Baroness Manzoor Portrait

Baroness Manzoor

Conservative - None

Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
29th Mar 2018 - 7th May 2019
EU External Affairs Sub-Committee
27th Jun 2017 - 18th Apr 2018
House Committee (Lords)
9th Jul 2015 - 31st Aug 2016
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Work and Pensions)
7th Sep 2015 - 21st Jul 2016


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Division Votes
Wednesday 28th April 2021
National Security and Investment Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 219 Conservative No votes vs 2 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 318 Noes - 241
Speeches
Monday 28th September 2020
Coronavirus Act 2020: Temporary Provisions

My Lords, I congratulate and welcome to these Benches the noble Baroness, Lady Clark, and my noble and learned friend …

Written Answers
Wednesday 7th April 2021
Coronavirus: Vaccination
To ask Her Majesty's Government how long the immunity resulting from the COVID-19 vaccines lasts for in different (1) age, …
Early Day Motions
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Bills
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MP Financial Interests
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Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Baroness Manzoor has voted in 154 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Lord Bethell (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
(4 debate interactions)
Baroness Sugg (Conservative)
(4 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(6 debate contributions)
Ministry of Defence
(2 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
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26 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Explanation of written questions
1 Other Department Questions
9th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken an impact assessment on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women; and if not, why not.

An equalities assessment was carried out on the Coronavirus Act and was published on 28 July. This can be found at - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-act-2020-equality-impact-assessment

Considering equality impacts is part of an ongoing process to support policy development. The responsibility for equalities impact assessments lies with departments, who take this responsibility very seriously. Impact assessments are kept under review and my colleagues are fully aware of their equality duties.

Baroness Berridge
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
10th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government who sets the date for SATS examinations; why the date for such examinations has been set for the week beginning 10 May 2021; what assessment they have made of the impact of such examinations taking place in that week on those who will be celebrating Eid in that same period; what action they are taking to support any (1) schools, (2) families, and (3) children, affected; and what plans they have to change that date to avoid any such clash.

The Standard and Testing Agency is responsible for the timetabling of National Curriculum assessments. The Key Stage 2 assessments are set for the week beginning 10 May 2021 to maximise teaching time in Year 6, whilst ensuring enough time for marking to take place and for results to be returned to schools before the end of the summer term.

In 2021, the Key Stage 2 tests will take place from Monday 10 May to Wednesday 12 May inclusive. The Department is aware that Eid al-Fitr will take place in the same week as these assessments and understands that, given the significance of Eid al-Fitr, Muslim pupils may be absent from school. Schools with pupils unable to sit their assessments on the dates specified in the statutory timetable can make an application for timetable variation (TTV) to enable these pupils, or the class as a whole, to take a test at a different time, or on a different day, from the rest of the cohort: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/key-stage-2-tests-varying-the-test-timetable. Where pupils are unable to sit a test on the statutory date because they are observing Eid, this would be a valid reason to utilise the TTV process.

Baroness Berridge
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide all secondary school students with laptops and broadband routers; and what criteria they use to determine which students should receive any such provision.

The government will provide devices for the most disadvantaged children who would otherwise not have access and are preparing for exams (in Year 10), receive support from a social worker or are a care leaver. Local authorities, trusts and other relevant organisations overseeing schools will be given guidance on how to place online orders for government-funded and allocated devices. We recognise that local authorities and academy trusts are best placed to identify and prioritise children and young people who need devices.

Where care leavers, children with a social worker at secondary school or children in Year 10 do not have internet connections, we will also provide the capability for them to access the internet. 16 to 19-year-olds without a suitable device will be eligible for support via the 16-19 Bursary Fund.

Additionally, the country’s major telecommunication providers will make it easier for families to access selected educational resources by temporarily exempting these sites from data charges.

For those in rural areas or without a connection, schools will be able to draw on support from the BBC which is broadcasting lessons on television; and may choose to draw on the many resources offers which have been made by publishers across the country.

