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Written answers

Thursday, 7 May 2020

  • Department for Transport

    • Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to Government advice against all but essential international travel, whether the Government has plans to support the outbound travel...

    • Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to introduce a period of quarantine for people arriving at UK airports from abroad.

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government plans to introduce a compulsory 2 week quarantine period for air passengers arriving in the UK.

      British Airways: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking in response to the announcement by British Airways that the company will make 12,000 members of staff redundant.

      British Airways: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish a response to EDM 418 on British Airways job losses.

      British Airways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with British Airways on (a) worker safety, (b) job protections and (c) financial assistance from the Government to that...

      Flybe: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he had with FlyBe prior to that company entering administration on (a) worker safety, (b) job protections and (c) financial...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions has he had with representatives from the Civil Aviation Authority on pilots maintaining their ratings during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Airports: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions has he had with representatives from managers of UK airports on ensuring airports are ready to return to receiving regular fights...

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Sudan: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to provide repatriation flights for British citizens stranded in Sudan during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • South Africa: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to introduce additional repatriation flights for British citizens stranded in South Africa.

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support British nationals overseas whose visas have expired during the lockdown period;...

      Saudi Arabia: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) security, (b) justice and (c) policing support his Department provided to Saudi Arabia in (i) 2018, (ii) 2019 and...

      Saudi Arabia: Capital Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the (a) application of the Royal Decree announced 26 April...

      British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the number of UK citizens stranded abroad due to the covid-19 pandemic; and where those...

      British Overseas Territories: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to help prevent the spread of covid-19 in the UK Overseas Territories.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional resources are to be made available to minimise the risk of infection from covid-19 among (a) homeless people, (b)...

    • NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take to ensure the NHS People Plan aligns with policies set out in the 2017 NHS Cancer workforce plan.

      Coronavirus: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support is available to people who rely on fundraising events to access private medicines that will be cancelled due to the covid-19...

      Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure continued provision of treatment for vulnerable persons with (a) chronic obstructive...

      NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the level of infection transmitted by NHS workers who have not been tested for covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Disinformation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to prevent the dissemination of disinformation on covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Allied Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the 150,000 Allied Health Professionals in (a) the NHS and (b) social care have access to (i) personal protective equipment...

      Coronavirus: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the number of patients presenting with advanced cancer...

      Ovarian Cancer: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to address the concerns of women facing delays in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer in England.

      Protective Clothing: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with local authorities to determine which phase of personal protective equipment distribution they should be in.

      Northwick Park Hospital: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 April 2020 to Question 30666 on Northwick Park Hospital: coronavirus, what recent assessment he has made of...

      Eating Disorders: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure that people with eating disorders are able to access the ingredients necessary to continue with...

      Eating Disorders: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what services his Department is providing to people with eating disorders whose (a) outpatient, (b) day patient and (c) intensive...

      Protective Clothing: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many deliveries of personal protective equipment were made to (a) NHS and (b) social care providers in the borough of Barnet in each...

      Care Homes: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will issue guidance to private social care providers to enable them to assist with the timely distribution of personal...

      Care Homes: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for ensuring that private social care providers are supplied with personal protective equipment for use by care...

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of (a) looked after children and (b) formerly looked after children had (i) foetal alcohol syndrome and (ii) foetal...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the drive through testing facility for NHS workers who are based in Hertfordshire is located at Stansted Airport.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 testing centres have been set up; how many of those testing centres are located in out-of-town areas; and on what date...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria his Department used to determine the location of each covid-19 testing centre; what consideration was given to the distance...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the daily capacity is of each of the covid-19 testing centres; and what the average daily attendance has been at each such centre...

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what evidence the Government has used to reach its decision to recommend the use of aprons rather than gowns on lower risk inpatient...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the development and production of flu vaccinations.

      Immigrants: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the levels of covid-19 infection amongst migrant groups with no recourse to public funds...

      Cancer: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on cancer (a) treatment and (b) care.

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure that (a) chemotherapy and (b) organ transplants that have been suspended due to the covid-19 outbreak are...

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients have visited covid-19-free hospital sites since the establishment of those sites; and how many of those patients were...

      NHS: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19-related staff absence by (a) illness and (b) diversions on cancer treatment.

