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(Central Ayrshire)
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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: 23 June 2020
Cabinet Office
Borders: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what his response is to the call all for a six-month delay to checks in the Irish Sea in the document entitled: Implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol: What Business in Northern Ireland needs & why published by the NI Business Brexit Working Group.
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Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 29 June 2020

The UK Government will continue to prepare to meet our obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol, in line with the approach set out in the 20 May Command Paper, the UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol. In this paper, we committed to providing guidance to business, including our plans for extensive HMRC support for Northern Ireland businesses engaging in any new processes under the Protocol. We will publish that guidance this summer.

We will also continue to engage with business through the Business Engagement Forum, which met for the first time on 10 June and which will play an important part in our thinking as we implement the Protocol.

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(Central Ayrshire)
[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 for Work and Pensions
Personal Income
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what work her Department has undertaken to determine the feasibility of implementing a model of universal basic income throughout the UK.
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Answered by: Will Quince
Answered on: 29 June 2020

No work has been undertaken. Universal Basic Income is extremely expensive, reduces work incentives and does not target those most in need of support.

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(Central Ayrshire)
Asked on: 29 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Cancer: Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to publish its plans for cancer services to enable people living with cancer to receive necessary treatment and care.
Q
(Central Ayrshire)
Asked on: 29 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Cancer: Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle regional variation in the restoration of cancer services as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.
Q
(Central Ayrshire)
Asked on: 29 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Cancer: Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of local systems and Cancer Alliances on reducing the post-covid-19 outbreak demand for cancer services.
Q
(Central Ayrshire)
Asked on: 29 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Cancer: Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the letter of 29 April 2020 from the NHS Chief Executive and NHS Chief Operating Officer to the Chief executives of all NHS trusts and foundation trusts et al, what progress local systems and Cancer Alliances have made on restoring the provision of cancer (a) diagnostic and (b) surgical services to pre-covid-19 outbreak levels as recommended in that letter.
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(Central Ayrshire)
Asked on: 29 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Cancer: Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the letter of 29 April 2020 from the NHS Chief Executive and NHS Chief Operating Officer to the Chief executives of all NHS trusts and foundation trusts et al, if he will publish data on the extent of the backlog of cancer treatment during the period of the second phase of the NHS's response to the covid-19 outbreak.
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(Central Ayrshire)
[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: 22 June 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 performed at home were sent to testing centres on each day from 27 April 2020 to 5 May 2020.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 25 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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(Central Ayrshire)
[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: 22 June 2020
Cabinet Office
Trade: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what guidance his Department has issued to businesses on shipping goods (a) to and (b) from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK in preparation for the end of the transition period.
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Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 25 June 2020

The UK Government will meet its obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol, in line with the approach set out in the Command Paper published on 20 May, the UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol. We will ensure that the Protocol is implemented in a way that upholds the gains of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement, and which protects the interests of the people and economy of Northern Ireland. We committed in the UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol to provide guidance to business, including our plans for extensive support for NI businesses engaging in new processes. We will publish that guidance during the course of this summer.

Grouped Questions: 62460
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(Central Ayrshire)
[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: 22 June 2020
Cabinet Office
Borders: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, by what date the UK Government plans to have additional (a) staff and (b) infrastructure in place to comply with the Northern Ireland protocol in relation to checks on products moving between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
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Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 25 June 2020

The UK Government will meet its obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol, in line with the approach set out in the Command Paper published on 20 May, the UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol. We will ensure that the Protocol is implemented in a way that upholds the gains of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement, and which protects the interests of the people and economy of Northern Ireland. We committed in the UK’s Approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol to provide guidance to business, including our plans for extensive support for NI businesses engaging in new processes. We will publish that guidance during the course of this summer.

Grouped Questions: 62459
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(Central Ayrshire)
Asked on: 24 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
British Medical Journal: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will respond to the open letter published on by the British Medical Journal on 23 June 2020 on a potential second wave of covid-19 in the UK.
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(Central Ayrshire)
[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: 08 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Health and Social Services: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many staff working in health and social care in England have died from covid-19.
A
Answered by: Helen Whately
Answered on: 18 June 2020
Holding answer received on 11 June 2020

As of 9 June 2020, 211 National Health Service staff deaths involving COVID-19 have been reported in England. The number of NHS worker deaths is verified from direct reports from NHS employing organisations and the number of individuals identified as deceased healthcare workers by non-NHS organisations. This information is investigated and triangulated by NHS England to give a high level of confidence of validity.

Public Health England analysis of mortality data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that at least 214 deaths involving COVID-19 among social care workers were registered 21 March to 8 May 2020 (in England, of those aged 20-64 years). The ONS will be publishing an updated figure in due course.