Baroness Berridge
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their policy to renew their commitments to nutrition (1) at, or (2) before, the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth summit.

We are still assessing options for any new commitment to nutrition now that both the Olympic pledging event and the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit have been postponed. We await further details of the new format for the Summit. We will continue to invest in programmes to address malnutrition beyond 2020 and we will continue to work with the Government of Japan to ensure the future Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit is a success.

2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 19 May (HL4100), when they will provide an update on their plans for UK investment to prevent and treat malnutrition.

The UK remains committed to preventing and treating malnutrition as part of our commitment to end the preventable deaths of mothers, newborns and children. We will continue to invest in programmes to address malnutrition beyond 2020 and we will continue to work with the Government of Japan to ensure the future Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit is a success.

6th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on food security and nutrition globally.

Services to address food insecurity and malnutrition are part of DFID’s immediate response to COVID-19 in many of the countries where we work.

We are supporting UNICEF to make sure life-saving supplies to treat acute malnutrition continue to reach children at most risk across the Sahel as well as in Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen. We are also using programmes in agriculture, social protection and humanitarian assistance to tackle the factors driving COVID-19 induced food insecurity. We are a major funder of existing multilateral programmes in these areas. We have also committed £15 million to the World Food Programme’s recent urgent appeals.

In all cases we continue to put the poorest and most marginalised at the heart of our programmes to address the immediate and underlying causes of hunger and malnutrition, including in the face of COVID-19.

6th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to ensure (1) the continuation, and (2) the provision, of Nutrition for Growth funding at the start of 2021.

Global commitments to nutrition made at the 2013 Nutrition for Growth Summit come to an end this year. Continued investment to prevent and treat malnutrition is important, particularly as countries face worsening levels of malnutrition in the face of COVID-19.

DFID is assessing options for the UK commitment now that both the Olympic pledging event and the main Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit have been postponed. The UK remains committed to preventing and treating malnutrition as part of our commitment to end the preventable deaths of mothers, new-borns and children. We will provide an update on our plans in due course.

10th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many operations were conducted by private healthcare providers on behalf of the NHS in (1) March, (2) April, and (3) May; whether any contracts with such providers to provide such operations included financial penalties relating to the number of operations to be undertaken and any subsequent lack of uptake; if so, (a) what were those penalties, and (b) whether they have had to pay any such penalties; whether they have received any representations about the lack of uptake for those operations by private sector operators; and what was the outcome of any such representations.

This information is not held in the format requested.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they had about the impact of the COVID-19 vaccines on people with pre-existing health conditions prior to authorising the use of those vaccines.

Prior to the recent authorisation, the efficacy of COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 was evaluated in two clinical studies. The first study excluded co-morbidities or pre-existing health conditions. The second study allowed enrolment of subjects with pre-existing stable disease, defined as disease not requiring significant change in therapy or hospitalisation for worsening disease during the six weeks before enrolment. Also enrolled were subjects with known stable infection with HIV, hepatitis C or hepatitis B. There were no meaningful clinical differences in overall vaccine efficacy in participants who were at risk of severe COVID-19 disease including those with one or more comorbidities that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 disease.

Evaluation of data for other vaccines is ongoing but will include a robust review of all quality, safety and efficacy data, including in those with pre-existing health conditions if they were included in clinical trials.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how long the immunity resulting from the COVID-19 vaccines lasts for in different (1) age, and (2) ethnic, groups.

It is currently too early to say how long the immunity resulting from COVID-19 vaccines will last. More data will be published as the programme progresses through to second doses.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have undertaken on the impact of the COVID-19 (1) virus, and (2) vaccines, on the development of embryos in the (a) first, (b) second, and (c) third, trimesters of pregnancy.

