Abena Oppong-Asare: I have been contacted by a constituent of mine in Erith and Thamesmead. His elderly grandparents are stranded on the Fred Olsen liner. Will the Secretary of State please tell me what action he will be taking to provide support to those stranded with coronavirus?
Abena Oppong-Asare: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care what steps he is taking to support NHS staff in the event of increased patient admissions as a result of covid-19.
Abena Oppong-Asare: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to protect the privacy and confidentiality of people diagnosed with covid-19.
Abena Oppong-Asare: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to tackle prejudice against the Asian community in relation to the spread of covid-19.
Abena Oppong-Asare: Q Mine will be very quick, Chair. What powers, duties and resources does the Bill need to clean up litter on highways and road verges?
Abena Oppong-Asare: IQ wanted to follow up on your earlier comments about the target framework, when you said it needs to have more teeth—I agree about that. You specifically talked about how environmental improvement should be linked to targets. As you know, when it comes to targets, this Bill hangs a lot on significant improvement tests. Can you tell me more about those tests, and whether you think they are...
Abena Oppong-Asare: Q George, do you have any comments on that?
Abena Oppong-Asare: Q There are a few requirements for consultation on water quality in the Bill, but they are only to ask the Environment Agency. If any changes made under this section of the Bill are subject to the negative resolution procedure, do you feel that that level of scrutiny is enough, or do you think it should be extended? I just wanted to hear your general thoughts on that.
Abena Oppong-Asare: Yes, I should have been clearer.
Abena Oppong-Asare: You said parliamentary scrutiny.
Abena Oppong-Asare: I want to ask about the respective contributions to air pollution made by road, air and sea transport and other emission sources such as energy from waste, incinerator plants, wood burning and ammonia from farming.Q
Abena Oppong-Asare: Following today’s Budget, I have been contacted by a local authority in my constituency of Erith and Thamesmead that is seeking clarification on the urgent need for further funding for one of the local hospitals to deal with the immediate coronavirus crisis, and specifically for the social care sector. Will the Secretary of State explain and elaborate further on what he has said so far?
Abena Oppong-Asare: Q I want to go back to the brief conversation about the interim and long-term environmental targets, which you touched on, Rebecca. As you know, provisions on that will be in the Bill. Do you think the clauses give a sufficiently clear direction of travel on the sort of targets that will be set?
Abena Oppong-Asare: Q I am putting you on the spot here, and the Bill is quite broad, but are there any specific, target-related things that you want to see in it?
Abena Oppong-Asare: Thanks. Rebecca?
Abena Oppong-Asare: That is really helpful.
Abena Oppong-Asare: That is very helpful; thank you.
Abena Oppong-Asare: Q Currently, the Bill is not explicit enough about irreplaceable habitats. There is some concern about unique habitats, which can be paved over, as long as developers can show net gain overall. How well founded are those concerns?
Abena Oppong-Asare: Clauses 95 to 98 seek to create local nature recovery strategies across England. How will that help local authorities provide a more effective and joined-up nationwide strategy for nature recovery? We heard evidence earlier from Veolia, which has a number of refuse and recycling centres in your patchQ .
Abena Oppong-Asare: It was were talking about how it would like a more joined-up approach with the council and, along with others on the panel, about how businesses need more support to be able to deliver their recycling and waste strategies.