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Information since 19 May 2021, 3:15 a.m.


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Department of Health and Social Care
4 Jun 2021, 10 a.m.

Half of adults in the UK have now had both doses of the #COVID19 vaccine. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible 👏 Find out if you're eligible to book now: ▶️ https://t.co/PKVgX1hLvB https://t.co/JYb0rYCRje

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Department of Health and Social Care
4 Jun 2021, 11 a.m.

Freya has struggled with her #mentalhealth and getting diagnosed for her conditions, to move forward with her life. Now she’s encouraging others to take action & #TalkWomensHealth. Watch her story: https://t.co/9iTlIpH6KV @freya22452262 @YWTrust https://t.co/Acix6n7qjB

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Department of Health and Social Care
4 Jun 2021, 11:28 a.m.

Share your experiences of women’s health and care: ➡️ Fill in the survey ➡️ Share with friends and family https://t.co/Wbpf1yqRB3 #TalkWomensHealth

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Department of Health and Social Care
4 Jun 2021, 1:34 p.m.

Latest weekly figures for the reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (#COVID19) Statistics for England as of 4 June ▶️ R value range: 1.0 to 1.2 ▶️ Growth rate range: 0% to 3% More info: ▶️ https://t.co/oUhyX9iqT7

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Department of Health and Social Care
4 Jun 2021, 4:10 p.m.

#COVID19 VACCINE UPDATE: Daily figures on the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses that have been given in the UK. As of 4 June, 66,749,638 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given in the UK. Visit the @PHE_uk dashboard for more info: ▶️ https://t.co/cQkuLQglz1 https://t.co/5Salmw4JgO

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Department of Health and Social Care
4 Jun 2021, 4:17 p.m.

#G7 health ministers have committed to new principles for high-quality, life-saving clinical trial evidence to help combat future pandemics at the end of the @G7 Health Ministers' Meeting today. Read about the agreements on the Health Ministers' Declaration 🔻

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Department of Health and Social Care
3 Jun 2021, 12:30 p.m.

Support payments of £500 are available to those self-isolating due to #COVID19 in England. You may be eligible for a payment if you: ▶️are on low income ▶️cannot work from home ▶️face financial hardship This includes if your child is self-isolating. ➡️ https://t.co/43SkAi4UAm https://t.co/PsGLDS16E0

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Department of Health and Social Care
3 Jun 2021, 2:35 p.m.

📢 Half of adults in the UK have now had both doses of the #COVID19 vaccine. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible 👏 Find out if you're eligible to book now: ▶️ https://t.co/PKVgX1hLvB https://t.co/0tnfWwpJdg

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Department of Health and Social Care
3 Jun 2021, 3:25 p.m.

There are record numbers of doctors and nurses working in the NHS in England 📈🏥 As of March 2021, there are a total of: ✔️ 124,078 doctors ✔️ 304,542 nurses in the NHS workforce. Learn more: https://t.co/YV5sa05Nwo https://t.co/m6AraP2asu

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Department of Health and Social Care
3 Jun 2021, 5:30 p.m.

“It’s peace of mind for yourselves, your family and obviously the crew you work with." @GWRHelp Train Manager Neil shares how twice weekly rapid #COVID19 testing is helping to keep their staff and customers safe. Find out more 👇 Get a test: https://t.co/X94hm6A9tz https://t.co/08yIyYNNa2

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Department of Health and Social Care
3 Jun 2021, 5:38 p.m.

Health Secretary @MattHancock met #G7 counterparts in Oxford today at the @G7 Health Ministers' Meeting where they discussed #GlobalHealthSecurity, #AMR and #ClinicalTrials. @UniofOxford https://t.co/TAg6RXgq5v

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Department of Health and Social Care
2 Jun 2021, 9:30 p.m.

#COVID19 is spread through the air via large droplets and smaller particles. By opening a window and letting fresh air in you can remove the particles lingering in the air. @DrZoeWilliams explains 👇 #HandsFaceSpaceFreshAir https://t.co/eyhkZJwQV8

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Department of Health and Social Care
3 Jun 2021, 8 a.m.

Today is the first day of the @G7 Health Ministers' meeting taking place in Oxford. Health Secretary @MattHancock will chair the meeting with #G7 international health ministers. Swipe to see the priorities for the day 👉🏼

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Department of Health and Social Care
3 Jun 2021, 9:04 a.m.

A new international approach to: ✅improve collaboration to combat emerging health threats ✅take action on improving global health is set to be agreed at the #UKG7 Health Ministers’ Meeting starting today. Details 👇🏼 @G7 @UniofOxford @FCDOGovUK

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Department of Health and Social Care
3 Jun 2021, 9:30 a.m.

More than 75% of adults in the UK have now had their first dose of the #COVID19 vaccine. Thank you to everyone who has come forward for the vaccination so far 👏 Find out if you're eligible to book now: ▶️ https://t.co/PKVgX10aE3 https://t.co/xaUaRW5nqI

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Department of Health and Social Care
3 Jun 2021, 10:30 a.m.

We are consulting on proposed reforms to modernise the national Clinical Excellence Awards Scheme. We want to hear views from the following groups: ▶️ medical & dental consultants ▶️ doctors in training ▶️ NHS trusts & foundation trusts Respond here: ▶️ https://t.co/PgjE0Jnm3n

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Department of Health and Social Care
3 Jun 2021, 11:10 a.m.

NHS Test and Trace statistics [since launch] ➡️ 31.5 million individuals tested at least once ➡️ 10,292,111 people reached by NHS Test and Trace ➡️ 88% of identified close contacts who provided contact details reached Read to find out more 👇

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Department of Health and Social Care
3 Jun 2021, 11:25 a.m.

We are deploying additional testing in areas of Derbyshire where cases of the B.1.617.2 #COVID19 variant first identified in India have been found. Everyone aged five years and over in targeted areas of Gamesley ward, High Peak should take a PCR test. ➡️ https://t.co/1syPJtcY3B https://t.co/S1gM6e6lVh

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Department of Health and Social Care
6 Jun 2021, 4:06 p.m.

#COVID19 VACCINE UPDATE: Daily figures on the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses that have been given in the UK. As of 6 June, 67,994,584 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given in the UK. Visit the @PHE_uk dashboard for more info: ▶️ https://t.co/cQkuLQglz1 https://t.co/iY3VtichKM

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Department of Health and Social Care
6 Jun 2021, 5:30 p.m.

“It’s peace of mind for yourselves, your family and obviously the crew you work with." @GWRHelp Train Manager Neil shares how twice weekly rapid #COVID19 testing is helping to keep their staff and customers safe. Find out more 👇 Get a test: https://t.co/X94hm6A9tz https://t.co/ah12eOO77E

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Department of Health and Social Care
6 Jun 2021, 7 p.m.

Earlier this week, we announced that half of adults in the UK have now had both doses of the #COVID19 vaccine. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible 👏 Find out if you're eligible to book now: ▶️ https://t.co/PKVgX10aE3 https://t.co/iHx3eal4VS

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Department of Health and Social Care
6 Jun 2021, 9:20 p.m.

The #COVID19 vaccine has gone through the same thorough testing as all new medicines and has been approved as safe to use ✅ Choose from a range of languages to watch the video in full: ▶️ https://t.co/S4rMbCXIxi https://t.co/3EELp09CsT

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Department of Health and Social Care
7 Jun 2021, 8:30 a.m.

Fresh air is one of our best defences against #COVID19 @DrHilaryJones explains how opening windows and letting fresh air in can help to disperse COVID-19 particles. Watch 👇 #HandsFaceSpaceFreshAir https://t.co/N5ZTNholJM

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Department of Health and Social Care
7 Jun 2021, 9:15 a.m.

Do you feel supported by health services? We want to better understand: ✔️how well health services are meeting the needs of women ✔️what can be done to improve their experiences #TalkWomensHealth and have your say to help shape future policy: More 👇 https://t.co/zM5F0S20jN https://t.co/ospQR2aiqr

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Department of Health and Social Care
2 Jun 2021, 2 p.m.

Historically, health conditions associated with women have not been prioritised, with symptoms surrounding menopause often being overlooked. Share your experiences & help shape the future of health policy to better meet women's needs. #TalkWomensHealth

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Department of Health and Social Care
2 Jun 2021, 2:37 p.m.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care @MattHancock is now speaking on the success of the #COVID-19 vaccination programme. Watch LIVE here ⬇️ https://t.co/4SAyN6fVSK

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Department of Health and Social Care
2 Jun 2021, 3:30 p.m.

📢 More than 75% of adults in the UK have now had their first dose of the #COVID19 vaccine. Thank you to everyone who has come forward for the vaccination so far 👏 Find out if you're eligible to book now: ▶️ https://t.co/PKVgX10aE3 https://t.co/XPbB1hAos3

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Department of Health and Social Care
2 Jun 2021, 4:08 p.m.

#COVID19 VACCINE UPDATE: Daily figures on the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses that have been given in the UK. As of 2 June, 65,658,949 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given in the UK. Visit the @PHE_uk dashboard for more info: ▶️ https://t.co/cQkuLQglz1 https://t.co/Vgs5ujY6RF

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Department of Health and Social Care
2 Jun 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Antimicrobial resistance happens when drugs such as antibiotics or antivirals become less effective at treating infections. We asked UK AMR envoy Professor Dame Sally Davies to explain more in 60 seconds 👇 @UKAMREnvoy https://t.co/iXWFqXaPA8

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Department of Health and Social Care
2 Jun 2021, 6:30 p.m.

Read the full speech from @MattHancock on lessons from the UK #COVID19 vaccine rollout: ➡️ https://t.co/7rWlQOg2Xa @UniofOxford @JennerInstitute https://t.co/huPf2kZae1

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Department of Health and Social Care
2 Jun 2021, 7:15 p.m.

"This survey is a great opportunity for us to empower each other to have a voice and a say." Women and girls deserve better options and access to sexual and reproductive health. #TalkWomensHealth & share your views today: https://t.co/5aIgR7j6eZ @SoSowemimo @DecoloniseContr https://t.co/7OcYeqxM1T

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Department of Health and Social Care
5 Jun 2021, 7 p.m.

ICYMI: #G7 health ministers have committed to new principles for high-quality, life-saving clinical trial evidence to help combat future pandemics at the end of this week's @G7 Health Ministers' Meeting. Read about the agreements on the Health Ministers' Declaration 🔻

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Department of Health and Social Care
5 Jun 2021, 8:30 p.m.

How much is really known about endometriosis? Share your experiences and stories so we can work together on building a health and care system that better meets the needs of women. https://t.co/ESWj9PhqaA #TalkWomensHealth @EndometriosisUK https://t.co/3tc6IBzZeB

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Department of Health and Social Care
5 Jun 2021, 9:45 p.m.

Women who are considering getting pregnant can safely receive the #Covid19 vaccine. If you have any concerns, speak to a healthcare professional before getting the jab. Get more information: ▶️️ https://t.co/uRfg00XuaJ https://t.co/6nblKroZYj

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Department of Health and Social Care
6 Jun 2021, 10:30 a.m.

All residents and staff at Aashna House care home got their first dose of the #COVID19 vaccine on the same day and have now had both doses 🙌 We asked staff how they felt after receiving their jab 👇 @SanctuaryCareUK

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Department of Health and Social Care
6 Jun 2021, 12:30 p.m.

It is crucial to have women in senior research positions and involved in shaping research on women’s health. @SheuliPorkess and @JimBethell discuss why 👇 #TalkWomensHealth and share your views today: https://t.co/5aIgR7j6eZ https://t.co/Y6YdeS0J50

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Department of Health and Social Care
4 Jun 2021, 5 p.m.

Health ministers from the #G7 and representatives from the EU and Japan attended the second day of the Health Ministers' Meeting in Oxford, hosted by @MattHancock. @G7 https://t.co/izwT05aBgq

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Department of Health and Social Care
4 Jun 2021, 7:37 p.m.

Today's @G7 Health Ministers' Meeting committed to help countries work together to support the global response to the pandemic and prepare for future threats. Full details ➡️ https://t.co/veZz2tTnhX Health Secretary @MattHancock explains 🔻 https://t.co/hGs8lMkyEv

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Department of Health and Social Care
4 Jun 2021, 9:30 p.m.

