Written answers

Thursday, 28 May 2020

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the potential economic effects of employees who have accrued large amounts...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many additional critical care beds have been made available since the outbreak of covid-19.

    • Ventilators: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many ventilators are available in Worcestershire; and when more ventilators will be delivered.

      Cancer: Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that radiotherapy services used in cancer treatment continue during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Hospices: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that hospices have a reliable supply of personal protective equipment.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the restoration of planned surgery will be accompanied by (a) an assessment of and (b) investment in...

      NHSX: Computer Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHSx will develop the functionality of the NHS covid-19 contact tracing app to allow users to order the deletion of the...

      Business Premises: Air Conditioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that employers take into account the recommendations of the Chartered Institution of Building Services...

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when dentists will be able to resume normal practice in England after the covid-19 lockdown.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (b) from 1...

      General Practitioners: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to increase the number of GPs per 1,000 people in line with levels in other European countries.

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Bromsgrove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he is putting in place for three-tier school systems in Bromsgrove district as part of the phased wider opening of educational and...

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has put in place to ensure social distancing is enforced on school buses to ensure safe travel when schools return during...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he take steps to ensure that all (a) announcements and (b) guidance on reopening schools during the covid-19 outbreak are made in good time to give...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions his Department has had with headteachers on plans to safely reopen schools during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what scientific advice his Department received on the viability of reopening schools during the covid-19 outbreak on 1 June 2020.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, for what reasons the decision was made to reopen schools on 1 June 2002 to (a) nursery, (b) reception, (c) Year 1 and (d) Year 6 pupils ahead of other...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what additional support is available to school staff to ensure their safety when schools reopen on 1 June 2020 during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department plans to make available to schools struggling to implement social distancing due to a lack of space within school...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to help ensure that families feel confident to return their children to school when schools reopen during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of parents who (a) will, (b) will not and (c) do not know whether they will send children back...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what his steps his Department is taking to support school staff and teachers to manage the reopening of schools on 1 June 2020 during the covid-19...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what scientific research his Department has commissioned to help assess the potential merits of providing (a) teachers and (b) other school staff with...

      Schools: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether attendance will be compulsory for pupils who are eligible to return to school from 1 June 2020.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to meet the National Education Union to discuss proposals on reopening schools.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Housing: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support the Government is providing to local authorities that are responsible for resettling the highest number...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what additional (a) staffing and (b) funding has been allocated to the Health and Safety Executive to increase capacity for the inspection of...

    • Jobseeker's Allowance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of extending contribution-based Job Seeker's Allowance from six months to (a) nine months...

      Health and Safety Executive: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many additional call centre staff and inspectors the Health and Safety Executive plans to recruit using the additional £14 million of...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Interserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether cleaners employed by Interserve working in her Department’s premises (a) have access to personal protective equipment, (b) are...

      Social Security Benefits: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has she made of the potential merits of removing the benefits cap for the duration of the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Home Office

  • Cabinet Office

    • Internet: Disinformation

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2020 to Question 1979, how much funding from the public purse has been provided to initiatives such as...

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish an Equality Impact Assessment of the Government’s plans for easing the covid-19 lockdown.

      Cabinet Office: Government Chief Scientific Adviser

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many meetings he had with the the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser (a) from 1 September to 30 November 2019 and (b) from 1 December 2019 to 29...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make it his policy to establish an online Coronavirus charity support finder to signpost Government financial...

    • Theatre: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what support his Department is providing to the commercial theatre sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many meetings (a) he and (b) his predecessor had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser (i) from 1 September...

      Arts: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support (a) the creative industries and (b) workers in those industries during the...

  • Department for Transport

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of properties required for the development of HS2 Phase 1 have received full compensation in accordance with the Compensation Code.

    • Electric Scooters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their proposed trial of e-scooters on public roads will include (1) rental schemes only, (2) privately owned e-scooters only, or (3) both rental schemes...

      USA: Air Transport Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remain a member of the EU–US Open Skies Agreement.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Forests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to delay any removal of ancient woodlands until a further assessment has been made of the viability of HS2.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Climate Change Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on revising their plans for COP26.

    • Erasmus+ Programme and Horizon 2020

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the details of (1) the criteria they will apply to, and (2) the timetable for making, a decision on participating in (a)...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, an employer and employee must enter into a written agreement reducing the employee’s salary before the...

      Bounce Back Loan Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the difficulties faced by businesses that apply and receive the Bounce Back Loan Scheme if those businesses do not stay with...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the Court of Appeal judgement in C Spencer Ltd vs MW High Tech Projects Ltd, what plans they have to consult on bringing forward legislation to include...

      Consumers: Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they have responded to the Competition and Market Authority's (CMA) 2019 proposal that the CMA's powers to enforce consumer protection law should be improved.

      Prices: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Competition and Market Authority's (CMA) recent request for emergency time-limited legislation to give the CMA powers to...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Callanan on 14 May (HL Deb, cols 781–2), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what plans they have to review...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hong Kong: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 5 May (HL3427), what urgent representations they will make to the government of Hong...

    • British Council: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to the British Council to respond to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Services: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in response to the concerns raised by the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons on 27 March about...

    • Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the basic reproduction rate of COVID-19 (1) inside, and (2) outside, of care homes, as of 30 April; what comparative analysis they...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to update their guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic to reflect the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to issue new guidance on friends and relatives visiting care home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what steps they are...

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Reuters Special Report In shielding its hospitals from COVID-19, Britain left many of the weakest exposed, published on 5 May. [T]

      Care Homes and Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the remarks by the National Statistician that the R rate of COVID-19 infections “is driven by the epidemic in care...

      NHS: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the full NHS People Plan.

      Coronavirus: Social Distancing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what scientific evidence they used to underpin their guidance that a person may meet one other person outside their own household in a park at a distance of two...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Data Processing Impact Assessment will be published for the computer systems that will store the data collected by COVID-19 human contact tracers.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in response to the risk that a COVID-19 vaccine may not be found in the coming months.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why patients have been discharged to care homes from hospitals without prior testing for COVID-19.

      Mental Capacity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to announce the timetable for introducing the Liberty Protection Safeguards, which were established in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements have been made to ensure prompt and universal COVID-19 testing for those (1) providing home care, and (2) receiving care at home.

      Coronavirus: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the preservation of sufficient stocks of drugs that may be promising for use (1) to treat COVID-19 patients, or (2) in...

      Ventilators

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current ventilator capacity in the NHS in England; and what is the expected ventilator capacity on (1) 1 June, (2) 1 July, (3) 1 August, and (4) 1...

      Coronavirus: Medical Treatments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to streamline (1) legislative, or (2) regulatory, hurdles in the approvals process for treatments for COVID-19; and what safeguards will...

      Protective Clothing: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 14 May (HL3016), what criteria were used in determining that the answer given was "excellent", as indicated in...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the laboratories involved in the development of COVID-19 vaccines are evaluating the (1) use, and (2) potential effects, of those vaccines in trials with...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comments by the National Care Association that care homes have felt “completely abandoned” during the COVID-19...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 of the financial sustainability of (1) the for-profit care home sector, and (2) care homes operated by...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to (1) support, and (2) protect, BAME (a) key workers, and (b) NHS staff, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Department for International Development

  • Department for Education

    • Further Education: Finance and Governing Bodies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring forward legislation relating to the finance and governance arrangements of further education colleges in England.

    • Schools: Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the withdrawal by Oxford Council of guidance to schools which allowed transgender pupils to choose which toilet facilities to use, what plans they have...

      Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Berridge on 12 May (HL Deb, col 569), what plans they have to ensure that secondary school pupils receive adequate sex education...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Peers: Allowances

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how many members of the House of Lords, recorded as attending sittings of the House or Committees of the House during the 2018–19 financial year claimed (1)...

    • Hereditary Peers: Allowances

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 12 May (HL3709) what was the total cost in the parliamentary session 2017/2019 of allowances...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Help to Buy Scheme: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the cut-off date for the completion of Help to Buy properties by six months in view of the delay to construction activity.

    • Veterans: Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the national Homes for Heroes campaign; and what plans they have to support it.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dairy Farming: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment will be made of the adequacy of their financial package of support for the dairy industry during the COVID-19 lockdown.

    • Food: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the food in parcels being distributed to those shielding from COVID-19 in England is ultra-processed food.

      International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to clarify their relationship with the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea; and when they expect to conclude the agreements...

  • Home Office

    • Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what long-term support services they plan to provide to survivors of trafficking to protect them from being re-trafficked and to ensure that they are supported...

    • Slavery: Victims

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in their proposal to provide places of safety for victims of modern slavery.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were detained in each immigration removal centre on (1) 2 March, (2) 21 April, and (3) 7 May.

      Domestic Abuse: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that women from BAME communities who have (1) experienced, and (2) reported, domestic abuse receive adequate advice, support...

      Slavery and Forced Labour

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 on (1) labour exploitation, and (2) modern slavery.

      Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who claimed compensation under the Windrush Compensation Scheme have died before their claims had been settled.

      Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they have publicised the Windrush Compensation Scheme (1) in the UK, and (2) overseas.

      Windrush Generation: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they have liaised with British High Commissions to deal with the claims of people who are currently overseas to compensation under the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

      Offences Against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 21 January (HL158), whether they published their national strategy to tackle all forms of child...

      Offences against Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 21 January (HL158), whether they have made any recent estimate of the number of women...

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Membership of EU: Referendums

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the investigation into Vote Leave and BeLeave as to whether those organisations broke spending rules during the EU referendum being dropped by the...

    • Coronavirus: Death

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the UK in each week during 2020.

      Coronavirus: Social Distancing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what further plans they have to modify social distancing measures.

      Coronavirus: Brexit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement by 31 December.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Adelina Comas-Herrera and Jose-Luis Fernandez at the London School of Economics England: Estimates of mortality of...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following reports of the differential impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities, all relevant public authorities in the UK should be gathering data...

      Cybercrime: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to make additional resources available to the National Cyber Security Centre to address any rise in cybercrime linked to COVID-19; and,...

      Coronavirus: Social Distancing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what preparations they have made for the easing of social distancing measures.

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