The Department, through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has funded various studies into the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy, through the urgent public health COVID-19 call and the Maternal and Neonatal Health & Care Policy Research Unit. UK Research and Innovation and the NIHR jointly launched the Rapid Response Rolling Call to fund research that aimed to understand, prevent, or manage COVID-19. Two studies were funded that aim to understand the impact of the COVID-19 virus on pregnancy. The NIHR is not currently funding research into the impact of COVID-19 vaccines on the development of embryos but welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how they evaluate (1) the results, and (2) the accuracy, of COVID-19 tests; what percentage of those tests are accurate, both positive and negative; and how many people have had to be retested.

To provide a more comprehensive response to a number of outstanding Written Questions, this has been answered by an information factsheet Testing – note for House of Lords which is attached, due to the size of the data. A copy has also been placed in the Library

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
5th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the (1) doctor, and (2) nurse, shortfall in NHS hospitals in (1) January, (2) February, and (3) March; how those positions were filled; and who took on those roles.

The Department does not hold the data requested.

The Government has pledged to increase nurse numbers by 50,000 in England by 2025. As part of this commitment, eligible pre-registration nursing students enrolled on courses at English universities from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 per academic year which they will not need to pay back. There will be up to £3,000 additional funding for some students to support with childcare costs, students studying specialist subjects or students studying in areas struggling to recruit.

An additional 1,500 undergraduate medical school places are being made available for domestic students in England - a 25% increase over three years by September 2020.

The interim NHS People Plan committed to re-balancing the supply of doctors across geographies and specialties. When the final NHS People Plan is published, scheduled to be later this year, it will explore options for growing the medical workforce.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
5th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that hospitals and other healthcare providers in England follow NHS England guidelines to (1) risk assess, and (2) redeploy where possible, BAME staff who are working on the COVID-19 frontline; and what assessment they have made of the implantation of those guidelines.

Guidance for all black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) colleagues working in the National Health Service has been published online by NHS England. This is in addition to information from NHS Employers on COVID-19 and the prioritisation and management of risk, including ethnicity.

NHS England will be sharing a framework of resources to support systems, trusts, commissioners and primary care teams to implement the actions listed in their online blog post, ‘A note for all BAME colleagues working in the NHS’. We would expect all NHS trusts to follow and take account of any guidance that is issued and to disseminate it as appropriate to the relevant departments or clinical areas to action and take forward as necessary.

Public Health England’s review will analyse available data on health outcomes for NHS staff, to develop a better understanding of how the virus affects frontline workforce.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
5th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME NHS staff are working directly on the COVID-19 frontline; whether such staff are provided with any specific safety information or guidance in addition to any guidance provided to all NHS staff working on the frontline; and if so, (1) what is that guidance, and (2) where such guidance is published.

Data on the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) National Health Service staff working directly on COVID-19 is not held centrally.

Guidance for all BAME colleagues working in the NHS has been published by NHS England and is available on the NHS England website. This is in addition to information from NHS Employers on COVID-19 and the prioritisation and management of risk, including ethnicity. NHS England is prioritising engagement with staff and staff networks and are looking to hear and learn from lived experience, to share guidance, and to hear views on what support is required nationally. NHS England has started a series of webinars with staff networks across organisations and disciplines using existing BAME, faith and other networks.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) critical care beds have been used in intensive care units, and (2) intensive care units have experienced a shortage of critical care beds.

The number of critical care beds in use changes over time, particularly since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. NHS England’s published critical care beds data is attached. The latest data is February 2020 which provides the numbers of critical care beds available in England.

Since the last published figures, critical care capacity has been increased to ensure the National Health Service can provide effective and appropriate care to patients critically ill with COVID-19, while also keeping other critically ill patients safe from infection.

The NHS will be provided the resources it needs to keep the public safe at this time.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients diagnosed with COVID-19 have needed intensive care since 1 March; of those, how many have needed breathing assistance from respirators; how long each of those patients spent in intensive care; and how many such patients (1) recovered, (2) died, and (3) are still in intensive care.

