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Written answers

Monday, 1 June 2020

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many new staff have been hired to process applications from EU nationals under the proposed points-based immigration system.

    • Detention Centres: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to (a) prevent cross-infection and (b) tackle transmission of covid-19 in (i) Yarl's Wood and (ii) other...

      Migrant Workers: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether immediate family members of people with a Tier 2 Visa working in the NHS will be given leave to remain if that person dies of covid-19.

      Migrant Workers: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assurances her Department has provided to the families of frontline healthcare workers on their eligibility to remain in the UK during...

      Immigration Controls: Au Pairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of introducing a points based immigration system on the number of people entering the...

      Immigration Controls: Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to take steps to (a) support people applying to bring non-EEA partners into the country that are required to meet the...

      Immigrants: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary for the Home Department, if she will allow people who are able to work on their visa but have no access to public funds to be temporarily granted access to public funds for...

      Migrant Workers: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to not deport family members of health care workers in the UK on Tier 2 visas who die of covid-19 as a result...

      British Nationality: Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for citizenship have been refused on the basis of a CD30 driving offence in each of the last three years; and if she...

      Immigrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of covid-19 on people with no recourse to public funds.

  • Department for Education

    • Free School Meals: Voucher Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to Edenred's briefing of 18 May 2020, Delivering the free school meal voucher scheme: MP progress report, on what date he was made...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to help the tourism sector to reopen safely after the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit deductions for the over-payment of universal credit were made in (a) March and (b) and April 2020.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to increase the number of people being tested for covid-19.

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to increase the provision of testing for people experiencing symptoms of covid-19.

      Coronavirus: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the NHS charging exemption for testing and treatment for covid-19 covers paediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, associated...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April to Question 35010 on Aviation: Coronavirus, how many inbound passengers were screened for covid-19...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 April 220 to Question 35010 on Aviation: Coronavirus, if he will publish the scientific advice on which the...

      NHS: Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the immigration health surcharge on (a) the financial circumstances of non-EU migrants and...

      Faculty: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the data sharing agreement with Faculty Science Limited in relation to their work on the covid-19 data platform.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason covid-19 contact tracing volunteers are required to be registered with the UK Public Health Register; and what assessment...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the Roche antibody test will contribute to the Government strategy on easing the covid-19 lockdown.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: Religious Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of Turkey about reports of discrimination against religious groups and places of worship, other than those...

    • Syria: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about reports that it is attempting to change the ethnic demography in northern Syria by moving...

      Turkey: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they plan to have with the Turkish Ambassador about the existence of safeguards to (1) prevent the abuse of constitutional rights by state...

      Serbia: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Serbia about reports that more than 4,000 Albanians in Medvegja and Bujanoc have been removed from the...

      Azerbaijan: Military Exercises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Azerbaijan has been conducting large-scale military exercises along the borders with Armenia and...

      Republic of Ireland: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they were consulted in advance by the government of Ireland about its decision to introduce a fourteen-day quarantine period on all...

      Republic of Ireland: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for the operation of the Common Travel Area of the decision by the government of Ireland to impose a...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to foreign governments for the inclusion of (1) refugees, (2) migrants, (3) unregistered persons, and (4) persons without legal...

      USA: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, if any, to the government of the United States to use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 Business...

      Burundi: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the current political situation in Burundi, following the presidential elections on 20 May, and (2) how the COVID-19 pandemic...

      UN Security Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the UK’s responsibilities as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, in particular with regard to the military...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Pharmacy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the support required by pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps, if any, they are taking to ensure that any...

    • Water: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the level of COVID-19 in sampled municipal water; and what plans they have to use that data to assess the impact of COVID-19...

      Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in reporting COVID-19 deaths by location, whether the person’s home address, the hospital where there are treated, or some other factor determines the...

      Public Health: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to communicate healthcare messages to immigrant communities.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what use is being made of reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction tests to address the Covid-19 pandemic.

      Disease Control: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the UK's stockpile of personal protective equipment has decreased over the last ten years and, if so, what financial...

      Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in the UK they estimate will contract COVID-19 in 2020.

      Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with governments of other countries about the differential impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities; and what lessons they have...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are in the “very high risk due to a serious underlying health condition" category referred to in the leaflet enclosed with the letter from...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement in the leaflet enclosed with the letter from the Prime Minister updating recipients on the steps being taken to combat COVID-19 that...

      Coronavirus: Gender

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the tweet by the Department of Health and Social Care on 4 May that “There is emerging evidence to suggest that coronavirus may be having a...

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue new guidance on the admittance of patients at an earlier stage of showing symptoms of COVID-19 to improve survival rates.

      Coronavirus: Deaths

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is or are (1) the procedure, (2) the timetable, and (3) the rules, for adding COVID-19 related deaths (a) in care homes, and (b) in the wider community, to...

      Social Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when specific personal protective equipment guidance for learning disability services will be published.

