Health and Social Care: Work of the Secretary of State.
Witnesses: Rt Hon Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sir Chris Wormald, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Care
Joan McAlpine: The English health secretary, Matt Hancock, recently said that, in the future, councils in England and Wales will help to trace the contacts of those people who test positive for Covid-19. Will the Scottish Government ask Scottish councils to do such work? If so, what assessment has been made of councils’ capacity to do that work?
Lord Scriven: Matt Hancock has said that the app is to flag up our proximity to someone else using the app, not to track our movements. So why do the terms and conditions of the app request access to track our precise location based on GPS or network-based systems?
Lindsay Hoyle: I now call Secretary Matt Hancock for a concise reply.
Lindsay Hoyle: I call Matt Hancock to answer the urgent question. The Secretary of State should not speak for more than three minutes.
the Earl of Clancarty: My Lords, the noble Baroness will be aware of what Matt Hancock said yesterday about vaccinating teachers. If the Government reconsider, will they ensure that supply teachers are not overlooked? Moving around, they are in a particularly vulnerable position, which is one very good reason why teachers should be vaccinated before any full return.
Motion made, and Question put, That the temporary provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 should not yet expire.—(Matt Hancock.)
Resolved, That this House has considered the one-year report on the status on the non-devolved provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020.—(Matt Hancock.)
Lord Vaizey of Didcot: ...welcome. One of the themes of these questions is greater co-ordination between DMOs and greater co-ordination of funds. Are the Government planning a big domestic marketing campaign, given that Matt Hancock has turned us into a captive audience for domestic tourism?
Jo Churchill: Since June 2019, there has been one external event attended by the former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Rt hon. Matt Hancock MP) where Babylon Health Care, alongside other organisations, was also in attendance.
Mark Harper: To ask the Prime Minister, whether he (a) directly or (b) indirectly commissioned the Director General, Propriety & Ethics, Cabinet Office to investigate and report on the matters which led to the resignation of the former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 26 June 2021.
Mark Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Rt Hon Member for West Suffolk, declared to his Department a personal interest relating to Gina Coladangelo, a non-executive director on the Departmental Board until 26 June 2021, in the period from 1 January 2019 to 26 June 2021.
Mark Harper: ...of 12 July 2021 to Question 28995 on Ministers: Conduct, whether he (a) consulted the Cabinet Secretary on and (b) made an assessment of the potential merits of further investigation into the matters which led to the resignation of the former Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 26 June 2021.
Adam Holloway: But this is one of the main planks, and it just does not stack up. Do you really think Matt Hancock is going to give a £103 million contract to somebody because they were once a parliamentary candidate and they edged in in a picture with Boris? It is absurd, and it is one of your main planks.
...” means a provider of an internet access service within the meaning given in Article 2 of Regulation (EU) 2015/2120 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2015;”.—(Matt Hancock.) This amendment defines “internet service provider” for the purposes of amendments 35 and 36 and NC28. New Clause 27
Fergus Ewing: We took a view that I think is widely shared in Scotland. When Matt Hancock announced on 28 July—without any consultation of the Scottish Government, far less of the Scottish people—that rights to object to activities underneath people’s houses would be withdrawn, we thought that that decision was entirely wrong. I think that most people in Scotland agree with us.
Lord Hamilton of Epsom: My Lords, I was in Israel last week as a guest of the Israeli Government when my right honourable friend Matt Hancock announced this guidance that he was giving to local authorities. As both Israel and the United Kingdom are members of the WTO, surely it is illegal to impose these boycotts. They would actually be against the law.
Matthew Hancock: Yes, an awareness campaign is under way, and I am grateful for advance notice of this question. I will write to the hon. Gentleman with the full details. He may say to me, “Sorry, Matt; more needs to be done,” in which case I will look into it, but he makes an important point on which I essentially agree with him.
...made, and Question put forthwith ( Standing Order No. 41A(3)), That, at this day’s sitting, Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply to the Motions in the name of Secretary Matt Hancock relating to Public Health; the Motion in the name of Secretary Dominic Raab relating to Sanctions; and the Motion in the name of Christopher Pincher relating to Town and Country...
Amendment made: 37, page 25, line 3, leave out “and 22” and insert “, 22 and (Age-verification regulator’s power to direct internet service providers to block access to material)”.—(Matt Hancock.) Clause 23(1) provides that the age-verification regulator may exercise its powers under clauses 20 and 22 principally in relation to certain descriptions of persons. This amendment...