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Asked by Ben Lake
(Ceredigion)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 24 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Professions: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether covid-19 is recognised as an industrial disease when contracted by health care professionals.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 29 April 2020

The classification of COVID-19 in relation to occupational exposure is determined by the circumstances of each individual case. All such dangerous occurrences, cases of disease and work-related fatalities, must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013).

Guidance on how such events are to be reported and classifications determined, has been made publicly available on the HSE website.

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(Rother Valley)
Asked on: 29 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services: South Yorkshire
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the opening of urgent dental care centres in South Yorkshire closed as a result of the covid-19 outbreak is expedited.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement are working to ensure appropriate services are in place for all who need them.

National Health Service dentistry was reorganised in late March along with other NHS primary care services to minimise face to face care to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic. Dentists were asked to suspend all routine treatment and instead to offer urgent advice and, where required, prescriptions for antibiotics by telephone. Urgent treatment was made available through urgent dental centres (UDCs) set up in each NHS region.

As of 25 May there are currently over 550 UDCs open across England. Patients are triaged into UDCs by their own dentistry or through NHS 111. The UDCs are expected to provide, where urgently needed, the full range of dental treatment normally available on the NHS.

NHS England and NHS Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside UDCs will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with aximizing safety.

A copy of the letter that was published can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-ontent/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/Urgent-dental-care-letter-28-May.pdf

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(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 tests (a) were undertaken in total and (b) resulted in a (i) positive and (ii) negative finding on each day in April 2020.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 06 May 2020

The overall number of tests for COVID-19 is published daily and is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

However, the information is not broken down to the level of detail being requested.

In April a total of 758,719 tests were completed across the United Kingdom, 146,103 of these results in a lab confirmed positive result.

More information on the Government’s testing strategy as well as updated testing figures can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-covid-19-surveillance-reports

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(Cambridge)
Asked on: 01 May 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department made prior to implementing the £20 a week uplift to universal credit due to the covid-19 outbreak of the effect of that policy on (a) economically vulnerable people, (b) household food security and (c) the duties of public bodies under the Equalities Act 2010.
A
Answered by: Will Quince
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 12 May 2020

We have announced measures that can be quickly and effectively operationalised. This allowed, for example, for the swift introduction of the £20 a week uplift to the Universal Credit standard allowance to respond to the effects of the current pandemic for those experiencing the most financial disruption. The changes we have made to the benefit system in response to the pandemic provide a balanced package of support.

Ministers have fully complied with their statutory duties when making decisions on the existing package of support. There is insufficient data to estimate the precise economic impact on different groups. We continue to monitor data sources including tax and benefit data to understand the effect of COVID-19 on household incomes and debt.

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Asked by Chris Green
(Bolton West)
Asked on: 04 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Chickenpox
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that Public Health England recommendations are being implemented for (a) people working in close contact with people who are at high-risk of chickenpox and (b) NHS staff without a confirmed history of chickenpox during the covid-19 outbreak.
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Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020

In most cases chickenpox (varicella-zoster) is a self-limiting condition which can be safely managed at home. Post-exposure management using varicella-zoster immunoglobulin is used to protect individuals at high risk of suffering from severe chickenpox.

The ‘Green Book’1 guidance is based on advice from Public Health England, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and the standards expected of health and care professionals by their regulatory bodies. It is the responsibility of all health and care professionals to keep themselves informed of any developments which may have a bearing on their area of practice. Current personal protective equipment and social distancing COVID-19 guidance also applies.

Note:

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/immunisation-against-infectious-disease-the-green-book#the-green-book

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(Wallasey)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 04 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with Local Resilience Forums in the North West about the reasons for the North West having the highest reported incidences of cases of covid-19.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 11 May 2020

The Public Health England (PHE) COVID-19 data dashboard includes data by upper tier local authority. As at 13 May, the COVID-19 incidence rate was 306.2 cases per 100,000 resident population for Liverpool, 353.9 per 100,000 for Wirral, and 248.7 per 100,000 for Manchester. Data from 31 January to 13 May 2020 show the COVID-19 cumulative incidence rate for the North West was 313.4 cases per 100,000 resident population. This is lower than the North East, although higher than other regions. The PHE COVID-19 Dashboard is available at the following link:

https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

Grouped Questions: 42907 | 42908
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(Wallasey)
Asked on: 04 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of covid-19 cases in (a) Liverpool, (b) Wirral and (c) Manchester.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 11 May 2020

The Public Health England (PHE) COVID-19 data dashboard includes data by upper tier local authority. As at 13 May, the COVID-19 incidence rate was 306.2 cases per 100,000 resident population for Liverpool, 353.9 per 100,000 for Wirral, and 248.7 per 100,000 for Manchester. Data from 31 January to 13 May 2020 show the COVID-19 cumulative incidence rate for the North West was 313.4 cases per 100,000 resident population. This is lower than the North East, although higher than other regions. The PHE COVID-19 Dashboard is available at the following link:

https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

Grouped Questions: 42906 | 42908
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(Wallasey)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 04 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: North West
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has issued guidance to NHS trusts in the North West as a result of the increase of cases of covid-19 in that region.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 11 May 2020

The Public Health England (PHE) COVID-19 data dashboard includes data by upper tier local authority. As at 13 May, the COVID-19 incidence rate was 306.2 cases per 100,000 resident population for Liverpool, 353.9 per 100,000 for Wirral, and 248.7 per 100,000 for Manchester. Data from 31 January to 13 May 2020 show the COVID-19 cumulative incidence rate for the North West was 313.4 cases per 100,000 resident population. This is lower than the North East, although higher than other regions. The PHE COVID-19 Dashboard is available at the following link:

https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

Grouped Questions: 42906 | 42907
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(Lewisham, Deptford)
Asked on: 05 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Asthma
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of people in receipt of a shielding letter sent by the Government in response to the covid-19 outbreak have severe asthma.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020

This information is not held in the format requested.

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(Newport East)
Asked on: 06 May 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to increase universal credit rates for people aged under 25.
A
Answered by: Will Quince
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 15 May 2020

We have increased the Universal Credit standard allowance by around £20 per week for the next 12 months – equivalent to up to £1,040 a year.

This is in addition to the 1.7% inflation increase (announced Nov 2019) as part of the Government’s decision to end the benefits freeze and means more financial support for millions of people across the UK.

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Asked by Rushanara Ali
(Bethnal Green and Bow)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 06 May 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families who have made a claim for universal credit since 23 March 2020 have three or more children.
A
Answered by: Will Quince
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 12 May 2020

From 23rd March 2020 to 5th May 2020, 57,000, applications made by claimants with children to Universal Credit had three or more children in their family.

Asked on: 06 May 2020
Home Office
Free Movement of People
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the assistance provided for workers from outside the UK with horticultural duties during the COVID-19 pandemic, what consideration they have given to reversing their advice on restrictions of the freedom of movement.
A
Corrected answer by: Baroness Williams of Trafford
Corrected on: 05 June 2020
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 04 June 2020.
The correct answer should have been:

We welcome the contribution which seasonal workers from outside the UK are making to the UK agricultural sector. Such workers will not have to enter into quarantine on arrival in the UK but we will expect them, and their employers, to take sensible measures to prevent any spread of disease and for the migrants to remain on the farms where they are working.

Arrangements have been made to allow seasonal workers to commence employment while in self-isolation following their arrival in the UK. They and their employers are expected to take adequate measures to prevent any spread of disease and for the migrants concerned to remain on the farm where they are working and away from others on it throughout the period of self-isolation. Arrangements have also been made to extend the visas of those horticultural workers whose visas who have been unable to leave the UK due to the disruption to international travel caused by Covid-19.

Answered on: 04 June 2020

We welcome the contribution which seasonal workers from outside the UK are making to the UK agricultural sector. Such workers will not have to enter into quarantine on arrival in the UK but we will expect them, and their employers, to take sensible measures to prevent any spread of disease and for the migrants to remain on the farms where they are working.

Arrangements have been made to allow seasonal workers to commence employment while in self-isolation following their arrival in the UK. They and their employers are expected to take adequate measures to prevent any spread of disease and for the migrants concerned to remain on the farm where they are working and away from others on it throughout the period of self-isolation. Arrangements have also been made to extend the visas of those horticultural workers whose visas who have been unable to leave the UK due to the disruption to international travel caused by Covid-19.

Asked on: 06 May 2020
Home Office
Asylum: Children
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have put in place to ensure that children can continue to be transferred to the UK under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Answered on: 05 June 2020

Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 committed the Government to transfer 480 unaccompanied children from Greece, Italy and France to the UK; 478 have now successfully transferred.  We remain in contact with our counterparts in Italy to complete the transfer of the final two children as soon as it is safe to do so.  We welcome the pledges made by other countries to support Greece and stand ready to offer advice and guidance to those developing their own schemes.

The UK remains fully committed to meeting our obligations under the Dublin Regulation. Despite covid-19 restrictions, the UK is ready to accept transfers under Dublin whenever Member States are in a position to make those arrangements. Following close collaboration with the Greek Government, 50 asylum seekers arrived in the UK from Greece on 11 May in order to unite with family members who were already lawfully present in the UK.

Protecting vulnerable children is a key priority for the Government. In 2019, the UK received more asylum applications from unaccompanied children than any country in the EU and accounted for approximately 20% of all reported UASC claims made in the UK and the 27 EU Member States.