Over the past two days, international health ministers came together in Oxford to discuss global health priorities and put forward measures to prepare for future pandemics. @MattHancock rounds up the work that's been done at the G7 Health Ministers' Meeting 👇 @FCDO | @G7 https://t.co/vI3ltyGcQY

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Department of Health and Social Care
5 Jun 2021, 9:30 a.m.

ICYMI: This week's @G7 Health Ministers' Meeting committed to help countries work together to support the global response to the pandemic and prepare for future threats. Full details ➡️ https://t.co/veZz2tTnhX Health Secretary @MattHancock explains 🔻 @FCDO https://t.co/JHboYwevYB

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Department of Health and Social Care
5 Jun 2021, 11:12 a.m.

We are deploying additional PCR testing for everyone over 12, in these targeted areas where cases of the Delta #COVID19 variant have been found: Reading▶️ RG13, RG15, RG16, RG17 Wokingham▶️ Bulmershe & Whitegates, Evendons, Norreys, Wescott More ➡️ https://t.co/P7vTmBomvb https://t.co/YVwZ8uofkR

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Department of Health and Social Care
5 Jun 2021, 11:30 a.m.

Protect your loved ones by using the @NHSCOVID19app. The more people that use the app, the more we can protect our friends, families and communities. More info: ➡️ https://t.co/sKYGQkO07h https://t.co/Ceit1w3JsZ

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Department Publications - Transparency
Wednesday 26th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus cases by local authority: epidemiological data, 26 May 2021
Document: Coronavirus cases by local authority: epidemiological data, 26 May 2021 (PDF)
Wednesday 26th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus cases by local authority: epidemiological data, 26 May 2021
Document: Coronavirus cases by local authority: epidemiological data, 26 May 2021 (ODS)
Wednesday 26th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus cases by local authority: epidemiological data, 26 May 2021
Document: Coronavirus cases by local authority: epidemiological data, 26 May 2021 (PDF)
Wednesday 26th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus cases by local authority: epidemiological data, 26 May 2021
Document: Coronavirus cases by local authority: epidemiological data, 26 May 2021 (ODS)
Wednesday 26th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus cases by local authority: epidemiological data, 26 May 2021
Document: Coronavirus cases by local authority: epidemiological data, 26 May 2021 (ODS)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus Act report: May 2021
Document: Coronavirus Act report: May 2021 (PDF)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus Act report: May 2021
Document: Coronavirus Act report: May 2021 (webpage)
Thursday 3rd June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: G7 Carbis Bay progress report: advancing universal health coverage and global health through strengthening health systems, preparedness and resilience
Document: G7 Carbis Bay progress report: advancing universal health coverage and global health through strengthening health systems, preparedness and resilience (PDF)
Thursday 3rd June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: G7 Carbis Bay progress report: advancing universal health coverage and global health through strengthening health systems, preparedness and resilience
Document: G7 Carbis Bay progress report: advancing universal health coverage and global health through strengthening health systems, preparedness and resilience (webpage)
Thursday 20th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: DHSC: business appointment rules advice, October to December 2020
Document: DHSC: business appointment rules advice, October to December 2020 (webpage)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: DHSC: spending over £25,000, April 2021
Document: DHSC: spending over £25,000, April 2021 (webpage)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: DHSC: spending over £25,000, March 2021
Document: DHSC: spending over £25,000, March 2021 (webpage)
Thursday 20th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 6 May to 12 May 2021
Document: Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 6 May to 12 May 2021 (ODS)
Thursday 20th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 6 May to 12 May 2021
Document: Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 6 May to 12 May 2021 (ODS)
Thursday 20th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 6 May to 12 May 2021
Document: Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 6 May to 12 May 2021 (ODS)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021
Document: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021 (ODS)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021
Document: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021 (ODS)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021
Document: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021 (ODS)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021
Document: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021 (ODS)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021
Document: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021 (ODS)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021
Document: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021 (ODS)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021
Document: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021 (PDF)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021
Document: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021 (ODS)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021
Document: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021 (ODS)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021
Document: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021 (ODS)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021
Document: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021 (ODS)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021
Document: Coronavirus England briefing, 27 May 2021 (webpage)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 13 May to 19 May 2021
Document: Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 13 May to 19 May 2021 (webpage)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 13 May to 19 May 2021
Document: Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 13 May to 19 May 2021 (PDF)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 13 May to 19 May 2021
Document: Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 13 May to 19 May 2021 (ODS)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 13 May to 19 May 2021
Document: Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 13 May to 19 May 2021 (ODS)
Thursday 27th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 13 May to 19 May 2021
Document: Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 13 May to 19 May 2021 (ODS)


Department Publications - News and Communications
Thursday 3rd June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Record number of doctors and nurses working in the NHS in England
Document: Record number of doctors and nurses working in the NHS in England (webpage)
Saturday 5th June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Surge testing being deployed in Bradford, Canterbury and Maidstone
Document: Surge testing being deployed in Bradford, Canterbury and Maidstone (webpage)
Friday 28th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Surge testing to be deployed across Lancashire
Document: Surge testing to be deployed across Lancashire (webpage)
Monday 7th June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Surge testing to be deployed in Calderdale
Document: Surge testing to be deployed in Calderdale (webpage)
Thursday 3rd June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Surge testing to be deployed in Derbyshire
Document: Surge testing to be deployed in Derbyshire (webpage)
Monday 24th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Surge testing to be deployed in North East Hampshire
Document: Surge testing to be deployed in North East Hampshire (webpage)
Saturday 22nd May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Surge testing to be deployed in parts of west London
Document: Surge testing to be deployed in parts of west London (webpage)
Saturday 5th June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Surge testing to be deployed in Reading and Wokingham
Document: Surge testing to be deployed in Reading and Wokingham (webpage)
Friday 4th June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: G7 Presidency statement
Document: G7 Presidency statement (webpage)
Friday 4th June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Government and life science industry join forces on 100 Days Mission for future pandemics
Document: Government and life science industry join forces on 100 Days Mission for future pandemics (webpage)
Monday 24th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Government launches new pilots to further support people to self-isolate
Document: Government launches new pilots to further support people to self-isolate (webpage)
Wednesday 19th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: New award to recognise exceptional practice in adult social care workforce
Document: New award to recognise exceptional practice in adult social care workforce (webpage)
Friday 4th June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: New G7 clinical trials charter to bolster global health defences
Document: New G7 clinical trials charter to bolster global health defences (webpage)
Wednesday 19th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: New implementation plan to deliver world-leading genomic healthcare
Document: New implementation plan to deliver world-leading genomic healthcare (webpage)
Thursday 3rd June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: New international approach to combat emerging health threats as crucial G7 health talks begin
Document: New international approach to combat emerging health threats as crucial G7 health talks begin (webpage)
Saturday 5th June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Over 40 million people receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in UK
Document: Over 40 million people receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in UK (webpage)
Thursday 3rd June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Over half of UK adults vaccinated with second dose
Document: Over half of UK adults vaccinated with second dose (webpage)
Thursday 20th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Oxford to play host to crucial G7 health talks
Document: Oxford to play host to crucial G7 health talks (webpage)
Friday 28th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Eddie Gray appointed chair of Antivirals Taskforce
Document: Eddie Gray appointed chair of Antivirals Taskforce (webpage)
Friday 28th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Ministers across government urge women to shape women's health strategy
Document: Ministers across government urge women to shape women's health strategy (webpage)
Friday 4th June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Memorial trees planted in Oxford to remember lives lost around the world
Document: Memorial trees planted in Oxford to remember lives lost around the world (webpage)


Department Publications - Consultations
Tuesday 25th May 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: The law about use of force in mental health units (easy read)
Document: The law about use of force in mental health units (easy read) (webpage)


Department Publications - Policy paper
Friday 4th June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting, June 2021: communique
Document: G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting, June 2021: communique (PDF)
Friday 4th June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting, June 2021: communique
Document: G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting, June 2021: communique (PDF)
Friday 4th June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting, June 2021: communique
Document: G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting, June 2021: communique (webpage)


Department Publications - Guidance
Thursday 3rd June 2021
Department of Health and Social Care
Source Page: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site security
Document: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site security (webpage)



Department of Health and Social Care mentioned

Calendar
Wednesday 16th June 2:30 p.m.
Women and Equalities Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Reform of the Gender Recognition Act
At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
The Baroness Falkner of Margravine - Chair at Equality and Human Rights Commission
Melanie Field OBE - Executive Director for Policy, Strategy and Wales at Equality and Human Rights Commission
At 3.30pm: Oral evidence
Jo Churchill MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary at Department of Health and Social Care
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Thursday 10th June 9:15 a.m.
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Initial lessons from the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Simon Case - Cabinet Secretary at Cabinet Office
Alex Chisholm - Permanent Secretary at Cabinet Office
James Bowler CB - Permanent Secretary of the Covid Task Force at Cabinet Office
Sir Chris Wormald - Permanent Secretary at Department of Health and Social Care
Sir Tom Scholar - Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury
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Parliamentary Debates
Ofsted Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges
25 speeches (6,425 words)
Thursday 10th June - Commons Chamber
Department for Education
Mentions:
1: Friend the Member for Mid Bedfordshire (Ms Dorries), within the Department of Health and Social Care. - Link to Speech

Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment Committee Report
30 speeches (27,259 words)
Thursday 10th June - Lords Chamber
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Mentions:
1: autumn, we will have a new centre for health promotion, which will be an in-house department—part of the Department - Link to Speech
2: of Health and Social Care. - Link to Speech

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL]
293 speeches (61,971 words)
Wednesday 9th June - Lords Chamber
Department for International Trade
Mentions:
1: that reflect on the consultation—as the noble Lord, Lord Purvis, set out frankly, this Bill and the DHSC - Link to Speech
2: could neatly wrap all this up for me because I am really struggling to work out whether BEIS or the Department - Link to Speech
3: the interrelationship, or lack of it, between this Bill and the current extensive consultation by the Department - Link to Speech
4: The noble Lord, Lord Purvis, again raised the DHSC consultation on medical professions, and I - Link to Speech

House Building Targets: North East Bedfordshire
3 speeches (3,918 words)
Wednesday 9th June - Westminster Hall
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Mentions:
1: Will he commit to an urgent review, with his colleagues in the Department of Health and Social Care and - Link to Speech
2: very happy to take forward his request with my colleagues in the Department for Education and in the Department - Link to Speech

0.7% Official Development Assistance Target
85 speeches (27,033 words)
Tuesday 8th June - Commons Chamber
HM Treasury
Mentions:
1: I held the international health brief at the Department of Health and Social Care. - Link to Speech

Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill
124 speeches (27,208 words)
Monday 7th June - Commons Chamber
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Mentions:
1: subsection (1), ARIA must prioritise research and development according to the policy objectives of the Department - Link to Speech

Environment Bill
76 speeches (58,651 words)
Monday 7th June - Lords Chamber
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Mentions:
1: Where do we look to find the duty for this department to talk to the Department of Health and Social - Link to Speech

Business of the House
63 speeches (9,535 words)
Thursday 27th May - Commons Chamber
Leader of the House
Mentions:
1: On 8 March, the Department of Health and Social Care launched a call for evidence to inform the development - Link to Speech

Covid-19: People with Neurological Conditions
17 speeches (7,240 words)
Thursday 27th May - Grand Committee

Mentions:
1: I ask the Minister whether the Department of Health and Social Care is pressing the Treasury for these - Link to Speech
2: 19 clinical neuroscience study, which was awarded £2.3 million by UK Research and Innovation and the Department - Link to Speech

Covid-19
82 speeches (8,817 words)
Tuesday 25th May - Commons Chamber
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Mentions:
1: health service, but unfortunately there still seems to be institutionalised bias against them in the Department - Link to Speech

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL]
36 speeches (35,898 words)
Tuesday 25th May - Lords Chamber
Department for International Trade
Mentions:
1: The current Department of Health and Social Care consultation, Regulating Healthcare Professionals, Protecting - Link to Speech

Child Food Poverty
28 speeches (13,443 words)
Monday 24th May - Westminster Hall
Department for Education
Mentions:
1: but that is not happening at the moment, perhaps because the vouchers are the responsibility of the Department - Link to Speech