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(Central Ayrshire)
[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: 08 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Breast Cancer: Clinical Trials
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of breast cancer clinical trials have been paused in England as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Helen Whately
Answered on: 18 June 2020
Holding answer received on 11 June 2020

The Department’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) has information on 92 breast cancer clinical trials which it was supporting in March 2020. Half (50%) of these trials paused their recruitment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 45% have continued and 5% have closed.

We have now entered a new phase of the pandemic, where the number of new cases of COVID-19 is declining so the NIHR, including the CRN, is working towards the restoration of research funded and/or supported by the NIHR - including clinical trials on breast cancer. To help initiate this process, the NIHR has developed a ‘Framework for Restart’, which provides a structure to guide the restart, while maintaining local decision-making and flexibility to respond to COVID-19. Further information is available at the following link:

https://www.nihr.ac.uk/documents/restart-framework/24886

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(Central Ayrshire)
Asked on: 09 June 2020
Cabinet Office
Customs: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions has he had with business leaders in Northern Ireland who are calling for a six month delay to customs checks in the Irish Sea following the transition period.
A
Answered by: Penny Mordaunt
Answered on: 17 June 2020

Ministerial meetings with external organisations and individuals are declared quarterly on GOV.UK.

Q
(Central Ayrshire)
[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: 04 May 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in addition to the covid-19 tests performed at test centres, how many covid-19 tests performed at home were sent to testing centres each day from 27 April 2020 to 5 May 2020.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 16 June 2020
Holding answer received on 11 May 2020

We introduced large-scale home testing at the end of April to make testing more accessible to individuals. Between 27 April – 5 May over 95,000 home tests were dispatched to users. In that same time period, nearly 21,000 test samples were processed by our labs. The difference in these numbers is due to the number of days between test dispatch, through to the sample being taken and then being collected by courier to be sent to the lab. This means that the 21,000 test samples processed will not correlate to tests dispatched on these dates.

Q
(Central Ayrshire)
[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 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to respond to Questions 43048 and 43049 tabled by the hon. member for Central Ayrshire on 4 May 2020.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 16 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.

Q
(Central Ayrshire)
[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 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) covid-19 tests that were sent to the US for analysis require re-processing and (b) individuals that took those tests require re-testing.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 16 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.

Q
(Central Ayrshire)
[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: 09 June 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Protective Clothing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much of the personal protective equipment stockpiled as part of the preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a deal have been used during the response to the covid-19 outbreak; and by what date he estimates those stockpiles will be replenished.
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Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 15 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.

Q
(Central Ayrshire)
[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: 09 June 2020
Department for International Development
Occupied Territories: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps her Department has taken to help support the Occupied Palestinian Territories' response to the covid-19 pandemic.
A
Answered by: James Cleverly
Answered on: 15 June 2020

The UN assesses that although the current number of detected cases remains relatively low in Gaza and the West Bank, the capacity of the Palestinian health system to cope with an increase in COVID-19 cases is poor, including the low availability of PPE and ventilators. The situation is particularly severe in Gaza, where the health system has shortages in specialised staff, drugs and equipment.

The UK has pledged £764 million to support the global humanitarian response to COVID-19. We have delivered additional vital support in the Occupied Palestinian Territories by providing funding to the World Health Organization and UNICEF to purchase and co-ordinate the delivery of medical equipment, treat critical care patients, train frontline public health personnel and scale up laboratory testing capacity. I also recently announced £20 million in new funding, which will help the Palestinian Authority support its health workers who have been on the frontline battling coronavirus.

Grouped Questions: 57227 | 57228 | 57229 | 57195 | 57341
Q
(Central Ayrshire)
[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: 09 June 2020
Department for International Development
Gaza: Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of the capacity of Gaza’s health system to respond effectively to the covid-19 pandemic.
A
Answered by: James Cleverly
Answered on: 15 June 2020

The UN assesses that although the current number of detected cases remains relatively low in Gaza and the West Bank, the capacity of the Palestinian health system to cope with an increase in COVID-19 cases is poor, including the low availability of PPE and ventilators. The situation is particularly severe in Gaza, where the health system has shortages in specialised staff, drugs and equipment.

The UK has pledged £764 million to support the global humanitarian response to COVID-19. We have delivered additional vital support in the Occupied Palestinian Territories by providing funding to the World Health Organization and UNICEF to purchase and co-ordinate the delivery of medical equipment, treat critical care patients, train frontline public health personnel and scale up laboratory testing capacity. I also recently announced £20 million in new funding, which will help the Palestinian Authority support its health workers who have been on the frontline battling coronavirus.

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