Grouped Questions: HL4111
Asked on: 06 May 2020
Home Office
Refugees: Children
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for the UK of successful transfers of separated children from Greece to other countries in Europe under the European Commission’s relocation scheme for transfers of unaccompanied children.
Answered on: 05 June 2020

Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 committed the Government to transfer 480 unaccompanied children from Greece, Italy and France to the UK; 478 have now successfully transferred.  We remain in contact with our counterparts in Italy to complete the transfer of the final two children as soon as it is safe to do so.  We welcome the pledges made by other countries to support Greece and stand ready to offer advice and guidance to those developing their own schemes.

The UK remains fully committed to meeting our obligations under the Dublin Regulation. Despite covid-19 restrictions, the UK is ready to accept transfers under Dublin whenever Member States are in a position to make those arrangements. Following close collaboration with the Greek Government, 50 asylum seekers arrived in the UK from Greece on 11 May in order to unite with family members who were already lawfully present in the UK.

Protecting vulnerable children is a key priority for the Government. In 2019, the UK received more asylum applications from unaccompanied children than any country in the EU and accounted for approximately 20% of all reported UASC claims made in the UK and the 27 EU Member States.

Grouped Questions: HL4110
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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 11 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Cancer: Hospitals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to create covid-19 free hospital sites for the treatment of cancer patients.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement have published guidance and supported the development of ‘hubs’ for cancer surgery. Hubs are being developed in all 21 Alliance areas across England and are already fully or partially operational in at least 18 areas. NHS England and NHS Improvement are working now with all Cancer Alliances on plans for the next phases of service delivery.

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Asked by Emma Hardy
(Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 11 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Heart Diseases: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the medical advice that informed the decision to exclude heart failure patients from the extremely vulnerable category for covid-19.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 18 May 2020

Expert doctors in England identified specific medical conditions that, based on what we knew about the virus so far, placed someone at greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-19. These were signed off by the UK Senior Clinicians Group (including the four United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers and clinical leadership at NHS England and NHS Improvement, NHS Digital and Public Health England).

Some conditions are not suitable for blanket inclusion in the shielded list, particularly where there is a spectrum of severity of disease. No condition automatically excludes a patient from the list.

General practitioners and clinicians can, on a case-by-case basis, assess a patient’s suitability for shielding and, after consultation with the patient, add them to the centrally held list of patients who receive advice on shielding.

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(Easington)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 11 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Radiotherapy: Medical Equipment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the level of unused radiotherapy machine capacity during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 18 May 2020

As set out in a letter from NHS England and NHS Improvement to trusts on 29 April, cancer treatment must be brought back to pre-pandemic levels at the earliest opportunity to minimise potential harm, and to reduce the scale of the post-pandemic surge in demand.

Grouped Questions: 45060
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Asked by Rosie Cooper
(West Lancashire)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 11 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Radiotherapy: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the under-use of radiotherapy capacity during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 18 May 2020

As set out in a letter from NHS England and NHS Improvement to trusts on 29 April, cancer treatment must be brought back to pre-pandemic levels at the earliest opportunity to minimise potential harm, and to reduce the scale of the post-pandemic surge in demand.

Grouped Questions: 45138
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(Easington)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 12 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Cancer: EU Countries
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make a comparative assessment of level of cancer services provided in each EU member state during covid-19 pandemic.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 18 May 2020

No assessment has been made.

Q
Asked by Stella Creasy
(Walthamstow)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 12 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Splenectomy: Disease Control
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice his Department has provided for splenectomy patients on shielding in response to the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 18 May 2020

Splenectomy patients are considered clinically extremely vulnerable and have been included on the shielded patient list. Guidance for patients on shielding can be found at the following link:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

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Asked by Sarah Olney
(Richmond Park)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 12 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to permit dentists to reopen.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 18 May 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement are working to ensure appropriate services are in place for all who need them.

National Health Service dentistry was reorganised in late March along with other NHS primary care services to minimise face to face care to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic. Dentists were asked to suspend all routine treatment and instead to offer urgent advice and, where required, prescriptions for antibiotics by telephone. Urgent treatment was made available through urgent dental centres (UDCs) set up in each NHS region.

As of 25 May there are currently over 550 UDCs open across England. Patients are triaged into UDCs by their own dentistry or through NHS 111. The UDCs are expected to provide, where urgently needed, the full range of dental treatment normally available on the NHS.

NHS England and NHS Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside UDCs will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with maximising safety.

A copy of the letter that was published can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-ontent/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/Urgent-dental-care-letter-28-May.pdf

Q
(Kingston upon Hull North)
Asked on: 13 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Hospitals: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of patients who have contracted covid-19 as a hospital-acquired infection.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020

Data on the number of patients who contracted COVID-19 as a hospital-acquired infection are not available.

However, estimates from the Department-funded COVID-19 Clinical Information Network (CO-CIN), suggest that between 10-20% of COVID-19 infections treated in hospitals had symptom onset after seven days in hospital between March and April 2020. The most recent available CO-CIN report is available to view at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/886442/s0355-co-cin-report-130520-sage36.pdf

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(Sheffield Central)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 13 May 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the decision not to extend the covid-19 emergency £20 funding for universal credit claimants to those on legacy benefits.
A
Answered by: Will Quince
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 18 May 2020

As part of the Government’s strategy to support people affected by COVID 19, DWP has made a number of changes to make sure people can self-isolate, and to ensure people who need financial help have access to the benefit system. We have announced measures that benefit those experiencing the most financial disruption and which can be quickly and effectively operationalised, these include:

  • Increasing the Local Housing Allowance rates so that they cover 30% of local market rents – which is on average an additional £600 per year in people’s pockets.

  • Amendments to Housing Benefit so that increases in Working Tax Credits can be disregarded rather than reducing the Housing Benefit award.

  • Treating all ESA claimants who satisfy the conditions of entitlement and are suffering from COVID-19, or who are required to self-isolate in line with government guidance, as having limited capability for work, without the requirement to provide a fit note or to undergo a Work Capability Assessment.

  • Removing waiting days for ESA for those claimants affected by Covid-19, so it will be payable from day one of the claim, subject to the claimant satisfying the normal conditions of entitlement.
Q
(Tooting)
Asked on: 15 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Ambulance Services: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the performance of ambulance response times during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 05 June 2020

Ambulance Quality Indicators, including national response time performance are published monthly by NHS England. This can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ambulance-quality-indicators/

In April, four of the six national response time standards were met for life threatening, emergency, urgent, and non-urgent calls. In March, one standard was met for life threatening calls. Ambulance services received a record number of calls per day to 999, alongside a reduction in patients conveyed to accident and emergency, in order to reduce the increased pressures hospitals are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q
(Cambridge)
Asked on: 15 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: East of England
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the official calculation is of the covid-19 R rate in the East of England region as of 19 May 2020.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020

We do not currently publish the R rate in each region. The Government Office for Science currently publishes the latest estimate of the United Kingdom-wide range for R on a weekly basis. The current range is estimated to be 0.7-1.0 and is based on latest data available to determine infection and transmission rates.

The Government is committed to publishing the scientific evidence that has informed the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies advice. These papers are being published in batches. The latest batches were released on 20 March 2020 and 5 May 2020 and the next batch will published in the coming weeks. The full list of papers released to date is available at the following link. This list will be updated to reflect papers considered at recent and future meetings.

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/scientific-advisory-group-for-emergencies-sage-coronavirus-covid-19-response

Q
(Kingston upon Hull North)
Asked on: 18 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Cancer: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the planned timescale is for resuming all NHS cancer screening programmes that have been paused due to the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020

The National Health Service is working to step up non-COVID-19 urgent services as part of the second phase of the NHS response to COVID-19. This includes delivering as much routine and preventative work as possible, including screening.

On 29 April, NHS England and NHS Improvement wrote to NHS leaders setting out the second phase of the NHS response to COVID-19. A copy of this letter can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/second-phase-of-nhs-response-to-covid-19-letter-from-simon-stevens-and-amanda-pritchard/

Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 18 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Rehabilitation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to ensure that additional capacity for rehabilitation care is created for patients discharged from hospital after contracting covid-19.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 02 June 2020

On 19 March 2020, we published the ‘COVID-19 hospital discharge service requirements.’ This sets out guidance on supporting the safe and rapid discharge of patients who no longer need acute care. It follows the ‘Discharge to Assess’ model; wherever possible, people who are clinically ready will be supported to return to their place of residence, where assessment of longer-term needs will take place.

This guidance provides information to support health and care organisations to ensure we have the capacity to meet the needs of people affected by COVID-19. The Government has also made £1.3 billion funding available to the National Health Service to help patients who no longer need urgent treatment to get home from hospital safely and quickly.

Q
(Ellesmere Port and Neston)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 18 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Rehabilitation
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to ensure that a national patient pathway is created for patients discharged after being hospitalised with covid-19.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 02 June 2020

On 19 March 2020, we published the ‘COVID-19 hospital discharge service requirements.’ This sets out guidance on supporting the safe and rapid discharge of patients who no longer need acute care. It follows the ‘Discharge to Assess’ model; wherever possible, people who are clinically ready will be supported to return to their place of residence, where assessment of longer-term needs will take place. This guidance provides information to support health and care organisations to ensure we have the capacity to meet the needs of people affected by COVID-19. The Government has also made £1.3 billion funding available to the National Health Service to help patients who no longer need urgent treatment to get home from hospital safely and quickly.

