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Lord Scriven

Liberal Democrat - Life peer

1 APPG membership (as of 2 Jun 2021)
Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf
3 Former APPG memberships
Customer Service, Local Government, Malaysia
Procedure and Privileges Committee
27th Jun 2017 - 4th Feb 2021
Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS Committee
25th May 2016 - 5th Apr 2017
EU Justice Sub-Committee
12th Jun 2015 - 21st Jan 2016


Scheduled Event
Thursday 15th July 2021
Oral questions - Main Chamber
Whether the Prime Minister discussed human rights abuses in Bahrain when he met the Crown Prince of Bahrain
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Division Votes
Thursday 10th June 2021
Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development etc.) (England) (Amendment) Order 2021
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 72 Liberal Democrat Aye votes vs 0 Liberal Democrat No votes
Tally: Ayes - 104 Noes - 241
Speeches
Monday 21st June 2021
European Football Championships: Travel

My Lords, on 18 June the Prime Minister said, in regard to this issue, that protecting public health was his …

Written Answers
Tuesday 22nd June 2021
Medical Records: Databases
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will list the projects using the NHS data store.
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, Lord Scriven has voted in 156 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Sparring Partners
Lord Bethell (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
(93 debate interactions)
Lord True (Conservative)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
(15 debate interactions)
Baroness Williams of Trafford (Conservative)
Minister of State (Home Office)
(13 debate interactions)
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Department of Health and Social Care
(76 debate contributions)
Home Office
(13 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(9 debate contributions)
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176 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
21st Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce the recommendations of the COVID-Status Certification Review.

As set out in the ‚ÄėCOVID-19 Response - Spring 2021,‚Äô the Government will set out its conclusions on the COVID-status Certification Review in advance of Step 4 of the Roadmap, in order to inform the safe reopening of society and the economy.

An update on the Roadmap Reviews was published on 5 March and can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021-reviews-terms-of-reference/roadmap-reviews-update.

We will present interim findings from the COVID-status Certification Review to Parliament today.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many jobs have been lost in each parliamentary constituency in South Yorkshire in the current financial year to date.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have, therefore, asked the Authority to respond.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond | National Statistician

The Lord Scriven

House of Lords

London

SW1A 0PW

26 February 2021

Dear Lord Scriven,

As National Statistician and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, I am responding to your Parliamentary Question asking how many jobs have been lost in each parliamentary constituency in South Yorkshire in the current financial year to date (HL13503).

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) produces labour market statistics for small areas from the Annual Population Survey (APS), which is a survey of people resident in households in the UK.

The APS cannot be used to measure the number of people who have lost their jobs, but instead can provide estimates of how the size of the workforce has changed over time. The survey provides level estimates for 12-month periods, based on interviews taking place throughout that time. Comparisons should only be made between non-overlapping survey periods.

Table 1 below shows the employment levels for the 12-month period ending September 2020, the latest available period, and the previous non-overlapping period for the 12-months ending September 2019, along with the net change between the two periods, for each parliamentary constituency in South Yorkshire.

Estimates from the APS are from a sample survey and as such are subject to a certain level of uncertainty.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Sir Ian Diamond

Table 1: Number of people in employment for the 12 month periods ending September 2019 and September 2020, and net change between the 2 periods, in Parliamentary Constituencies in South Yorkshire

Thousands

Parliamentary Constituency

Geocode

Oct 2018-Sep 2019

Oct 2019-Sep 2020

Net change

Barnsley Central

E14000541

45

41

-4

Barnsley East

E14000542

44

42

-2

Don Valley

E14000667

46

47

1

Doncaster Central

E14000668

48

48

0

Doncaster North

E14000669

44

45

1

Penistone and Stocksbridge

E14000876

50

51

2

Rother Valley

E14000903

41

47

6

Rotherham

E14000904

41

40

-1

Sheffield Central

E14000919

63

64

0

Sheffield South East

E14000920

41

45

4

Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough

E14000921

44

42

-2

Sheffield, Hallam

E14000922

59

63

4

Sheffield, Heeley

E14000923

52

49

-3

Wentworth and Dearne

E14001028

44

41

-3

South Yorkshire

E11000003

662

665

4

Source: ONS

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government why there has been no British Sign Language interpreter present at the daily COVID-19 briefings broadcast from Downing Street.

It is vital that key information is accessible to all. Since the daily press briefings began, British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation has been available on the national broadcaster. The BBC provides BSL interpretation at the daily No10 press conference via its News channel, Youtube channel and iPlayer. This is available free to air.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
20th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what role, if any, they have in removing a Lord Lieutenant or Deputy Lord Lieutenant from office.

Lord-Lieutenants (LLs) are HM The Queen’s representatives in each county and metropolitan area of the UK. Their primary role is to uphold the dignity of the Crown. They are Crown appointments, appointed by The Queen on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.

There is an expectation that Lord-Lieutenants will always act to protect the dignity and integrity of the Office.

The usual practice is for a Lord-Lieutenant to step down from office.

Earl Howe
Deputy Leader of the House of Lords
28th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the quashing of the convictions of 39 sub-postmasters at the Court of Appeal on 23 April, what assessment they have made of the possibility of repayment of any severance payment made to Paula Vennells on her departure from Post Office Ltd.