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the availability of cancer treatment pathways returns to its previous level after the relaxation...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cancer treatments considered essential and urgent have been delayed across NHS England.

      Coronavirus: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of provisionally registering pre-registration pharmacists in response to the covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance he has provided to community pharmacies on the sale of Ibuprofen during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the supply line to community pharmacies.

      Pharmacy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of authorising pharmacists to supply prescription-only medicines without a...

      Coronavirus: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to monitor levels of health inequality during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that health inequalities are not exacerbated by the Government's response to the covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how long on average people with covid-19 remain infected.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 testing sites are operational.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the 50 testing sites for covid-19 will become fully operational.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the geographical availability of covid-19 testing stations.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what procedures are in place for referring (a) NHS and (b) social care workers to covid-19 testing stations.

      Hospitals: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of personal protective equipment being used in hospitals where covid-19 patients are being treated can be fully...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on how many occasions since 1 January 2020 has guidance on personal protective equipment been updated by his Department; and if he will...

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on trends in the number of cancer diagnoses in the next 12 months of...

      Palliative Care: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will introduce the Resuscitation Council UK’s guidance on the level of personal protection equipment required during...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the risk posed by covid-19 to black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities in comparison to the...

      Coronavirus: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how are (a) cases of and (b) deaths from covid-19 being recorded by local authorities; and in what format that data is being recorded.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to build capacity to secure a test and trace strategy to tackle the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government will implement contact tracing to tackle the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the new COVID-19 tracing app being developed by NHSX complies with (a) purpose limitation (b) data minimisation (c) data privacy by...

      Coronavirus: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure people traveling into UK airports are not carriers of covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to test, track and trace people infected with covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the covid-19 outbreak, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring people who arrive in the UK to...

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which organisations and individuals were consulted on the data governance framework of the covid-19 tracing app being developed by NHSX.

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Information Commissioners’ Office has approved the data governance framework of the covid-19 tracing app being...

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the data governance framework for the covid-19 tracing app being developed by NHSX.

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there is a specific ethical oversight mechanism for the covid-19 tracing app being developed by NHSX.

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his policy for the covid-19 tracing app that is under development to be rolled out on an opt-in basis.

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of what circumstances the de-anonymisation of the covid-19 tracing app would be judged to be proportionate.

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data privacy and control standards will be required of organisations working collaboratively with NHSX on the covid-19 tracking app.

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether data from the covid-19 contact tracing app will be uploaded to a central database; who will have access to that data; and what...

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with developers working on the NHS covid-19 app on creating a decentralised and anonymised contact tracing...

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) distance away from and (b) length of time spent near another app user will the covid-19 tracing app be set to report a potential...

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had platform providers to enable the covid-19 contact tracing app to collect data while a phone is locked.

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the identity of people notified of potential exposure to covid-19 via the contact tracing app will be available automatically to...

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the covid-19 tracing app will be compatible with other internationally comparable covid-19 digital solutions to enable data to be...

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what contractual requirements have been put in place to ensure that third party providers working with NHSX on the development of the...

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the retention of data collected through the NHSX covid-19 tracing app by (a) the NHS and (b) third parties for the new COVID-19...

      NHSX: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the new covid-19 tracing app developed by NHSX meets Apple's standard of privacy in relation to the use of Bluetooth.

      Coronavirus: Death Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued to NHS trusts on recording covid-19 on death certificates.

      NHSX: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the NHS contact-tracing app being developed by NHSX will be accessible to disabled people.

  • Wales Office

    • UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on the Shared Prosperity Fund.

    • Economic Situation: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether his plans for economic recovery in Wales after the covid-19 outbreak include the commencement of the consultation on the Shared Prosperity Fund.

  • Department for Education

    • Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether universities that have closed as a result of the covid-19 outbreak will require their students to pay their fees in full.

    • Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that vulnerable children are (a) identified and (b) supported while school attendance rates are low...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to help increase the number of vulnerable children attending school during the covid-19 lockdown.

      Free School Meals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the longest length of time a primary school has been waiting for a response from Edenred relating to a query...

      Free School Meals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether arrangements are in place to allow schools to purchase free school meal vouchers direct from local supermarkets during the covid-19 lockdown.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Family Proceedings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, If he will make an assessment of recent trends in the number of urgent court proceedings being brought before the family courts since the beginning of...

    • Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Equality and Human Rights Commission report conclusions that virtual video...

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of virtual court proceedings on participating children.

      Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if his Department will ensure that virtual court hearings are accessible to the general public and media.

      Parents: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the advice is for parents who are co-parenting and live in different localities, requiring substantial travel, during the covid-19 lockdown.

      Prison Accommodation: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if an evaluation of the pilots of in-cell technology in (a) HMP Wayland and (b) HMP Berwyn has been completed.

      Prisons: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has commissioned a review of prison education, including the adequacy of funding available, in advance of its submission to the...

      Prisoners' Release: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 29 April 2020 to Question 38475, on Prison Accommodation: Wales, when his Department plans to finalise the number of prisoners...

      Prisoners: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 29 April 2020 to Question 38475 on Prison Accommodation: Wales, how many prisoners with symptoms have been isolated; how many...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the letter issued to local authority leaders on of 27 April 2020 on the use of emergency funds to...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial support her Department plans to provide to (a) self-employed and (b) zero-hours workers that self-isolate as a result of covid-19.

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish all prevention of future deaths reports submitted to her Department since 2013.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of removing the £16,000 savings threshold for eligibility for universal...

      Vacancies: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new vacancies were posted on her Department’s find a job website in (a) January, (b) February and (c) March and (d) April of...

      Pension Credit: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential economic merits of granting 1950s-born women who are not...

  • Home Office

    • Detention Centres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to protect people in immigration removal centres from covid-19 by ensuring access to (a) testing, (b) personal...

    • Migrant Camps: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to improve (a) identification and (b) relocation procedures for (i) unaccompanied minors, (ii) disabled...

      Migrant Camps: : France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29 April 2020 to Question 37581 on migrant camps: France, what steps her Department is taking to (a) identify and...

      Borders: France

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will provide a breakdown of the UK's current expenditure on border operations in Northern France.

      Asylum: Detention Centers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she will publish (a) the advice, guidance and recommendations it has received from the Public Health England Director embedded in the...

      Asylum: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure adequate (a) healthcare and (b) financial support for asylum seekers during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of deployed (a) full fibre and (b) 5G networks include the involvement of a vendor designated as high-risk.

    • Broadband: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 2020 to Question 38620 on access to superfast broadband, what measures to support...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Disability: Coronavirus

      What recent assessment she has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on disabled people who are in receipt of social security.

  • Department for Transport

    • Transport and Leisure: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessments they are undertaking to consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on future (1) working patterns, (2) transport use, and (3) leisure.

    • Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with UK airline companies about ensuring refunds for customers whose travel arrangements were cancelled as a result of the...

      British Airways: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with British Airways about their financial position; and when any such discussions took place. [T]

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Public Houses: Rents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that pub owners who own three or less public houses with a total annual rental income of less than £100,000 are exempted from...

    • Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the names of the members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies; and what assessment they have made of the impact of any...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Bangladesh: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Bangladesh about (1) the mobile data ban imposed in that country, and (2) the impact of that ban on women and...

    • Hong Kong: Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter sent by United Nations Special Rapporteurs to the government of China on 19 February about violations of the human...

      Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that there is adequate civil society consultation and involvement in the upcoming Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what scientific advice they have received to explain the flattening of the growth trend of newly reported cases of COVID-19 (1) in Japan, (2) in South Korea, and...

    • Coronavirus: Pneumonia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 21 April (HL2602), why they have not been in contact with the National Cancer Institute Pascale Foundation or the...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the term “let it run hot” means in relation to COVID-19; and what plans they have to publish the evidence base for behind the use of that phrase.

      Air Pollution: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of air quality on the exacerbation of COVID-19 symptoms.

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that a higher proportion of black, Asian and minority ethnic people are dying as a result of COVID-19 than people of...

      Coronavirus: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether COVID-19 related legislation will be revoked once the pandemic is over or when such legislation is no longer reasonably required.

      Protective Clothing: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made to secure personal protective equipment for health professionals from small and medium-sized businesses based in the United Kingdom.

      Health Professions: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their guidelines on personal protective equipment for frontline medical staff are (1) based on expert medical advice and evidence or (2) also based on...

