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Written answers

Friday, 1 May 2020

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Karachi: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to schedule repatriation flights from Karachi in Pakistan to enable UK residents physically unable to...

    • China: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations officials in his Department have made to their Chinese counterparts about the treatment of Africans...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many emergency repatriation loans have been paid; and what the total value is of those loans.

      India and Pakistan: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of British residents in (a) India and (b) Pakistan who are unable to return to the UK...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British residents, who do not hold British passports, have registered for charter flights to return to the UK.

      Overseas Companies: Israeli Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he plans to take in relation to JCB, Opodo and Greenkote in the light of the publication of the UN Human Rights...

      Cameroon: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the conflict in Cameroon.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support social care providers in managing the effect of covid-19 on people who need social care; and if he...

    • Social Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what preparations are in place to ensure access to social care for disabled people during the delay phase of covid-19.

      Care Homes: Out-patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional resources he plans to provide to care homes that receiving back residents from hospital.

      Kidneys: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the number of kidney organ donors that develop health problems after donating a kidney.

      NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS staff have died as a result of contracting covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support independent private nurses who are on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register and who intend to...

      NHS: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of assaults on NHS staff in England since the beginning of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to the public purse was of purchasing covid-19 antibody tests.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the care sector has been instructed to follow the version 1 Admission and Care of Residents during COVID-19 Incident in a Care...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Admission and Care of Residents during COVID-19 Incident in a Care Home guidance document, version 1, published on 2 April 2020,...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the error rate is for the current tests for covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of when an antibody test for covid-19 will become available; and what plans he has for the roll-out of that test.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the guidance document Admission and Care of Residents during COVID-19 Incident in a Care Home, version 1, published 2...

      African Coalition for Epidemic Research, Response and Training: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department is providing to the African Coalition for Epidemic Research Response (ALERRT) initiative.

      NHS: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing death-in-service benefit to all NHS workers.

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care how many student nurses are being used to work on wards caring for patients with covid-19; to what extent hours worked on those wards by...

      Coronavirus: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government is supporting clinical trials of convalescent plasma therapy in treating covid-19; and what evidence he has...

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which local authorities have informed his Department that they have taken the decision to operate the Care Act easements provided for...

      Social Services: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made on the effect of the suspension of the Care Act 2014 in the Coronavirus Act 2020 on deaf and disabled...

      Health Professions: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2020 to Question 34318, how many (a) consultants in communicable disease control and (b) community...

  • Department for International Development

    • Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she last met with Dr Seth Berkley, the chief executive of GAVI.

    • Bond

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she last met with Stephanie Draper, the chief executive of Bond, the UK network for organisations working in international...

      Unicef

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when she last met with Henrietta H Fore, the chief executive of UNICEF.

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment her Department has made of how lessons from the Ebola epidemic can be used to help support countries during the...

      Overseas Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of funding available through the rapid response facility to support the poorest...

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to add flexibility to existing grants to NGOs to enable them to support countries affected by covid-19 in the...

      Overseas Aid: Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the cancellation of the 2020 Nutrition for Growth summit, what plans her Department has to announce funding for...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to (a) support and (b) scale-up local health systems in the Global South.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to guarantee that a potential vaccine to tackle covid-19 is affordable and accessible to all countries.

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with private creditors on cancelling the debt repayments of countries in the global south to...

      Overseas Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to support poor and vulnerable people living in middle income countries who are vulnerable to covid-19.

      Migrant Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent steps she has taken to help (a) tackle overcrowding and (b) provide adequate sanitation in camps which support refugees...

      Developing Countries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions she has had with women’s rights organisations based in the global south to help to inform her...

      Developing Countries: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to ensure that funding allocated by her Department to prevent and tackle the spread of covid-19 in developing...

      Overseas Aid: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she plans to take to ensure that adequate funding is allocated to the protection of women and girls and gender-based...

