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Asked by Rachel Reeves
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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 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Protective Clothing: Production
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much Deloitte was awarded for the Government contract to increase British production of protective equipment and source stocks from the UK and abroad.
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Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 03 July 2020
Holding answer received on 29 June 2020

Procurement Regulations require the publication of Contract Award Notices which contain the finalised agreed value of the contract. The Department publishes certain information on Contracts Finder in line with these regulations.

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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
[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: 02 July 2020
Cabinet Office
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether a Pandemic Concept of Operations was produced following Exercise Cygnus.
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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
[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: 02 July 2020
Cabinet Office
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who the members of the Steering Group were which was to oversee the overall strategic direction of the 2016 Exercise Cygnus.
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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
[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: 02 July 2020
Cabinet Office
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, who the members of the National Planning Team were with responsibility for managing the development and delivery of Exercise Cygnus.
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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
[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: 02 July 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the value was of his Department’s stockpile of personal protective equipment in each year since 2010.
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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
[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 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Ventilators
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many mechanical ventilators are available to the NHS; how many have been made available as a result of the Ventilator Challenge; and how many ventilators are in use as at 18 June 2020.
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Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 01 July 2020
Holding answer received on 23 June 2020

As of 18 June, there were 20,356 mechanical ventilators available to patients across the United Kingdom. This compares to around 9,000 at the start of the pandemic in March. Of the additional stock, 7,778 have been bought from new suppliers via the Prime Minister’s ventilator challenge, 2,283 were bought from established suppliers and 1,156 comprises stock in the private sector which is available in future should it be needed.

As of 18 June, of the 10,061 mechanical ventilators bought and delivered since March, 1,286 have been distributed to hospitals across the UK and 8,775 remain in storage ready to be distributed if needed.

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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
[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 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Ventilators
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the statement by the Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on the 28 April 2020 that the UK has fulfilled the clinical need for ventilators through a combination of existing CE marked ventilators and existing applications to the Ventilator challenge, how many ventilators were required to meet that clinical need; and how many of those ventilators were (a) existing CE marker ventilators and (b) secured through the Ventilator Challenge.
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Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 01 July 2020
Holding answer received on 23 June 2020

As of 18 June, there were 20,356 mechanical ventilators available to patients across the United Kingdom. This compares to around 9,000 at the start of the pandemic in March. Of the additional stock, 7,778 have been bought from new suppliers via the Prime Minister’s ventilator challenge, 2,283 were bought from established suppliers and 1,156 comprises stock in the private sector which is available in future should it be needed.

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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
[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 June 2020
Cabinet Office
Contact Tracing: Computer Software
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Answer of 22 June 2020 to Question 60837 on Contact Tracing: Computer Software, if he will publish the results of the peer review carried out by the GDS into Zuhlke Engineering.
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Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 01 July 2020

The answer to PQ 60837 did not mention a peer review into Zuhlke Engineering. GDS peer reviews are not conducted on organisations or companies.

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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
[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: 25 June 2020
Cabinet Office
Ventilators: Procurement
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, for what reasons the figures supplied on the number of ventilators procured through the Ventilator Challenge are different in the Answer of 23 June 2020 to Question 61475 and the Written Statement of 22 June 2020, HCWS306.
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Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 30 June 2020

The Ventilator Challenge has been a significant success and has been rapidly producing devices.

Further to the speech by the Prime Minister today, which is available on GOV.UK, there are now well over 9,500 new ventilators. More information will be published in due course.

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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
[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: 20 March 2020
Home Office
Immigrants: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support will be made available to migrants with insecure immigration status during the covid-19 outbreak.
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Answered by: Chris Philp
Answered on: 29 June 2020

The Government has put in place a range of measures to ensure people can stay safe and many of these are available for those with a No recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) condition. We have also published advice and information about the support available to migrants living here, including where they are subject to NRPF

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-get-support-if-youre-a-migrant-living-in-the-uk

Testing and treatment for Covid-19 is free of charge to all regardless of immigration status and NHS Trusts have been advised that no immigration checks are required for these patients.

Local authorities may also provide basic safety net support, regardless of immigration status, if it is established that there is a genuine care need that does not arise solely from destitution, for example, where there are community care needs, migrants with serious health problems or family cases where the wellbeing of a child is in question.

The Government has allocated more than £3.2 billion to local authorities in England to help them respond to Covid-19 pressures across all the services they deliver, including services helping the most vulnerable.  The funding will mean councils can continue to provide vital services, including adult social care and children’s services.

