Written answers

Friday, 29 May 2020

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Cancer: Mortality Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase the five-year survival rates for (a) lung, (b) liver, (c) brain, (d) stomach, (e)...

    • Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to extend the range of healthcare professionals permitted to administer and prescribe low-risk medicines.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) limit the chances of infection of and (b) provide other support to people with pre-existing respiratory...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress his Department has made in developing a sexual and reproductive health strategy; and what the timescale is for the (a)...

      Coronavirus: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has provided to (a) people living with cancer and (b) their families and people who care for them during the...

      Coronavirus: Rare Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the guidance on social distancing published by Public Health England on 16 March 2020, whether patients with rare...

      Coronavirus: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has published on the attendance of patients at dental practices during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Health Services: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies on (a) improving access to innovative medicines and (b) fostering the...

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance he has provided to regulatory and health authorities on ensuring that the UK remains an attractive place to conduct...

      Coronavirus: Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice is being issued to dentists on covid-19.

      Dental Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) dentists and (b) NHS dentists contracts will be covered by emergency financial support.

      Health Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance she is issuing to public health officers to take into account a person’s wellbeing and personal requirements under...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of facilities in the UK to manufacture a covid-19 vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of providing free inhalers to health and social care workers during the...

      Coronavirus: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to help community pharmacies handle increased patient walk-ins as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Electronic Commerce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that retailers receive the list of vulnerable peoples in order to support online deliveries.

      Speech and Language Therapy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions officials from his Department have had with representatives of (a) NHS England and (b) Public Health England on the...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the Library the background material from which the Deputy Chief Medical Officer concluded on 20 March 2020 that...

      Disease Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding was allocated from the public purse to pandemic preparedness in each year since 2010.

      NHS Trusts: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many items of (a) fluid repellent surgical face masks, (b) disposable respirators (FFP3/ FFP2/ N95), (c) fluid repellent gowns, (d)...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of streamlining the clinically extremely vulnerable persons' registration process so...

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19-free hospital sites have been created for cancer care in England; and what plans there are to deliver additional such...

      Hospitals: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which body is responsible for buying personal protective equipment in a district general hospital.

      Health Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to prevent competition for supplies of personal protective equipment (a) between (i) individuals, (ii) hospitals...

      NHS Trusts: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many requests for personal protective equipment have been made by NHS Trusts since 1 January 2020; and how many of those requests...

      Cystic Fibrosis: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government plans to provide for people who have cystic fibrosis and others who are extremely vulnerable and who may need...

      Children: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether shielding for children with cystic fibrosis and others who are considered to be extremely vulnerable for covid-19 will continue...

      Hospices: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure (a) Marie Curie, (b) Sue Ryder and (c) other hospice care groups have adequate supplies of...

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the NHS is taking to reschedule as soon as possible cancer treatments and operations that were cancelled as a result of the...

      Hospitals: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to create covid-19-free hospital sites suitable for the treatment of cancer patients.

      Cancer: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to tackle the effect of covid-19 on people living with cancer.

      Coronavirus: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many admissions have there been to Nightingale hospitals; and how many deaths have occurred within them.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when and how the Government plans to communicate changes to shielding advice to people with cystic fibrosis and other people in the...

      Coronavirus: Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment Public Health England has made of the implications for its policies of recent research that cigarette smokers are less...

      Coronavirus: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional support his Department is providing to NHS trusts in the North West to tackle the increase in cases of covid-19 in that...

      Vitamin D: Deficiency Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether vitamin D levels of patients are being tested in hospitals; and whether his Department has made an assessment of the extent of...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the advice from the British Dietetic Association, British Association...

      Hospitals: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which covid-free hospitals are specifically dedicated to the treatment of people with cancer; and on what date each such hospital started...

      Chronic Illnesses: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of the people who have been advised by the Government to shield at home for 12 weeks in response to the covid-19 outbreak (a)...