Oral Answers to Questions
118 speeches (9,735 words)
Wednesday 19th May - Commons Chamber
Cabinet Office
Mentions:
1: of Health and Social Care is advertising at the moment for social care policy advisers to “develop proposals - Link to Speech

Ministerial Code/Register of Ministers’ Interests
60 speeches (5,347 words)
Tuesday 18th May - Commons Chamber
HM Treasury
Mentions:
1: on record our thanks for the incredible work of the procurement teams in the Cabinet Office and the Department - Link to Speech
2: of Health and Social Care. - Link to Speech



Select Committee Documents
Tuesday 15th June 2021
Correspondence - Correspondence from Sir Chris Wormald KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Care, re PPE Suppliers Evidence Session, dated 1 June 2021
Public Accounts Committee

Found: Correspondence from Sir Chris Wormald KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Care,

Tuesday 15th June 2021
Correspondence - Letter to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care relating to Brain tumour and childhood cancer research
Brain tumour and childhood cancer research - Petitions Committee

Found: Letter to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care relating

Thursday 10th June 2021
Correspondence - Correspondence from Public Accounts Chair Meg Hillier to Sir Chris Wormald KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Care, re William Wragg MP, Chair, Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, re Equitable Life scandal, dated 24th May 2021
Public Accounts Committee

Found: Correspondence from Public Accounts Chair Meg Hillier to Sir Chris Wormald KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department

Thursday 10th June 2021
Correspondence - Correspondence from Public Accounts Chair Meg Hillier to Sir Chris Wormald KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Care, re Following on from COVID-19: Government procurement and supply of Personal Protective Equipment, dated 28 May 2021
Public Accounts Committee

Found: Correspondence from Public Accounts Chair Meg Hillier to Sir Chris Wormald KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department

Thursday 10th June 2021
Correspondence - Correspondence from Sir Chris Wormald KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Care, re PPE Suppliers Evidence Session
Public Accounts Committee

Found: Correspondence from Sir Chris Wormald KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Care,

Wednesday 9th June 2021
Correspondence - Letter from the Department of Health and Social Care on decisions about red list countries, dated 7 June 2021
Home Office preparedness for Covid-19 (Coronavirus) - Home Affairs Committee

Found: Letter from the Department of Health and Social Care on decisions about red list countries, dated 7 June

Tuesday 1st June 2021
Oral Evidence - Lord Bethell (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department of Health and Social Care), Helen Campbell (Portfolio Manager at Department of Health and Social Care), and Mike Batley (Deputy Director of Research Programmes at Department of Health and Social Care)
27 May 2021
Brain tumour and childhood cancer research - Petitions Committee

Found: 27 May 2021 Lord Bethell (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department of Health and Social Care

Tuesday 25th May 2021
Correspondence - Correspondence from Sir Chris Wormald KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Care, re PAC hearing – Adult Social Care Markets, dated 17 May 2021
Public Accounts Committee

Found: Correspondence from Sir Chris Wormald KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Care,

Friday 21st May 2021
Written Evidence - Lord Bethell (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation at Department of Health and Social Care)
BCCR0003 - Brain tumour and childhood cancer research
Brain tumour and childhood cancer research - Petitions Committee

Found: and childhood cancer research Lord Bethell (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Innovation at Department

Wednesday 19th May 2021
Correspondence - Correspondence from Public Accounts Chair Meg Hillier to Sarah Munby, Permanent Secretary, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Sir Chris Wormald KCB, Permanent Secretary Department of Health and Social Care, re COVID-19 VACCINE INDEMNITIES, 30 April 2021
Public Accounts Committee

Found: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Sir Chris Wormald KCB, Permanent Secretary Department

Friday 14th May 2021
Correspondence - Correspondence from the Department of Health and Social Care on the Committee's First report of Session 2019 on NHS Property Services
Public Accounts Committee

Found: Correspondence from the Department of Health and Social Care on the Committee's First report of Session

Thursday 13th May 2021
Correspondence - Letter from the Department of Health and Social Care on the response to PHSO Report, 29.4.21
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Found: Letter from the Department of Health and Social Care on the response to PHSO Report, 29.4.21 Correspondence

Friday 30th April 2021
Oral Evidence - Department for Education, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Department for Education, and Department of Health and Social Care
14 April 2021
The role of public services in addressing child vulnerability - Public Services Committee

Found: for Education, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Department for Education, and Department

Tuesday 20th April 2021
Correspondence - Correspondence from Sir Chris Wormald KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Care, re The panning for a Vaccine (Part 1) PAC hearing, dated 12 April 2021
Public Accounts Committee

Found: Correspondence from Sir Chris Wormald KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Care,

Friday 16th April 2021
Correspondence - Correspondence from David Williams CB, Second Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Care, re Contingent Liability: Clinical Negligence in Community Testing, dated 22 March 2021
Public Accounts Committee

Found: Correspondence from David Williams CB, Second Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Care

Wednesday 24th March 2021
Oral Evidence - Nadine Dorries MP (Minister of State at Department of Health and Social Care), William Vineall (Director and Chair of the Armed Forces Partnership Board at Department of Health and Social Care), Professor Jason Leitch (National Clinical Director at Scottish Government), Dr Fiona Jenkins (Veterans Lead and Executive Director for Therapies and Health Science at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board ), Kate Davies CBE (Director of Health and Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Referral Centres at NHS England), and Dr Jonathan Leach (Armed Forces Clinical Lead at NHS England)
24 March 2021
Armed Forces Bill Select Committee

Found: 24 March 2021 Nadine Dorries MP (Minister of State at Department of Health and Social Care), William

Thursday 25th February 2021
Inquiry Publications - Correspondence from Sarah Munby, Permanent Secretary, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Sir Chris Wormald KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health and Social Care, re COVID-19 Vaccine Indemnities, dated 18 February 2021
Public Accounts Committee

Found: Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Sir Chris Wormald KCB, Permanent Secretary, Department

Thursday 24th September 2020
Correspondence - Letter from the Minister of State for Health in the Department of Health and Social Care to the chair of the European Union Committee, dated 24 September 2020
EU Environment Sub-Committee

Found: Letter from the Minister of State for Health in the Department of Health and Social Care to the chair

Friday 1st November 2019
Written Evidence - Chris Whitty (Chief Scientific Adviser and Chief Medical Officer at Department of Health and Social Care)
ZIN0081 - Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living
Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living - Science and Technology Committee (Lords)

Found: , Technology and Healthy Living Chris Whitty (Chief Scientific Adviser and Chief Medical Officer at Department

Tuesday 22nd October 2019
Written Evidence - Department of Health and Social Care
ZIN0023 - Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living
Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living - Science and Technology Committee (Lords)

Found: ZIN0023 - Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living Department of Health and Social Care Written

Wednesday 9th October 2019
Written Evidence - Department of Health and Social Care, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and Department for Education
ZGA0020 - Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry
Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry - Gambling Industry Committee

Found: ZGA0020 - Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry Department of Health and Social Care, Department



Written Answers
Research: Career Development
Asked by: Alex Davies-Jones (Labour - Pontypridd)
Tuesday 15th June 2021

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how the £20m within his Department's Research and Development Budget Allocation announced on 27 May 2021 is planned to be used to support early career researchers.

Answered by Amanda Solloway - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Like many sections of the economy, medical research charities have been hit hard by COVID-19. This funding to support early career researchers will help to protect the pipeline of research superstars who will have a fantastic impact, and improve patient lives, in the future. We will announce further details about the way in which this funding will be distributed by UKRI on behalf of BEIS and DHSC in due course.

Research: Career Development
Asked by: Alex Davies-Jones (Labour - Pontypridd)
Tuesday 15th June 2021

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how the £20 million of funding, announced on 27 May to support early career researchers, can be accessed.

Answered by Amanda Solloway - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

Like many sections of the economy, medical research charities have been hit hard by COVID-19. This funding to support early career researchers will help to protect the pipeline of research superstars who will have a fantastic impact, and improve patient lives, in the future. We will announce further details about the way in which this funding will be distributed by UKRI on behalf of BEIS and DHSC in due course.

Pupils: Coronavirus
Asked by: Peter Kyle (Labour - Hove)
Monday 14th June 2021

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the proportion of pupils regularly being tested for covid-19 within schools.

Answered by Nick Gibb - Minister of State (Education)

The number of COVID-19 lateral flow tests that have been distributed to schools and further education colleges since 1 March 2021 is 192,931,671, of which 135,452,570 are for pupils. This includes 126,705,245 COVID-19 lateral flow self-test kits for testing at home.

The number of lateral flow tests that have been completed by pupils in secondary schools, excluding colleges, between 4 March and 2 June is 21.9 million.

The number of lateral flow tests that have been completed in total since 4 March and up to 2 June for all education settings, including higher education, is 47.7 million. This includes testing of pupils, staff, school household bubble testing, and school support bubble testing. Testing figures have been derived from the Department of Health and Social Care NHS Test and Trace published statistics which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/weekly-statistics-for-nhs-test-and-trace-england-27-may-to-2-june-2021.

Pupils: Coronavirus
Asked by: Peter Kyle (Labour - Hove)
Monday 14th June 2021

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many covid-19 lateral flow tests have been (a) distributed to schools for pupil use and (b) formally completed by pupils since March 2021.

Answered by Nick Gibb - Minister of State (Education)

The number of COVID-19 lateral flow tests that have been distributed to schools and further education colleges since 1 March 2021 is 192,931,671, of which 135,452,570 are for pupils. This includes 126,705,245 COVID-19 lateral flow self-test kits for testing at home.

The number of lateral flow tests that have been completed by pupils in secondary schools, excluding colleges, between 4 March and 2 June is 21.9 million.

The number of lateral flow tests that have been completed in total since 4 March and up to 2 June for all education settings, including higher education, is 47.7 million. This includes testing of pupils, staff, school household bubble testing, and school support bubble testing. Testing figures have been derived from the Department of Health and Social Care NHS Test and Trace published statistics which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/weekly-statistics-for-nhs-test-and-trace-england-27-may-to-2-june-2021.

Abortion: Northern Ireland
Asked by: Diana Johnson (Labour - Kingston upon Hull North)
Monday 14th June 2021

Question to the Northern Ireland Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many women have travelled to the British mainland to receive abortion care since the establishment of a legal framework for abortion in Northern Ireland on 31 March 2020.

Answered by Robin Walker - Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)

The Department of Health and Social Care has now published the 2020 statistics on abortion in England and Wales. In 2020, there were 371 abortions in England and Wales for women from Northern Ireland.

I would note that over 1,100 women and girls have been able to access local abortion services since April last year - and this should not be overlooked at a time where the services have not been formally commissioned. It is, however, very distressing to hear that even throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, some women and girls have still been forced to travel, at a time where it is even more crucial for local access to healthcare to be available. I put on record my thanks to the medical professionals who have ensured that women and girls have had some access to abortion services in Northern Ireland to date, and the organisations that have supported this work.

However, progress must be made towards properly commissioning services so that safe, local abortion services are fully available as a healthcare service in Northern Ireland. The current situation is not acceptable. If there continues to be no progress, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland will issue a direction using his powers under the Abortion (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2021, to ensure that services are commissioned and delivered according to the 2018 Report of the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

Schools: Coronavirus
Asked by: Daisy Cooper (Liberal Democrat - St Albans)
Monday 14th June 2021

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of requiring students to wear face coverings in schools following the increase in cases of the covid-19 variant originating in India.

Answered by Nick Gibb - Minister of State (Education)

When a variant of COVID-19 is classed as a variant of concern, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) will increase targeted testing in that area to help suppress and control any possible new cases and better understand the new variants.

The reintroduction of face coverings for pupils, students or staff, may be advised for a temporary period in response to particular localised outbreaks, including variants of concern. In all cases, any educational drawbacks should be balanced with the benefits of managing transmission.

In Enhanced Response Areas, Directors of Public Health have discretion to recommend supervised in-school testing, or that secondary schools reintroduce face coverings in indoor communal areas including classrooms, subject to an assessment of the educational impact against public health benefit.

The Strengthened Support Packages are now the process for escalating any education-based interventions. NHS Test and Trace has set up Regional Partnership Teams (RPTs) made up of Public Health England (PHE) Regional Directors; Contain Regional Convenors; and Joint Biosecurity Centre Regional Leads to support local areas in managing outbreaks. Local Authorities or Directors of Public Health who are concerned about the impact of variants of concern on nurseries, schools and colleges should first and foremost engage with their RPTs. We continue to work closely with other government departments throughout the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including PHE and DHSC, as well as stakeholders across the sector.