Q
Asked by Simon Fell
(Barrow and Furness)
Asked on: 18 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Cumbria
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the reportedly high number of cases of covid-19 in Barrow-in-Furness and South Lakes.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020

Variation in the number of COVID-19 cases is caused by a number of factors including demography, behaviour and rate of testing. The rate of testing in the area has been high due to an early and proactive approach to testing taken by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay (UHMB) NHS Foundation Trust, which manages Furness General Hospital, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and the Westmorland General in Kendal in South Lakeland.

The Trust commenced swabbing of employees and household members who were symptomatic of coronavirus at the end of February 2020. Testing has included UHMB NHS Foundation Trust employees and household members, hospital inpatients, care home residents and staff, and key workers from other organisations and their households.

Q
Asked by Clive Lewis
(Norwich South)
[N]
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Asked on: 18 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Emergencies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what long-term plans he has to ensure that the NHS is (a) a resilient and (b) a strategic protective service in order to tackle future health emergencies.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 02 June 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement have a statutory requirement to formally assure their own and the National Health Service in England’s readiness to respond to emergencies on an annual basis. To do this, NHS England and NHS Improvement ask commissioners and providers of NHS-funded care to complete an Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response annual assurance process. Further information is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/eprr-annual-assurance-guidance-v2.0.pdf

NHS England also produces an Incident Response Plan (National). This is the overarching generic plan that details how NHS England reviews and responds to any health-related incident or emergency at the national level, there are plans which describe the regional response and each NHS organisation will have its own Incident Response Plan. Further information is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/NHS-england-incident-response-plan-v3-0.pdf

Q
Asked by Clive Lewis
(Norwich South)
Asked on: 18 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Drugs: Palliative Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure stocks of medicines for end of life do not run short.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020

As part of our concerted national efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are doing everything we can to ensure patients continue to access safe and effective medicines, including those used in end of life care. The Department is working closely with the pharmaceutical industry, the National Health Service and others in the supply chain to help ensure patients can access the medicines they need, and precautions are in place to reduce the likelihood of future shortages.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have advised clinical commissioning groups to establish local hubs to ensure rapid access to anticipatory medicines. These hubs could be a community pharmacy, primary care network (general practitioner practice), community hospital, acute or other setting where palliative medicines (including controlled drugs) can be safely and legally stored and rapidly released when needed.

The Department and NHS England and NHS Improvement have published a standard operating procedure (SOP) for the use of medicines labelled for one patient, who no longer needs them, to be used by another person, in hospices and care homes. This will protect the medicine supply chain and ensure that patients can access critical medicines at end of life. The SOP can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-reuse-of-medicines-in-a-care-home-or-hospice

Q
Asked by Matt Western
(Warwick and Leamington)
Asked on: 19 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Protective Clothing and Screening: Procurement
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria his Department used to select (a) Deloitte to lead work on the procurement of personal protective equipment and (b) Sodexo to lead work on the establishment of covid-19 testing centres.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020

Deloitte is providing operational support for the procurement process of personal protective equipment (PPE) from existing and new manufacturers who can assist in scaling-up regulatory-approved PPE resources within the United Kingdom. As an existing professional services provider to the public sector, Deloitte’s expertise is being used to supplement in-house resource to deliver significant programmes of work, which currently includes the national response to COVID-19.

Sodexo are one of a number of facility management companies who are supporting the establishment and running of testing centres across the UK. Officials have worked with various industry providers to understand who has the footprint and ability to establish and run services in all geographical areas within short timescales.

Guidance on how contracting authorities should respond to COVID-19 was published on 18 March. Authorities are allowed to procure goods, services and works with extreme urgency in exceptional circumstances using regulation 32(2)(c) under the Public Contract Regulations 2015. We have also made it clear that authorities must continue to achieve value for money for taxpayers, use good commercial judgement and publish the details of any awards made, in line with regulations and Government transparency guidelines.

Q
(Sheffield South East)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 19 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Supermarkets
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has been made of the risk of transfer of covid-19 in supermarkets.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 02 June 2020

The Government has published evidence on environmental transmission, including indoor and outdoor risks. The two relevant papers are available at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/evidence-of-environmental-dispersion-of-covid-19-for-different-mechanisms-14-april-2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/environmental-influence-on-transmission-of-covid-19-28-april-2020

Q
Asked by Saqib Bhatti
(Meriden)
Asked on: 20 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) support and (b) guidance is available to patients needing treatment for (i) toothache, (ii) abscesses and (iii) other urgent dental conditions.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020

To meet the Government social distancing measures and to contain the spread of COVID-19 all routine dentistry has currently been suspended.

We expect all National Health Service dental practices to provide urgent telephone advice and triage. Dentists are giving urgent advice remotely and, if needed, prescriptions for painkillers or antibiotics. All urgent face to face treatment that is clinically necessary is available for patients who are triaged by their dentist or NHS 111 into one of the 550 urgent dental care centres set up by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

The urgent dental centres are expected to provide, where urgently needed, the full range of dental treatment normally available on the NHS.

NHS England and NHS Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside urgent care centres will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with maximising safety.

A copy of the letter that was published can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-ontent/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/Urgent-dental-care-letter-28-May.pdf

Q
Asked by Ian Murray
(Edinburgh South)
[N]
Close

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Asked on: 20 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Nike
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when Public Health England were informed of a covid-19 outbreak at a Nike conference in Scotland; what advice was provided as result; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 02 June 2020

Public Health England (PHE) was alerted to a case associated with the Nike Conference in Edinburgh on 2 March 2020. Around 50 individuals who attended this conference lived in England and were identified. PHE followed up these individuals. They were sent text messages informing them of the exposure and asking them to self-isolate for 14 days and contact 111 if they develop symptoms.

PHE did not have direct contact with conference organisers in Edinburgh or Nike in Edinburgh. Health Protection Scotland had direct contact with the conference organisers as the lead organisation in the incident response.

Grouped Questions: 49654
Q
Asked by Ian Murray
(Edinburgh South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 20 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Nike
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on whether Public Health England was informed by Nike that it was (a) closing and (b) disinfecting its stores in Edinburgh as a result of a suspected outbreak of covid-19 at the Nike international conference on 26 and 27 February 2020.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 02 June 2020

Public Health England (PHE) was alerted to a case associated with the Nike Conference in Edinburgh on 2 March 2020. Around 50 individuals who attended this conference lived in England and were identified. PHE followed up these individuals. They were sent text messages informing them of the exposure and asking them to self-isolate for 14 days and contact 111 if they develop symptoms.

PHE did not have direct contact with conference organisers in Edinburgh or Nike in Edinburgh. Health Protection Scotland had direct contact with the conference organisers as the lead organisation in the incident response.

Grouped Questions: 49653
Q
Asked by Ian Murray
(Edinburgh South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 20 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Disease Control
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's criteria are for deciding when to inform the public of the outbreak of an infections disease in a specific (a) local and (b) regional location.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 02 June 2020

Local outbreaks are usually managed by a multi-agency Outbreak Control Team (OCT). Member organisations will be appropriate to each situation but an OCT will usually be chaired by either a Public Health Consultant from Public Health England (PHE) or the Local Authority Director of Public Health and will include experts from PHE, the local authority, the local National Health Service, the setting concerned and other wider partners. Each OCT considers the response required to each outbreak on its own merits. Informing the public about the outbreak is a key decision which is discussed and agreed by all the members of an OCT when an outbreak is considered to pose an ongoing risk to the wider public who need to be alerted to measures they need to take in order to protect their health.

Use of communication through the media may be a valuable part of the control strategy of an outbreak and the OCT will consider the risks and benefits of proactive versus reactive media engagement in any outbreak.

Further information is available in the PHE Communicable Disease Outbreak Operational Guidance at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/communicable-disease-outbreak-management-operational-guidance

Q
Asked by Alex Norris
(Nottingham North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 20 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Vaccination: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the delivery of child vaccination programmes.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 02 June 2020

Public Health England (PHE) has recently published a study on the early impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing measures on routine childhood vaccinations in England. General practice data indicates there has not been a significant reduction in the number of primary immunisation doses administered compared to the previous year, though there is some indication of a decrease in the first dose of measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations, although this appears to be recovering. PHE continues to monitor the situation closely. Further information can be found at the following link:

https://www.eurosurveillance.org/content/10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2020.25.19.2000848

Programmes delivered through schools are currently on hold and will be rescheduled when schools reopen.

Q
Asked by Alex Norris
(Nottingham North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 20 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Vaccination: Children
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure children receive all due vaccinations during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 02 June 2020

Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with regional commissioners to ensure routine childhood immunisations continue to be delivered in primary care settings. Programmes delivered through schools are currently on hold and will be rescheduled as schools open.

PHE recently worked with NHS England and NHS Improvement to generate national news coverage to make people aware that National Health Service immunisations are still available, and the importance of keeping up to date with routine childhood immunisations during the pandemic. They have also produced resources for hospitals, general practices, pharmacies and other NHS settings. These have been shared across the health system, including local authorities and local NHS trusts to help them disseminate this messaging and are available at the following link:

https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/nhs-resources-facilities/resources/

PHE has also produced new immunisation social media cards to help to promote these messages which are available at the following link:

https://www.healthpublications.gov.uk/ViewArticle.html?sp=Scovid19promotingimmunisationsocialmediacards

The Government’s Coronavirus Action Plan has stated that everyone should ensure that they and their family’s vaccinations are up-to-date. Further information is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan/coronavirus-action-plan-a-guide-to-what-you-can-expect-across-the-uk

Q
(South West Wiltshire)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
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Asked on: 20 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Protective Clothing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons Public Health England has not incorporated in its advice to (a) care homes and (b) general practices (i) Resuscitation Council and (ii) WHO guidance on provision of Level 3 personal protective equipment in settings where cardiac arrest is likely.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 02 June 2020

The United Kingdom’s Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) guidance continues to recommend the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health and social care teams treating COVID-19 patients. It is crucial that everyone that needs it has access to the right protective equipment.

