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Written answers

Friday, 5 June 2020

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Car Washes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether car washes are permitted to operate during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Health Professions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether covid-19 is recognised as an industrial disease when contracted by health care professionals.

    • Dental Services: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the opening of urgent dental care centres in South Yorkshire closed as a result of the covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many covid-19 tests (a) were undertaken in total and (b) resulted in a (i) positive and (ii) negative finding on each day in April 2020.

      Coronavirus: Chickenpox

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that Public Health England recommendations are being implemented for (a) people...

      Coronavirus: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with Local Resilience Forums in the North West about the reasons for the North West having the highest...

      Coronavirus: Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of people in receipt of a shielding letter sent by the Government in response to the covid-19 outbreak have severe asthma.

      Cancer: Hospitals

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

      Heart Diseases: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the medical advice that informed the decision to exclude heart failure patients from the extremely vulnerable category...

      Radiotherapy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the under-use of radiotherapy capacity during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Cancer: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make a comparative assessment of level of cancer services provided in each EU member state during covid-19 pandemic.

      Splenectomy: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice his Department has provided for splenectomy patients on shielding in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to permit dentists to reopen.

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of patients who have contracted covid-19 as a hospital-acquired infection.

      Ambulance Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the performance of ambulance response times during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: East of England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the official calculation is of the covid-19 R rate in the East of England region as of 19 May 2020.

      Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the planned timescale is for resuming all NHS cancer screening programmes that have been paused due to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to ensure that additional capacity for rehabilitation care is created for patients discharged from hospital...

      Coronavirus: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to ensure that a national patient pathway is created for patients discharged after being hospitalised with...

      Coronavirus: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the reportedly high number of cases of covid-19 in Barrow-in-Furness and South Lakes.

      NHS: Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what long-term plans he has to ensure that the NHS is (a) a resilient and (b) a strategic protective service in order to tackle future...

      Drugs: Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure stocks of medicines for end of life do not run short.

      Protective Clothing and Screening: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria his Department used to select (a) Deloitte to lead work on the procurement of personal protective equipment and (b) Sodexo...

      Coronavirus: Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has been made of the risk of transfer of covid-19 in supermarkets.

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) support and (b) guidance is available to patients needing treatment for (i) toothache, (ii) abscesses and (iii) other urgent...

      Coronavirus: Nike

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when Public Health England were informed of a covid-19 outbreak at a Nike conference in Scotland; what advice was provided as result; and...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's criteria are for deciding when to inform the public of the outbreak of an infections disease in a specific (a)...

      Vaccination: Children

      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 delivery of child vaccination programmes.

      Vaccination: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure children receive all due vaccinations during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons Public Health England has not incorporated in its advice to (a) care homes and (b) general practices (i) Resuscitation...

      Vitamin C: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the efficacy of Vitamin C in boosting immunity to covid-19.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of when it will be safe for dentists and dental practitioners to re-open.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason it is his policy that routine dentistry is not permitted under covid-19 outbreak restrictions; what assessment he has...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional resources his Department plans to provide to local authorities to support the test, track and trace programme during the...

      Taitusi Ratucaucau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received on waiving medical charges in respect of Commonwealth-born armed forces veteran Taitusi Ratucaucau.

      Coronavirus: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to support (a) people bereaved by covid-19 and (b) people who have turned to harmful alcohol use as a...

      Movianto UK: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Movianto NHS contract to maintain the UK pandemic supplies stockpile required the NHS to pay for the fixed costs such as rent...

      Movianto UK: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether Movianto has claimed and received payment from the NHS for the cost of the rent for the new Haydock Green premises.

      Charities: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what financial support is available for health and social care charities during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Ophthalmic Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the backlog of ophthalmology appointments that were cancelled due to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Hospitals: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when routine services and treatments will recommence in NHS hospitals.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people contacted by the track and trace system will be told the identity of the covid-19 positive person it is said they have...

      Health Services: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the waiver of the Immigration Heath Surcharge for NHS and care workers announced by the Government on 21 May 2020 will also apply...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Welsh Government on co-operation between England and Wales for the NHS Test and...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his will make it his policy to work with the eating disorders charity Beat to (a) access the most recent data on issues facing people...

      Coronavirus: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 May 2020 to Question 43030 on Coronavirus: Hospitals, what information his Department holds on the number of...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason his Department has send replies to letters from Honorable Members from civil servants; and whether those letters were...

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) operations and (b) types of operation have been cancelled in each NHS trust in England since the covid-19 lockdown measures...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to implement the decision of the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities not to...

      Tonbridge Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions his Department has had with NHS Property Services on the return of Tonbridge Cottage Hospital to Kent Community...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Commonwealth: Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British Commonwealth personnel are in receipt of (a) a War Disablement Pension or (b) the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department made prior to implementing the £20 a week uplift to universal credit due to the covid-19 outbreak of the...

    • Universal Credit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to increase universal credit rates for people aged under 25.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many families who have made a claim for universal credit since 23 March 2020 have three or more children.

