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Unique Identifying Number – Every written question in the House of Commons has a UIN per Parliament. In the House of Lords each written questions has a UIN per parliamentary session.
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Asked by Rosie Cooper
(West Lancashire)
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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 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which (a) public bodies and (b) companies are carrying out covid-19 testing; and what is the (i) sensitivity, (ii) specificity and (iii) cost of each those tests.
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Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 27 April 2020
Holding answer received on 21 April 2020

Testing is a crucial part of the United Kingdom’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government is working with a number of major suppliers to put in place additional testing capacity for the UK. This builds upon existing services offered through the National Health Service and Public Health England.

The suppliers and number of tests is subject to confidential commercial agreements and the Government is unable to confirm at present.

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Asked by Rosie Cooper
(West Lancashire)
[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 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Disease Control
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether each local authority in England is undertaking contact tracing to identify those who have been infected with covid-19; and how many (a) personnel are involved in carrying out that tracing and (b) close contacts have been (i) identified and (ii) traced in each local authority.
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Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 21 April 2020

The local health protection teams and Public Health England (PHE) have been working 24 hours a day, seven days a week since mid-January to carry out contact tracing. As we are now in the delay phase of the COVID-19 response, PHE will continue to follow-up cases, outbreaks and high-risk individuals.

The data are not available in the format requested. However, PHE has published a dashboard detailing the total number of cases in the United Kingdom. This is broken down by upper tier local authorities and National Health Service regions in England and can be viewed online at the following link:

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/f94c3c90da5b4e9f9a0b19484dd4bb14

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Asked by Rosie Cooper
(West Lancashire)
[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 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Contact Tracing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of close contacts of those who have been, or are suspected as having been, infected with covid-19 (a) are undergoing testing, (b) have tested positive and (c) have been isolated or quarantined in each local authority area.
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Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 21 April 2020

The data regarding information on close contacts is not available in the format requested.

The data on number of people tested and positive COVID-19 cases are updated daily and available to view at the following link:

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

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Asked by Rosie Cooper
(West Lancashire)
[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 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Disease Control
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the study by Keeling et al. titled The Efficacy of Contact Tracing for the Containment of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), published in February 2020, whether he is ensuring rapid and effective contact tracing for covid-19.
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Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 21 April 2020

In the containment phase of the COVID-19 response, the local health protection teams and Public Health England’s (PHE) Field Epidemiology Service carried out contact tracing from mid-January to early March. PHE scaled up its contact tracing response with staff from the field service, staff from local health protection teams and clinical staff additionally recruited. This action helped to delay community transmission, save lives and bought time for the National Health Service and country to prepare.

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Asked by Rosie Cooper
(West Lancashire)
[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 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Professions: Disease Control
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) consultants in communicable disease control and (b) community infection control nurses there are in each location by local authority area.
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Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 21 April 2020

The Department does not hold the information requested.

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Asked by Rosie Cooper
(West Lancashire)
[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: 17 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Home Care Services: Charities
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made a recent comparative assessment of trends in the value of contracts for charities providing regulated care and the UK Homecare Association minimum price for homecare; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Helen Whately
Answered on: 23 March 2020

The Department has not made an assessment of the ability of local authority care commissioners to pay UK Homecare Association (UKHCA) recommended minimum price for homecare, neither has the Department made a comparative assessment of trends in the value of contracts for charities providing regulated care and the UKHCA minimum price for homecare.

The Care Act 2014 placed duties on local authorities to shape their local markets so that there is an adequate supply of provision which ensures all adult social care service users have a choice of high-quality services.

As a result, in the case of state-funded care, local authorities negotiate individually with care providers to achieve a balance of quality, effectiveness and value for money for the public purse.

The level of fees charged to people who fund their own care is a private contractual arrangement.

Grouped Questions: 30711
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Asked by Rosie Cooper
(West Lancashire)
[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: 17 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Home Care Services: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the ability of local authority care commissioners to pay the UK Homecare Association recommended minimum price for homecare.
A
Answered by: Helen Whately
Answered on: 23 March 2020

The Department has not made an assessment of the ability of local authority care commissioners to pay UK Homecare Association (UKHCA) recommended minimum price for homecare, neither has the Department made a comparative assessment of trends in the value of contracts for charities providing regulated care and the UKHCA minimum price for homecare.

The Care Act 2014 placed duties on local authorities to shape their local markets so that there is an adequate supply of provision which ensures all adult social care service users have a choice of high-quality services.

As a result, in the case of state-funded care, local authorities negotiate individually with care providers to achieve a balance of quality, effectiveness and value for money for the public purse.

The level of fees charged to people who fund their own care is a private contractual arrangement.

Grouped Questions: 30710
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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: 17 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Standards
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to change the provisions in the NHS constitution in relation to the clinically led NHS access standards review.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 23 March 2020

The NHS England and NHS Improvement Clinically-led Review of Access Standards is still underway. The existing National Health Service performance standards remain in place, and the Government will respond to the recommendations for change when they are made.

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Asked by Rosie Cooper
(West Lancashire)
[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: 17 March 2020
Department for Education
Sixth Form Education: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding for sixth form students.
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Answered by: Gillian Keegan
Answered on: 23 March 2020

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend, the former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families on 28 January 2020 to 5550.

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