The Department’s, New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) recently reviewed the evidence and has maintained this position, stating that they do “not consider that the evidence supports chest compressions or defibrillation being procedures that are associated with a significantly increased risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections”. Further information is available at the following link:

https://app.box.com/s/3lkcbxepqixkg4mv640dpvvg978ixjtf/file/657486851975

Grouped Questions: 49612 | 49613
Q
(South West Wiltshire)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 20 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Care Homes: Protective Clothing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the (a) evidence base used (b) authorities consulted by Public Health England in formulating its guidance on the use of PPE in care settings in which cardiac arrest is likely.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 02 June 2020

The United Kingdom’s Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) guidance continues to recommend the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health and social care teams treating COVID-19 patients. It is crucial that everyone that needs it has access to the right protective equipment.

The Department’s, New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) recently reviewed the evidence and has maintained this position, stating that they do “not consider that the evidence supports chest compressions or defibrillation being procedures that are associated with a significantly increased risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections”. Further information is available at the following link:

https://app.box.com/s/3lkcbxepqixkg4mv640dpvvg978ixjtf/file/657486851975

Grouped Questions: 49611 | 49613
Q
(South West Wiltshire)
[R]
Close

Registered Interest

Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 20 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Care Homes: First Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether care home staff are permitted without Level 3 PPE to undertake cardiopulmonary resuscitation on (a) residents who have tested positive for covid-19 (b) and residents whose covid-19 status is undetermined .
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 02 June 2020

The United Kingdom’s Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) guidance continues to recommend the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health and social care teams treating COVID-19 patients. It is crucial that everyone that needs it has access to the right protective equipment.

The Department’s, New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) recently reviewed the evidence and has maintained this position, stating that they do “not consider that the evidence supports chest compressions or defibrillation being procedures that are associated with a significantly increased risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections”. Further information is available at the following link:

https://app.box.com/s/3lkcbxepqixkg4mv640dpvvg978ixjtf/file/657486851975

Grouped Questions: 49611 | 49612
Q
Asked by Wera Hobhouse
(Bath)
Asked on: 20 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Vitamin C: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the efficacy of Vitamin C in boosting immunity to covid-19.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020

The Government has not undertaken a specific assessment of vitamin C in relation to COVID-19. However, Public Health England (PHE) is not aware of any robust evidence that vitamin C can “boost” the immune system to prevent us from catching COVID-19 or mitigate its effects.

PHE is monitoring emerging evidence on nutrition and COVID-19 and assessing its quality, involving the Government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition as appropriate.

Q
Asked by Saqib Bhatti
(Meriden)
Asked on: 20 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of when it will be safe for dentists and dental practitioners to re-open.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020

National Health Service dentistry was reorganised in late March along with other NHS primary care services to minimise face to face care to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic. Dentists were asked to suspend all routine treatment and instead to offer urgent advice and, where required, prescriptions for antibiotics by telephone. Urgent treatment was made available through urgent dental centres (UDCs) set up in each NHS region.

As of 25 May there are currently over 550 UDCs open. Patients are triaged into UDCs by their own dentistry or through NHS 111. The UDCs are expected to provide, where urgently needed, the full range of dental treatment normally available on the NHS.

NHS England and NHS Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside UDCs will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with maximising safety. The letter to dentists setting this out is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-ontent/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/Urgent-dental-care-letter-28-May.pdf

Q
Asked by Ian Murray
(Edinburgh South)
Asked on: 20 May 2020
Treasury
Ministers: Codes of Practice
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many written instructions as described in section 5.5 of the Ministerial Code have been issued by Ministers in each year since 2010; for what reason each instruction was issued; and in which Department they were issued.
A
Answered by: Steve Barclay
Answered on: 05 June 2020

Ministerial Directions are published on gov.uk. As set out in paragraph 3.4.5. of “Managing Public Money”,[1] it is the responsibility of the relevant accounting officer to arrange for the existence of the direction to be published, no later than in the next report and accounts, unless the matter must be kept confidential.

There have been 27 Ministerial Directions published since April 2011, set out in the table attached. Prior to this date, publication was not required.

Date

Department

Direction

Reason(s)

Links

January 2015

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Hatfield Colliery Partnership Ltd

Value for money

AO request Min direction

February 2015

Department for Transport

Northern and TransPennine Express franchises 2015: invitations to tender

Value for money

AO request Min direction

March 2015

Department for Transport

Manston Airport: procuring consultants for independent review

Value for Money

AO request Min direction

June 2015

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Royal Mail Employee Shares (1)

Value for money

AO request Min direction

June 2015

Cabinet Office and Duchy of Lancaster

Kids Company

Value for money

AO request Min direction

June 2015

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Flood reinsurance scheme

Value for money

AO request Min direction

October 2015

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Royal Mail Employee Shares (2)

Value for money

AO request Min direction

October 2015

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Redcar Steelworks

Value for money

AO request Min direction

May 2016

Department for Transport

London Garden Bridge

Value for money

AO request Min direction

July 2016

Cabinet Office

Special Advisers’ Pay

Value for money

AO request Min direction

January 2018

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

European Union exit costs

Propriety

AO request Min direction

February 2018

Department for Transport

European Union exit preparations

Propriety

AO request Min direction

March 2018

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Local government overpayment

Propriety

AO request Min direction

March 2018

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

European Union exit preparations – market surveillance

Propriety

AO request Min direction

March 2018

Department for International Trade

Spend before Royal Assent on EU Exit costs

Propriety

AO request Min direction

May 2018

Department for Education

T Levels delivery time-table

Feasibility

AO request Min direction

June 2018

UK Export Finance

Support for export of Typhoon aircraft to Qatar

Value for money

AO request Min direction

April 2019

UK Export Finance

Increased cover for Iraq

Regularity and value for money

AO request Min direction

May 2019

Ministry of Justice

Financial assistance for subcontractors affected by the collapse of Working Links

Value for money

AO request Min direction

May 2019

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

Remediation of private sector residential buildings with unsafe ACM cladding

Value for money

AO request Min Direction

July 2019

Home Office

Windrush Compensation Scheme

Regularity and Propriety

AO request Min Direction

November 2019

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Continuation of Official Receiver’s Indemnity

Value for money

AO request Min direction

November 2019

National Health Service

NHS Pension tax charges

Regularity and Priority

AO request Min direction

March 2020

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

(Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support Fund for Retail, hospitality and Leisure Business

Value for Money Feasibility

AO request Ministerial Direction

March 2020

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Coronavirus COVID-19 the Small Grants Fund

Value for Money Feasibility

AO request Ministerial Direction

March 2020

Department for Health and Social Care

Coronavirus (Covid-19): Ministerial direction on spend.

Regularity

AO request Ministerial Direction

May 2020

Ministry of Communities and Local Government

Grant for unsafe cladding

Value for Money

AO request Ministerial Direction

[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/managing-public-money

Q
(Christchurch)
[N]
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Asked on: 20 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason it is his policy that routine dentistry is not permitted under covid-19 outbreak restrictions; what assessment he has made of the potential merits of permitting private dentists to resume routine dentistry services provided they do not use high intensity aerosols; what his most recent assessment is of the (a) quality and (b) availability of dentistry services available since the start of the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 02 June 2020

National Health Service dentistry was reorganised in late March along with other NHS primary care services to minimise face to face care to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic. Dentists were asked to suspend all routine treatment and instead to offer urgent advice and, where required, prescriptions for antibiotics by telephone. Urgent treatment was made available through urgent dental centres (UDCs) set up in each NHS region.

As of 25 May there are currently over 550 UDCs open. Patients are triaged into UDCs by their own dentistry or through NHS 111. The UDCs are expected to provide, where urgently needed, the full range of dental treatment normally available on the NHS.

NHS England and NHS Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside urgent care centres will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with maximising safety. The letter to dentists setting this out is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-ontent/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/Urgent-dental-care-letter-28-May.pdf

Q
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Department for Education
Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to carry out exploratory assessments into whether those children classed as vulnerable who did not physically attend schools during the COVID-19 lockdown had a recognised category of special educational needs and particularly those of the neuro-diverse types including (1) dyslexia, (2) autism, (3) dyspraxia, and (4) Attention Deficit Disorder.
A
Answered by: Baroness Berridge
Answered on: 05 June 2020

There are no plans to assess the special educational needs categorisation of children classed as vulnerable who have not attended school during partial closures.

The department will continue to ask schools to report on attendance overall, as well as attendance by vulnerable pupils, including those with education, health and care plans and social workers, beyond 1 June, when schools began welcoming back more children.

The department carries out analysis on the regional attendance trends which is used to support decision-making and to inform conversations with special educational needs and disabilities leads in local authorities.

Q
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Department for Education
Physical Education
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to provide structured physical education for any children returning to school before the 2020 summer break.
A
Answered by: Baroness Berridge
Answered on: 05 June 2020

We want to get all children and young people back into education as soon as possible because it is the best place for them to learn, and because we know how important it is for their mental wellbeing to have social interactions with their peers, carers and teachers.