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. I will correspond directly with the noble Lord.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many businesses have declared bankruptcy in each parliamentary constituency in South Yorkshire in the current financial year to date.

The Insolvency Service publishes National Statistics on insolvency cases for England and Wales combined. It is not possible to identify accurately companies that trade in South Yorkshire specifically, or companies that operated within specific parliamentary constituencies before entering insolvency. The data used for insolvency statistics is compiled from information at Companies House. The registered office address for a company may not be representative of its trading location, and often it is changed upon insolvency to the address of the appointed Insolvency Practitioner dealing with the case.

Subject to these caveats, the table below sets out the data on all registered company insolvencies from April 2020 to January 2021 (inclusive):


Estimated number of registered company insolvencies in South Yorkshire by parliamentary constituency of company registered office

1 April 2020 to 31 January 2021

Constituency

Registered Company Insolvencies

Barnsley Central

5

Barnsley East

0

Don Valley

5

Doncaster Central

54

Doncaster North

1

Penistone and Stocksbridge

1

Rother Valley

3

Rotherham

1

Sheffield Central

97

Sheffield South East

14

Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough

10

Sheffield, Hallam

182

Sheffield, Heeley

0

Wentworth and Dearne

4

Total

377

Sources: Insolvency Service (compulsory liquidations); Companies House (all other company insolvencies)

The Insolvency Service also holds data on personal bankruptcies in South Yorkshire during 2020 where the individual concerned ran a business as a sole trader or partnership. This information will be available later this year following the summer release of the official statistics covering the location, age and gender of individuals that entered insolvency in 2020 (provisionally due to be released in August 2021). The latest published statistics covering the period 2000 to 2019 can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
20th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered (1) to mass-vaccination hubs, (2) to GP surgeries, and (3) to community pharmacies.

The UK COVID-19 Vaccines Delivery Plan sets out how the Government will work with the NHS, devolved administrations, local‚ÄĮcouncils,‚ÄĮand the Armed Forces to deliver the largest vaccination programme in British history.

As of 3 February, over ten million people across the UK have been vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine. We continue to work to meet our target of vaccinating all four priority groups, as advised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, by 15 February 2021.

Vaccines are a precious resource in very high demand across the world; therefore, for security reasons it is not possible to provide detail about the size of our supplies and exact detail about deliveries.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
16th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government who was ultimately responsible for approving the contract that was secured with Admiral Associates by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Vaccine Taskforce.

Specialist communications support was brought onboard as contingent labour using the Public Sector Resourcing (PSR) framework rather than a contract being signed with Admiral as a company. This was approved by the Senior Responsible Owner for the Vaccines Taskforce, who is a Director-General in the civil service.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
16th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government where was the notification of the tender for the contract secured between Admiral Associates and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Vaccine Taskforce placed.

Specialist communications support was brought onboard as contingent labour using the Public Sector Resourcing (PSR) framework rather than a contract being signed with Admiral as a company. The support was obtained in line with existing public sector recruitment practices and frameworks.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
16th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what work Admiral Associates undertook and provided for the Vaccine Taskforce that civil servants within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy did not have the skills or knowledge to provide.

We know that vaccines are of huge interest to the public and ensuring clear, accurate and timely communication is an important part of our public health response. Specialist communications support was therefore brought on board by the Vaccine Taskforce for a time-limited period, in line with existing public sector recruitment practices and frameworks.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
16th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many companies were offered the opportunity to bid for the contract, that was secured with Admiral Associates, for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's Vaccine Taskforce.

Specialist communications support was brought onboard as contingent labour using the Public Sector Resourcing (PSR) framework rather than a contract being signed with Admiral as a company. The support was obtained in line with existing public sector recruitment practices and frameworks.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
16th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what due diligence was performed to assess potential conflicts of interests between the directors of Admiral Associates, and ministers, officials and advisers in (1) the Vaccines Task force, (2) the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, (3) the Cabinet Office, and (4) the Prime Minister's Office; and what were the findings of any such due diligence performed.

Officials in the Vaccine Taskforce ensure the standard civil service procedures in relation to conflicts of interest are followed for all Taskforce members. Actions are agreed to mitigate any actual or perceived conflicts of interest, and these are signed off by both the Department’s HR function and by the Permanent Secretary.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
10th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they have received from companies about how many vaccinations for COVID-19 it will be possible to manufacture and produce in the UK by December.

Owing to commercial sensitivities the Government is not able to reveal such information concerning vaccine developers at this time. The Vaccines Taskforce has taken action to scale up UK vaccine manufacturing capabilities, so that if and when a vaccine is found it can be produced at pace. This includes funding to accelerate and expand the new Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre, bring online a Rapid Deployment Facility, and a new state-of-the-art centre to scale up COVID-19 vaccine and gene therapy manufacturing. Government has also partnered with Wockhardt to provide fill and finish services.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received a forecast from Sheffield City Council of the amount it expects to distribute from the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grant Fund; and if so, how much that forecast was.

Sheffield City Council has identified 9,334 businesses properties as in scope of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund (RHLGF). As of 7 June, Sheffield City Council have issued grants to 7,329 businesses in scope of both schemes, totalling £87,270,000. Government is working closely with all local authorities to help them make remaining grant payments to businesses as quickly and effectively as possible, whilst safeguarding public funds.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, where local authorities do not spend all of their allocation for the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund, the recently announced top-up fund for Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund will have to come out of any such underspend.

