Lords question government on Covid-19 and NATO on 19 May

18 May 2020

House of Lords business started on Tuesday 19 May with daily oral questions held in virtual proceedings.

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.

Questionson Tuesday 19 May:

  • Lord Touhig asked the government what steps it is taking to coordinate the response to the Covid-19 pandemic with NATO to prevent any security risks.

    Topics discussed include: requests for support from NATO; involvement of the US and Russia in NATO operations; UK public's awareness of NATO; UK and NATO reviews of biosecurity threats; Covid-19 testing for UK armed forces personnel; combatting fake news; reliance on China for supplies; and defence expenditure.

 

  • Lord Dubs asked the government about the improvement in air quality emissions and other environmental indicators since the Covid-19 restrictions were introduced.

    Topics discussed include: the government's environmental policy in the economic recovery from Covid-19; the aviation sector; support for local authorities to tackle air quality; renewable power generation for electric vehicles; research into domestic air quality; and the rollout of clean air zones.

 

  • Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon asked the government about the impact of Covid-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic frontline staff working in NHS hospitals.

    Topics discussed include: BAME nurses using PPE; ethnic minorities being at higher risk of Covid-19; ensuring BAME staff can continue working for the NHS safely;  establishing a Covid-19 race equality strategy; BAME staff holding junior positions; and the government's response.


 

  • Lord Faulkner of Worcester asked the government what advice it has given to the Premier League about Project Restart.

    Topics discussed include: plans to respond to positive tests for Covid-19; financial security of premiership and other leagues; plans to stop projects such as youth engagement; implications for players being exposed to Covid-19; and Scotland's response to UEFA recommendations.

The Lord Speaker has also accepted the following urgent question (Private Notice Question) from Baroness Tyler:

  • Baroness Tyler asked the government what steps it is taking to protect and support mental health services during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Topics discussed include: investing in a mental health response to Covid-19; support for those working on the frontline; social prescribing; data collection for mental health issues during the Covid-19 pandemic; support for schools to tackle mental health issues faced by children; mental health aid within health and safety regulations; support for organisations working with children affected by domestic abuse; actions to ensure all communities benefit from support; and support for the prison and probation service.

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