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Written Question
Members: Correspondence
26 Apr 2021

Questioner: Lord Field of Birkenhead (CB - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will answer the letter that he wrote to the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs concerning vaccines and the Commonwealth, dated 3 March.

Answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

Regrettably we have no record of having received this correspondence.

FCDO officials have reached out via the House of Lords custodians for a copy of this correspondence. On receipt, we will expedite an urgent response to your letter.


Written Question
Members: Correspondence
26 Apr 2021

Questioner: Lord Field of Birkenhead (CB - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will answer the letter that he wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer concerning COVID-19 bonds on 8 March.

Answered by Lord Agnew of Oulton

HM Treasury responded to the Member on 29 March 2021 and a further copy has been sent by email.
Written Question
Members: Correspondence
26 Apr 2021

Questioner: Lord Field of Birkenhead (CB - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will answer the letters that he wrote to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, dated 8 and 16 March.

Answered by Lord Gardiner of Kimble

A reply was sent to the Noble Lord on 13 April 2021.


Written Question
Members: Correspondence
19 Apr 2021

Questioner: Lord Field of Birkenhead (CB - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will answer the letter that he wrote to the Lord Chancellor concerning Arcadia pensions on 2 March.

Answered by Baroness Stedman-Scott

A reply was sent to the Noble Lord on 15 April 2021.


Written Question
UK Internal Trade: Northern Ireland
30 Mar 2021

Questioner: Lord Field of Birkenhead (CB - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to applying the freedom of goods rules in the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020 to Northern Ireland in full.

Answered by Lord Frost

The UK Government is unequivocal in its commitment for unfettered access for Northern Ireland goods moving to the rest of the UK market. The UK Internal Market Act 2020 put in place significant and robust protections for this regime for the long-term, prohibiting checks and controls on qualifying Northern Ireland goods moving to Great Britain, and enabling these goods to be placed on the GB market without additional requirements.

We have always recognised that there are some additional processes on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. In line with our pragmatic and proportionate approach, we have, and will, continue to give these effects in a way which takes full account of all flexibilities and discretion, maintaining the effective flow of goods on which lives and livelihoods rely.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
29 Mar 2021

Questioner: Lord Field of Birkenhead (CB - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government to which (1) Commonwealth countries, and (2) non-Commonwealth countries, they have supplied COVID-19 vaccines; and how many COVID-19 vaccines each of those countries have received.

Answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

We have not directly provided COVID-19 vaccines to any country outside the UK, Crown Dependencies, and Overseas Territories. However, the UK is among the biggest donors to the COVAX facility, which is rolling out vaccines globally, including to low and middle income countries. We have committed £548 million to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, which will contribute to the supply of at least 1.3 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines for up to 92 developing countries this year. All but two members of the Commonwealth are COVAX members, and 31 Commonwealth countries will be receiving vaccines in the first phase of the COVAX rollout (Ghana was the first COVAX recipient on 24 February 2021). The Prime Minister has confirmed that the UK will share the majority of any future surplus COVID-19 vaccines from our domestic supply with the COVAX procurement pool to support developing countries.


Written Question
Pupils: Sexual Offences
25 Mar 2021

Questioner: Lord Field of Birkenhead (CB - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps a school is legally obliged to take in response to an accusation of sexual assault being made by one pupil against another.

Answered by Baroness Berridge

Keeping children safe in education’ (KCSIE) is statutory guidance to which all schools and colleges must have regard to when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2.

Part 1 of KCSIE, which all staff should receive at induction, sets out what peer on peer abuse looks like, with detailed information covering child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment for staff who work directly with children. All staff should receive appropriate safeguarding and child protection training which is regularly updated.

Part 5 of KCSIE sets out how schools and colleges should respond to reports of child-on-child sexual violence and sexual harassment.

We also provide detailed advice to support schools and colleges to understand what sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges looks like, how to prevent it, how to respond to reports of it, and on how to support victims. This advice is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sexual-violence-and-sexual-harassment-between-children-in-schools-and-colleges.

The guidance is very clear that all school staff should know what to do if a child tells them they are being abused or neglected.

The guidance is also very clear that concerns about a child should be responded to immediately and referrals (generally led by the designated safeguarding lead) made to children’s social care and the police.


Written Question
Care Homes: Coronavirus
16 Mar 2021

Questioner: Lord Field of Birkenhead (CB - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have identified any correlation between the number of deaths of care home residents and the number of care home (1) staff, and (2) residents, who decide not to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

Answered by Lord Bethell

No such correlation has been identified. Public Health England is investigating outbreaks in care homes which have occurred since the start of the vaccination programme to inform our understanding of the impact of vaccination in social care settings. Studying the relationship between numbers or percentage of staff or residents vaccinated and deaths from COVID-19 will be challenging as the number of deaths are falling as a result of falling COVID-19 infections in the general population.


Written Question
Child Benefit
15 Mar 2021

Questioner: Lord Field of Birkenhead (CB - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, assessment they have made of the level at which child benefit would need to be paid to ensure that no more than 100,000 children of single-parent families are in poverty.