Our policy on the system of controls is kept under review and based on the latest scientific and medical advice including in the context of prevalence, new variants and progress of the vaccination programme. We will continue to develop comprehensive guidance and to understand the impact and effectiveness of these measures on staff, pupils, students and parents.

Cereals
Asked by: Alex Norris (Labour (Co-op) - Nottingham North)
Friday 11th June 2021

Question to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has plans to adopt the Whole Grain Initiative’s definition of whole grain foods for food package labelling.

Answered by Victoria Prentis - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Defra committed to reviewing the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998, as they apply in England, following the end of the transition period. The planned review is being scoped now but it will focus on ensuring alignment with retained laws in other overlapping areas, as well as considering requests from industry for additional measures and exemptions. The review will also need to consider any DHSC decisions around folic acid. As part of the review, we will hold a public consultation on policy options. Many of the issues raised by stakeholders to date are technically complex and we expect this review will need sufficient time to consider responses and agree the best way forward.

Immigration: EU Nationals
Asked by: Neil Coyle (Labour - Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
Friday 11th June 2021

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that EU nationals living in the UK and working in health and social care will have secured their EU settled status by the 1 July 2021.

Answered by Kevin Foster - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

As of 30 April 2021, 5.4 million applications had been received to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), and 4.9 million grants of status have been made, delivering on the government’s promise to secure the rights of millions of Europeans in UK law for years to come.

A comprehensive range of communications activity has been delivered to date to increase awareness of the EUSS across sectors and audience demographics including EEA and Swiss national key workers and those working in the health and social care sectors.

Communications activity includes extensive engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, and, since 2019, nearly £8million spent on targeted UK advertising on social media, website banners, catch up TV and radio, to ensure EEA and Swiss citizens are aware of the scheme and supported to apply. The latest £1.95million burst launched in May and will run to the end of June.

The Home Office has provided up to £22million in grant funding to a current network of 72 organisations providing bespoke support to vulnerable and hard to reach EU citizens and their family members eligible to apply to EUSS.

Workers in the social care sector were given early access under the pilot phases of the scheme. Communications to reach eligible health & social care workers via their employer have been ongoing since the scheme’s launch with hundreds of engagement events delivered alongside the provision of an employer toolkit, equipping organisations with the information required to support their staff.

This has included a bespoke event for NHS employers, and with a number regional strategic migration and enterprise partnerships. NHS employers, Scottish Social services and Wales Social care also sit on EUSS advisory groups. We have recently worked with DHSC to develop an internal update for NHS staff, and with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to include an update on EUSS in their bulletin to care sector employers.

We continue to work closely with the Department for Health and Social Care, and Local Authorities to provide support and materials to eligible individuals in the sector.

Pupils: Mental Health
Asked by: Peter Kyle (Labour - Hove)
Thursday 10th June 2021

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of pupils' mental health and wellbeing during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered by Vicky Ford - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)

We are working with the Department of Health and Social Care to monitor the emerging evidence on the experiences of children and young people during the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure the support measures being put in place by the government, including in the longer term, are informed by the most up-to-date evidence.

In particular, Public Health England is monitoring the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, including on children and young people, and is publishing regular surveillance reports. Their report about population mental health and wellbeing in England during the COVID-19 outbreak was last updated on 8 April: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-mental-health-and-wellbeing-surveillance-report.

On 10 October 2020, the Department for Education published its second annual ‘State of the Nation’ report, which focused on children and young people’s experience associated with wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak. The report has helped the government, children and young people’s services, schools, parents and anyone interested in children and young people’s wellbeing to understand children and young people’s experiences of the COVID-19 outbreak, the measures put in place to reduce the impact of the outbreak, and the broader effects on society.

The department has also been collecting regular survey data on children and young people’s wellbeing and experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak. We expect to publish this data in the autumn.

Children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing is a priority for this government. We have supported schools and colleges to put the right pastoral support in place through the Wellbeing for Education Return scheme in the 2020/21 academic year, which funded expert advisers in every English local authority to offer training, support and resources for staff dealing with children and young people experiencing additional pressures from the last year – including trauma, anxiety, or grief. Our Mental Health in Education Action Group highlighted that schools and colleges continue to need help to understand, navigate and access the range of provision available locally, so we provided an additional £7 million funding to local authorities to provide further expert support to do this through the Wellbeing for Education Recovery programme.

On 5 March 2021, we announced an additional £79 million to accelerate the significant planned expansion of children and young people’s mental health services, which will allow around 22,500 more children and young people to access community health services; this includes 2,000 more children and young people getting access to eating disorder services and accelerating the coverage of mental health support teams over the financial year 2021/22. This will enable community mental health services to provide more children and young people more timely care.

Viral Diseases: Disease Control
Asked by: Tobias Ellwood (Conservative - Bournemouth East)
Wednesday 9th June 2021

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role his Department (a) has or (b) plans to have in (i) monitoring and (ii) identifying international virus outbreaks in the future via an early bio-security warning system.

Answered by James Heappey - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)

The UK Health Security Agency was established in April 2021, with part of its remit to detect and monitor infectious diseases and other hazards to health including through surveillance, analysis, horizon scanning and early warning systems. Defence is working extremely closely with DHSC and partners across Government to establish how we might best support this work.

Schools: Coronavirus
Asked by: Clive Efford (Labour - Eltham)
Tuesday 8th June 2021

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information he received from Public Health England on the (a) aggregate number of covid-19 cases and (b) incidence and location of Coronavirus variant B.1.617.2 linked to schools before 10 May 2021 prior to the decision to remove the requirement for face coverings to be worn in schools.

Answered by Nick Gibb - Minister of State (Education)

Data on variants of concern is held by the Department of Health and Social Care, where Public Health England (PHE) leads on surveillance and outbreak management. Data on variants, including the Delta variant (B.1.617.2), was considered by the Government as part of meeting the four tests, in making the decision to proceed with Step 3 of the roadmap announced on 10 May.

PHE has published a technical briefing on COVID-19 variants of concern and variants under investigation in England, which is available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/991343/Variants_of_Concern_VOC_Technical_Briefing_14.pdf. This sets out (page 36-45) data on the number of clusters or outbreaks associated with a range of settings, including education settings, covering the latest available data and the period prior to the decision and announcement on Step 3.

PHE also publishes the total number of cases of each variant in the UK as part of information on variants of COVID-19, which is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/new-sars-cov-2-variant. This includes total confirmed Delta variant cases and prevalence split by region, as part of PHE weekly technical briefings, covering the latest available data and previously the period prior to the decision and announcement on Step 3.

The Government’s decision that face coverings no longer need to be worn in classrooms by staff, pupils or students, or in corridors or communal areas by pupils and students, was made in line with Step 3 of the roadmap. When the policy on face coverings in classrooms was introduced, this was an appropriate precautionary temporary measure while rates of infection were high in the community. As the four tests for easing restrictions in Step 3 of the roadmap were met, it was an appropriate time to remove the recommendation. In all schools we continue to recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and visitors in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible.

While this moves children towards a greater sense of normality, measures within the PHE-supported system of controls remain very important to reduce transmission in schools, for example, social distancing and regular hand washing. Regular rapid testing will also continue to help find and isolate asymptomatic cases when they do occur, and we continue to encourage everyone to play their part and test themselves twice each week.

The reintroduction of face coverings for pupils, students or staff may be advised for a temporary period in response to localised outbreaks, including variants of concern. In all cases, any educational drawbacks should be balanced with the benefits of managing transmission. The Local Action Committee structure (bronze/silver/gold) should be used in such circumstances to re-introduce the use of face coverings. Immediate outbreak response (at the level of individual settings or a cluster of settings) remains for local directors of public health to advise on.

Schools: Coronavirus
Asked by: Clive Efford (Labour - Eltham)
Tuesday 8th June 2021

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what data he held on the (a) aggregate number of cases, (b) incidence and (c) location of the coronavirus variant B.1.617.2 linked to schools up to 10 May 2021 when the Government made the announcement to remove requirements for face coverings in schools.

Answered by Nick Gibb - Minister of State (Education)

Data on variants of concern is held by the Department of Health and Social Care, where Public Health England (PHE) leads on surveillance and outbreak management. Data on variants, including the Delta variant (B.1.617.2), was considered by the Government as part of meeting the four tests, in making the decision to proceed with Step 3 of the roadmap announced on 10 May.

PHE has published a technical briefing on COVID-19 variants of concern and variants under investigation in England, which is available here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/991343/Variants_of_Concern_VOC_Technical_Briefing_14.pdf. This sets out (page 36-45) data on the number of clusters or outbreaks associated with a range of settings, including education settings, covering the latest available data and the period prior to the decision and announcement on Step 3.

PHE also publishes the total number of cases of each variant in the UK as part of information on variants of COVID-19, which is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/new-sars-cov-2-variant. This includes total confirmed Delta variant cases and prevalence split by region, as part of PHE weekly technical briefings, covering the latest available data and previously the period prior to the decision and announcement on Step 3.

The Government’s decision that face coverings no longer need to be worn in classrooms by staff, pupils or students, or in corridors or communal areas by pupils and students, was made in line with Step 3 of the roadmap. When the policy on face coverings in classrooms was introduced, this was an appropriate precautionary temporary measure while rates of infection were high in the community. As the four tests for easing restrictions in Step 3 of the roadmap were met, it was an appropriate time to remove the recommendation. In all schools we continue to recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and visitors in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible.

While this moves children towards a greater sense of normality, measures within the PHE-supported system of controls remain very important to reduce transmission in schools, for example, social distancing and regular hand washing. Regular rapid testing will also continue to help find and isolate asymptomatic cases when they do occur, and we continue to encourage everyone to play their part and test themselves twice each week.

The reintroduction of face coverings for pupils, students or staff may be advised for a temporary period in response to localised outbreaks, including variants of concern. In all cases, any educational drawbacks should be balanced with the benefits of managing transmission. The Local Action Committee structure (bronze/silver/gold) should be used in such circumstances to re-introduce the use of face coverings. Immediate outbreak response (at the level of individual settings or a cluster of settings) remains for local directors of public health to advise on.

Prisoners: Coronavirus
Asked by: Lord Bradley (Labour - Life peer)
Tuesday 8th June 2021

Question to the Ministry of Justice:

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19 in each UK prison since March 2020.

Answered by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)

The safety of our staff and those under our supervision remains a top priority, and testing is an important element of our overall set of measures to limit the importation of infection into and between prisons. We have therefore been working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care, the NHS, and health authority colleagues in England and Wales since last summer on providing access to Covid-19 tests in both publicly and privately-run prisons.

Data on prisoners in England and Wales who tested positive broken down by establishment and month was published in the February edition of the HM Prison and Probation Service COVID-19 statistics monthly series. I have attached copy of the summary tables included in the release, with data on positive test results provided in Table 2.

Over the course of the pandemic we have expanded the use of testing based on public health recommendations, and we now offer testing routinely to all staff and those prisoners who are moving into or within the prison estate. We also conduct mass testing as part of a multi-agency response to outbreaks.

Prisoners: Coronavirus
Asked by: Lord Bradley (Labour - Life peer)
Tuesday 8th June 2021

Question to the Ministry of Justice:

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19 in each month since March 2020.

Answered by Lord Wolfson of Tredegar - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)

The safety of our staff and those under our supervision remains a top priority, and testing is an important element of our overall set of measures to limit the importation of infection into and between prisons. We have therefore been working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care, the NHS, and health authority colleagues in England and Wales since last summer on providing access to Covid-19 tests in both publicly and privately-run prisons.

Data on prisoners in England and Wales who tested positive broken down by establishment and month was published in the February edition of the HM Prison and Probation Service COVID-19 statistics monthly series. I have attached copy of the summary tables included in the release, with data on positive test results provided in Table 2.

Over the course of the pandemic we have expanded the use of testing based on public health recommendations, and we now offer testing routinely to all staff and those prisoners who are moving into or within the prison estate. We also conduct mass testing as part of a multi-agency response to outbreaks.

