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Asked on: 03 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS and Social Services: Coronavirus
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce systematic regular COVID-19 testing of all NHS and care staff and patients.
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Asked on: 03 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Screening
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, if a reliable COVID-19 antibody test is found, (1) which, (2) when, (3) how, (4) by whom, and (5) with what frequency, people will be tested.
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Asked on: 03 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Contact Tracing
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 test and trace system on easing the lockdown.
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Asked on: 03 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Coronavirus
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to balance COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 care and treatment; whether those steps include making systemic and consistent testing available for patients and staff; and if not, how they plan to ensure the provision of all care and treatment without such testing.
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Asked on: 03 June 2020
Department for Education
Disability and Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how they have been monitoring the effectiveness of measures set out in the guidance on helping children with special educational needs and disabilities to continue their education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Asked on: 03 June 2020
Department for Education
Pupils: Eating Disorders
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what responsibilities and duties schools have specifically towards pupils who develop eating disorders; and what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of support offered by schools to pupils with eating disorders.
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Religious Buildings: Coronavirus
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow the reopening of churches in the UK following their closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and what, if any, health measures will be put in place to facilitate the reopening of places of worship.
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Asked by Lord Oates
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Screening
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a COVID-19 test comprising of a swab of the back of the throat and the nose, (1) taken at the same time, (2) at the same testing venue, and (3) from the same person, is counted as (a) one test, or (b) two tests. [T]
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Asked by Lord Storey
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Local Broadcasting: Radio
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the decision by Bauer Media to fold local radio stations into a national radio network.
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Asked by Lord Storey
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Local Broadcasting: Radio
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) local people, and (2) the level of local content, of Bauer Media's decision (a) to fold local radio stations into a national radio network, and (b) to replace locally produced content with syndicated programme content made in London.
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Asked by Lord Storey
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Religious Buildings: Coronavirus
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to permit churches and other places of worship to reopen.
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Treasury
Barristers: Coronavirus
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to exempt barristers from business rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Treasury
Self-employment Income Support Scheme: Barristers
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support publicly funded barristers who are ineligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Ministry of Justice
Barristers
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support barristers' chambers doing publicly funded work.
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Treasury
Self-employment Income Support Scheme: Barristers
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to expand the range of evidence newly practising barristers can submit to be eligible for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Internet: Safety
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect children from online grooming during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Department for Education
Universities: Students
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support university students who are returning to study in September.
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Asked by Lord Warner
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Screening
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 tests are currently being completed each week in (1) NHS and other public sector, and (2) private, laboratories.
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Asked by Lord Warner
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Screening
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether NHS patients will be able to obtain through their GPs a test to establish if they have COVID-19 as part of their NHS primary care services; and if so, when.
Asked on: 03 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Care Homes: Coronavirus
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether patients were discharged to care homes by NHS hospitals in the 30 days before ministers introduced routine COVID-19 testing; if so, why; and what assessment was made of the preparedness of the social care sector for the arrival of such patients.
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