The Government has confirmed to Local Authorities that the additional costs of the Discretionary Grants Fund will firstly be met in whole, or in part, from unused monies allocated to them for the Small Business and Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grants Funds. Only where Local Authorities have disbursed more than 95% of their original funding allocation will their funding will be topped up to ensure that they can provide the full value of the Discretionary Grants Fund.

We recognise that some Local Authorities may still have residual initial funding available even accounting for the Discretionary Grants Fund expenditure. Officials continue to stay in close contact with Local Authorities?to understand how the schemes are performing and advising ministers on any additional support?which could be offered to help businesses and support local economies. No decisions have yet been taken, but the level of demand will continue to be monitored.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
2nd Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government by which date local authorities will be expected to distribute the combined funding from the Small Business Grant Fund, the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund and the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund; and if not all of the funds available have been spent by that date, what will happen to the amount not distributed.

The Government is working closely with all local authorities to help them make payments to businesses in scope of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund (RHLGF) as quickly and effectively as possible. As of 7 June £10.22 billion has been paid out to over 832,000 eligible business properties. On 1 May, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced a further up to £617 million available to Local Authorities in England to support businesses that are out of scope of the existing schemes.

Where a local authority has funding remaining after having paid grants to all eligible businesses, they will need to undertake a reconciliation exercise with government. We will be providing further details of this, and timing for the delivery of remaining funding to eligible businesses, in due course.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
30th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements for interoperability will be put in place for the use of Huawei equipment in the 5G network and any related systems.

Interoperability will be one of the three strands of the strategy that the Government is developing to help diversify the supply chain. This will entail the deployment of all the tools at the Government’s disposal. The strategy has three main strands:

  • Attracting established vendors who are not currently present in the UK;

  • Supporting the emergence of new, disruptive entrants to the supply chain; and

  • Promoting the adoption of open, interoperable standards that will reduce barriers to entry.

In addition, the Government’s 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme provides an opportunity to support architectural models that open-up the radio access network, allowing operators to use different vendors for different components of the radio access network.

21st Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to uphold the EU's moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology in public places after Brexit.

We understand that the EU have been considering a proposal for a moratorium, but no final decisions have been taken. There are no plans to impose a moratorium in the UK, but we will continue to keep the legal framework under review.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
27th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding the University of Huddersfield has received from the Government for each of the last four years; and for what purposes this funding was provided.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects and publishes data on the finances of higher education providers in the UK.

Total income from government sources [1] at the University of Huddersfield in the academic years 2015/16, 2016/17, and 2018/19 is in the attached table. It has been estimated from Table 7, https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/finances/table-7 (income analysed by source), and Table 6, https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/finances/table-6 (income towards tuition fees), of HESA’s open data: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/finances.

Data for the 2019/20 academic year are not yet available for the University of Huddersfield.

Data for the 2017/18 academic year are not available, as a breakdown of tuition fees by source of fee has not been collected in 2018/19.

Full details of the income categories collected by HESA are available at: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/support/definitions/finances.

[1] Identified as income categories where funding comes from government departments or those largely funded by them.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
28th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of all soy sauce that was imported into the UK in 2019 was from (1) the EU, and (2) Japan.

In 2019 the percentage of UK imports of soy(a) sauce from (1) the EU was 47.5% and (2) Japan was 14.9%.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
28th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the tariff for soy sauce entering the UK from Japan under existing EU trade arrangements; and what the tariff will be under the UK-Japan trade deal.

The tariff for soy(a) sauce entering the UK under the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is 0%.

The tariff for soy(a) sauce entering the UK under the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) will be 0%.

Had the UK not signed the agreement, the tariff for soy(a) sauce entering the UK under the UK Global Tariff (UKGT) would have been 6%.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the former International Trade Secretary, the Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, sought advice as to how to manage any perceived conflicts of interest arising from Ayman Asfari’s political donations, before he wrote a letter, whilst International Trade Secretary, to the Bahraini Crown Prince lobbying on behalf of Mr Asfari's company Petrofac.

Advice was sought following the launch of the Serious Fraud Office investigation into Petrofac in May 2017 and that advice was followed by the Department. All dealings with the company have been according to normal departmental protocols.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
14th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will list the projects using the NHS data store.

The projects using the National Health Service data store are as follows:

- Data Integration and Analytics Capability for Self-Service;

- Strategic Decision-Makers Dashboard;

- Recovery of Critical Services;

- Early Warning System;

- Supply Management Capability;

- Immunisation and Vaccination Management Capability;

- Workforce Analytics Capability;

- Adult Social Care Dashboard Capability; and

- Integrated Planning Tool.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what personal data is held on the database of people who have received a COVID-19 vaccination; and who can that data be shared with.

Within NHS Digital, information is held on people who have received a COVID-19 vaccination including their name, postcode, date of birth, National Health Service number, gender, date of COVID-19 vaccination, type of vaccine received and batch number. The data can be shared with the person’s general practitioner practice, Public Health England, the Joint Biosecurity Centre, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling. The data can also be shared with organisations or individuals via NHS Digital Data Access Request Service, subject to them being able to meet strict data governance standards and having an appropriate legal basis.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost for an NHS Ambulance emergency response.