Educational Institutions: Coronavirus
Asked by: Catherine West (Labour - Hornsey and Wood Green)
Tuesday 8th June 2021

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the transmission of covid-19 in (a) schools and (b) other education settings through increased ventilation.

Answered by Nick Gibb - Minister of State (Education)

The Department is working closely with Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health and Social Care, as well as stakeholders across the sector, to ensure that our policy is based on the latest scientific and medical advice, and to continue to develop comprehensive guidance based on the PHE supported system of controls.

The Department continues to review the ventilation requirements in the system of controls including considering whether monitoring Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels would be appropriate. We are working with the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies and NHS Test and Trace on a pilot project to measure CO2 levels in typical classrooms to enable us to provide more nuanced guidance to the sector. We will continue to consider updating our guidance as results from this pilot project emerge.

Current evidence recommends that the way to control COVID-19 is the same, even with the current new variants. The PHE supported system of controls which have been in use throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, which includes ventilation, continue to be the right measures to take.

PHE keeps all these controls under review, based on the latest evidence. Schools and colleges therefore need to continue to implement these controls. Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare. Additional guidance from the Health and Safety Executive on air conditioning and ventilation during the COVID-19 outbreak can be found here: https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/equipment-and-machinery/air-conditioning-and-ventilation/index.htm.

Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus
Asked by: Chi Onwurah (Labour - Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Monday 7th June 2021

Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the return of disabled citizens from covid-19 red list countries.

Answered by Nigel Adams - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Our advice to British nationals abroad is that they should follow the public health advice of the country which they are in, including current COVID-19 restrictions, and consider whether they should take additional precautions due to underlying health conditions. Our consular staff endeavour to give appropriate and tailored support to British nationals overseas and their families in the UK, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. This support includes providing assistance to return to the UK where it is appropriate. The assistance the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) can provide to British nationals abroad is set out in the publication: Support for British nationals abroad: A Guide (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-british-nationals-abroad-a-guide). British nationals who wish to return to the UK should check current COVID-19 related restrictions on gov.uk (https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control), noting that individuals returning from red listed countries must enter managed quarantine in a hotel. Any quarantine enquiries, including medical exemption requests, should be sent to DHSC directly at DHSCtesttrace.customerfeedbackteam@nhs.net.

Crime and Justice Task Force
Asked by: Crispin Blunt (Conservative - Reigate)
Monday 7th June 2021

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 May 2021 to Question 2169, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the Crime and Justice Taskforce membership not including representation from the (a) Department of Health and Social Care, (b) Department for Education, (c) Department of Work and Pensions, or (d) Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, unlike its predecessor, the Drug Strategy Board.

Answered by Kit Malthouse - Minister of State (Home Office)

The membership of the Crime and Justice Task Force is available at Gov.uk. Other Cabinet Ministers will be invited to attend according to the agenda.

Events Industry: Coronavirus
Asked by: Andrea Jenkyns (Conservative - Morley and Outwood)
Monday 7th June 2021

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Events Research Programme accurately assesses the risk of live events with crowds taking place in summer 2021 as covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Answered by Nigel Huddleston - Assistant Whip

Public safety is our main priority and decisions on the Events Research Programme (ERP) are guided by a Science Board of experts—including senior Public Health England (PHE) representation—who take into account the latest public health data. All ERP pilot events are designed in a scientifically controlled way, and carefully consider ways to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

The ERP has been developed within a SAGE research framework, in line with the latest PHE and DHSC guidance, including on consent and ethical approval.

The evidence from these pilot events is being used to inform and shape Government policy to bring about the phased return of fuller audiences to venues and events across England.

Overseas Students: Coronavirus
Asked by: Rachael Maskell (Labour (Co-op) - York Central)
Wednesday 2nd June 2021

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of allowing international students to quarantine at their university on arrival in the UK.

Answered by Michelle Donelan - Minister of State (Education)

International students are a vital and valued part of our higher education sector. I speak regularly with my counterparts across government about how various COVID-19 policies may affect students with a view to minimising burdens for students while maintaining public health, and I have remained in close contact with ministers at the Department of Health and Social Care who are responsible for the Managed Quarantine Service.

Hotel quarantine is in place for all travellers that have travelled from or through a red-list country to prevent the spread of potentially harmful COVID-19 variants in the UK, and there is a need to have strict rules in place to prevent the vaccine effort from being undermined.

We have worked closely with the sector and colleagues across the government to ensure that UK residents (including international students due to their visa status), that are facing significant financial hardship will have the opportunity to apply for a deferred repayment plan when booking their managed quarantine hotel room. Travellers who access hardship will be referred to a Government debt collection agency (“Qualco”), who will perform an independent financial assessment and determine an appropriate payment plan.

Any student who is experiencing financial hardship can speak with their provider about support. We have made an additional £85 million of student hardship funding available to higher education providers in the 2020/21 academic year. This is in addition to the £256 million of government funded student premium funding already available to higher education providers to draw on for this academic year, 2020/21, and this support can include help for students, including international students and postgraduates. International students can be confident in expressing these concerns to their provider without any impact on their immigration status.

Sports: Schools
Asked by: Lyn Brown (Labour - West Ham)
Wednesday 2nd June 2021

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect of making an announcement on School Games Organiser funding with a short period remaining before the previous funding round will end on (a) the efficacy of programmes for pupil health and wellbeing, (b) additional costs for participant schools and (c) staff job security.

Answered by Nigel Huddleston - Assistant Whip

Physical education (PE) and school sport plays an important role in supporting children and young people to be physically active, particularly during the current COVID-19 restrictions. The Department is working with the Department for Education and the Department of Health and Social Care on how to support better PE, sport and physical activity provision for all children and young people. This is part of our continuing work to deliver our joint school sport and activity action plan, published in 2019.

I can confirm that the School Games Organisers are now fully funded for the 2021/22 financial year. Funding beyond that point will be subject to future Government Spending Review decisions.

Sports: Schools
Asked by: Lyn Brown (Labour - West Ham)
Wednesday 2nd June 2021

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to provide additional funding through the School Games Organiser scheme for additional work with schools in 2021-22 to improve levels of pupil physical activity following the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered by Nigel Huddleston - Assistant Whip

Physical education (PE) and school sport plays an important role in supporting children and young people to be physically active, particularly during the current COVID-19 restrictions. The Department is working with the Department for Education and the Department of Health and Social Care on how to support better PE, sport and physical activity provision for all children and young people. This is part of our continuing work to deliver our joint school sport and activity action plan, published in 2019.

I can confirm that the School Games Organisers are now fully funded for the 2021/22 financial year. Funding beyond that point will be subject to future Government Spending Review decisions.

Sports: Schools
Asked by: Matthew Offord (Conservative - Hendon)
Wednesday 2nd June 2021

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the extension of School Games Organiser contracts is planned to be announced.

Answered by Nigel Huddleston - Assistant Whip

Physical education (PE) and school sport plays an important role in supporting children and young people to be physically active, particularly during the current COVID-19 restrictions. The Department is working with the Department for Education and the Department of Health and Social Care on how to support better PE, sport and physical activity provision for all children and young people. This is part of our continuing work to deliver our joint school sport and activity action plan, published in 2019.

I can confirm that the School Games Organisers are now fully funded for the 2021/22 financial year. Funding beyond that point will be subject to future Government Spending Review decisions.

Sports: Schools
Asked by: Lyn Brown (Labour - West Ham)
Wednesday 2nd June 2021

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to announce School Games Organiser funding from October 2021.

Answered by Nigel Huddleston - Assistant Whip

Physical education (PE) and school sport plays an important role in supporting children and young people to be physically active, particularly during the current COVID-19 restrictions. The Department is working with the Department for Education and the Department of Health and Social Care on how to support better PE, sport and physical activity provision for all children and young people. This is part of our continuing work to deliver our joint school sport and activity action plan, published in 2019.

I can confirm that the School Games Organisers are now fully funded for the 2021/22 financial year. Funding beyond that point will be subject to future Government Spending Review decisions.

Coronavirus: Aviation
Asked by: Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (Conservative - Life peer)
Wednesday 2nd June 2021

Question to the Home Office:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are putting in place to ensure that individuals arriving from non-‘red list’ countries have not been in ‘red list’ countries in the previous 28 days.

Answered by Lord Greenhalgh - Minister of State (Home Office)

All passengers who have been in a red list country in the 10 days before travel to the UK must take a pre-departure test (PDT), complete a passenger locator form (PLF), book tests to be taken on days 2 & 8 after arrival and quarantine for 10 days in an approved hotel. Passengers who have declared travel from or through red list countries, and who do not qualify for a work-related exemption, cannot complete a PLF without providing confirmation of a booking in managed quarantine.

Carriers are required to check passengers travelling to the UK have completed a PLF and taken a PDT.

Border Force continue to work with DfT and DHSC to identify passengers who are attempting to circumvent the MQS requirements, but it would not be appropriate to comment publicly on the detail of the operations concerned.

Sports: Schools
Asked by: Caroline Nokes (Conservative - Romsey and Southampton North)
Wednesday 2nd June 2021

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, by what date he plans decisions about the extension of School Games Organiser contracts to be announced.

Answered by Nigel Huddleston - Assistant Whip

Physical education (PE) and school sport plays an important role in supporting children and young people to be physically active, particularly during the current COVID-19 restrictions. The Department is working with the Department for Education and the Department of Health and Social Care on how to support better PE, sport and physical activity provision for all children and young people. This is part of our continuing work to deliver our joint school sport and activity action plan, published in 2019.

I can confirm that the School Games Organisers are now fully funded for the 2021/22 financial year. Funding beyond that point will be subject to future Government Spending Review decisions.

Bread and Flour: Regulation
Asked by: Justin Madders (Labour - Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Friday 28th May 2021

Question to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Government's written commitments to the Real Bread Campaign to review the Bread and Flour Regulations in November 2018, what progress the Government has made to ensure that there will be a public consultation on that matter; and if he will publish the timetable for the commencement of that consultation.

Answered by Victoria Prentis - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Defra committed to reviewing the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998, as they apply in England, following the end of the transition period. The planned review is being scoped now but it will focus on ensuring alignment with retained laws in other overlapping areas, as well as considering requests from industry for additional measures and exemptions. The review will also need to consider any DHSC decisions around folic acid. As part of the review, we will hold a public consultation on policy options. We very much welcome views from key stakeholders such as the Real Bread Campaign to feed into this. Many of the issues raised by stakeholders to date are technically complex and we expect this review will need sufficient time to consider responses and agree the best way forward.

Schools: Ventilation
Asked by: Luke Pollard (Labour (Co-op) - Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Thursday 27th May 2021

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to improve ventilation in schools.

Answered by Nick Gibb - Minister of State (Education)

In 2018, the Department published Building Bulletin 101, which is guidance for school design on ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality. This guidance sets out the World Health Organisation’s air quality guidelines and Air Quality Standards Regulation 2010 for indoor air quality.

The Department has worked closely with other Government departments, including Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health and Social Care, as well as stakeholders across the sector, to ensure that our policy is based on the latest scientific and medical advice, to continue to develop comprehensive guidance based on the PHE-endorsed ‘system of controls’ and to understand the impact of these measures on staff, pupils and parents.

The PHE-endorsed ‘system of controls’ have been in use throughout the COVID-19 outbreak and continue to be the right measures to take. Current evidence suggests that the way to control COVID-19 is the same, even with the new variants. These measures create a safer environment for children, young people, and staff where the risk of transmission of infection is substantially reduced. PHE keeps all these controls under review, based on the latest evidence. Schools therefore need to continue to implement these controls to the fullest extent. The guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.

The Department's guidance signposts further advice from the Health and Safety Executive on air conditioning and ventilation during the COVID-19 outbreak. The guidance can be found here: https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/equipment-and-machinery/air-conditioning-and-ventilation.htm.

Coronavirus: Protective Clothing
Asked by: Bill Esterson (Labour - Sefton Central)
Thursday 27th May 2021

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many allegations of modern slavery in supply chains she has received in respect of the supply of personal protective equipment during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered by Victoria Atkins - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

We do not hold data on the number of allegations made about modern slavery in the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), but the prevalence of modern slavery and complexity of global supply chains means that it is highly unlikely that any sector or company is immune from these risks, including PPE suppliers.

Through the landmark ‘Transparency in Supply Chains’ provision in the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the UK became the first country in the world to require businesses to report on the steps they have taken to tackle modern slavery in their operations and global supply chains.