Data is not available in the format requested. Data relating to the COVID-19 response is published online on a monthly basis via statistical work areas on the NHS England website.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many companies they have requested to manufacture personal protective equipment since 1 January; and what new contracts they have placed (1) inside, and (2) outside, the UK to manufacture such equipment since that date.

As of 15 May, over 13,000 businesses have contacted the Government with offers of help on supplying personal protective equipment (PPE). Many are related to the manufacture of PPE for the National Health Service and care sectors, a vast majority of which we are taking forward, predominantly from United Kingdom based companies but also including multinational companies. Some offers were not progressed due to financial and capability considerations.


The Department engages directly with potential manufacturers to qualify and prioritise the opportunity, based on availability of and access to raw supplies, lead-times to manufacture, and other commercial considerations. Product prototypes are submitted to a Technical Product Review process, to ensure they meet essential health, safety and quality standards for PPE. Financial due diligence and fraud prevention measures are also undertaken, after which the Department can contract with the manufacturer.

Lord Deighton is leading the Government’s efforts to secure sufficient PPE and ensure this gets to where it is needed. He is also driving forward coordination of the end-to-end process design and manufacture of new domestic PPE supplies. As at 15 May, the Department has entered into contract and placed orders with eight manufacturers to provide millions of items of PPE products to the National Health Service and carers. The volumes will increase in the coming weeks.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they intend to provide to (1) consumers, and (2) insurers, about endowment policies that are set to mature during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Financial Conduct Authority has said that, in light of COVID-19, insurers must consider very carefully the needs of their customers and show flexibility in their treatment of them.

Consumers should check the terms of their individual policies and contact their provider if they wish to make changes to their policy.

The Government encourages customers who are concerned about the current financial situation to get in touch with their lender or insurer at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their options.

On the 17 March, the Chancellor announced on behalf of the sector that banks and building societies will offer a 3-month ‘mortgage holiday’ for borrowers that are financially struggling with their repayments. This forbearance measure will enable affected borrowers to defer their mortgage payments for up to 3 months while they get back on their feet. In addition, the FCA issued guidance confirming that this captures borrowers whose mortgage is in a closed book or owned by a firm that is not regulated for mortgage lending.

Furthermore, lenders have agreed a 3-month moratorium on possession action to start immediately to provide customers with reassurance that they will not have their homes repossessed at this difficult time, meaning firms cannot commence or continue repossession proceedings against customers at this time.

Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
28th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require that endowment policy providers allow policy holders to (1) extend the terms of, and (2) make additional contributions to, such policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Financial Conduct Authority has said that, in light of COVID-19, insurers must consider very carefully the needs of their customers and show flexibility in their treatment of them.

Consumers should check the terms of their individual policies and contact their provider if they wish to make changes to their policy.

The Government encourages customers who are concerned about the current financial situation to get in touch with their lender or insurer at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their options.

On the 17 March, the Chancellor announced on behalf of the sector that banks and building societies will offer a 3-month ‘mortgage holiday’ for borrowers that are financially struggling with their repayments. This forbearance measure will enable affected borrowers to defer their mortgage payments for up to 3 months while they get back on their feet. In addition, the FCA issued guidance confirming that this captures borrowers whose mortgage is in a closed book or owned by a firm that is not regulated for mortgage lending.

Furthermore, lenders have agreed a 3-month moratorium on possession action to start immediately to provide customers with reassurance that they will not have their homes repossessed at this difficult time, meaning firms cannot commence or continue repossession proceedings against customers at this time.

Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
28th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of endowment policies maturing during the pandemic on the number of people who are left with a shortfall and cannot repay their mortgage; and what steps they are taking to support such people.

The Financial Conduct Authority has said that, in light of COVID-19, insurers must consider very carefully the needs of their customers and show flexibility in their treatment of them.

Consumers should check the terms of their individual policies and contact their provider if they wish to make changes to their policy.