The information is not held in the format requested as there is no single type of National Health Service emergency ambulance response.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost for an NHS community-based mental health session.

The information requested is not held centrally.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost for an NHS community-based cataract operation.

Data on the cost of cataract operations undertaken outside of National Health Service hospital trusts is not collected.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 19 May (HL236), why they consider the list of companies that were placed on the ‚ÄúVIP‚ÄĚ fast-track for potential contracts related to the COVID-19 pandemic to be commercially sensitive, given that the question put sought no contractual or payment information; and whether they will now answer the question put.

The Department has to consider the position of suppliers which were referred to the high priority channel in terms of the likely publicity and attention releasing a list would attract. The impact on a supplier’s reputation, unrelated to the terms of their particular contract with the Department or ability to deliver the contracted outcomes, can affect a supplier’s competitive position in their respective market and confidence that its customers and investors may have in its commercial operations.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to publish a list of all the actions that have been made lawful under changes to COVID-19 regulations, but which have been described by Ministers of the Crown as ‚Äúdangerous‚ÄĚ within 24 hours of those changes taking effect.

We have no current plans to do so.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government which companies were placed on the ‚ÄúVIP‚ÄĚ fast-track for potential contracts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are unable to provide the list of suppliers requested as this information is commercially sensitive.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings Ministers in the Department of Health and Social Care have had since March 2020 with (1) individuals, or (2) representatives of companies, that have made donations to the Conservative Party; and what the purpose of any such meeting was.

The information is not held in the format requested and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent to date on the COVID-19 test and trace system; and, of the total amount, how much has been spent on consultancy fees.

Around 2500 consultants from approximately 72 different consultancies have been hired by the Department for any period from 1 March 2020 to the present day to undertake work on the planning and then rollout of the NHS Test and Trace programme. The figures have changed week on week since the programme began. Information how these figures are apportioned between the planning and rollout phases is not held in an appropriate format and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

In financial year 20-21, £450 million is budgeted for Professional Services, which includes management consultants. This was revised on 28 Feb 2021 from £438 million. We do not have an audited figure which differentiates between what was spent on the planning and the rollout stages of the Test and Trace Programme. Audited annual accounts will be published later this year for the Test and Trace Programme.

Every consultancy contract awarded by the Department contains a set of service objectives and activities which the suppliers will deliver. These are set out in the individual contracts which are published. The service objectives are linked to the overall programme plan and

business objectives for the Test and Trace initiative. Each contract has a different timeframe for the delivery and completion of its objectives; progress and performance is monitored by regular meetings and engagement with the supplier.

¬£450 million of the ¬£22 billion funding for Test and Trace, is allocated to ‚Äėprofessional services‚Äô which includes management consultants. Audited annual accounts will be published later this year for the Test and Trace Programme.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what targets they set for each consultancy appointed to work on the COVID-19 test and trace system; and when each of these targets was met.

Around 2500 consultants from approximately 72 different consultancies have been hired by the Department for any period from 1 March 2020 to the present day to undertake work on the planning and then rollout of the NHS Test and Trace programme. The figures have changed week on week since the programme began. Information how these figures are apportioned between the planning and rollout phases is not held in an appropriate format and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

In financial year 20-21, £450 million is budgeted for Professional Services, which includes management consultants. This was revised on 28 Feb 2021 from £438 million. We do not have an audited figure which differentiates between what was spent on the planning and the rollout stages of the Test and Trace Programme. Audited annual accounts will be published later this year for the Test and Trace Programme.

Every consultancy contract awarded by the Department contains a set of service objectives and activities which the suppliers will deliver. These are set out in the individual contracts which are published. The service objectives are linked to the overall programme plan and

business objectives for the Test and Trace initiative. Each contract has a different timeframe for the delivery and completion of its objectives; progress and performance is monitored by regular meetings and engagement with the supplier.

¬£450 million of the ¬£22 billion funding for Test and Trace, is allocated to ‚Äėprofessional services‚Äô which includes management consultants. Audited annual accounts will be published later this year for the Test and Trace Programme.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total amount they have spent to date on consultants in the (1) planning, and (2) rollout, of the COVID-19 test and trace system.

Around 2500 consultants from approximately 72 different consultancies have been hired by the Department for any period from 1 March 2020 to the present day to undertake work on the planning and then rollout of the NHS Test and Trace programme. The figures have changed week on week since the programme began. Information how these figures are apportioned between the planning and rollout phases is not held in an appropriate format and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

In financial year 20-21, £450 million is budgeted for Professional Services, which includes management consultants. This was revised on 28 Feb 2021 from £438 million. We do not have an audited figure which differentiates between what was spent on the planning and the rollout stages of the Test and Trace Programme. Audited annual accounts will be published later this year for the Test and Trace Programme.

Every consultancy contract awarded by the Department contains a set of service objectives and activities which the suppliers will deliver. These are set out in the individual contracts which are published. The service objectives are linked to the overall programme plan and

business objectives for the Test and Trace initiative. Each contract has a different timeframe for the delivery and completion of its objectives; progress and performance is monitored by regular meetings and engagement with the supplier.

¬£450 million of the ¬£22 billion funding for Test and Trace, is allocated to ‚Äėprofessional services‚Äô which includes management consultants. Audited annual accounts will be published later this year for the Test and Trace Programme.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultants they have used in the (1) planning, and (2) rollout, of the COVID-19 test and trace system.