We are working to ensure that schools are fully supported when they open more widely. Schools are free to organise and deliver a PE curriculum that suits the needs of all their pupils whilst following COVID-19 government guidelines. Our latest guidance for schools can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings.

We want every child to be able to do the 60 minutes a day of physical activity recommended by the UK Chief Medical Officers. This is important for their physical and mental wellbeing and will be especially important for children who have had restricted opportunity to exercise while at home. The government is working closely with nurseries, schools, physical activity experts and sport providers to ensure that there is advice and resources to support everyone to participate in regular exercise. We are advising schools to use outside space for exercise where possible and encourage activities such as supervised non-touch running games.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, working alongside Sport England, launched a £195 million package to help the sport and physical activity sector through the COVID-19 outbreak, with more recent guidance published on the phased return of grassroots sport and recreation:

These are rapidly developing circumstances; we continue to keep the situation under review and will keep Parliament updated accordingly.

Asked on: 21 May 2020
Home Office
Immigrants: Health Services
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the net financial benefit to the NHS from the immigration health surcharge in each year since the surcharge was introduced; and what proportion of total annual income from the immigration health surcharge comes from foreign nationals working in the health and care sector.
Answered on: 05 June 2020

The Home Office does not collate or publish the breakdown of Immigration Health Surcharge income collected from foreign nationals working in the health and social care sector.

Income data for the Immigration Health Surcharge is published annually in the Home Office Annual Report and Accounts.

Please see page137 of the Home Office 2018-19 Annual Report and Accounts for the most recent disclosure of Immigration Health Surcharge income:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/807126/6.5571_HO_Annual_Report_201920_WEB.PDF

Asked on: 21 May 2020
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Fruit and Vegetables: Production
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the availability of a diverse range of UK-grown vegetables and fruit in areas local to their production.
A
Answered on: 05 June 2020

The Government recognises the crucial role the UK's horticulture industry plays in both feeding the country and in promoting people's health and wellbeing. The UK has the climate, the landscape, and entrepreneurial farmers and growers to enable us to produce world-class fruit and vegetables.

We are proud of our growing food reputation. Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs), whether they be for beef from Scotland, lamb from Wales or asparagus from the Vale of Evesham in England, play an important role as exemplars of our quality produce. We are committed to celebrating the success of these regional and traditional products whose authenticity and origin can be guaranteed, along with driving further market access to make sure they are enjoyed here and around the world.

We will always champion our farmers and growers, supporting them to grow more of our great British food and to provide a reliable and sustainable food supply to the British public. This includes through using powers under our landmark Agriculture Bill, and through our work with the Food and Drink Sector Council, a formal industry partnership with the Government, helping to create a more productive and sustainable food and drink sector.

The UK has a high degree of food security, built on access to a range of sources including strong domestic production and imports from other countries. Half of the food we eat is produced in the UK. The rest of our food is imported, with 30% coming from the EU and 20% from other countries. The UK's current production to supply ratio is 75% for indigenous-type foods and 61% for all foods. We produce 61% - 75% of our food supply, but some of that is exported.

Under the current EU State Aid rules we have been unable to promote our home produced food and drink to the domestic market in Government sponsored campaigns nationally. However, we continue to work with regional food groups to showcase their top-quality produce locally; tying this up where we can with stakeholder initiatives (such as those of the AHDB), focussing on provenance and the UKs world-leading standards of food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection.

Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to restore the policy of publishing standalone Sustainable MOD annual reports to ensure that the records of all military greenhouse gas emissions each year are easily accessible.
A
Answered by: Baroness Goldie
Answered on: 05 June 2020

Ministry of Defence greenhouse gas emissions and performance against targets are reported in the Department's Annual Report and Accounts.

Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Defence
Arms Trade: Coronavirus
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on (1) future UK arms sales, and (2) existing arms contracts.
A
Answered by: Baroness Goldie
Answered on: 05 June 2020

It is not yet clear what the full impact will be of the Covid-19 outbreak on existing Ministry of Defence contracts, although it is inevitable that there will be some repercussions. We remain closely engaged with our strategic suppliers to monitor and understand the impact of Covid-19 on defence during this critical time.

The Department for International Trade's Defence and Security Organisation (DIT DSO) has not made a formal assessment on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on future UK arms sales or existing arms contracts. DIT DSO remains in close contact with industry and is actively monitoring the situation through its Industry Engagement Plan. DIT DSO will continue to support UK defence and security industries to export, post COVID-19.

Q
Asked by Lord Bradley
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Justice
Prisoners' Release: Coronavirus
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the number of releases from prison over the next 12 months of the Parole Board’s decision to postpone face-to-face hearings due to COVID-19.
A
Answered by: Lord Keen of Elie
Answered on: 05 June 2020

The Parole Board take a detailed and sophisticated approach to assessing whether the statutory release test, set by Parliament, is met to ensure the protection of the public. In the temporary absence of face-to-face hearings, the Board has introduced measures to ensure as many parole hearings continue through the use of an intensive paper review process and by telephone and video technology to determine whether it is safe for the protection of the public for an offender to be released. Through these measures, the Board reports it is successfully managing to progress and make decisions without compromising the quality or integrity of the risk assessment process. If that is sustained, the Board does not envisage any significant impact on the number of release decisions it makes.

Q
Asked by Lord German
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Justice
Prisoners: Coronavirus
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners have been tested for COVID-19 (1) in each of the last five weeks, and (2) in total up to 20 May.
A
Answered by: Lord Keen of Elie
Answered on: 05 June 2020

NHS England and Improvement is responsible for commissioning healthcare in prisons and are, therefore, responsible for testing for Covid-19. As such, we do not hold this data on prisoner testing.

Covid-19 testing is ongoing in prisons and is being conducted by internal or external healthcare practitioners on symptomatic prisoners on site. The testing capacity is dependent on local commissioning services, therefore the numbers of those tested varies by establishment. Prisoners that require hospital care are being transferred to hospital and may also be tested there.

Q
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Public Lavatories: Coronavirus
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that public toilets reopen after the COVID-19 pandemic.
A
Answered by: Lord Greenhalgh
Answered on: 05 June 2020

The government has published guidance (attached) on safer public spaces. It includes advice, information and examples of the potential interventions that can be used in public places to facilitate social distancing in areas of higher footfall such as in parks (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/safer-public-places-urban-centres-and-green-spaces-covid-19). Owners and operators are advised to implement cleaning protocols to limit coronavirus transmission in public places. It is advised that touch points (e.g. handrails and gates) should be particular areas of focus for increased cleaning.

To help everyone maintain good hygiene, consideration should be given to: configuration of toilet facilities to ensure they are kept clean, with social distancing achieved as far as possible and with best practice handwashing followed; where possible, providing hand towels as an alternative to hand dryers in handwashing facilities; signs at public toilets for queuing, social distancing and automatic sanitising; using signs and messages to build awareness of good handwashing technique and other respiratory hygiene behaviours, e.g. around coughing and sneezing in public places; where possible, providing hand towels as an alternative to hand dryers in handwashing facilities; and queue marking indicators at main entrance, popular park destinations and toilets.

We have now made £3.2 billion available to local authorities through an unringfenced grant so they can address pressures they are facing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The package recognises the additional costs and pressures on finances councils are facing as a result of the current crisis. It demonstrates the Government’s commitment to making sure councils, including upper and lower tier authorities, have the resources they need to support their communities through this challenging time.

Safer public places guidance (PDF Document, 7.53 MB)
Q
Asked by Lord Hylton
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Home Office
Refugees: Children
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to participate in discussions with UNHCR about the relocation of unaccompanied refugee children now in Europe, in particular those in Greece; and if not, why not.
Answered on: 05 June 2020

The UK maintains an ongoing dialogue with UNHRC and has a strong and constructive relationship across a range of asylum and resettlement issues.

In 2016 Parliament agreed a one-off commitment to relocate 480 unaccompanied children from Europe to the UK under Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 (‘the Dubs amendment’). 478 children from Greece, Italy and France have now successfully transferred to the UK under this scheme and we remain committed to completing the final two transfers as soon as it is safe to do so.

Under the Dublin III Regulation, the UK will also continue to transfer children from Greece if they have family in the UK until the end of the transition period. The UK remains fully committed to meeting our obligations under the Dublin Regulation. Despite covid-19 restrictions, the UK is ready to accept transfers under Dublin whenever Member States are in a position to make those arrangements. Following close collaboration with the Greek Government, 50 asylum seekers arrived in the UK from Greece on 11 May in order to unite with family members who were already lawfully present in the UK.

Protecting vulnerable children is a key priority for the Government. In 2019, the UK received more asylum applications from unaccompanied children than any country in the EU and accounted for approximately 20% of all reported UASC claims made in the UK and the 27 EU Member States.

Asked on: 21 May 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the rationale for applying the benefit cap to Universal Credit claimants who have been furloughed, or whose working hours have reduced, but who do not qualify for the grace period when those in a similar situation but claiming working tax credit are still able to receive their full entitlement.
A
Answered by: Baroness Stedman-Scott
Answered on: 05 June 2020

Universal Credit is fundamentally different to legacy benefits and claims cannot be compared like for like.

Claimants can approach their Local Authority for a Discretionary Housing Payment if they need additional help to meet rental costs. Exemptions will also continue to apply for the most vulnerable claimants that are entitled to disability benefits and carer benefits.

