Written answers

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

  • Home Office

    • Immigration: Windrush Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to identify how many people who belong to the Windrush generation have been wrongly prevented from...

  • Department for Education

    • Children: Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many laptops have been distributed to children learning from home in each local authority; and what the average time taken was to distribute those...

    • Education: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of (a) laptops and (b) digital devices ordered by local authorities have been distributed; and if he will publish that...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Contracts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of fraud or error in contracts awarded under the Regulation 32 (2)(c) exemptions of...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Pain: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the reopening of pain clinics for sufferers of complex regional pain syndrome.

    • General Dental Council: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the efficiency and effectiveness of the General Dental Council during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of postponing the dental retention fee paid by dentists during the...

      General Dental Council: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the equity of the level of the Annual Retention Fee practising dentists paid to the General...

      Coronavirus: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) research his Department has commissioned on and (b) what medical advice is available for people suffering post-covid-19 illnesses.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what dates the Government has made announcements in the names of the Chief Dental Officer and the General Dental Council on the...

      Hospitals: Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure the (a) safety of patients in hospitals who have been advised to shield and (b) continuity of care for...

      Social Services: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what most recent estimate he has made of social worker vacancy rates for each local authority in England.

      Overseas Aid: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2020 to Question 63291 on Department of Health and Social Care: Overseas Aid, if he will list the...

      Hospitals: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average number of people per day was that experienced a delayed discharge from hospital for (a) April, (b) May and (c) June...

      Social Services: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate has he made of the number of social care job vacancies in each region of the UK.

      Care Homes: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the average (a) cost for a week of residential care and (b) weekly payment by local authorities to fund a...

      Multiple Sclerosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to implement the recommendations of the report, The Forgotten Many: A 2020 Vision for Secondary Progressive...

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to issue guidance on minimising the risk of covid-19 infection in disability transport service settings.

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that care homes are fully prepared for a potential second wave of covid-19 in autumn 2020.

      Palliative Care: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional support he plans to provide for end-of-life care in community settings to support families and carers in (a) Bury South...

      Medicines and Medical Devices Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to work with (a) the life sciences industry and (b) experts in radioligand therapy in relation to the...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to protect (a) mental health and (b) learning disability nursing routes.

      Higher Education: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many applications have been received for traditional higher education self-funding degree programmes for nursing in 2020 to date.

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the King's Fund report, Closing the gap: Key areas for action on the health and care workforce, published in March...

      Nurses: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of providing more flexible bridging programmes to enable NHS staff to meet the...

      Continuing Care: Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will place in the Library the recovery plan guidance for NHS Continuing Healthcare which is being provided to clinical...

      Coronavirus: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to ONS statistical release, Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by disability status, England and Wales: 2 March to 15...

      Continuing Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his policy that clinical commissioning groups follow the emergency discharge guidance for funding people who have a new or...

      Continuing Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance clinical commissioning groups should follow on funding for treatment of people with a new or enhanced care package who are...

      Care Homes: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish guidance on family visits to residential care homes as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Social Services: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure adequate staffing levels in the social care sector after the transition period.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his timetable is for concluding cross-party discussions on long-term funding for social care reform to enable the publication of the...

      Cancer: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what mandatory training is provided for (a) the NHS workforce and (b) healthcare professionals working in oncology on the delivery of...

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will undertake to a review of disabled people’s health outcomes during the covid-19 outbreak.

  • Department for Transport

    • Electric Scooters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish (1) the criteria that they will use to determine whether, and on what basis, they will legalise the use of e-scooters following the...

    • Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a UK resident must quarantine when arriving into the UK from Portugal yet departing back to that country on the same day.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Turkey: River Euphrates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss with the government of Turkey (1) the reported reduction in the flow of Euphrates river, (2) its impact on northern Syria, (3) how...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to publish their current assessment of the relative impact of different risk factors including (1) age, (2) gender, (3) ethnicity, and (4) specific health...

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will resume publishing the number of COVID-19 tests conducted each day.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were tested for COVID-19 between 21 and 31 May.

      Public Health: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the role of local authority Public Health Directors and Departments in the COVID-19 testing, tracing and isolating system in (1) drawing up plans, (2) data...

      Strokes: Diagnosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the efficacy of the healthcare system in diagnosing silent strokes.

