Lords question government on Covid-19 and the prison system on 14 May
13 May 2020
The House of Lords started business on Thursday 14 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 on this page below.
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Questions on Thursday 14 May:
- Baroness Northover asked the government about its plans to bring back British citizens who are stranded overseas as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Topics discussed include: collaboration with the EU on repatriation flights; the number of British Council employees that may need repatriation; cuts to the Foreign Office budget; the impact of quarantine requirements; changes to travel advice; and support for people unable to return.
- Baroness Neville-Rolfe asked the government when it will lift all of the restrictions in place on the housing and construction sectors as a result of Covid-19.
Topics discussed include: accelerating construction and infrastructure work; supply of PPE to the construction industry; mortality rates among construction workers infected with Covid-19; breaches of social distancing measures; infection testing for construction workers; reopening planning authorities; support for renters; and engagement with trade unions.
- Baroness Humphreys asked the government what steps it is taking to alleviate overcrowding in prisons in England and Wales, particularly in HMP Swansea.
Topics discussed include: prisons in Wales; testing for infection in prisons; drug use in prisons; early release figures; and quarantine and overcrowding in prisons.
- The Earl of Clancarty asked the government about its plans to introduce mass testing using the Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction test and lifting restrictions addressing the Covid-19 pandemic.
Topics discussed include: testing, tracking, tracing and isolation procedures; testing timelines and capacity; calculating transmission rates; antibody testing; prioritisation for frontline care staff; testing in care homes; and incorrect results from tests.
The Lord Speaker has also accepted the following urgent question (Private Notice Question) from Baroness Wheeler:
- Baroness Wheeler asked the government which department or non-departmental public body is responsible for the programme of Covid-19 testing in care homes in England and when they expect these care homes to be offered Covid-19 tests.
Topics discussed include: testing plans in care homes; prioritisation of the care sector for testing; a timeline for test results being delivered within 3 days; guidelines for care workers returning to work following symptoms and test results; and testing and discharge processes of hospital patients into care homes.
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