The Home Office works across Government to develop best-practice to prevent modern slavery in public procurement. We supported the Cabinet Office to produce internal guidance reminding departments of the key steps they should be taking to mitigate modern slavery risks in COVID-related procurements.

The Home Office, with support from DHSC and NHS Supply Chain, commissioned the ethical trade consultancy, Impactt, to develop tailored guidance for buyers and suppliers of PPE on best practice approaches to preventing modern slavery in supply chains. As part of this project, Impactt delivered training workshops with PPE manufacturers and resellers to support them implement the guidance.

Social Services: Migrant Workers
Asked by: Caroline Lucas (Green Party - Brighton, Pavilion)
Thursday 27th May 2021

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to expand the list of professions eligible for the fee-free one-year visa extension during the covid-19 outbreak to include care workers; what recent discussions she has had with representatives of care workers on the exclusion of that workforce from that list; what estimate she has made of the number of care workers so affected; and if she will make a statement.

Answered by Kevin Foster - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The Government recognises the vital contribution overseas NHS, health and social care workers have and continue to make in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The introduction of the Health and Care visa last August made it quicker and cheaper for regulated health and care professionals – including Senior Care Workers - and their dependents to secure their visa.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Government has extended the visas of over 10,000 key, frontline regulated health and care professionals, and their eligible family members.

The Department of Health and Social Care regularly meet with the Health and Social Care sector and we will keep the free extension offer under review.

Carers: Coronavirus
Asked by: Stuart Anderson (Conservative - Wolverhampton South West)
Wednesday 26th May 2021

Question to the Department for Work and Pensions:

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support her Department provides people who have become carers during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered by Justin Tomlinson - Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

The Department has provided significant additional support for carers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The role that unpaid carers play has perhaps been more important than ever over the last year or so. That is why we have focussed on ensuring carers do not inadvertently stop receiving Carer’s Allowance because of changes to patterns of care. This includes allowing emotional support to count towards the 35 hours of care being provided by the carer as well as relaxing the rules around breaks in care. These changes aim to support carers whose role, in many cases, became harder due to the need to self-isolate or shield the person they care for. These provisions will be in place until the end of August 2021 providing unpaid carers receiving Carer’s Allowance with some extra flexibility in the way they provide care.

As well as Carer’s Allowance, carers have access to the full range of social security benefits. For example, carers on Universal Credit can receive around an additional £1,950 a year through the Carer Element. And due to the temporary Covid-19 uplift, around 300,000 carer households receiving Universal Credit benefitted from an additional £1,040 during the 20/21 financial year. So this Government has chosen to focus extra support on those carers who need it most.

And very importantly the Department worked closely with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England to help identify unpaid carers who were eligible for a Covid vaccine as part of Priority Group 6. As a result, more than half a million carers receiving benefit received a letter inviting them to book an appointment for a vaccine.

Drugs: Crime
Asked by: Crispin Blunt (Conservative - Reigate)
Wednesday 26th May 2021

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government report entitled An evaluation of the Government’s Drug Strategy 2010 which reported the finding that drugs market violence is an unintended consequence of enforcing drug laws, for what reason that finding was not tackled in the Drug Strategy 2017; and what steps the Government is taking to (a) monitor and (b) evaluate the ongoing effects of enforcement on market violence in the UK.

Answered by Kit Malthouse - Minister of State (Home Office)

No evaluation framework has been developed to assess the 2017 Drug Strategy. However, a number of initiatives that have been implemented under the 2017 Drug Strategy have been subject to assessment or evaluation, including;

  • The UK Government appointed Dr Ed Day as the Government’s Recovery Champion to provide national leadership around key aspects of the drug recovery agenda and advise the Government on where improvements can be made. His first annual report was published in January 2021, which includes an assessment of the current system. It can be found here; UK government Drug Recovery Champion annual report - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  • In 2019, Public Health England and the Home Office published a report on a deep dive to understand the rise in crack cocaine use in six areas of England. PHE publish investigative report on increasing crack use - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  • The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs continues to carry out in-depth reviews on issues relating to drugs and drug harms. Its website includes reviews on the ageing cohort of drug users, on custody to community transitions and on homelessness and drug use for example.
  • Other projects within the 2017 Drug Strategy, such as the Holme House ‘drug recovery prison’ pilot and the Jobcentre Plus Individual Placement and Support (IPS) trial to support those with substance use dependence back into employment, are subject to ongoing evaluation.

On the question of punishment for people who break the law, including buying illicit drugs, the Government is unashamedly clear that drug use is unacceptable and users must face the consequences. Prison is one possible punishment, however the police have a range of powers at their disposal to deal with drug-related offences in a way that is proportionate to the circumstances of the offender and the public interest. They also have discretion to engage a first-time young offender with local services to assess their needs including the risk of harm. How police choose to pursue investigations is an operational decision for chief constables, but we are clear that we expect them to enforce the law.

Addressing drugs and drug harms is not something that law enforcement alone can do and we must ensure that we intervene early and effectively to reduce the demand for drugs. We therefore take a balanced approach which brings together police, health, community and global partners to tackle the illicit drug trade, protect the most vulnerable and help those with a drug dependency to recover and turn their lives around.

Violence and exploitation is an inherent part of the business model of organised criminal gangs who supply drugs, and it is important that we continue to address this threat. Law enforcement partners are therefore cracking down on criminals who supply drugs, causing misery to families and communities. Violence Reduction Units and police forces work with local partners to understand and tackle the drivers of violence in their area. This year we have provided VRUs with £35.5m to continue this work, alongside an additional £30m of ‘Grip’ funding to the police force areas most affected by violent crime.

We know there is more to do to tackle drugs and the harms they cause, which is why the Home Office commissioned a major independent review, led by Dame Carol Black, to examine these issues. Part one of the Review was published in February 2020 and provided a detailed analysis of drug supply and demand. In July last year, DHSC announced the second part of the review led by Dame Carol to look at prevention, treatment and recovery which will be published later this year.

The Government continues to go further than the Drug Strategy 2017. In January, the Government announced a £148 million new investment to cut crime and protect people from the scourge of illegal drugs including;

  • £80 million for drug treatment services right across England – representing the largest increase in drug treatment funding for 15 years.
  • £28 million for Project ADDER – a new intensive approach to tackling drug misuse, which combines targeted and tougher policing with diversionary schemes and enhanced treatment and recovery services.
  • £40 million to tackle drugs supply and county lines and surge our activity against these ruthless gangs This will allow us to expand and build upon the successful results of our £25 million county lines programme which since November 2019 has seen more than 3,400 people arrested, more than 550 lines closed, drugs with a street value of £9 million and £1.5 million cash seized, and more than 770 vulnerable people safeguarded.

Together the funding represents a comprehensive drive by the Government to build back safer from the pandemic by helping people break free from the scourge of drug use and cutting drug-fuelled crime and violence.

Drugs: Misuse
Asked by: Crispin Blunt (Conservative - Reigate)
Wednesday 26th May 2021

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government report entitled An evaluation of the Government’s Drug Strategy 2010, which reported a lack of robust evidence as to whether capture and punishment serves as a deterrent for drug use, for what reason drug users continue to be criminalised given that lack of robust evidence.

Answered by Kit Malthouse - Minister of State (Home Office)

No evaluation framework has been developed to assess the 2017 Drug Strategy. However, a number of initiatives that have been implemented under the 2017 Drug Strategy have been subject to assessment or evaluation, including;

  • The UK Government appointed Dr Ed Day as the Government’s Recovery Champion to provide national leadership around key aspects of the drug recovery agenda and advise the Government on where improvements can be made. His first annual report was published in January 2021, which includes an assessment of the current system. It can be found here; UK government Drug Recovery Champion annual report - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  • In 2019, Public Health England and the Home Office published a report on a deep dive to understand the rise in crack cocaine use in six areas of England. PHE publish investigative report on increasing crack use - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  • The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs continues to carry out in-depth reviews on issues relating to drugs and drug harms. Its website includes reviews on the ageing cohort of drug users, on custody to community transitions and on homelessness and drug use for example.
  • Other projects within the 2017 Drug Strategy, such as the Holme House ‘drug recovery prison’ pilot and the Jobcentre Plus Individual Placement and Support (IPS) trial to support those with substance use dependence back into employment, are subject to ongoing evaluation.

On the question of punishment for people who break the law, including buying illicit drugs, the Government is unashamedly clear that drug use is unacceptable and users must face the consequences. Prison is one possible punishment, however the police have a range of powers at their disposal to deal with drug-related offences in a way that is proportionate to the circumstances of the offender and the public interest. They also have discretion to engage a first-time young offender with local services to assess their needs including the risk of harm. How police choose to pursue investigations is an operational decision for chief constables, but we are clear that we expect them to enforce the law.

Addressing drugs and drug harms is not something that law enforcement alone can do and we must ensure that we intervene early and effectively to reduce the demand for drugs. We therefore take a balanced approach which brings together police, health, community and global partners to tackle the illicit drug trade, protect the most vulnerable and help those with a drug dependency to recover and turn their lives around.

Violence and exploitation is an inherent part of the business model of organised criminal gangs who supply drugs, and it is important that we continue to address this threat. Law enforcement partners are therefore cracking down on criminals who supply drugs, causing misery to families and communities. Violence Reduction Units and police forces work with local partners to understand and tackle the drivers of violence in their area. This year we have provided VRUs with £35.5m to continue this work, alongside an additional £30m of ‘Grip’ funding to the police force areas most affected by violent crime.

We know there is more to do to tackle drugs and the harms they cause, which is why the Home Office commissioned a major independent review, led by Dame Carol Black, to examine these issues. Part one of the Review was published in February 2020 and provided a detailed analysis of drug supply and demand. In July last year, DHSC announced the second part of the review led by Dame Carol to look at prevention, treatment and recovery which will be published later this year.

The Government continues to go further than the Drug Strategy 2017. In January, the Government announced a £148 million new investment to cut crime and protect people from the scourge of illegal drugs including;

  • £80 million for drug treatment services right across England – representing the largest increase in drug treatment funding for 15 years.
  • £28 million for Project ADDER – a new intensive approach to tackling drug misuse, which combines targeted and tougher policing with diversionary schemes and enhanced treatment and recovery services.
  • £40 million to tackle drugs supply and county lines and surge our activity against these ruthless gangs This will allow us to expand and build upon the successful results of our £25 million county lines programme which since November 2019 has seen more than 3,400 people arrested, more than 550 lines closed, drugs with a street value of £9 million and £1.5 million cash seized, and more than 770 vulnerable people safeguarded.

Together the funding represents a comprehensive drive by the Government to build back safer from the pandemic by helping people break free from the scourge of drug use and cutting drug-fuelled crime and violence.

Drugs: Misuse
Asked by: Crispin Blunt (Conservative - Reigate)
Wednesday 26th May 2021

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government report entitled An evaluation of the Government’s Drug Strategy 2010, whether the Government has developed an updated evaluation framework to assess the effectiveness and value for money of the Drugs Strategy 2017; and when she plans to publish the evaluation of that strategy.

Answered by Kit Malthouse - Minister of State (Home Office)

No evaluation framework has been developed to assess the 2017 Drug Strategy. However, a number of initiatives that have been implemented under the 2017 Drug Strategy have been subject to assessment or evaluation, including;

  • The UK Government appointed Dr Ed Day as the Government’s Recovery Champion to provide national leadership around key aspects of the drug recovery agenda and advise the Government on where improvements can be made. His first annual report was published in January 2021, which includes an assessment of the current system. It can be found here; UK government Drug Recovery Champion annual report - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  • In 2019, Public Health England and the Home Office published a report on a deep dive to understand the rise in crack cocaine use in six areas of England. PHE publish investigative report on increasing crack use - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  • The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs continues to carry out in-depth reviews on issues relating to drugs and drug harms. Its website includes reviews on the ageing cohort of drug users, on custody to community transitions and on homelessness and drug use for example.
  • Other projects within the 2017 Drug Strategy, such as the Holme House ‘drug recovery prison’ pilot and the Jobcentre Plus Individual Placement and Support (IPS) trial to support those with substance use dependence back into employment, are subject to ongoing evaluation.

