delay of the Online Harms Bill; funding the UK Safer Internet Centre; chat functions in online games and apps; and government objectives for addressing child sex abuse online.


  • Baroness Jenkin of Kennington asked the government about the number of obese and overweight people dying from Covid-19.

    Topics discussed include: advice given to the public about how to improve their general health and combat Covid-19; clear food labelling; supporting BAME communities; encouraging people to take personal responsibility for their weight; government plans to work with survivors of Covid-19 who are overweight; the childhood obesity plan; working with supermarkets and other food retailers to combat obesity; and government plans to encourage young adults to stay healthy.

The Lord Speaker has also accepted the following urgent question (Private Notice Question) from Lord Collins of Highbury:

  • Lord Collins of Highbury asked the government if an agreement has been made to establish customs posts at ports and airports in Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021 and how is this compatible with repeated assurances from Ministers that goods moving from Northern Ireland would have free and unfettered access to UK markets.

    Topics discussed include: government action to encourage other countries to give aid; the role other organisations can play in combating Covid-19 in Yemen; when UK support will be paid to agencies delivering aid; efforts to broker a ceasefire; UK support on the ground in Yemen; steps to promote equitable access to vaccines and treatment for Covid-19; the role of Saudi Arabia; and and the supply of arms.


Further information

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