      Palestinians: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of Palestinians' access to healthcare throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that charges for healthcare are not a barrier to the treatment of covid-19 in developing...

      Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that critical services to prevent (a) maternal, (b) newborn and (c) child deaths in...

      Humanitarian Aid: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that humanitarian (a) access and (b) policies are protected in the global response to...

  • Department for Education

    • Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether (a) his Department and (b) the Student Loans Company plan to provide support to (i) current and (ii) prospective students whose parents have...

    • Students: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that university students who do not have access to (a) the internet and (b) a computer at home are able to complete...

      Academic Year and Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to announce the allocation of funding for the Holiday Activities and Food Scheme 2020.

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support UK universities affected by reduced international recruitment as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Schools: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the National School Food Voucher Scheme; and what comparative assessment he has made between the...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to monitor the welfare of vulnerable children who are not attending school during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department plans to allow parents who are in the covid-19 at risk groups to decide whether their children return to school, when schools...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure music is taught at every school.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Electronic Tagging: Coronavirus

      To ask Secretary of State for Justice, what procedures are in place for tagging offenders by police services in England and Wales during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the caseload statistics for local housing allowance for each broad rental market area in each of the last three years.

    • Local Housing Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of local housing allowance rates in (a) the London Borough of Lewisham, (b) London and (c)...

      Universal Credit: Food Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the findings in the report by the Tussell Trust, entitled Five weeks too long, published in September 2019, what assessment...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will extend deadlines for social security claimants to (a) ensure that claims are not stopped during the covid-19 outbreak and (b) ease...

      Housing Benefit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to introduce three-month bloc payments of housing benefit to homelessness accommodation providers to reduce...

      Flexible Support Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received support for upfront childcare costs under the Flexible Support Fund in the latest period for which figures are...

      Small Businesses: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how financial support provided to small businesses through the Small Business Grant Scheme will be classified for the purposes of applications...

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of suspending the requirement to complete the online work journal in order to continue receiving...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Metro Newspaper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department's policies of the ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority in...

      Universal Credit: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding is being allocated to extend the Help to Claim universal credit scheme for a further financial year in Scotland.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Milk: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take to stabilise the price of milk during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Agriculture: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the agricultural industry.

      Agriculture: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the agricultural supply chain.

      Biodiversity: Zoonoses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the destruction of biodiversity and habitats on levels of emerging zoonotic...

      Food Supply: Zoonoses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has made a recent assessment of the effect of the food production system (a) in the UK and (b) globally on levels...

      Food Supply: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking with the food retail sector to ensure continuity of food supply.

      Food Supply: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent steps his Department has taken to help ensure a continuing supply of food and essential supplies to...

      Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that roles in seasonal agricultural work are advertised to people in the UK to limit the...

      Plastics: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) volume and (b) composition of plastic waste in UK territorial waters.

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) woman and (b) men have been granted settled status under the EU Settled Status Scheme.

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Home Affairs Committee's Twelfth Special Report of Session 2017-19, Asylum accommodation: replacing COMPASS:...

      Home Office: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to Questions 1762 and 1763 on Immigration: EU Nationals tabled on 9 January 2020.

      Biometrics: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make changes to the system of registering biometrics during the period of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Visas: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the requirement in certain categories of visa to leave the UK before being allowed to apply will be suspended during the period of...

  • Scotland Office

    • Coronavirus: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much additional testing capacity has been created by regional testing centres in Scotland.

    • Coronavirus: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities on the adequacy of Government funding to respond to the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Treasury

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether people employed by umbrella companies that are furloughed during the covid-19 outbreak will receive a sum based on 80 per cent of their average...

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of holiday pay accrued by furloughed staff on the ability of the economy to recover after the covid-19 outbreak.

      Debts: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has made to (a) his counterparts in the G20 Group, (b) the World Bank and (c) the International Monetary Fund in support of the...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of lowering the 50 per cent threshold for the proportion of applicants' income that must come from...