      Chorley and South Ribble Hospital: Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans there are to reopen the accident and emergency department at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital; and if there are any such plans, when that...

      North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust: Private Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many private ambulances are used by the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

      Coronavirus: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 21 April (HL3176), when health guidance for members of Gypsy, Traveller and Boater communities will be...

      Exercise Cygnus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they took following the conclusion of Exercise Cygnus.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the best types of materials to be used when making a face mask at home to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the study “Associations with COVID-19 hospitalisation amongst 406,793 adults: the UK Biobank prospective...

      WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 5 March (HC Deb, cols. 1078–1079), what assessment they...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the results of the tests carried out on personal protection equipment held in the national pandemic stock that had expired on or...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the health benefits of wearing protective masks in public; what different types of protective masks they have considered;...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase provision of services to address alcohol-related issues related to any increase in the consumption of alcohol during the...

      Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the increased risks to maternal and infant health caused by COVID-19 (1) in the UK, and (2) around the globe.

      Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with what frequency they plan to publish a national figure for R, the reproduction index for the COVID-19 virus; whether they plan to publish regularly a...

      Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what new steps they are planning to take to reduce obesity. [T]

      Coronavirus: Vitamin D

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what analysis they have undertaken into whether there is any correlation between COVID-19 infection and low levels of vitamin D.

      Coronavirus: Nitrogen Oxides

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of any correlation between nitrogen dioxide and nitric oxide levels in the air and COVID-19 (1) infection, and (2) death rates.

      Air Pollution: Health Hazards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of human exposure to high levels of ultrafine particulate matter from air pollution on the expression of Angiotensin I...

      Accident and Emergency Departments: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of people who are not reporting to accident and emergency departments with serious non-COVID-19 related...

      Coronavirus: Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to the impact of COVID-19 on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities; and whether these communities have been included in their...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made to publicise the change of law on deemed consent for organ donation.

      Organ Transplants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made with the devolved administrations to facilitate cooperation and collaboration regarding organ transplants.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the COVID-19 R-number is calculated separately for transmission in (1) the community, (2) hospitals, (3) care homes, and (4) different UK regions; and if...

      Palantir: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been a written contract, or other legal act, as required by the Information Commissioner’s Office, between Palantir Technologies UK and the...

      Palantir: Data Protection

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any Data Protection Impact Assessments, required under data protection legislation, or any other impact assessments have been carried out on the processing...

      Hydroxychloroquine: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are purchasing hydroxychloroquine and if so, for what purpose; and what is the total cost of the purchase of hydroxychloroquine to date.

      NHS: Computer Software

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to measure the success of the NHSX contact tracing application being trialled on the Isle of Wight.

      Protective Clothing: Deloitte

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they used in their decision to select Deloitte for the procurement of personal protective equipment.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the policy that deemed consent should not apply to transplants used to create Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will implement their strategy for individual contact tracing in respect of COVID-19.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the R number, the reproduction index for the COVID-19 virus, for each region of the UK. [T]

  • Department for International Development

    • Syria: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the relative burden falling on (1) NGOs, and (2) the Syrian government and its agencies, in managing the COVID-19 crisis in...

    • Africa: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 15 May (HL4054), what provision they have made for additional aid to combat COVID-19 in Africa.

      Syria: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the reopening of all recognised border crossings in Syria for the delivery of humanitarian aid.

      International Assistance: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Stop TB Partnership's recent report on the impact of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic on tuberculosis services;...

  • Department for Education

    • Home Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of children without access to (1) laptops, (2) reliable internet connections and (3) other equipment necessary for...

    • Ethnic Groups: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what considerations they have made of BAME households in developing plans to re-open schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Education: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role will testing and contact-tracing play in education; whether the systematic testing of staff and pupils at schools play a role in keeping effective...

      Teachers: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to impose sanctions on any teacher who does not (1) return to teach in schools once it has been deemed safe to do, and (2) teach children...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish scientific evidence that schools are safe to re-open before pupils are allowed to return in June.

      Children's Commissioner for England: Public Appointments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the appointment process for the Children's Commissioner for England; and when they expect to begin this process for the next Commissioner.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the last statutory review of the benefit cap under section 96A(1) of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 took place; when they plan to conduct the next...

    • Social Security Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the independent evaluation of the benefit cap.

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 13 May (HL Deb, cols 677–8), what estimate they have made of the proportion of new Universal Credit...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Hedges and Ditches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on (1) the environment, and (2) road safety, of the cutting of roadside verges and hedges in English local authority...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 13 May (HL3564), whether any single authority or body was responsible for monitoring and...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Voluntary Work: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that volunteers who are providing support for isolated people can continue to provide that support throughout the...

    • Press Freedom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 7 May (HL3380), and following reports of threats to journalists in Northern Ireland, when they expect to (1)...

      Broadband: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they provide to broadband consumers in urban areas who are not able to access superfast broadband from Openreach.

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