      Ethnic Groups: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they started to (1) collect, and (2) publish data relating to the ethnicity of those infected with COVID-19; and for what reasons this did not start at the...

      Coronavirus: Hospitals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use the NHS Nightingale Hospitals for the admission of patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms to prevent the deaths of...

      Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) undertake, or (2) take part in, an international inquiry into the origins of COVID-19 and its global spread.

      Cancer and Heart Diseases: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure cancer and heart disease patients are able to access hospital treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Epilepsy: Cannabis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to fund private prescriptions for whole plant cannabis pharmaceutical medicines for children with severe drug resistant epilepsy during the...

      Coronavirus: Disinfectants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the suggestion by the President of the United States of America that injecting or ingesting disinfectant might be a cure for...

      Cancer: Surgery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many operations for cases of cancer have been cancelled in England since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Disease Control: EU Action

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the UK has continued membership of the EU’s Early Warning and Response System for pandemics.

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic related school closures and social distancing measures on those with identified special...

    • Disabled Students' Allowances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those applying for Disabled Students Allowance who need formal diagnosis, normally provided through one-to-one...

      Students: Broadband and Computers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide all secondary school students with laptops and broadband routers; and what criteria they use to determine which students should...

      Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidelines they have given to headteachers in order to protect teachers from COVID-19.

      Universities: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide financial assistance to UK universities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Remand in Custody

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been remanded in custody in England and Wales in each month of 2020 to date.

    • Sentencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were sentenced to a prison term of six months or less in each month of 2020 to date.

      Prisoners: Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the opportunity for a prisoner to use a mobile telephone is determined by their good conduct; and what assessment they have made of the impact of mobile...

  • Treasury

    • Business Premises: Rents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proposals for a Furloughed Space Grant Scheme, put forward by the British Retail Consortium and the British Property...

    • Business: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of insurance companies refusing to pay claims from customers for business interruption on the grounds that the...

      Taxation: Self-assessment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of people in each local authority who completed a self-assessment between the 1990–91 and the 2018–19 tax years declared a charitable...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fly-tipping: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to recommending the re-opening waste and recycling centres to alleviate the increased incidence of fly-tipping on agricultural land.

    • Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage more flexible and part-time seasonal employment on farms in order to encourage more British workers to apply for the vacancies.

      Food: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that supplies of imported food are not delayed at UK ports.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Interviews

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in using conducting asylum interviews and other procedures at Asylum Screening Units through remote means; and how many cases have...

    • Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were held in immigration detention centres in each month of 2020 to date.

      Asylum: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Home Office and its contracted providers have made a public health assessment of asylum accommodation in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Asylum: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures asylum accommodation providers have made to ensure that people seeking asylum are able to follow the Government’s guidance on social distancing...

      Detention Centres: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of Immigration Removal Centres in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in particular (1) how many detainees have been...

      Asylum: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that asylum seekers and people who do not have a settled immigration status are encouraged to seek medical assistance as...

      Undocumented Migrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal immigrants they have intercepted travelling to the UK, whether on land or at sea, in each of the last 24 months.

      Free Movement of People: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to change their freedom of movement policy for nurses, resident outside of the UK, who have contributed to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Trade: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) financial, and (2) other, support they intend to provide to businesses to assist with (a) customs, (b) animal, and (c) public health, requirements...

    • Borders: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the benefits of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland are protected, and in particular the movement of goods in the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Arms Trade: League of Arab States

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many licences were granted for the export of military equipment to each member state of the Arab League in each of the last five years for which records...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Sports and Voluntary Organisations: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what comprehensive guidance they have provided to voluntary and sporting organisations which operate buildings and other facilities in respect of outlining...

    • Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, what assessment they have made of threats posed to press freedom (1) globally, and (2) domestically; and what plans...

      Public Service Broadcasting: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a compulsory requirement for broadcasters to include a public service component in their programming following the COVID-19 pandemic.

      VE Day: Anniversaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the second world war in August, following the cancellation of events to mark that anniversary of VE...

      Rugby: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they intend to provide to ensure the long-term future of Rugby League.

      Golf

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow golf courses and golf facilities to re-open, subject to safeguards.

      Data Protection: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, to help protect the privacy of the public in using the proposed COVID-19 tracking app, they plan to bring into force immediately sections 77 and 78 of the...

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