      Cancer: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people received chemotherapy treatment in (a) April 2019 and (b) April 2020 for the treatment of (i) breast cancer, (ii) bowel...

      Blood Cancer: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) men (b) women with blood cancer in each age group have (i) contracted covid-19 (ii) received intensive care support and...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy on covid-19 of the research by Professor Philip Calder of the University...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a risk analysis of the potential effect of easing the lockdown on the prevalence of covid-19.

      Social Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure public health oversight of the management of covid-19 in social care settings.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to help ensure that directors of public health lead the local response to covid-19.

      Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to publish the scientific (a) advice and (b) evidence provided to SAGE on covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of the EU’s proposed World Health Assembly 73 Resolution on the...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of the wearing of home-made salt-coated face masks by the general...

      Hormone Replacement Therapy

      To ask the secretary of state for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of supply of HRT drugs.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will allow GP practices to administer flu vaccines to their own staff members.

      Coronavirus: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) drugs and (b) therapies for covid-19 are being assessed by his Department.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will publish the model and input parameters used by Imperial College London in their paper entitled Report 9: Impact of...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the evidential basis for the Government decision not to recommend that the public wear face masks in response to the...

      Coronavirus: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of rates of transmission of covid-19 in primary school settings.

      Public Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish Public Health England’s Global Health Strategy agreed to before the outbreak of covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the paper by Alisa Fox et al. titled Evidence of a significant secretory-IgA-dominant SARS-CoV-2 immune response in...

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people who have (a) been infected with and (b) died from covid-19 were (i) British nationals, (ii) EEA or Swiss citizens, (iii)...

      General Practitioners: Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GP surgeries have offered online video appointments since the beginning of the covid-19 outbreak.

      Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of whether there has been a change in the price of medicines and drugs for the NHS and pharmacists since the...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to help ensure that vulnerable people receive a flu vaccination before winter 2020-21.

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with mesothelioma in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire, (c) the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, and (d)...

      Exercise Cygnus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 12 May to Question 38420, what lessons resulted from Exercise Cygnus in relation to the importance of (a)...

      Coronavirus: Social Distancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people in the clinically vulnerable category who cannot work from home should stay at home during the covid-19 outbreak in the...

      Coronavirus: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what public health guidance has been issued on (a) how (i) masks and (ii) gloves should be used by people on public transport, (b) how...

      Exercise Cygnus: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the principle of transparency set out on page 18 of the Government document entitled Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK...

      Exercise Cygnus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 13 May 2020 to Question 37613 on Disease Control, what outcomes of Exercise Cygnus were; and what work his...

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of people who have been tested positive for covid-19 are BAME.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce increasing levels of obesity.

      Obesity: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the effect of high levels of obesity on NHS services.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of including the loss of smell and taste as a potential symptom of covid-19 on...

      Coronavirus: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people aged over 70 years old are (a) clinically vulnerable and (b) advised to shield for 12 weeks from 23 March 2020 as a result...

      Processed Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to work with the food and drink industry on reducing the sugar and salt content of their products.

      Exercise Cygnus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant the Answer of 4 May 2020 to Question 41129, whether actions, implementation and follow-up plans were developed after Exercise...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the evidential basis is for banning the sale and production of menthol cigarettes in the UK.

      NHS and Social Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average (a) hold and (b) process time is for orders placed through the national supply disruption response service helpline.

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure prescriptions are affordable and accessible for those who (a) have been furloughed or (b)...

      Prescriptions: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department had made of the financial effect on people with low incomes of the NHS prescription levy increase.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the accessibility of prescriptions to people that are are self-isolating during the covid-19...

  • Department for Education

    • Teachers: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Prime Minister's statement of 10 May 2020, what steps he will take to ensure that teachers returning to work have access to...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement of 10 May 2020, what support will be made available to people who have childcare responsibilities who may...

      Childminding: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department plans to make available for childminders who are not able to work due to falling into the extremely vulnerable category...