Asked on: 21 May 2020
Cabinet Office
Office for Tackling Injustices
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to establish the Office for Tackling Injustices, created in July 2019; and what are that Office’s priorities.
A
Answered by: Lord True
Answered on: 05 June 2020

We are considering how best to take forward the work of the Office for Tackling Injustices in the light of the Government’s domestic priorities.

Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Justice
Reading Prison: Change of Use
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review their decision to reject Reading Council’s bid to convert HM Prison Reading into an art centre; and what consideration they gave to the preservation of the building as an arts venue.
A
Answered by: Lord Keen of Elie
Answered on: 05 June 2020

Marketing of the former prison at Reading has completed and a preferred bidder selected. We have no plans to review our decision not to progress with any of the other bids for the site. A range of factors were considered in assessing which bid represented the best value for the department and the taxpayer.

Asked on: 21 May 2020
Women and Equalities
Gender Recognition: Discrimination
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) amend the Equality Act 2010, and (2) introduce new legislation, to ensure that there is a clear legal definition of transgender discrimination.
A
Answered by: Baroness Berridge
Answered on: 05 June 2020

The Equality Act 2010 includes a clear legal definition of transgender discrimination. Under the Act a person has the protected characteristic of gender reassignment if that person is proposing to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone a process (or part of a process) for the purpose of reassigning the person's sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex. For the purposes of the Act, somebody with this protected characteristic is known as a transsexual person and in general cannot be treated differently for being transsexual.

The government will publish its response to the GRA consultation in due course, which will take into account any changes to legislation that may be necessary.

Asked on: 21 May 2020
Women and Equalities
Gender Recognition
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the clarity of the language relating to transgender issues in their publications and guidance; and what plans they have to take steps to clarify that language where issues have been identified.
A
Answered by: Baroness Berridge
Answered on: 05 June 2020

As part of our engagement on the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA), single-sex and separate-sex service providers were asked whether they felt confident interpreting the Equality Act 2010 with regards to providing services for transgender people. Many single-sex service providers reported that they felt confident doing so. We are also aware that others, including some campaign organisations, have highlighted a desire for greater clarity from the Government about the law and guidance in this area. We intend to say more on this when we publish our response to the GRA consultation.

Asked on: 21 May 2020
Cabinet Office
Ministers of State: Conduct
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate that the results of the investigation into the conduct of the Home Secretary will be published.
A
Answered by: Lord True
Answered on: 05 June 2020

The Prime Minister asked the Cabinet Office to establish the facts and that work is ongoing. The Prime Minister will make any decision on the matter public once the work has concluded.

Asked on: 21 May 2020
Cabinet Office
Civil Service and Public Sector: Disease Control
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the preparedness of the Civil Service and public services to respond to a pandemic prior to the outbreak of COVID-19.
A
Answered by: Lord True
Answered on: 05 June 2020

The Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS) is responsible for the National Security Risk Assessment (NSRA). For all risks included in the NSRA there is an established departmental risk owner. It is the responsibility of each risk-owning department to oversee the management of their portfolio of risks, to ensure their own preparedness and that of their relevant sectors. Departments and agencies can draw upon a wide range of stakeholder input, including Regulators and Local Resilience Forums to enact appropriate mitigation, response and recovery plans for their risks and sectors.

Q
Asked by Lord Touhig
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Veterans
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the issue of Commonwealth-born UK Armed Forces veterans facing financial difficulties and deportation due to a lack of awareness about how to regularise their immigration status following discharge.
A
Answered by: Baroness Goldie
Answered on: 05 June 2020

Commonwealth UK Armed Forces veterans are made aware of the process for regularising their immigration status on enlistment to the Armed Forces, during their service and again prior to discharge.

Following discharge, Veterans UK's Veterans Welfare Service and Defence Transition Services provide the same level of support to Foreign and Commonwealth veterans as they do to any other veteran. They provide relevant advice, information and support, assisting veterans to access the appropriate range of services to meet their individual needs and requirements. This support continues for as long as required as part of our commitment to providing 'through-life support' to veterans.

Q
Asked by Lord Touhig
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Commonwealth
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Commonwealth citizens are currently serving in the UK Armed Forces.
A
Answered by: Baroness Goldie
Answered on: 05 June 2020

As at 1 October 2019, there were 4,490 Commonwealth citizens in the trained and trade trained strength of the Regular Armed Forces and 240 in the Future Reserves 2020 population.

Notes:

  • Figures for the Royal Navy/Royal Marines and Royal Air Force are for the Trained Regular population and Trained Future Reserve 2020 (FR20) population. Army figures are for Trade Trained Regular population, and Trained FR20 population.
  • UK Regulars consist of Full-time Service personnel, including Nursing Services, but excluding FTRS personnel, Gurkhas, mobilised Reservists, Military Provost Guard Service, Locally Engaged Personnel and Non-Regular Permanent Staff.
  • FR20 includes Volunteer Reserves who are mobilised, High Readiness Reserves and those Volunteer Reserves serving on FTRS and Additional Duties Commitment. Sponsored Reserves who provide a most cost-effective solution than Volunteer Reserves are also included in the Army Reserve FR20 figures.
  • Nationality is as reported on the Joint Personnel Administration system
  • Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 in line with disclosure control policy.
Q
Asked by Lord Touhig
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Renewable Energy
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what change there has been in the proportion of energy used by the Ministry of Defence that is drawn from renewable sources since 2010.
A
Answered by: Baroness Goldie
Answered on: 05 June 2020

Data on renewable energy consumed by the Defence Estate is not held centrally. The proportion of electricity used by the Department, drawn through the GB National Grid, from renewable sources has increased from 2.97% in 2010 to 32% in 2020.

The Department recognises its contribution is vital in the UK's response to bring greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. As such, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has launched a Climate Change and Sustainability Review. The Review is currently at the scoping stage; setting the ambition, refreshing the baseline and establishing the MODs route to net zero. The Review aims to have a clear response plan in place by the end of 2020.

Q
Asked by Lord Touhig
Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Procurement
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote sustainability in the supply chain during Ministry of Defence procurement.
A
Answered by: Baroness Goldie
Answered on: 05 June 2020

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) takes environmental and sustainability issues into account throughout its acquisition process. Our investment approvals policy includes a requirement to take sustainability into account in all initial business cases, and the use of an environmental management system is mandated for all acquisition projects.

This helps to ensure that our activities are compliant with Government sustainable development and environmental protection policy requirements. Where relevant, sustainability and environmental requirements are also defined in defence contracts, evaluated in the tender process and monitored and managed through the life of the contract to ensure MOD requirements are being met.

We also expect defence industry suppliers to play a key role in improving their own processes and supply chain education. Where sub-contractors are engaged, the prime contractor remains responsible for ensuring adherence to all obligations, including those relating to sustainability and environmental issues.

We expect our suppliers to abide by the Government's Supplier Code of Conduct, which requires suppliers to understand and reduce their impact on the environment. Underpinning this, the MOD has published a Defence Standard for assurance that contractors are operating suitable environmental management systems.

We also continue to work through the Sustainable Procurement Working Group to share good practice and maintain a dialogue with industry partners on this important issue.

More information on how the MOD manages sustainable procurement can be found on the Knowledge in Defence website at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/knowledge-in-defence-kid.

Asked on: 21 May 2020
Ministry of Defence
Defence: Expenditure
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain present planned levels of defence spending, as part of their commitment to NATO’s deterrence and defence capability.
A
Answered by: Baroness Goldie
Answered on: 05 June 2020

Her Majesty's Government is committed to spending at least 2% of GDP on Defence each year of this Parliament, as per the Defence Investment Pledge. The UK is one of only a handful of nations that meets, and in our case exceeds, the 2% target and remains the largest European Defence spender in NATO.

Q
Asked by Matt Western
(Warwick and Leamington)
Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Culture and Tourism: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps he has taken to support the heritage and tourism sector during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Nigel Huddleston
Answered on: 05 June 2020

We will continue to engage with stakeholders to assess how we can most effectively support the heritage and tourism sectors through this crisis.

Businesses and workers in these sectors can access the Government’s comprehensive economic support package, including the recently extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Bounce Back Loans scheme.

Through VisitEngland, we announced a £1.3 million scheme to provide financial support to Destination Management Organisations at risk of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and Historic England (HE) have made emergency funding available for the heritage sector. The NLHF’s £50 million Heritage Emergency Fund and HE’s £2 million Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund extend a safety net to a wide variety of heritage organisations struggling with financial losses and cash flow issues.

My Department’s Cultural Renewal Taskforce - which contains specific Heritage and Visitor Economy Working Groups - is developing guidance to help these sectors to safely reopen.

Q
Asked by Steve Reed
(Croydon North)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 21 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Disease Control
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional resources his Department plans to provide to local authorities to support the test, track and trace programme during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 04 June 2020

We have agreed £300 million worth of new dedicated funding to support local authorities with implementing Test and Trace and local outbreak plans.

This money will be allocated shortly following standard procedures.

Alongside financial contributions, the NHS Test and Trace service is developing comprehensive guidance to assist local authorities in developing their own COVID-19 outbreak plans.

Q
Asked by Dan Jarvis
(Barnsley Central)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Taitusi Ratucaucau
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received on waiving medical charges in respect of Commonwealth-born armed forces veteran Taitusi Ratucaucau.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 04 June 2020

To date we have received three Parliamentary Questions and three items of correspondence concerning this individual, two of which are Private Office cases, and the other a Departmental email.

