Written answers

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

  • Home Office

    • Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to (a) reduce and (b) prevent alcohol-related crime as the night-time economy reopens after the covid-19 lockdown...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Hospitals: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NHS England supplied personal protective (a) clothing and (b) equipment to hospitals prior to the covid-19 outbreak.

    • Health Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what personal protective equipment has been distributed to dietitians in the UK.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the implications for his policies of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advice that...

      NHS: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that when possible the NHS procures personal protective equipment from local small and medium-sized...

      Ophthalmic Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish guidance on the re-opening of optician practices for the provision of routine appointments as the...

      NHS Supply Chain: Runcorn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the proposed visit on 25 March 2020 by the Minister for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care to the Runcorn...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to Question 39009 tabled on 22 April 2020 by the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston.

      Protective Clothing: Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the evidential basis for the Government's decision (a) to require passengers to wear face coverings on public...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people (a) shielding and (b) self-isolating with pancreatic cancer are provided adequate (i)...

      Prescription Drugs: Addictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when his Department plans to publish the strategy on addiction; and when a 24-hour helpline for patients needing support for dependence...

      Dental Services: Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will issue guidance to dental practices to settle dental laboratory accounts on receipt of NHS contract payments.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the Government plans to publish its plans for cancer services to enable people living with cancer to receive necessary treatment and...

      Breast Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the NHS is taking to reschedule breast screening appointments that were cancelled as a result of covid-19 outbreak.

      Breast Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to ensure that NHS breast screening units are adequately resourced to manage the backlog of appointments that...

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of patients that accessed emergency dental service during the covid-19 lockdown.

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer Question 37887, on Coronavirus, tabled on 20 April 2020 by the hon. Member for East Kilbride, Strathaven and...

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that dental practices are able to re-open for routine appointments as covid-19 lockdown...

      Complementary Medicine: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timescale is for reopening (a) alternative and (b) complementary medicine practices during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve vaccination rates in areas of the UK where they are below the national average.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeframe is for dental practices restart routine, non-urgent treatment as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what is the minimum volume of (a) hand sanitiser and (b) personal protective equipment that a private business must produce annually for...

      Ayanda Capital: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what experience Ayanda Capital had in procuring personal protective equipment prior to the decision to include it in his Department's...

      Dental Services: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has for extending maternity exemption certificates for dental services to new mothers during the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what procurement procedures were undertaken prior to personal protection equipment contracts being awarded to (a) Aventis Solutions and...

      Dental Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 3 July 2020 to Question 62541 on protective clothing: coronavirus, whether that figure also includes items...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to require people to wear masks in (a) shopping malls and (b) other public indoor spaces.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, should a vaccine for covid-19 become available, will it be (a) optional, (b) recommended or (c) compulsory for the general public;...

      Public Health: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many public bodies responsible for public health there (a) are in 2020 and (b) were in 2010.

      Protective Clothing: Contracts for Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many competitive tenders were issued for the supply of personal protective equipment between 1 March and 30 June 2020.

      Protective Clothing: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many items of personal protective equipment have been delivered as part of Government's Clipper scheme since 1 May 2020.

      Drugs: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the saving to the public purse has been since over the counter medicines were taken off the prescription list in 2018.

      Dental Services: Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to extend the 12 month duration of the maternity exemption certificate for dental care for new mothers who...

      Diabetes: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2020 to Question 52076 on Diabetes: Medical Treatments, if he will make it his policy to ensure...

      Protective Clothing: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2020 to Question 49702 on Protective Clothing: Local Government, how many items of personal protective...

      Protective Clothing: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the cost to the public purse has been of procuring personal protective equipment during the covid-19 outbreak; how many items of...

      Protective Clothing: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many contracts to supply personal protective equipment have been awarded to companies with no experience in supplying it.

      Dental Services: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support the financial recovery of mixed dental practices after the covid-19 outbreak.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has published on low-cost face coverings.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the scientific evidence used to inform his decision to end shielding for the extremely vulnerable during the covid-19...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of bringing forward the start date of the winter Flu vaccine from the usual time of...

      Health Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when wearing face coverings to attend (a) phlebotomy appointments, (b) GP surgeries, (c) outpatient clinics, (d) accident and emergency...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to undertake a public health campaign on (a) the need to wear face masks (i) on public transport and (ii) in shops and...

      Ovarian Cancer: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the (a) diagnosis and treatment of and (b) support...

      Public Places: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on household finances of the new requirement to wear personal protective equipment in...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to issue guidance on the hygiene and safety of reusable face masks.

      Dental Services: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure dental practices have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment.

      Breastfeeding: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what date breastfeeding support groups will be permitted to restart as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what consultation has taken place with (a) patients and (b) patient organisations on GP surgeries ceasing to take repeat prescription...