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of the decision not to extend the covid-19 emergency £20 funding for universal credit...

      Universal Credit: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the universal credit standard allowance for people aged under 25 who are living...

      Independent Case Examiner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15 May 2020 to Question 43913 on the Independent Case Examiner, how many new Independent Case Examiners were...

      Department for Work and Pensions: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to publish her Department’s response to the DWP Statistics Publication Frequency Review, published in December 2019.

      Bereavement Support Payment: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people that are not eligible for bereavement support payment as a result of not being married contacted Tell Us Once service during...

  • Home Office

    • Domestic Abuse and Sexual Offences: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) risk assessment and (b) planning her Department has conducted on the potential increased risk to victims of (i) domestic abuse and...

  • Treasury

    • Ministers: Codes of Practice

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many written instructions as described in section 5.5 of the Ministerial Code have been issued by Ministers in each year since 2010; for what reason...

    • Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to support dentists that were required to close during the covid-19 pandemic.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to increase the level of funding available to key workers for childcare to meet the increased costs of that care as a result of social...

      NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme 2020

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to extend the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme 2020 to the families of all key workers who die from covid-19.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Culture and Tourism: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent steps he has taken to support the heritage and tourism sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Holiday Accommodation: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the viability of self-contained holiday rentals being treated in the same manner as second...

      Tourism: Social Distancing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the tourism industry to ensure the safe resumption of tourism with...

      Football Association Premier League: Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has made to the Government of Saudi Arabia on the blocking of law suits attempted by the Premier...

      Service Industries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to create a tailored support package for the events industry to support that sector during the...

      Commonwealth Games 2022: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on preparations for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gay Conversion Therapy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the letter from the Government Equalities Office to the hon Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston in December 2019, ref COGEO-001047,...

    • Gay Conversion Therapy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the existing legislative framework to end conversion therapy.

      Equality: Coronavirus

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what process has been undertaken to consult civil society, including women and equality rights organisations in relation to the effect of covid-19...

  • Department for Education

    • Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to carry out exploratory assessments into whether those children classed as vulnerable who did not physically attend schools during...

    • Physical Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans are in place to provide structured physical education for any children returning to school before the 2020 summer break.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Prisoners' Release: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the number of releases from prison over the next 12 months of the Parole Board’s decision to postpone...

    • Prisoners: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners have been tested for COVID-19 (1) in each of the last five weeks, and (2) in total up to 20 May.

      Reading Prison: Change of Use

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review their decision to reject Reading Council’s bid to convert HM Prison Reading into an art centre; and what consideration they...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to restore the policy of publishing standalone Sustainable MOD annual reports to ensure that the records of all military greenhouse gas...

    • Arms Trade: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on (1) future UK arms sales, and (2) existing arms contracts.

      Armed Forces: Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the issue of Commonwealth-born UK Armed Forces veterans facing financial difficulties and deportation due to a lack of...

      Armed Forces: Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Commonwealth citizens are currently serving in the UK Armed Forces.

      Ministry of Defence: Renewable Energy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what change there has been in the proportion of energy used by the Ministry of Defence that is drawn from renewable sources since 2010.

      Ministry of Defence: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote sustainability in the supply chain during Ministry of Defence procurement.

      Defence: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain present planned levels of defence spending, as part of their commitment to NATO’s deterrence and defence capability.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the rationale for applying the benefit cap to Universal Credit claimants who have been furloughed, or whose working hours have reduced, but who do not...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Fruit and Vegetables: Production

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the availability of a diverse range of UK-grown vegetables and fruit in areas local to their production.

  • Home Office

    • Free Movement of People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the assistance provided for workers from outside the UK with horticultural duties during the COVID-19 pandemic, what consideration they have given to...

    • Asylum: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have put in place to ensure that children can continue to be transferred to the UK under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 during...

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the net financial benefit to the NHS from the immigration health surcharge in each year since the surcharge was introduced; and what proportion of total...

      Refugees: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to participate in discussions with UNHCR about the relocation of unaccompanied refugee children now in Europe, in particular those in Greece;...

      Aviation: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why passengers coming to the UK by (1) boat, and (2) the Eurostar, will not need to quarantine themselves for two weeks while those arriving by air will.

      Refugees: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) maintain the extension of housing provision for newly recognised refugees to three months, introduced as a result of the COVID-19...

      Immigrants: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost of exempting (1) NHS and care workers, and (2) all workers, from overseas and their families from the immigration health...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Office for Tackling Injustices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to establish the Office for Tackling Injustices, created in July 2019; and what are that Office’s priorities.

    • Ministers of State: Conduct

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they estimate that the results of the investigation into the conduct of the Home Secretary will be published.

      Civil Service and Public Sector: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they made of the preparedness of the Civil Service and public services to respond to a pandemic prior to the outbreak of COVID-19.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Recognition: Discrimination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to (1) amend the Equality Act 2010, and (2) introduce new legislation, to ensure that there is a clear legal definition of transgender...

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the clarity of the language relating to transgender issues in their publications and guidance; and what plans they have to take...

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