The Department remains in close contact with NHS England and NHS Improvement who are working with the provider concerned to ensure the veteran continues to receive the best possible treatment and care from the National Health Service.

Q
Asked by Neil Coyle
(Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Death
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to support (a) people bereaved by covid-19 and (b) people who have turned to harmful alcohol use as a result of that bereavement.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 05 June 2020

A number of charities and voluntary organisations provide a range of valued services for people experiencing bereavement. The Government is taking a cross-Government approach to address bereavement support, and what is needed to ensure that families and friends of those deceased get the support they need - particularly during this very difficult time. On 22 May, the Government announced £22 million funding to life-saving health charities, £4.2 million of which will be used to support mental health charities and charities providing bereavement support. This funding is part of an overall £750 million package for the voluntary sector announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in April.

Local alcohol services and virtual support groups continue to operate during the pandemic, to ensure people receive the support they need. Public Health England continues to maintain the FRANK website and helpline, which provides a service for people who are concerned about their own or others’ drugs and alcohol consumption. The FRANK website can be accessed at the following link:

https://www.talktofrank.com/

Q
(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Holiday Accommodation: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the viability of self-contained holiday rentals being treated in the same manner as second homes when lifting covid-19 restrictions as long as relevant public health guidance is followed.
A
Answered by: Nigel Huddleston
Answered on: 05 June 2020

We will look at opening forms of holiday accommodation in Step 3 of the government’s recovery strategy, currently planned for 4 July at the earliest. This will be subject to the further scientific advice and the latest risk assessment at the time.

My Department has launched the Cultural Renewal Taskforce to help our sectors’ businesses prepare to reopen when it is safe to do so. To inform this Taskforce, we have set up a Visitor Economy Working Group to specifically focus on the practicalities and guidelines for restarting tourism activity during the recovery period. We remain in regular contact with holiday rentals stakeholders as part of this Group.

Q
Asked by Rosie Cooper
(West Lancashire)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Movianto UK: Contracts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Movianto NHS contract to maintain the UK pandemic supplies stockpile required the NHS to pay for the fixed costs such as rent and utilities that Movianto incurred.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 04 June 2020

The contract with Movianto regarding the maintenance of the United Kingdom pandemic supplies has costs associated with an appropriate portion of building service charges.

Q
Asked by Rosie Cooper
(West Lancashire)
Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Movianto UK: Contracts
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether Movianto has claimed and received payment from the NHS for the cost of the rent for the new Haydock Green premises.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 05 June 2020

The contract with Movianto regarding the maintenance of the United Kingdom pandemic supplies has costs associated with an appropriate portion of building service charges, and these currently relate to the Haydock Green premises.

Q
Asked by Robert Halfon
(Harlow)
[N]
Close

Named Day

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Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Charities: Government Assistance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what financial support is available for health and social care charities during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 04 June 2020

On 8 April, the Chancellor announced £750 million to support the charity sector in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund comprises three elements:

- £360 million has been allocated by central Government to charities in England based on evidence of service need, including £22 million for health and social care charities and £200 million for hospices;

- £370 million to support charities working with vulnerable people. In England, £200 million of this support will be provided through the National Lottery Community Fund’s “Coronavirus Community Support Fund”, which charities can apply directly for. This will provide support for thousands of charities on the frontline of helping vulnerable people affected by COVID-19; and

- The Government will match whatever the public decides to donate to the BBC Big Night In fundraising event that took place on 23 April, starting with a contribution of at least £20 million to the National Emergencies Trust appeal.

Charities can also access the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, and they are able to benefit from the three-month VAT deferral scheme. Charity shop premises will benefit from the new enhanced retail rate relief at 100%.

Q
Asked by Dr Luke Evans
(Bosworth)
Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Tourism: Social Distancing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the tourism industry to ensure the safe resumption of tourism with relevant social distancing measures in summer 2020.
A
Answered by: Nigel Huddleston
Answered on: 05 June 2020

My officials and I continue to regularly discuss this matter in detail with representatives from across the tourism industry.

My Department has launched the Cultural Renewal Taskforce to help our sectors prepare to reopen when it is safe to do so. To inform this taskforce, we have set up a Visitor Economy Working Group to specifically focus on developing guidance for restarting tourism activity. We remain in regular contact with tourism stakeholders through both this group and the Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group.

Q
Asked by Helen Hayes
(Dulwich and West Norwood)
[N]
Close

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Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit: Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the universal credit standard allowance for people aged under 25 who are living independently.
A
Answered by: Will Quince
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 04 June 2020

We have increased the Universal Credit standard allowance by around £20 per week for the next 12 months – equivalent to up to £1,040 a year.

This is in addition to the 1.7% inflation increase (announced Nov 2019) as part of the Government’s decision to end the benefits freeze and means more financial support for millions of people across the UK.

Q
(Birmingham, Edgbaston)
Asked on: 01 June 2020
Women and Equalities
Gay Conversion Therapy
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the letter from the Government Equalities Office to the hon Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston in December 2019, ref COGEO-001047, when the timetable for ending conversion therapy will be released.
A
Answered by: Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 05 June 2020

The Government takes this issue very seriously and fundamentally disagrees with attempts to forcibly change someone’s sexuality.

My officials are working at pace on the matter, and we will outline plans to end its practice in due course.

We have commissioned research that looks at the scope of practices and experiences of those subjected to conversion therapy. Once the findings have been reviewed, we will continue engaging other key stakeholders, and ensure we quickly progress an effective approach.

Q
(Birmingham, Edgbaston)
Asked on: 01 June 2020
Women and Equalities
Gay Conversion Therapy
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the existing legislative framework to end conversion therapy.
A
Answered by: Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 05 June 2020

The Government Equalities Office are reviewing the current legislative framework to see where and how the harmful and unacceptable practices referred to as conversion therapy may already be captured by existing laws and offences.

As my honourable friend will know, there are certain abhorrent and violent practices which may be classed as conversion therapy such as ‘corrective’ rape, or other forms of physical abuse, which are already covered by existing criminal offences. Where such practices are already unlawful, we will ensure the law is clear, well understood and enforced.

Where dangerous conversion therapy practices are not already unlawful, we are examining the best ways to prevent them being conducted, without sending such practices underground.

We will outline plans to end Conversion Therapy practice in due course.

Q
(Washington and Sunderland West)
Asked on: 01 June 2020
Ministry of Defence
Commonwealth: Veterans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British Commonwealth personnel are in receipt of (a) a War Disablement Pension or (b) the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
A
Answered by: Johnny Mercer
Answered on: 05 June 2020

Information on the nationality of War Pension recipients is not recorded centrally.

As of 31 March 2019, approximately 209 British Commonwealth personnel, as defined by the British Nationality Act 1981, were in receipt of an ongoing payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

Figures covering the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 will be published on the Gov.UK website within the next four weeks, at the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/armed-forces-compensation-scheme-statistics-index

Q
Asked by Rushanara Ali
(Bethnal Green and Bow)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Independent Case Examiner
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 May 2020 to Question 43913 on the Independent Case Examiner, how many new Independent Case Examiners were recruited between 1 February 2020 and 31 March 2020 to help reduce the time complaints wait to be brought into investigation.
A
Answered by: Mims Davies
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 04 June 2020

Funding has been made available in the 2020/21 financial year to allow the Independent Case Examiner’s (ICE) Office to help reduce the time complaints wait to be brought into investigation. Its headcount will increase from 89 to 112. The recruitment of additional Investigation Case Managers commenced in February 2020, but was paused following the introduction of the Coronavirus lockdown measures. That pause has now been lifted and the Office is currently concluding the recruitment exercise.

Q
Asked by Rosie Cooper
(West Lancashire)
Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Ophthalmic Services: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the backlog of ophthalmology appointments that were cancelled due to the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 05 June 2020

We continue to work closely with the National Health Service and partners and guidance has already been issued to the NHS on the process of starting to restore urgent non-covid services in a safe way.

This will be done on the principle that the most urgent treatments should be brought back first and this will be driven by local demands on the system. The approach will be flexed at local level according to capacity and demand in different parts of the country. The restoration of services will be gradual, over weeks.

Q
Asked by Stella Creasy
(Walthamstow)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Car Washes: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether car washes are permitted to operate during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Paul Scully
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 04 June 2020

The guidance on working safely during COVID-19 is aimed at working environments, not whether a specific business can reopen.

The guidance is designed to help employers, workers and the self-employed understand how to work safely, including what employers need to think about to adapt a workplace to manage risk in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

We know that every organisation is different. Whether hand or automatic car washes, employers can use the guidance to create specific plans for their business in consultation with those who are affected by their operations, including workers and contractors. Plans will depend on the nature of your business, such as the sector, and the details of your workforce and operations.

Whether a business must remain closed varies according to which part of the UK you are operating in. For England the rules are set out on the gov.uk website. The website also includes links to information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Q
(Orkney and Shetland)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Football Association Premier League: Intellectual Property
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has made to the Government of Saudi Arabia on the blocking of law suits attempted by the Premier League to protect its intellectual property in that country; and if he can make a statement.
A
Answered by: Nigel Huddleston
Answered on: 05 June 2020

My officials are working closely with their counterparts in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Trade to ensure the international interests of the Premier League and other UK sports bodies are protected and promoted around the world. We know that the Premier League is a great soft power asset for the UK, and we will continue to encourage relevant national governments to ensure it receives parity of treatment in all international markets.