On the question of punishment for people who break the law, including buying illicit drugs, the Government is unashamedly clear that drug use is unacceptable and users must face the consequences. Prison is one possible punishment, however the police have a range of powers at their disposal to deal with drug-related offences in a way that is proportionate to the circumstances of the offender and the public interest. They also have discretion to engage a first-time young offender with local services to assess their needs including the risk of harm. How police choose to pursue investigations is an operational decision for chief constables, but we are clear that we expect them to enforce the law.

Addressing drugs and drug harms is not something that law enforcement alone can do and we must ensure that we intervene early and effectively to reduce the demand for drugs. We therefore take a balanced approach which brings together police, health, community and global partners to tackle the illicit drug trade, protect the most vulnerable and help those with a drug dependency to recover and turn their lives around.

Violence and exploitation is an inherent part of the business model of organised criminal gangs who supply drugs, and it is important that we continue to address this threat. Law enforcement partners are therefore cracking down on criminals who supply drugs, causing misery to families and communities. Violence Reduction Units and police forces work with local partners to understand and tackle the drivers of violence in their area. This year we have provided VRUs with £35.5m to continue this work, alongside an additional £30m of ‘Grip’ funding to the police force areas most affected by violent crime.

We know there is more to do to tackle drugs and the harms they cause, which is why the Home Office commissioned a major independent review, led by Dame Carol Black, to examine these issues. Part one of the Review was published in February 2020 and provided a detailed analysis of drug supply and demand. In July last year, DHSC announced the second part of the review led by Dame Carol to look at prevention, treatment and recovery which will be published later this year.

The Government continues to go further than the Drug Strategy 2017. In January, the Government announced a £148 million new investment to cut crime and protect people from the scourge of illegal drugs including;

  • £80 million for drug treatment services right across England – representing the largest increase in drug treatment funding for 15 years.
  • £28 million for Project ADDER – a new intensive approach to tackling drug misuse, which combines targeted and tougher policing with diversionary schemes and enhanced treatment and recovery services.
  • £40 million to tackle drugs supply and county lines and surge our activity against these ruthless gangs This will allow us to expand and build upon the successful results of our £25 million county lines programme which since November 2019 has seen more than 3,400 people arrested, more than 550 lines closed, drugs with a street value of £9 million and £1.5 million cash seized, and more than 770 vulnerable people safeguarded.

Together the funding represents a comprehensive drive by the Government to build back safer from the pandemic by helping people break free from the scourge of drug use and cutting drug-fuelled crime and violence.

Medicine: Research
Asked by: Colleen Fletcher (Labour - Coventry North East)
Monday 24th May 2021

Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support charity funded medical research programmes that have been affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered by Amanda Solloway - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government recognise that this is a particularly difficult time for medical research charities, given the impact of COVID-19 on their fundraising activities. We appreciate the globally recognised expertise of these charities, and the substantial contributions they make to our world-leading life sciences sector.

The Government already provides significant funding to charities’ research, for example through Research England’s Quality Related (QR) charity support funding. This year charity QR will amount to £204 million, to support charity funded research in universities in England and equivalent support is provided in Scotland through devolved funding arrangements.

The Government has demonstrated its ambitions for research by committing £14.9 billion to R&D in 2021/22. This funding will support the life sciences sector within which medical research charities operate alongside other research areas.

BEIS and DHSC regularly discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on charity-funded research with the Association of Medical Research Charities in order to review how we might provide support for medical research charities this financial year.

Food: Advertising
Asked by: Andrew Rosindell (Conservative - Romford)
Friday 21st May 2021

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received from businesses on the proposed online advertising ban for foods high in fat, sugar and salt; and whether those representations have been relayed by his Department to the Department for Health and Social Care, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, HM Treasury and Number 10.

Answered by Caroline Dinenage - Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

The Prime Minister has made it clear that tackling obesity is a priority for this Government. In July 2020 the Government outlined it’s Tackling Obesity strategy which details a host of measures aimed at improving the chances of citizens living a healthy lifestyle.

The Government proposed various options for restricting HFSS advertising in the 2019 and 2020 consultations targeted at protecting children from being exposed to advertising of unhealthy food products. We received a number of responses from a spectrum of parties including industry bodies, food manufacturers, advertisers and health NGOs. Ministers and officials from DCMS, DHSC and other Government departments are working together to ensure impacts are being taken into account, while being balanced with the vital public health goals set out in our strategy.

The final policy will be set out in our consultation response due to be published shortly. The Government is committed to acting collaboratively to prepare businesses, individuals and organisations for changes to the rules around HFSS advertising.

Food: Advertising
Asked by: Andrew Rosindell (Conservative - Romford)
Friday 21st May 2021

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions his Department has had with the Department of Health and Social Care and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on ensuring proposals for restricting the online advertising of products high in fat, sugar and salt balance public health aims with business freedoms, protecting the public purse and ensuring businesses can grow and invest in reformulation.

Answered by Caroline Dinenage - Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

The Prime Minister has made it clear that tackling obesity is a priority for this Government. In July 2020 the Government outlined it’s Tackling Obesity strategy which details a host of measures aimed at improving the chances of citizens living a healthy lifestyle.

The Government proposed various options for restricting HFSS advertising in the 2019 and 2020 consultations targeted at protecting children from being exposed to advertising of unhealthy food products.

Balanced against the priority of protecting children and tackling obesity, we have carefully considered the impact that any restrictions will have on industry and in particular the potential for reformulation of products or commercial impacts on key business sectors.

The final policy will be set out in our consultation response due to be published shortly. The Government is committed to acting collaboratively to prepare businesses, individuals and organisations for changes to the rules around HFSS advertising.

Students: Mental Illness
Asked by: Ed Davey (Liberal Democrat - Kingston and Surbiton)
Thursday 20th May 2021

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he plans to take to tackle the mental ill health incidence increase in university students.

Answered by Michelle Donelan - Minister of State (Education)

Student mental health and suicide prevention are key priorities for this government. We continue to work closely with the higher education (HE) sector to promote good practice. Universities are not only experts in their student population, but also best placed to identify the needs of their particular student body.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has overall policy responsibility for young people’s mental health. We continue to work closely with them to take steps to develop mental health and wellbeing support.

On 27 March 2021, DHSC published the ‘COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan’: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-mental-health-and-wellbeing-recovery-action-plan. It is backed by £500 million of funding, and its aims are to address waiting times for mental health services, to give more people the mental health support they need and to invest in the NHS workforce. £13 million will be used to accelerate progress to support young adults aged 18 to 25. This group includes university students and those not in education or training, who have reported worst mental health outcomes during the COVID-19 outbreak, and who sometimes currently fall between the gaps between children’s and adult services.

While it is for HE providers to determine what welfare and counselling services they need to provide to their students to offer that support, the government is proactive in promoting good practice in this area. We continue to work closely with Universities UK on embedding the Stepchange programme within the sector: https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/stepchange.

Stepchange calls on HE leaders to adopt mental health as a strategic priority and to take a whole-institution approach, embedding it across all policies, cultures, curricula and practice. The Stepchange programme relaunched in March 2020 as the Mentally Healthy Universities programme. The University Mental Health Charter, announced in June 2018, is backed by the government and led by the HE sector: https://www.studentminds.org.uk/charter.html. The charter, developed in collaboration with students, staff and partner organisations, aims to drive up standards of practice, including leadership, early intervention and data collection.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, I have stressed the importance of protecting student and staff wellbeing. We recognise that many students are facing additional mental health challenges due to the disruption and uncertainty caused by the outbreak. I have engaged with universities on this issue and have written to Vice Chancellors on numerous occasions during the past year, most recently last month, outlining that student welfare should remain a priority. I have also convened a working group of representatives from the HE and health sectors to specifically address the current and pressing issues that students are facing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

My hon. Friend, the Minister for Children and Families and I have also convened a Mental Health in Education Action Group to drive action to mitigate the impact of the outbreak on the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and staff in nurseries, schools, colleges and universities.

We expect HE providers to continue to support their students, which has included making services accessible from a distance whilst restrictions have been in place. We encourage students to stay in touch with the welfare teams at their HE provider, as these services are likely to continue to be an important source of support. Many providers have bolstered their existing mental health services, and adapted delivery mechanisms including reaching out to students who may be more vulnerable. Staff at universities and colleges have been proactive in supporting their students, showing resourcefulness and there are many examples of good practice.

We have worked with the Office for Students (OfS) to provide Student Space, a dedicated mental health and wellbeing platform for students. Student Space has been funded by up to £3 million from the OfS in the 2020/21 academic year. We have also asked the OfS to allocate £15 million towards student mental health in 2021/22 through proposed reforms to Strategic Priorities grant funding to help address the challenges to student mental health posed by the transition to university, given the increasing demand for mental health services. This will target those students in greatest need of such services, including vulnerable groups and hard to reach students.

Students: Mental Health Services
Asked by: Ed Davey (Liberal Democrat - Kingston and Surbiton)
Thursday 20th May 2021

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has issued to universities on the provision of mental health support to students.

Answered by Michelle Donelan - Minister of State (Education)

Student mental health and suicide prevention are key priorities for this government. We continue to work closely with the higher education (HE) sector to promote good practice. Universities are not only experts in their student population, but also best placed to identify the needs of their particular student body.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has overall policy responsibility for young people’s mental health. We continue to work closely with them to take steps to develop mental health and wellbeing support.

On 27 March 2021, DHSC published the ‘COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan’: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-mental-health-and-wellbeing-recovery-action-plan. It is backed by £500 million of funding, and its aims are to address waiting times for mental health services, to give more people the mental health support they need and to invest in the NHS workforce. £13 million will be used to accelerate progress to support young adults aged 18 to 25. This group includes university students and those not in education or training, who have reported worst mental health outcomes during the COVID-19 outbreak, and who sometimes currently fall between the gaps between children’s and adult services.

While it is for HE providers to determine what welfare and counselling services they need to provide to their students to offer that support, the government is proactive in promoting good practice in this area. We continue to work closely with Universities UK on embedding the Stepchange programme within the sector: https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/stepchange.

Stepchange calls on HE leaders to adopt mental health as a strategic priority and to take a whole-institution approach, embedding it across all policies, cultures, curricula and practice. The Stepchange programme relaunched in March 2020 as the Mentally Healthy Universities programme. The University Mental Health Charter, announced in June 2018, is backed by the government and led by the HE sector: https://www.studentminds.org.uk/charter.html. The charter, developed in collaboration with students, staff and partner organisations, aims to drive up standards of practice, including leadership, early intervention and data collection.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, I have stressed the importance of protecting student and staff wellbeing. We recognise that many students are facing additional mental health challenges due to the disruption and uncertainty caused by the outbreak. I have engaged with universities on this issue and have written to Vice Chancellors on numerous occasions during the past year, most recently last month, outlining that student welfare should remain a priority. I have also convened a working group of representatives from the HE and health sectors to specifically address the current and pressing issues that students are facing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

My hon. Friend, the Minister for Children and Families and I have also convened a Mental Health in Education Action Group to drive action to mitigate the impact of the outbreak on the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and staff in nurseries, schools, colleges and universities.

We expect HE providers to continue to support their students, which has included making services accessible from a distance whilst restrictions have been in place. We encourage students to stay in touch with the welfare teams at their HE provider, as these services are likely to continue to be an important source of support. Many providers have bolstered their existing mental health services, and adapted delivery mechanisms including reaching out to students who may be more vulnerable. Staff at universities and colleges have been proactive in supporting their students, showing resourcefulness and there are many examples of good practice.

We have worked with the Office for Students (OfS) to provide Student Space, a dedicated mental health and wellbeing platform for students. Student Space has been funded by up to £3 million from the OfS in the 2020/21 academic year. We have also asked the OfS to allocate £15 million towards student mental health in 2021/22 through proposed reforms to Strategic Priorities grant funding to help address the challenges to student mental health posed by the transition to university, given the increasing demand for mental health services. This will target those students in greatest need of such services, including vulnerable groups and hard to reach students.

Drugs: Misuse
Asked by: Crispin Blunt (Conservative - Reigate)
Thursday 20th May 2021

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government's response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s First Report of Session 2019, on Drugs policy, HC 1178, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the Committee’s recommendation that policy responsibility for drugs should move from the Home Office to the Department of Health and Social Care.