Answered by Baroness Stedman-Scott

No assessment has been made.

This Government champions the principle of work as the best route out of poverty and towards financial independence. Getting parents back to work and supporting them to progress is at the heart of our sustainable approach to tackling child poverty. Our approach is based on clear evidence about the importance of parental employment, particularly where it is full-time, in substantially reducing the risk of child poverty and is underpinned by our Plan for Jobs.


Written Question
Children: Poverty
15 Mar 2021

Questioner: Lord Field of Birkenhead (CB - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of children who would be living in poverty if their household income fell by (1), £1,000, (2) £2,000, (3) £3,000, (4) £4,000, (5) £5,000, (6) £10,000, (7) £15,000, or (8) £20,000, per annum.

Answered by Baroness Stedman-Scott

No assessment has been made.


Written Question
Children: Poverty
12 Mar 2021

Questioner: Lord Field of Birkenhead (CB - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of children living in poverty, broken down by (1) single-, and (2) two-, parent households.

Answered by Baroness Stedman-Scott

Statistics on the number and percentage of people living in low income households over time, including children and those in work, are set out in the annual "Households Below Average Income" publication.

In 2018/19 2,400,000 children were living in absolute low income, before housing costs. 700,000 were in single parent households, 1,700,000 were in couple households.

These statistics are also available on Stat-Xplore: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/jsf/login.xhtml

Guidance in the use of Stat-Xplore is available here: https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html

We are committed to supporting the lowest-paid families through the pandemic and is why we’ve targeted our support to those most in need by raising the living wage, spending hundreds of billions to safeguard jobs, boosting welfare support by billions and introducing the Covid Winter Grant Scheme to help children and families stay warm and well-fed during the coldest months.


Written Question
Universal Credit: Deductions
8 Mar 2021

Questioner: Lord Field of Birkenhead (CB - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, how many Universal Credit claimants in each parliamentary constituency have had money deducted; and what was (1) the average size of the amount deducted, (2) the total amount deducted, and (3) the proportion of each sum deducted to repay advance payments.

Answered by Baroness Stedman-Scott

From 3rd April 2020, deductions from Universal Credit for some government debt, such as Tax Credits, benefit overpayments and Social Fund Loans were suspended for 3 months. This was done to ease the financial pressure of debt recovery on benefit claimants and to also allow Debt Management staff to be re-deployed to focus on the unprecedented volume of new claims received during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Universal Credit advance repayments are made gradually over 12 months, and deductions are capped at 30 per cent of a claimant’s standard allowance. This is further to the reduction of the overall maximum level of deductions from 40 per cent to 30 per cent of the standard allowance since October 2019.

From October 2021, the repayment period will be extended from 12 months to 24 months and the deductions cap will be reduced from 30 per cent to 25 per cent.

For those who find themselves in unexpected hardship, advance repayments can be deferred for up to three months in certain cases.

The requested information surrounding deductions to Universal Credit payments by parliamentary constituency is shown in the attached table.


Written Question
Healthy Start Scheme: Vitamins
18 Feb 2021

Questioner: Lord Field of Birkenhead (CB - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the shelf life of Healthy Start vitamins; and what steps they take to ensure that such vitamins are delivered within at least three months of expiry.

Answered by Lord Bethell

The shelf-life of Healthy Start Vitamins tablets for women is 24 months and the shelf-life of Healthy Start Vitamins drops for children is 15 months. The Service Level Agreement under which Healthy Start Vitamins are supplied to local areas ensures that stocks with sufficient shelf-life should be dispatched and this should be a minimum of three months.


Written Question
Healthy Start Scheme: Vitamin D
18 Feb 2021

Questioner: Lord Field of Birkenhead (CB - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) level, and (2) adequacy, of Vitamin D content in Healthy Start vitamins.

Answered by Lord Bethell

Healthy Start Vitamins are made available free to people on Healthy Start, as a public health intervention to support the adequate daily intake of key micronutrients. Healthy Start Vitamins tablets for women and Healthy Start Vitamins drops for children both contain a daily dose of ten microgrammes of vitamin D.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
1 Feb 2021

Questioner: Lord Field of Birkenhead (CB - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to give early years workers priority status in their UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan, published on 11 January.

Answered by Lord Bethell

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) are the independent experts who advise the Government on which vaccines the United Kingdom should use and provide advice on prioritisation at a population level.  For the first phase, the JCVI has advised that the vaccine be given to care home residents and staff, as well as frontline health and social care workers, then to the rest of the population in order of age and clinical risk factors.

If early years workers are captured in phase one due to their age, or clinical risk factors they will be prioritised. However, the Government, as advised by the JCVI, are not considering vaccinating early years workers as a phase one priority at this stage. Prioritisation decisions for next phase delivery are subject to of the surveillance and monitoring data and information from phase one, as well as further input from independent scientific experts such as the JCVI. Phase two of the roll-out may include further reduction in hospitalisation and targeted vaccination of those at high risk of exposure and/or those delivering key public services.