      Veterinary Services: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to support veterinary practices with increased overheads due to the requirement to remain open to provide emergency care.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of people in the Scottish Borders who have been furloughed as part of the Coronavirus Job...

      Travel Agents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps his Department is taking to support travel agents during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Welfare tax credits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of increased hours and overtime worked by (a) carers and (b) NHS staff during the covid-19 outbreak on tax credit...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of reviewing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in the event of future lockdowns to offer rotating...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Government allows new employees to qualify for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme if they can evidence that they started their employment...

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to support small business owners that are unable to trade during the covid-19 outbreak and depend on dividends on their...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of removing the £50,000 eligibility cap for the Self-Employed Income Support scheme for people...

      Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of removing the exclusion of dental practices and other medical providers from the covid-19 business...

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on supporting private dental practices during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: EU Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that EU citizens eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are issued with National Insurance numbers as quickly...

      Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme: North West

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many businesses in (a) Rossendale and Darwen, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West have (i) applied to and (ii) been successful in their application...

      Self-employment Income Support Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of self-employed people who will not be eligible for support under the Government's Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to provide support to the airline industry; and whether he plans to ensure that support is contingent on airlines (a) not paying...

      Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support is available for people with fixed term employment contracts that ended prior to 19 March 2020; and how that support differs for people on (a)...

      Business: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to support businesses that had applications for grant funding during the covid-19 outbreak declined because (a) their...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what direct mailings have been sent since 2012 to advise parents of the High-income Child Benefit Charge.

      Service Industries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support will be made available to (a) pubs, (b) restaurants and (b) other businesses in the hospitality sector that have closed during the...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the advertising campaigns on (a) changes to child benefit and (b) the implementation of the...

      Public Houses and Restaurants: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish any correspondence he has had with insurance companies on covering the contingent liability of losses suffered by pubs and restaurants...

      Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish further guidance for charities who are struggling financially due to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Social Enterprises: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the combined effect on social enterprises of the covid-19 outbreak and the cessation of social investment tax relief after...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Third Sector: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether (a) officials in his Department and (b) representatives of the Charity Commission have had discussions with (i)...

    • Entertainments and Exhibitions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the economic effect of the covid-19 lockdown on the events and exhibitions industry.

      Local Broadcasting: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will increase the Community Radio Fund for 2020-21 to provide additional support to community radio stations...

      Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support the Government will provide to charities who are responding to the covid-19 outbreak but are unlikely to benefit...

      Gambling: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that vulnerable gamblers are protected during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support the Government is providing to the exhibition and events industries that have lost revenue as a result of the...

      Social Enterprises and Voluntary Organisations: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how the £750 million in funding for charities, voluntary sector organisations and the social enterprise sector is being...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether an employee who is isolating due to COVID-19 and is in receipt of Statutory Sick Pay can claim Universal Credit to supplement their income. [T]

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Greece: Asylum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Greece has detained and mistreated migrants at secret extrajudicial sites before deporting those...

    • Turkey: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Turkey has submitted proceedings to withdraw parliamentary immunity from 28 opposition MPs of the...

      Cameroon: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Cameroon about the importance of sending representatives to participate in the talks to be hosted by the...

      Gibraltar: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Gibraltar receives sufficient (1) testing, and (2) personal protection, equipment during the COVID-19...

      Nigeria: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) reported killing of 60 Christians in villages in Plateau State in Nigeria by Fulani militia, and (2) the humanitarian...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Coronavirus: Sepsis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 related deaths in the UK resulted from a secondary bacterial infection leading to sepsis.

    • Employment: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish data on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the UK’s working population, broken down by gender.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Prescriptions: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that NHS England implements the Electronic Prescription Service in dispensing practices to benefit rural patients.

    • Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many vaccine manufacturing facilities in the UK are currently operational.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) the British Medical Association and (2) other health sector representatives about the availability of hospital beds for...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to evaluate different contact-tracing technologies and the possible timeframes for their implementation.

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