Answered by Kit Malthouse - Minister of State (Home Office)

The Government has not commissioned or published any recent analysis of the harms of psilocybin. Psilocybin, as an “ester of psilocin”, is controlled as a Class A drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and is placed in Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001. Psilocin is also subject to the United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971, to which the United Kingdom is signatory.

We have no plans to move responsibility for drugs from the Home Office to the Department of Health and Social Care. Both departments have an important role to play in tackling the current issues around drug misuse.

This Government takes a balanced approach which brings together policing, health, community and global partners to tackle the illicit drug trade, protect the most vulnerable and help those with a drug dependency to recover and turn their lives around.

We have recently announced a £148million package aimed at dismantling the organised criminal gangs who encourage this terrible trade, helping those in drug treatment and recovery to stop drug-related crime, and dealing with the significant health-related harms drugs pose.

We know there is more to do which is why the Government commissioned a major independent review, led by Dame Carol Black, to inform the Government’s thinking on what more can be done to tackle the harm that drugs cause. Part One of Dame Carol Black’s review of drugs was published on 27 February 2020 at the Government’s UK Drugs Summit in Glasgow. It provides a detailed analysis of the challenges posed by drug supply and demand, including the ways in which drugs fuel serious violence. It is available at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/review-of-drugs-phase-one-report.

Part Two of Dame Carol Black’s Review of Drugs was announced at the Drugs Summit and is focusing on prevention, treatment services and recovery. The final report will be made available to Ministers later this year. The Review findings will feed into wider Government work to tackle the serious harms caused by substance misuse.

Psilocybin: Health Hazards
Asked by: Crispin Blunt (Conservative - Reigate)
Thursday 20th May 2021

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Government's response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s First Report of Session 2019, on Drugs policy, HC 1178, what scientific and medical analysis showed the Class A, Schedule 1 drug psilocybin to be harmful to human health; on what dates that analysis was (a) commissioned and (b) published; and who conducted that analysis.

Answered by Kit Malthouse - Minister of State (Home Office)

The Government has not commissioned or published any recent analysis of the harms of psilocybin. Psilocybin, as an “ester of psilocin”, is controlled as a Class A drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and is placed in Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001. Psilocin is also subject to the United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971, to which the United Kingdom is signatory.

We have no plans to move responsibility for drugs from the Home Office to the Department of Health and Social Care. Both departments have an important role to play in tackling the current issues around drug misuse.

This Government takes a balanced approach which brings together policing, health, community and global partners to tackle the illicit drug trade, protect the most vulnerable and help those with a drug dependency to recover and turn their lives around.

We have recently announced a £148million package aimed at dismantling the organised criminal gangs who encourage this terrible trade, helping those in drug treatment and recovery to stop drug-related crime, and dealing with the significant health-related harms drugs pose.

We know there is more to do which is why the Government commissioned a major independent review, led by Dame Carol Black, to inform the Government’s thinking on what more can be done to tackle the harm that drugs cause. Part One of Dame Carol Black’s review of drugs was published on 27 February 2020 at the Government’s UK Drugs Summit in Glasgow. It provides a detailed analysis of the challenges posed by drug supply and demand, including the ways in which drugs fuel serious violence. It is available at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/review-of-drugs-phase-one-report.

Part Two of Dame Carol Black’s Review of Drugs was announced at the Drugs Summit and is focusing on prevention, treatment services and recovery. The final report will be made available to Ministers later this year. The Review findings will feed into wider Government work to tackle the serious harms caused by substance misuse.



Bill Documents
Jun. 09 2021
Written evidence submitted by Dr Robert Jones, Lecturer in Criminology, University of South Wales (PCSCB31)
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021-22 - Government Bill
Written evidence

Found: Home Office lists the Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; Department

Jun. 07 2021
Consideration of Bill Amendments as at 7 June 2021
Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill 2021-22 - Government Bill
Amendment Paper

Found: would set ARIA’s primary mission as supporting health research and development and would make the Department

Jun. 04 2021
Notices of Amendments as at 4 June 2021
Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill 2021-22 - Government Bill
Amendment Paper

Found: would set ARIA’s primary mission as supporting health research and development and would make the Department

Jun. 03 2021
Notices of Amendments as at 3 June 2021
Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill 2021-22 - Government Bill
Amendment Paper

Found: would set ARIA’s primary mission as supporting health research and development and would make the Department



Tweets
Sexual and Reproductive Health in the UK APPG
14 Jun 2021, 6:03 p.m.

Our Chair @DianaJohnsonMP asked the @NIOgov how many women had travelled from NI to Great Britain to receive abortion care since the establishment of a legal framework in NI. @WalkerWorcester shared the latest DHSC stats showing 371 women had to travel for care in 2020 (1 of 2) https://t.co/x7HM35Knco

Tweet Link
Chris Loder (Conservative - West Dorset)
8 Jun 2021, 4:44 p.m.

Today in the @HouseofCommons I gained commitment from the DHSC to expand and transform community mental health services for inpatient youth https://t.co/JFL2DhiseR https://t.co/h8eLXrKQ5y

Tweet Link
Jeremy Hunt (Conservative - South West Surrey)
8 Jun 2021, 11:19 a.m.

There are shortages in nearly every medical specialty with the number of doctors and nurses we train only indirectly linked to patient numbers or demand, and mainly the result of spending review haggling between the Treasury and DHSC Ministers.

Tweet Link
Neil O'Brien (Conservative - Harborough)
25 May 2021, 4:54 p.m.

Professor Ivan Browne, @Leicester_News Director of Public Health has confirmed that the local restrictions *DO NOT* apply to #Leicester City, further to meetings with DHSC today. Further details on the City Council's website here: https://t.co/jsXjYm9QrP https://t.co/ozkDKWH7hr

Tweet Link


National Audit Office
Jun. 10 2021
Supply Chain Coordination Limited annual report and accounts 2019 to 2020 (webpage)

Found: COVID-19: How we are working Sector(s): National Audit Office Department(s): Department

Jun. 09 2021
Report - Employment support (PDF)

Found: meetings and joint working with the Department for Work & Pensions Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC

May. 25 2021
Principles of effective regulation (webpage)

Found: Culture Media and Sport, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Department for Transport, Department

May. 25 2021
Principles of effective regulation (PDF)

Found: assesment on the basis of statutory (EU˛and˛UK)˛regulations.The Department of Health & Social˜Care (DHSC



Department Publications - Guidance
Friday 4th June 2021
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Source Page: Events Research Programme - Science
Document: Events Research Programme - Science (PDF)

Found: Data sharing and information governance approvals in place {5/4/21} [UoL and DHSC (testing data controller

Friday 4th June 2021
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Source Page: Events Research Programme - Science
Document: Events Research Programme - Science (PDF)

Found: SGSS X PCRCtValue_FU SGSS X PCRSeq_FU SGSS X PostEventPCRDay Derived X PCRDelivery DHSC

Friday 28th May 2021
Home Office
Source Page: Serious Violence Duty: strategic needs assessments
Document: Serious Violence Duty: strategic needs assessments (webpage)

Found: From: Public Health England, Department of Health and Social Care, and Home Office Published 28 May

Wednesday 19th May 2021
Ministry of Justice
Source Page: Pre-sentence report pilot in 15 magistrates’ courts
Document: Target Operating Model (PDF)

Found: The Programme was launched in October 2017 by the Ministry of Justice, Department of Health and Social



Department Publications - Statistics
Thursday 3rd June 2021
Ministry of Justice
Source Page: Civil justice statistics quarterly: January to March 2021
Document: Civil justice statistics quarterly: January to March 2021 (ODS)

Found: 0.25 0 0 10 3 0.3 0 0 20 8 0.4 0 0 17 4 0.235294117647059 0 0 20 4 0.2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 Dept. of Health DHSC

Thursday 27th May 2021
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Source Page: Communities Fund evaluation report
Document: Communities Fund evaluation report (PDF)

Found: Examples might include the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Home Office or the Department



Department Publications - Transparency
Wednesday 2nd June 2021
Cabinet Office
Source Page: Geospatial Commission Annual Plan 2021/2022
Document: Geospatial Commission Annual Plan 2021/2022 (PDF)

Found: Cooperation Forum launch document42 DCMS, 2021 Increasing access to data held across the economy43 DHSC

Wednesday 19th May 2021
Cabinet Office
Source Page: Government grants register 2018 to 2019
Document: Government grants register 2018 to 2019 (PDF)

Found: HMRC DIT CO MoD FCO MoJ DHSC DEFRA DWP DCMS DfT DfID BEIS HO MHCLG DfE Formula General Formula grants

Wednesday 19th May 2021
Cabinet Office
Source Page: Government grants register 2018 to 2019
Document: Government grants register 2018 to 2019 (ODS)

Found: DCMS 0 1114013220 1114013220 DWP 426383153 660469998 1086853151 DEFRA 57863599 369901251 427764850 DHSC



Department Publications - Policy paper
Wednesday 19th May 2021
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Source Page: Genome UK: 2021 to 2022 implementation plan
Document: Genome UK: 2021 to 2022 implementation plan (webpage)

Found: From: Department of Health and Social Care, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and



Non-Departmental Publications - Guidance and Regulation
Jun. 14 2021
Public Health England (PHE)
Source Page: Tuberculosis (TB): migrant health guide
Document: directory of information for local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (PDF)
Guidance and Regulation

Found: We are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct delivery organisation

May. 28 2021
Public Health England (PHE)
Source Page: Serious Violence Duty: strategic needs assessments
Document: Serious Violence Duty: strategic needs assessments (webpage)
Guidance and Regulation

Found: From: Public Health England, Department of Health and Social Care, and Home Office Published 28 May

May. 26 2021
Public Health England (PHE)
Source Page: Local Health: indicator updates
Document: Local Health: indicator updates (PDF)
Guidance and Regulation

Found: We are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care , and a distinct delivery



Non-Departmental Publications - Policy paper
Jun. 09 2021
Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM)
Source Page: Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM): programme of work 2021
Document: Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM): programme of work 2021 (PDF)
Policy paper

Found: Chemicals in Foods, Consumer Products and the Environment (COC) Public Interest Representative at the U K Department

May. 19 2021
Office for Life Sciences (OLS)
Source Page: Genome UK: 2021 to 2022 implementation plan
Document: Genome UK: 2021 to 2022 implementation plan (webpage)
Policy paper

Found: From: Department of Health and Social Care, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and



Non-Departmental Publications - Statistics
Jun. 09 2021
Office for National Statistics (ONS)
Source Page: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: antibody and vaccination data, 9 June 2021
Document: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, UK: antibody and vaccination data, 9 June 2021 (webpage)
Statistics

Found: This study is jointly led by the ONS and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) working with

May. 26 2021
Public Health England (PHE)
Source Page: SACN report: lower carbohydrate diets for type 2 diabetes
Document: SACN report: lower carbohydrate diets for type 2 diabetes (PDF)
Statistics

Found: Ireland) Mr Matt Fagg ( NHS England and NHS Improvement, Director of Prevention ) Ms Rachel Manners (Department



Non-Departmental Publications - Transparency
Jun. 02 2021
Geospatial Commission
Source Page: Geospatial Commission Annual Plan 2021/2022
Document: Geospatial Commission Annual Plan 2021/2022 (PDF)
Transparency

Found: Cooperation Forum launch document42 DCMS, 2021 Increasing access to data held across the economy43 DHSC

May. 25 2021
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
Source Page: Delivering High Standards in Medicines Advertising Regulation report 2020
Document: Delivering High Standards in Medicines Advertising Regulation report 2020 (PDF)
Transparency

Found: overall number w as stro n g ly affected by the December result where extra work to seek DHSC

May. 25 2021
Intellectual Property Office (IPO)
Source Page: People survey results 2020
Document: People survey results 2020 (ODS)
Transparency

Found: Department 0.78 0.65 0.82 0.78 0.75 0.83 0.64 0.83 0.74 0.14 0.59 0.74 0.26 Health and Social Care DHSC



Non-Departmental Publications - News and Communications
May. 28 2021
Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street (Number 10)
Source Page: Correspondence between the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State of Health and Social Care: 28 May 2021
Document: Correspondence between the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State of Health and Social Care: 28 May 2021 (webpage)
News and Communications

Found: From: Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street, Department of Health and Social Care, The Rt Hon Boris