Around 2500 consultants from approximately 72 different consultancies have been hired by the Department for any period from 1 March 2020 to the present day to undertake work on the planning and then rollout of the NHS Test and Trace programme. The figures have changed week on week since the programme began. Information how these figures are apportioned between the planning and rollout phases is not held in an appropriate format and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

In financial year 20-21, £450 million is budgeted for Professional Services, which includes management consultants. This was revised on 28 Feb 2021 from £438 million. We do not have an audited figure which differentiates between what was spent on the planning and the rollout stages of the Test and Trace Programme. Audited annual accounts will be published later this year for the Test and Trace Programme.

Every consultancy contract awarded by the Department contains a set of service objectives and activities which the suppliers will deliver. These are set out in the individual contracts which are published. The service objectives are linked to the overall programme plan and

business objectives for the Test and Trace initiative. Each contract has a different timeframe for the delivery and completion of its objectives; progress and performance is monitored by regular meetings and engagement with the supplier.

¬£450 million of the ¬£22 billion funding for Test and Trace, is allocated to ‚Äėprofessional services‚Äô which includes management consultants. Audited annual accounts will be published later this year for the Test and Trace Programme.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to publish the memorandum of understanding between the Department of Health and Social Care and the National Police Chiefs Council, which allows police to access NHS Test and Trace data; and if so, when.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Department and the police is currently being updated to reflect amendments to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 on 29 January and feedback from the Information Commissioners Office. These updates are currently being agreed by all parties and the MoU will be published as soon as practically possible.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
4th Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Callanan on 3 February (HL12379), without naming individual locations or the number of stockpiles held, how many COVID-19 vaccines have been administered at (1) mass-vaccination centres, (2) GP surgeries hubs, and (3) community pharmacies.

Data relating to COVID-19 vaccines administered through the different vaccine delivery models is currently in the process of being validated and is expected to be published shortly.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that GP and hospital vaccination hubs are pausing vaccination programmes due to a lack of COVID-19 vaccination deliveries; and whether mass vaccination hubs in the same areas that GP and hospital hubs are pausing vaccinations, are experiencing similar delays.

Mass vaccination centres, general practitioners and hospital hubs are not pausing their vaccination programmes due to a lack of deliveries. NHS England and NHS Improvement and Public Health England continue to work with sites across the United Kingdom to ensure an adequate and consistent supply of vaccines.

We met our 15 April target of offering the vaccine to all those in priority cohorts one to four, as identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have spent on setting up COVID-19 mass vaccination hubs to date.

This information is not held in the format requested. It is not possible to separate the costs incurred for setting up COVID-19 mass vaccination hubs from the overall investment in vaccination sites because of their utilisation of cross-programme resources for workforce, logistics and other support. Overall, approximately £4.8 million has been spent on setting up vaccination centres in England.

Data on the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered to people through the different vaccine delivery models is currently in the process of being validated and is expected to be published shortly.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that vulnerable patients who cannot travel to vaccination hubs are vaccinated for COVID-19 in the community.

Local vaccination services are led by Primary Care Networks and are well placed to support the specific needs of the highest risk individuals. They also coordinate and deliver vaccinations to people who are unable to attend a vaccination site, including visiting care homes, the homes of housebound individuals and other settings to reach the most vulnerable groups.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average waiting time to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in (1) mass vaccination hubs, (2) GP surgeries, and (3) community pharmacies.

Waiting times at individual vaccination sites are not collected centrally by NHS England and NHS Improvement. However, it is important to keep waiting times to a minimum. To support this, the national vaccination booking system has been set up so that specific time slots can be booked in advance based on a site’s capacity.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many GP surgeries have had to stop administering COVID-19 vaccines due to supply shortages; and what is the average time they have had to suspend vaccinations in such instances.

The information requested is not collected centrally and to obtain it would incur disproportionate cost. Each week, all available vaccine is allocated, so local vaccine services are supplied with the vaccine as soon as it is available.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 8 January (HL11702), what is the source of those data presented at COVID-19 press conferences which show the percentage of people testing positive in the community for the new variant in English regions; and why those data are not held by Public Health England.

The source of the data presented at the COVID-19 press conferences was the Office for National Statistics’ COVID infection survey. Since 19 January 2021, Public Health England has published twice weekly data on the number of genomically confirmed cases testing positive for one of the new COVID-19 variants. This includes information for England and the devolved administrations.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of COVID-19, not including those of the new variant of that virus, were recorded in (1) York, and (2) North Yorkshire, between, and inclusive of, 1 December and 30 December.

Public Health England does not hold the data in the format requested as this information is not collected by new variant and non-variant cases.

Available data from 1 December to 30 December inclusive showed positive COVID-19 in 1,558 cases in York and 4,024 for North Yorkshire.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of the new variant of COVID-19 were recorded in (1) York, and (2) North Yorkshire, between, and inclusive of, 1 December and 30 December.

Public Health England does not hold the data in the format requested as this information is not collected by new variant and non-variant cases.

Available data from 1 December to 30 December inclusive showed positive COVID-19 in 1,558 cases in York and 4,024 for North Yorkshire.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people employed by NHS Test and Trace have left their roles; and how many such people were subject to the Business Appointment Rules for Civil Servants.