The Government encourages customers who are concerned about the current financial situation to get in touch with their lender or insurer at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their options.

On the 17 March, the Chancellor announced on behalf of the sector that banks and building societies will offer a 3-month ‘mortgage holiday’ for borrowers that are financially struggling with their repayments. This forbearance measure will enable affected borrowers to defer their mortgage payments for up to 3 months while they get back on their feet. In addition, the FCA issued guidance confirming that this captures borrowers whose mortgage is in a closed book or owned by a firm that is not regulated for mortgage lending.

Furthermore, lenders have agreed a 3-month moratorium on possession action to start immediately to provide customers with reassurance that they will not have their homes repossessed at this difficult time, meaning firms cannot commence or continue repossession proceedings against customers at this time.

Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
9th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) individuals, and (2) businesses, there are with more than one fixed penalty notice for refusing to comply with the restrictions in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

On 30 September, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) published its latest report on the police use of Covid-19 enforcement notices issued under all emergency health protections. The data showed that between 27 March and 21 September, 18,912 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) were issued by police forces in England and Wales between 27 March and 21 September.

The data in the report provides an analysis of the rationale for issuing a FPN and a breakdown of issuance by police force. Data related to those individuals or businesses in receipt of more than one fixed penalty notice, for any reason, is not provided by the NPCC in its report and is not held by the Home Office.

Each force is operationally independent and will respond accordingly to local needs as part of a multi-agency approach with partners including PHE and local authorities. Any region-specific enforcement activity is a matter for individual police forces.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
9th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the enforcement of the restrictions put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic have been targeted (1) in areas with lower compliance, and (2) where COVID-19 infections are rising; and if so, where are those areas.

On 30 September, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) published its latest report on the police use of Covid-19 enforcement notices issued under all emergency health protections. The data showed that between 27 March and 21 September, 18,912 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) were issued by police forces in England and Wales between 27 March and 21 September.

The data in the report provides an analysis of the rationale for issuing a FPN and a breakdown of issuance by police force. Data related to those individuals or businesses in receipt of more than one fixed penalty notice, for any reason, is not provided by the NPCC in its report and is not held by the Home Office.

Each force is operationally independent and will respond accordingly to local needs as part of a multi-agency approach with partners including PHE and local authorities. Any region-specific enforcement activity is a matter for individual police forces.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
9th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many fixed penalty notices have been issued to those refusing to comply with any restrictions put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

On 30 September, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) published its latest report on the police use of Covid-19 enforcement notices issued under all emergency health protections. The data showed that between 27 March and 21 September, 18,912 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) were issued by police forces in England and Wales between 27 March and 21 September.

The data in the report provides an analysis of the rationale for issuing a FPN and a breakdown of issuance by police force. Data related to those individuals or businesses in receipt of more than one fixed penalty notice, for any reason, is not provided by the NPCC in its report and is not held by the Home Office.

Each force is operationally independent and will respond accordingly to local needs as part of a multi-agency approach with partners including PHE and local authorities. Any region-specific enforcement activity is a matter for individual police forces.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
9th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional support they have provided to women affected by domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A key Government priority is to ensure victims of domestic abuse can get the right support when they need it during the pandemic.

The?Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has allocated £10 million in emergency funding for safe accommodation services.??This fund is supporting 166 organisations to provide bed spaces for those affected by domestic abuse, ensuring that refuges remain open and more victims can access life-saving support during the pandemic. The Department also enabled local authorities to book additional rooms in temporary accommodation through a centralised service, helping more victims access safe accommodation. We have also provided £4.8 billion in additional funding to help local authorities respond to COVID-19 spending pressures, including support for domestic abuse services.

In addition, Home Office are providing £2 million for community-based domestic abuse services impacted by the outbreak and the?Ministry of Justice are providing £25?million?to help victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence in the community access support services during the coronavirus outbreak.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)