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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
[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 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Hospitals: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason no procurement contracts been published to date relating to the construction and maintenance of the seven Nightingale field hospitals.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 29 June 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
[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 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Hospitals: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the contracts relating to the construction and maintenance of the seven Nightingale field hospitals will be published.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 29 June 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds 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: 18 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS and Social Services: Procurement
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2020 to Question 48563 on NHS and Social Services: Protective Clothing, what the timeframe is for the delivery of the 2 billion items of personal protective equipment.
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Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 23 June 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds 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: 18 June 2020
Cabinet Office
NHS: Ventilators
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department plans to award further contracts under the ventilator challenge.
A
Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 23 June 2020

The Ventilator Challenge has been a resounding success, with four designs in production and over 8,500 devices delivered to the NHS. At this stage, there are no plans to award further manufacturing or design contracts through the Ventilator Challenge.

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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds 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: 18 June 2020
Treasury
Coronavirus: Disease Control
Commons
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether ministerial directions relating to the response to the covid-19 outbreak have been issued other than those that have been published.
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Answered by: Kemi Badenoch
Answered on: 23 June 2020

Ministerial Directions are published on GOV.UK. As set out in paragraph 3.4.5. of Managing Public Money, (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/managing-public-money) 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.

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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
[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
Protective Clothing: Procurement
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many UK businesses have offered support to the Government for the manufacture of personal protective equipment.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 22 May 2020

As of 15 May, over 13,000 businesses have contacted the Government with offers of help on supplying personal protective equipment (PPE). Many are related to the manufacture of PPE for the National Health Service and care sectors, a vast majority of which we are taking forward, predominantly from United Kingdom based companies but also including multinational companies. Some offers were not progressed due to financial and capability considerations.

The Department engages directly with potential manufacturers to qualify and prioritise the opportunity, based on availability of/access to raw supplies, lead-times to manufacture, and other commercial considerations. Product prototypes are submitted to a Technical Product Review process, to ensure they meet essential health, safety and quality standards for PPE. Financial due diligence and fraud prevention measures are also undertaken, after which the Department can contract with the manufacturer.

Lord Deighton is leading the Government’s efforts to secure sufficient PPE and ensure this gets to where it is needed. He is also driving forward coordination of the end-to-end process design and manufacture of new domestic PPE supplies. As at 15 May, the Department has entered into contract and placed orders with 8 manufacturers to provide millions of items of PPE products to the National Health Service and carers. The volumes will increase in the coming weeks. Details of this work can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/millions-more-items-of-ppe-for-frontline-staff-from-new-business-partnerships

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/70-million-face-masks-for-nhs-and-care-workers-through-new-industry-deal

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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds West)
[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
Protective Clothing: Social Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much personal protective equipment stock was available for social care workers in each fortnight from 1 January 2020 to date; and what the composition of that stock was.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 19 May 2020

We are working around the clock to give the social care sector and wider National Health Service the equipment and support they need to tackle this outbreak.

We have made over 68 million items of personal protective equipment (PPE) available to designated wholesalers for onward sale to social care providers and delivered a further 94 million items to local resilience forums (LRFs) between 6 April and 12 May to help them respond to urgent local spikes in need across the adult social care system and some other front-line services, where providers are unable to access PPE through their usual, or dedicated wholesaler routes.

The full weight of the Government is behind this effort and we are working closely with industry, social care providers, the NHS, and the army to ensure the right equipment continues to be delivered.

Information on how much personal protective equipment (PPE) stock was available for social care workers is not available centrally.

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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds 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: 06 May 2020
Cabinet Office
Protective Clothing: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to co-ordinate the stockpiling of non-medical face masks for public use during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 14 May 2020

The Government has recently published guidance on staying safe outside the home during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home.

The guidance recommends that people should aim to wear a face-covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet.

Guidance on wearing and making a face covering is also available on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering#wearing-a-face-covering

Grouped Questions: 43886 | 43887
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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds 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: 06 May 2020
Cabinet Office
Protective Clothing: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make any estimate of the number of non-medical face masks that would be required to be produced in the event that the Government makes the wearing of such face masks mandatory for the general public during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 14 May 2020

The Government has recently published guidance on staying safe outside the home during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home.

The guidance recommends that people should aim to wear a face-covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet.

Guidance on wearing and making a face covering is also available on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering#wearing-a-face-covering

Grouped Questions: 43885 | 43887
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Asked by Rachel Reeves
(Leeds 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: 06 May 2020
Cabinet Office
Protective Clothing: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps to plan for the effective and fair distribution of non-medical face masks to the general public in preparation for the event that the Government requires the general public to wear non-medical face masks or coverings during the covid-19 outbreak.
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Answered by: Chloe Smith
Answered on: 14 May 2020

The Government has recently published guidance on staying safe outside the home during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home.

The guidance recommends that people should aim to wear a face-covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet.

Guidance on wearing and making a face covering is also available on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering#wearing-a-face-covering

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