      P14 Medical: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria were applied when awarding contracts to P14 Medical in Stroud for the supply of PPE equipment to the NHS; and whether that...

      Hepatitis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to support meeting the target in line with the World Health Organization’s Global Health Sector Strategy...

      Hepatitis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Public Health England’s 2019 report Shooting Up: Infections among people who inject drugs in the UK, what steps...

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the correlation between health inequalities and (a) covid-19 death rates, (b) developing covid-19...

      Health: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to support local authorities in implementing a health-in-all-policies approach.

      Health: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to bring forward a prevention White Paper with proposals for tackling health inequalities.

      Protective Clothing: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support UK manufacturers of personal protective equipment and reduce the UK's reliance on overseas producers.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the efficacy of routinely available, non-clinical face masks in preventing aerosol spread of...

      Coronavirus: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the role of food hygiene in spreading covid-19.

      Protective Clothing: Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the criteria according to which the legal requirement to wear face masks in retail settings will be ended; and how...

      Coronavirus: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people who are extremely clinically vulnerable are expected to return to work on 1 August 2020 if their employment routinely...

      Protective Clothing: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, from which countries of origin the NHS imports personal protective equipment; and what due diligence checks are carried out to ensure the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to to the correspondence from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 20 March 2020 on UV lighting and killing...

  • Leader of the House of Lords

    • Peers: Allowances

      To ask the Leader of the House, further to her answer on 22 July (HL Deb cols 2227–8), what plans she has to initiate a discussion in the House of Lords Commission on the establishment of a...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    • Hong Kong: Immigrants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 21 July (HL6842), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what estimate they...

    • Armed Conflict: Civilians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for public consultation over the creation of the UK Strategy on Protection of Civilians; and when they expect to publish the Strategy.

      Qassem Soleimani

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the UN Human Rights Council Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, published on 29 June, which found that...

      Defence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the legality of a state taking presumptive self defence under Article 51 of the Charter of the UN.

      Libya: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have seen recent proposals for ending violence in Libya put forward by (1) some members of the Libyan House of Representatives and (2) the Speaker of...

      Libya: Peace Negotiations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to support the work of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission towards a ceasefire in Libya, and (2) to take steps to limit any further inflow...

      Iran: Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the comment by the Foreign Minister of Israel on 5 July that in regard to Iran "we take actions that are better left unsaid"; and...

      Westminster Foundation for Democracy: Directors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that members of the board of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy are not compromised in that role by association with...

      Istanbul: Religious Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the decision to convert the Hagia Sofia into a mosque, and (2) the impact of that decision on marginalised religious...

      Colombia: Armed Conflict

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the merger of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of International Development, they plan to fund projects to help combat...

  • Department for International Development

    • Remittances

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the amount in remittances sent abroad from the UK in (1) 2018, and (2) 2019.

    • Vaccination: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there will be an equitable distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine among developing nations, if such a vaccine is developed in...

  • Department for Education

    • Health Education and Sex and Relationship Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all resources recommended or promoted for use by schools by the Department for Education are checked for compliance with (1) safeguarding procedures, (2)...

    • Music: Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for School Standards on 24 July (HC75223), whether new guidance will allow private music educators to...

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Wandsworth Prison: Video Conferencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the pilot at HMP Wandsworth of the video link booking system developed by the Ministry of Justice to allow both prison and court users to book slots with...

    • Courts: Video Conferencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service and (2) the judiciary, have evaluated the Video Remand Hearings, Summary and Crown Court trials and Prison...

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Leisure: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which principal councils are making up the funding shortfalls of town and parish councils resulting from the loss...

    • Towns Fund: North East

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria were used in the Town Deals selection process in rejecting four of the eleven towns in the north east of England that had been recommended by...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the willingness of employers to comply with Public Health England guidance in relation to COVID-19; and what...

    • Older Workers: Redundancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to protect people over the age of 60 who may be made redundant as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; and what steps they are taking to...

      Families: Disadvantaged

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is made in the Reducing Parental Conflict programme for welfare rights advice.

      Pharmacy: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that there have been no reports under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations...

  • Home Office

    • Visas: Voluntary Work

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the current Tier 5 Visa arrangements for non-EU citizens to be engaged as volunteers by registered sponsoring organisations for periods of up to a year...

    • Crime Prevention: Crimes of Violence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the success of Violence Reduction Units in preventing gang and knife crime committed by those from families where there is little...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Coronavirus: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial assistance they have made available to the Northern lreland Executive to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Brexit: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the provisions of the Revised Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement relating to EU regulations and goods manufactured in Northern Ireland will be incorporated...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of contract terms in the new mobile phone market, in particular (1) the fairness of such terms for consumers, and (2)...

    • Social Media: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) Google, (2) Twitter, (3) Facebook, and (4) other social media sites, about (a) the action, and (b) the time, those...

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