The NHS Test and Trace workforce consists of a combination of; civil servants employed by the programme and also on loan from across Government, secondees from the public and private sector, contractors and consultants. Since May 2020 our data shows that a total of 630 people have left their role on NHS Test and Trace. 220 of these were civil servants, of which 19 have left the Civil Service completely and are therefore subject to the Business Appointment Rules.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they were informed that the Director of Supplies and Innovation for NHS Test and Trace had been recruited by Oxford Nanopore Technologies; and who informed them of that recruitment.

Emma Stanton advised NHS Test and Trace on 25 November 2020 that she was intending to start work for Oxford Nanopore.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Emma Stanton is subject to the Business Appointment Rules for Civil Servants following her role as Director of Supplies and Innovation for NHS Test and Trace.

Emma Stanton is subject to Civil Service Business Appointment Rules and was notified of conditions relating to these rules regarding her future role with Oxford Nanopore. These related to restrictions on lobbying of the United Kingdom Government and related commercial activities and a reminder on the use of privileged information gained in her time at NHS Test and Trace and were commensurate with the short length of time she was working for them.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the NHS COVID-19 application has notified people that they need to self-isolate.

We plan to publish further information about app usage and its role in the COVID-19 response in due course. This will include information about the number of users notified to self-isolate by the application as a result of potential exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what percentage of the adult population, and (2) how many adults, in England are registered with a general practitioner.

The percentage of the adult population in England who are registered with a general practitioner is not held centrally.

The number of adults aged 18 or over on 1 December 2020 registered at a general practitioner practice in England was 48,313,398.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Sheffield City Council has instructed care homes in Sheffield not to use COVID-19 lateral flow tests for admitting visitors due to concerns that such tests lack accuracy.

We are aware of reports that Sheffield City Council communicated with care homes about the sensitivity of rapid lateral flow tests. However, the Council issued clear advice in line with national policy on 11 December 2020. The Department continues to engage with local authorities to assure their local recommendations remain aligned to the Department’s testing policy.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any of the three contracts given to Hotel Logistics Ltd for the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) were awarded via the high-priority lane used to assess and process potential PPE procurement leads.

The Government issued a public call to action to support the increased requirements of personal protective equipment (PPE). This resulted in over 15,000 suppliers offering their help and support.

The cross-Government PPE team of officials considered that leads referred by Government officials, Ministerial private offices, Parliamentarians, senior National Health Service staff and other health professionals were likely to be the more credible and needed to be initially reviewed with more urgency. This was widely advertised across Government as a way of more quickly triaging offers of support. This was commonly referred to as a ‚Äėpriority‚Äô or ‚ÄėVIP‚Äô channel.

At the point of being prioritised these offers went into the same due diligence, technical assurance, closing or contract negotiation and contract award process as all the other offers. Approximately one in ten suppliers processed through this channel - 47 out of 493 - obtained contracts.

We do not intend to publish the list of these suppliers as there may be associated commercial implications. As stated, Hotel Logistics Ltd was assessed in exactly the same way in terms of the due diligence and contract negotiations process as all other suppliers before being awarded contracts for the supply of PPE.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) financial, and (2) company, due diligence was carried out on Hotel Logistics Ltd before it was awarded its first contract for COVID-19 related personal protective equipment; and what rating and funding resulted from any such due diligence checks.

The Government issued a public call to action to support the increased requirements of personal protective equipment (PPE). This resulted in over 15,000 suppliers offering their help and support.

The cross-Government PPE team of officials considered that leads referred by Government officials, Ministerial private offices, Parliamentarians, senior National Health Service staff and other health professionals were likely to be the more credible and needed to be initially reviewed with more urgency. This was widely advertised across Government as a way of more quickly triaging offers of support. This was commonly referred to as a ‚Äėpriority‚Äô or ‚ÄėVIP‚Äô channel.

At the point of being prioritised these offers went into the same due diligence, technical assurance, closing or contract negotiation and contract award process as all the other offers. Approximately one in ten suppliers processed through this channel - 47 out of 493 - obtained contracts.

We do not intend to publish the list of these suppliers as there may be associated commercial implications. As stated, Hotel Logistics Ltd was assessed in exactly the same way in terms of the due diligence and contract negotiations process as all other suppliers before being awarded contracts for the supply of PPE.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the process for referral to the high-priority lane used to assess and process potential personal protective equipment procurement leads; who was involved in recommending potential suppliers for that process; and which Departments made referrals.

The Government issued a public call to action to support the increased requirements of personal protective equipment (PPE). This resulted in over 15,000 suppliers offering their help and support.

The cross-Government PPE team of officials considered that leads referred by Government officials, Ministerial private offices, Parliamentarians, senior National Health Service staff and other health professionals were likely to be the more credible and needed to be initially reviewed with more urgency. This was widely advertised across Government as a way of more quickly triaging offers of support. This was commonly referred to as a ‚Äėpriority‚Äô or ‚ÄėVIP‚Äô channel.

At the point of being prioritised these offers went into the same due diligence, technical assurance, closing or contract negotiation and contract award process as all the other offers. Approximately one in ten suppliers processed through this channel - 47 out of 493 - obtained contracts.