      Department for Education: Chief Scientific Advisers

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

      Internet: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to hold discussions with representatives from (a) Ofcom and (b) telecommunications providers on making educational websites free to...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many new universal credit applicants there have been in each month since March 2020; and how many of those new applicants have...

    • Universal Credit: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who requested a mandatory reconsideration of their universal credit claim before the covid-19 outbreak are awaiting the...

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of trends in the number of universal credit applications during the covid-19 outbreak on the...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the number of parents with care living in poverty as a...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of district councils in Kent that have their own animal welfare inspectors.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are accommodated in hotels in Glasgow.

    • Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the £1.5 million to protect vulnerable places of worship through the Places of Worship Protective Security Programme has been...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Mortuaries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many temporary mortuaries (a) have been built and (b) are in use as a result of the covid-19 outbreak; and what the capacity is of each of those...

    • Mass Media: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to Answer of 11 May 2020 to Question 40655, what criteria his Department used for selecting the (a) print and (b) online news publications...

      Newspaper Press: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 11 May 2020 to Question 40655, if he will list all newspaper print and online titles that as at 11 May 2020 received...

      Veterans: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the future need of veterans as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for Transport

    • Farnborough Airport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Vere of Norbiton on 13 May (HL3586), why no data is kept on non-commercial flight movement to, and from, Farnborough...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • British Nationals Abroad: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by the Foreign Secretary on 11 May (HC Deb, col 13), what is the “outstanding issue” referred to which is preventing the...

  • Department for Education

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capability of infants and primary school children to (1) understand, and (2) adhere to, the principles of social distancing...

    • Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential health benefits of using outdoor spaces to teach; and what plans they have to (1) support, and (2) encourage,...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how long they plan to postpone Ofsted inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of teachers infecting each other with COVID-19 when schools reopen.

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reassurance they can give to teachers, parents and children that they will be safe from contracting COVID-19 when schools reopen; and what financial and other...

  • Treasury

    • National Income: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the impact of (1) current social distancing measures on GDP, and (2) the impending recession referred to by the Chancellor of...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Roads: Hedges and Ditches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been (1) an increase, or (2) a decrease, in the cutting of roadside verges and hedges by English local authorities since January.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the statistics detailing the number of families and children affected by the two-child limit benefit policy up to April.

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the statistics detailing the number of families affected by the two-child limit benefit policy broken down by (1) parliamentary...

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the deployment of staff to address Universal Credit claims on the average times taken to process disability benefit...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Supermarkets: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the ability of supermarkets to identify vulnerable people to ensure that they are able to arrange food deliveries, and (2)...

  • Home Office

    • Airports and Ports: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish a detailed plan about the quarantine of international travellers arriving in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic; and whether that...

    • Domestic Abuse: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 5 May (HL3266), whether local authorities have specifically been told they should...

      Email: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 14 May (HL3707), what is the current status of their Suspicious Emails Reporting Service.

      Cybercrime: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 on cybercrime rates; and what plans they have to address any rise in cybercrime linked to COVID-19.

  • Cabinet Office

    • UK Trade With EU: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what documentation businesses will have to provide to send goods from Northern Ireland to Great Britain after 1 January 2021.

    • National Cyber Security Centre: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the budget of the National Cyber Security Centre in (1) 2016/17, (2) 2017/18, (3) 2018/19, and (4) 2019/20; and what is it for 2020/21.

      Radio: Public Service Broadcasting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they do not pay community radio stations to broadcast public information notices; and whether they have any plans to do so.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Overseas Trade: China

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Henry Jackson Society Breaking the China Supply Chain: How the ‘Five Eyes’ Can Decouple From...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they have provided to those researching the gender impact of the COVID-19 lockdown.

    • Theme Parks: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with theme parks about ensuring that (1) rides are accessible for disabled children, and (2) all reasonable adjustments are made to...

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