      Parkinson's Disease: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to include people with Parkinson's disease on the list of those clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.

      PestFix: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the reported award of a £108 million contract for personal protective equipment to PestFix, where and when the contract was advertised for tender;...

      Food: Hygiene

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of local authority food hygiene inspections that have been carried out over the last (1) 12 months, (2) five years, and...

      Genito-urinary Medicine: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure equitable access to sexual health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by disability status, England and Wales: 2 March to 15 May 2020, published by the Office for National...

      Syringes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support the increased provision of low dead space needles in needle and syringe exchanges in England.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to convene a meeting with the Members of Parliament who represent the constituencies with the highest levels of child obesity to...

      Malnutrition: Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children in England were admitted to hospital with malnutrition in the first six months of 2020.

      Ovarian Cancer: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Target Ovarian Cancer Voices of women with ovarian cancer: the coronavirus pandemic and its impact, published...

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for their policies of the review by Professor Philip Calder of the University of Southampton Nutrition,...

      Health and Social Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the quality of (1) masks, and (2) respirators, distributed to workers in health and social care settings since March from the...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the government of France's decision to allocate eight billion euros for a pay increase for healthcare workers who have...

  • Department for International Development

    • CDC: Tax Havens

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to prohibit CDC Group from investing in companies based in tax havens or linked to companies based in tax havens.

    • Developing Countries: Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of progress towards the Every Woman Every Child goals.

  • Department for Education

    • Hearing Impairment: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have given to deaf children and young people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the research from University College London, published on 20 July, which suggests that teenage boys have more ambitious...

      Students: Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether having (1) settled status, or (2) pre-settled status, is a sufficient qualification for an application for a student loan; and if not, why not.

      Overseas Students: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of COVID-19 on the number of international students wishing to study at UK universities; and what steps they will take...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Marriage: Humanism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reforms to marriage law they are currently working on; whether they plan to bring forward proposals for legal recognition of humanist marriages; and if not,...

    • Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which circumstances marriages in England and Wales are legally recognised by virtue of (1) the building in which the marriage takes place, (2) the registrar or...

      Criminal Proceedings: Ethnic Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Keen of Elie on 15 July (HL Deb, cols 1659–61), how the situation of Black and other minority ethnic defendants, including...

      Prison and Probation Service: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total budget allocated to the HM Prisons and Probation Service Payment Plus scheme for the current financial year.

      Terrorism: Prison Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of additional prison sentences likely to be imposed if the Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill is passed in its...

      Courts: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the present backlog of cases awaiting trial in (1) the Crown Court, and (2) the Magistrates' Court.

      Solicitors: Video Conferencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average delay in terms of weeks before solicitors are able to consult their clients in prison via video link.

      Prisons: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement on 24 March that 900 secure phone handsets were to be provided to prisons to support family contact during the COVID-19 pandemic,...

      Prisoners' Release: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by how much the prison population of England and Wales would decrease if prisoners (1) over 65 years old, (2) over 70 years old, and (3) over 75 years old, were...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Expert Trade Advisory Groups: Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 31 March (HL2935), when they will publish the membership of each of the 17 Expert Trade Advisory...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Arrears

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of Council Tax warrants paid at compliance stage, without enforcement visits taking place; and what assessment...

    • Housing: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the fairness of contract terms associated with retirement villages, particularly in respect of assignment fees or event fees that...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent progress they have made on the Zephyr High-Altitude Pseudo-Satellite programme, following the reported mishaps in 2019.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Meat and Poultry: Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that meat and poultry imported from overseas has been raised in compliance with UK guidelines on the use of antibiotics...

  • Home Office

    • China: British National (Overseas)

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take, when determining the eligibility of British National (Overseas) passport holders to settle in the UK, to ascertain whether the...

    • Asylum: Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking in response to the £3.1 million in service credits charged to Mears Group between September 2019 and January 2020 for poor...

  • Treasury

    • Beer: Excise Duties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the proposed changes to the Small Brewers’ Relief will not increase the tax burden for brewers who produce between...

    • Vat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 20 May (HL4033), what has been the net income to HM Treasury from VAT in each month since March.

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Peers: Allowances

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker how much has been paid in financial support, excluding travel costs, to members of the House of Lords in each of the last 12 months.

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