We do not intend to publish the list of these suppliers as there may be associated commercial implications. As stated, Hotel Logistics Ltd was assessed in exactly the same way in terms of the due diligence and contract negotiations process as all other suppliers before being awarded contracts for the supply of PPE.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether George Pascoe-Watson participated in any (1) telephone call, (2) verbal discussion, (3) written communication, or (4) other meeting, during his time as an adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care which covered (a) policy, or (b) operational, information about plans (i) to put London into Tier 2 restrictions, and (ii) to introduce a national lockdown from 5 November, to address the COVID-19 pandemic; and if so, when any such communication took place.

George Pascoe-Watson provided communications and media support to National Health Service Test and Trace. He was not privy to discussions on the policy or operational plans around the introduction of Tier 2 restrictions in London or the subsequent national restrictions on 5 November.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Social Care spoke with representatives of (1) Tulchan Group, and (2) Meller Designs, on 6 April; and if so, whether (a) the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) was discussed, (b) whether any records were kept of that discussion, and (c) whether the contact details of anyone working for the Government on the procurement of PPE was given to any such representatives.

I did not meet with any representative of Tulchan Group on 6 April.

I spoke with a representative of Meller Designs on 6 April to discuss the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). A draft note of the meeting was made. The representative of Meller Designs was already in contact with Government officials involved in the procurement of PPE.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when Lord Feldman was appointed as an adviser to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Social Care; and (1) when, and (2) where, any such appointment was made public.

Lord Feldman was appointed as an unpaid advisor on 23 March 2020. As this was not a public appointment, there was no requirement to disclose.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with authorities in Sheffield or South Yorkshire about mass testing of their populations for COVID-19; and if discussions have taken place, what response they received from those authorities.

We are already working closely with local authority leaders to tailor testing to local need. Eighty three local authorities have now signed up to receive regular batches of these new lateral flow tests, which can allow for results in minutes to enable them to start testing priority groups, including in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. This rollout will further develop the evidence base for how testing with fast, reliable COVID-19 tests can be delivered at scale.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the scientific basis for the decision that gyms may remain open in Blackburn but have been closed in Wirral.

Hygiene and social distancing measures are vitally important for reducing the transmission risk of COVID-19. We know that the virus spreads readily in any indoor environment where members of different households and/or support bubbles spend time together, so the transmission risk in indoor settings, such as gyms, remains high.

We recognise the efforts that have been made to reduce risk across a range of venues. As decisions are based on a number of factors, it is possible for variation to exist between different local authority areas.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money they have allocated to Sheffield City Council to support the local NHS Test and Trace scheme.

Sheffield City Council received £3,101,989.00 under the £300 million allocated to local authorities to develop and implement action plans, tailored outbreak control plans and working with local National Health Service and other stakeholders to reduce the spread of coronavirus in their area. Following the additional £465 million that was made available by the Government to support all local authorities, they have this week been sent a further £4,678,824.00 to support them as they moved into local Covid alert level 3. This money will clear with Sheffield in the next three to five working days.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government why there are no BAME executive directors at NHS England.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have been working jointly since 1 April 2019. Their Executive Group spans both organisations and includes Prerana Issar, Chief People Officer for the National Health Service, who was appointed 1 April 2019 as a National Director.

Their Board is formed by the Executive Group (National Directors), Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors. The Executive Directors listed on both NHS England and NHS Improvement websites are voting members of the Board for each organisation.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government who owns (1) the intellectual property rights, and (2) the commercial rights, of the algorithm that was developed for the NHS COVID-19 app to determine the distance between users and the length of time users have spent in proximity to each other.

The intellectual property associated with the National Health Service COVID-19 app, including the risk algorithm, is retained by the Department. In order to promote transparency, the source code for the app is published under Massachusetts Institute of Technology licence. This licence allows the Department to make the code Open Source whilst retaining its intellectual property rights related to the development of the NHS COVID-19 app.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by  the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on 10 September (HC Deb, col 803) stating that people travel an average of 6.4 miles for a COVID-19 test, what methodology they used to calculate that figure.

For each person who successfully registered for a test under Pillar 2 at a Regional Test Site, Local Test Site or Mobile Testing Unit, the distance between their location and their associated testing site was measured as a direct distance. This direct distance is a straight line as the crow flies.

A person’s home location is calculated as the approximate centre of their postal district, for example PO15, provided at the time of booking. These distances are summarised by calculating and reporting the median alongside other percentiles. The figures were calculated using tests registered between 1 to 7 September inclusive, for England only.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who requested a COVID-19 test could not be tested on the same day from 1 until 15 September inclusive.

We do not publish data in the format requested.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff were processing COVID-19 tests as part of their testing system at the start of (1) June, (2) July, (3) August, and (4) September.

We do not publish data in the format requested.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times, and on what dates, the R rate for COVID-19 went above 1 for each region that is recorded in England between 30 June and 10 August.

The information requested is not held as the margin for error in the estimates cannot give a precise estimation of how many times the ‚ÄėR‚Äô number was above 1.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when McKinsey were contracted to review the NHS Test and Trace system; how they approached that company about undertaking that review; and which criteria they used to choose that company for such an undertaking.