Q
(Romford)
Asked on: 01 June 2020
Treasury
Dental Services: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to support dentists that were required to close during the covid-19 pandemic.
A
Answered by: Steve Barclay
Answered on: 05 June 2020

The Government recognises the important role all medical businesses play to protect and improve the health of the population and is taking many steps to support them during the COVID-19 outbreak. Dentists will be fully remunerated for the NHS work they would have otherwise undertaken, subject to some basic requirements.

Medical practices may also benefit from the range of economic support measures the Government has announced, including:

  • A Discretionary Grant Fund for Local Authorities in England
  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)
  • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
  • The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBL) for small and micro enterprises
  • VAT deferral for up to 12 months
  • The Time To Pay scheme, through which businesses in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, can receive support with their tax affairs
  • Protection for commercial leaseholders against automatic forfeiture for non-payment until June 30, 2020

The Business Support website provides further information about how businesses can access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, and how to apply - https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder.

Q
Asked by Kate Osborne
(Jarrow)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Hospitals: Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when routine services and treatments will recommence in NHS hospitals.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 04 June 2020

With evidence suggesting that we are through the peak of the first wave of COVID-19, and with the National Health Service well-placed to provide world-leading care for those who do still have the virus, we are bringing back routine services that had been temporarily paused. We are working on the principle that the most urgent treatments should be brought back first and this will be driven by local demands on the system. The approach will be flexed at local level according to capacity and demand in different parts of the country, and will be gradual, over weeks.

We have continued to deliver the most urgent treatments, such as emergency and urgent cancer care, throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.

Q
Asked by Hilary Benn
(Leeds Central)
Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Disease Control
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people contacted by the track and trace system will be told the identity of the covid-19 positive person it is said they have come in contact with (a) as a matter of routine or (b) if they ask for that information.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 05 June 2020

The Government launched its new NHS Test and Trace service on 28 May 2020. This includes enhanced contact tracing.

The NHS Test and Trace service will not share the name or details of a COVID-19 positive person, as this is confidential. This includes where someone who has been named as a contact asks for the identity of the person who is COVID-19 positive.

Q
(Feltham and Heston)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Work and Pensions: Statistics
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to publish her Department’s response to the DWP Statistics Publication Frequency Review, published in December 2019.
A
Answered by: Mims Davies
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 04 June 2020

Our response to DWP statistics publication frequency: statistical notice was published on 19 December and can be found at the top of the page here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/dwp-statistics-publication-frequency-statistical-notice

Q
(Hornsey and Wood Green)
Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Immigrants
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the waiver of the Immigration Heath Surcharge for NHS and care workers announced by the Government on 21 May 2020 will also apply to the families of those workers.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 05 June 2020

Department of Health and Social Care and Home Office officials are working to implement the Prime Minister’s announcement of 21 May and further details will be published shortly.

Q
(Nottingham East)
Asked on: 01 June 2020
Treasury
Children: Day Care
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to increase the level of funding available to key workers for childcare to meet the increased costs of that care as a result of social distancing measures during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Steve Barclay
Answered on: 05 June 2020

Parents continue to have access to the Government’s childcare offers during the Covid-19 crisis. This includes support through Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit worth up to 85% and 70% of childcare costs respectively, up to 30 hours of free childcare a week for 3 and 4-year-olds, and up to £2,000 per year of support through Tax Free Childcare.

Schools also continue to offer places to the children of key workers, as they have done since the end of March.

To ensure key workers working additional hours do not lose their entitlement to free hours or Tax Free Childcare, for this tax year we are temporarily relaxing the maximum income threshold for those parents.

Q
(Clwyd West)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Disease Control
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Welsh Government on co-operation between England and Wales for the NHS Test and Trace service.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 04 June 2020

The importance of developing a consistent and joined-up approach to contact tracing and testing across the whole of the United Kingdom is regularly discussed between the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and his counterparts in each of the devolved administrations, most recently on 28 May 2020 at the weekly Four Nations ministerial call.

To support this, officials within the Department, NHSX and Public Health England are working closely with counterparts in the Welsh Government – as in each of the devolved administrations – to explore opportunities for aligning and integrating contact tracing and testing systems.

Q
Asked by Stella Creasy
(Walthamstow)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department for Work and Pensions
Bereavement Support Payment: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people that are not eligible for bereavement support payment as a result of not being married contacted Tell Us Once service during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Mims Davies
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 04 June 2020

Tell Us Once (TUO) does not collect this information. TUO is purely a notification service and asks a citizen if they wish to notify a range of partner organisations including the Department for Work and Pensions. There is no distinct correlation between the notification issued and Bereavement Support Payment. In addition, Tell Us Once does not form any part of any claim to benefits.

Q
Asked by Zarah Sultana
(Coventry South)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Eating Disorders
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his will make it his policy to work with the eating disorders charity Beat to (a) access the most recent data on issues facing people with eating disorders, (b) support people with eating disorders and (c) allocate additional funding (i) to tackle the causes and (b) for the treatment of those conditions.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 04 June 2020

Departmental Ministers and officials engage a wide range of expert organisations to inform its policies and this includes Beat. We recently announced over £9 million of funding support for charities supporting vulnerable people through the COVID-19 pandemic. We were delighted to announce that Beat has been awarded grant funding through this process to continue the valuable work it does in supporting people with eating disorders.

The Government is also funding a new eating disorder study jointly led with King’s College London and eating disorder charity, Beat, via the National Institute for Health Research. The study aims to better understand what may lead to an eating disorder as well as how best we provide more effective treatment.

We are aware that NHS England has consulted Beat on work to improve adult eating disorder pathways in the community to build our understanding of how best to introduce ambitious but achievable improvements to access, quality of care and outcomes.

Q
(South Shields)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Hospitals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 May 2020 to Question 43030 on Coronavirus: Hospitals, what information his Department holds on the number of (a) admissions and (b) deaths in (i) all and (ii) each Nightingale hospital.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 04 June 2020

NHS England collects and publishes information on the deaths of patients who have died in hospitals in England and had tested positive for COVID-19 or where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. This data is currently available for two of the Nightingale hospitals (NHS Nightingale Hospital London and NHS Nightingale Hospital North West).

Data is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-daily-deaths/

Q
(Wallasey)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Department of Health and Social Care: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason his Department has send replies to letters from Honorable Members from civil servants; and whether those letters were been seen by a Minister in his department before they are issued.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 04 June 2020

The Department is currently dealing with unprecedented volumes of correspondence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with approximately 22,000 cases received since the beginning of March, a threefold increase in cases compared to the same period last year.

The Department ensures that urgent cases raised by Members are prioritised and has taken steps to provide substantive responses in as short a time as possible.

All lines used to respond to correspondence are provided by the Department’s policy teams and the Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiry unit has daily contact with Ministers’ private offices. As a temporary measure, officials are sending replies with commonly used lines in line with Cabinet Office guidance.

Q
Asked by Clive Lewis
(Norwich South)
Asked on: 01 June 2020
Treasury
NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme 2020
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to extend the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme 2020 to the families of all key workers who die from covid-19.
A
Answered by: Steve Barclay
Answered on: 05 June 2020

On 27 April, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced a new Life Assurance scheme for frontline NHS and social care workers who die from coronavirus. This recognises the increased risks faced by these staff during the course of their essential and lifesaving work during the crisis, and the need to encourage retired doctors and nurses to fill staff shortages and boost service capacity.

It pays a £60,000 tax-free lump sum where staff die as a result of coronavirus and had been recently working in frontline roles and locations where personal care is provided to individuals who have contracted coronavirus.

The government will continue to review the support provided to key workers on the front-line.

Q
Asked by Stella Creasy
(Walthamstow)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 June 2020
Women and Equalities
Equality: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what process has been undertaken to consult civil society, including women and equality rights organisations in relation to the effect of covid-19 outbreak on the operation of the Equality Act.
A
Answered by: Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 05 June 2020

All the legislative protections against discrimination provided by the Equality Act 2010, including those relating to sex and to pregnancy and maternity as protected characteristics, continue to apply during the covid-19 outbreak period, and the scope of the Act remains unchanged.

The Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS), the helpline for anyone who believes that they have been discriminated against in the provision of goods, services and public functions, remains open and can provide free bespoke advice and in-depth support, as can Acas (0800 464 0979) in relation to employment discrimination issues.

The EASS can be contacted via its website - www.equalityadvisoryservice.com, by telephone on 0808 800 0082, or by text phone on 0808 800 0084. The EASS may contact a service provider on a customer’s behalf to discuss the scope for meeting the customer’s concern; it also liaises with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which has powers to enforce the provisions of the Act.

Q
Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Service Industries: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to create a tailored support package for the events industry to support that sector during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Nigel Huddleston
Answered on: 05 June 2020

We are aware that COVID-19 has significantly impacted multiple aspects of the events industry. My officials continue to gather intelligence from the sector and I regularly engage with events stakeholders to monitor the situation through the Visitor Economy Working Group, the Events Industry Board, and the Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group.

Government support for the events sector is set out in the International Business Events Action Plan, which was published in June 2019. We will continue to engage with stakeholders to assess how we can most effectively support the sector’s recovery from COVID-19.

Businesses and workers in the events industry can access the Government’s comprehensive economic support package, including the recently extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Bounce Back Loans scheme.

Q
Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 01 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Surgery
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) operations and (b) types of operation have been cancelled in each NHS trust in England since the covid-19 lockdown measures were implemented in March 2020.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 05 June 2020
Holding answer received on 04 June 2020

This data is not available in the format requested.

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