The contract with McKinsey commenced on 18 May 2020. McKinsey was approached via the Crown Commercial service Management Consultancy Framework 2. It was selected following the guidance on the framework due to its experience on working on similar requirements, its ability to deliver at pace and its ability to deliver at extremely short notice given the urgency of the COVID-19 situation.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish a breakdown of the elements of the NHS Test and Trace system that McKinsey have been contracted to review.

The objectives/elements of this work are to define options for the vision, purpose and narrative; end-to-end journeys; organisation, roles and talent; interfaces and governance; and integrated roadmap all for the medium-term entity.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government which companies they approached to compete for the contract to review the NHS Test and Trace system; and how they approached such companies.

The contract with McKinsey commenced on 18 May 2020. McKinsey were approached via the Crown Commercial service Management Consultancy Framework 2. They were selected following the guidance on the framework due to their experience on working on similar requirements, their ability to deliver at pace and their ability to deliver at extremely short notice given the urgency of the COVID-19 situation.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how tests for COVID-19 taken at Lighthouse Laboratories are linked to an individual's NHS number.

An individual provides demographic information when booking a test (e.g. name, date of birth, gender, postcode and can input their NHS Number too). Once this is matched with a result in the National Pathology Exchange (NPEx), NPEx looks up this information in NHS Digital’s Personal Demographics Service to find a match to an NHS Number. If there is a match, then an approved piece of software is used to push these results into that individual’s general practice record. If this fails, then NHS Digital will attempt to match the data using the Master Patient Service instead.

The vast majority of tests taken for English citizens at Lighthouse Laboratories are linked to NHS Numbers using the demographic information that is provided (name, date of birth, gender and postcode). The devolved administrations are responsible for ensuring this happens in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of tests for COVID-19 taken at Lighthouse Laboratories are linked to an individual's NHS number.

An individual provides demographic information when booking a test (e.g. name, date of birth, gender, postcode and can input their NHS Number too). Once this is matched with a result in the National Pathology Exchange (NPEx), NPEx looks up this information in NHS Digital’s Personal Demographics Service to find a match to an NHS Number. If there is a match, then an approved piece of software is used to push these results into that individual’s general practice record. If this fails, then NHS Digital will attempt to match the data using the Master Patient Service instead.

The vast majority of tests taken for English citizens at Lighthouse Laboratories are linked to NHS Numbers using the demographic information that is provided (name, date of birth, gender and postcode). The devolved administrations are responsible for ensuring this happens in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government in what format data on the number of patients who have been admitted to the NHS Nightingale Hospitals is held.

NHS England publishes a ‚ÄėCOVID-19 Hospital Activity‚Äô dataset which includes the number of patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 as well as beds occupied by patients with COVID-19, both at provider level only. Data specifically for the Nightingale hospitals is not held.

The Nightingale hospitals in London and the North West have been placed on standby.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government in what format data on bed occupancy in NHS Nightingale Hospitals is held.

NHS England publishes a ‚ÄėCOVID-19 Hospital Activity‚Äô dataset which includes the number of patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 as well as beds occupied by patients with COVID-19, both at provider level only. Data specifically for the Nightingale hospitals is not held.

The Nightingale hospitals in London and the North West have been placed on standby.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients were in each NHS Nightingale Hospital on the Monday of each week between 23 March and 8 June. [T]

The data is not available in the format requested.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the NHSX centralised COVID-19 contact track and tracing application cost to develop to date.

To date the cost of developing the National Health Service COVID-19 app is £10.8 million. Our investment in the Isle of Wight phase has provided us with valuable information that we can combine with Google and Apple’s technology in a new solution to support the entire NHS Test and Trace service and product that is right for the British public.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Jun 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government who has the authority to authorise the imposition of any COVID-19 related restriction of movement in a district of a local authority area; and under which powers they have would such authority.

Decisions will be made primarily using existing public health routes. These roles will be set out in each locality’s COVID-19 Local Outbreak Plans.

Roles in the plans will differ depending on the structure of the local authority and the different scenarios it will cover. They will rely on leadership from the local Director of Public Health for professional advice, the local authority Chief Executive for a strategic overview across health, economy and social issues, and local councillors for their community leadership role.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to publish the results of the tests carried out on personal protection equipment held in the national pandemic stock that had expired on or before 30 January to ensure that such equipment remained fit for purpose.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, in England, we held around 50,000 pallets of medicines and consumables, including personal protective equipment (PPE), to enable us to respond to a United Kingdom pandemic, with the devolved administrations holding their own stockpiles. About 25,000 of those pallets held PPE and hygiene products.

Stocks of facemasks and FFP3 respirators along with other items of PPE are stored in controlled and monitored conditions and this means that stocks are more likely to be fit for use beyond normal expiry dates.

In line with Health and Safety Executive advice, facemasks and FFP3 respirators are independently tested to ascertain whether their shelf life can be extended.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how long, in total it takes, for polymerase chain reaction tests for COVID-19 to be conducted, processed by laboratories and for the results of such tests to be returned to patients

To provide a more comprehensive response to a number of outstanding Written Questions, this has been answered by an information factsheet Testing ‚Äď 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)
13th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 contact tracing workers (1) have been recruited, (2) have been trained, and (3) are currently working on such tracing.

We have recruited over 25,000 contact tracers in England to support contact tracing as part of the new NHS Test and Trace service. These contact tracers are a mix of call handlers and health professionals and will support existing public health experts who have been undertaking outbreak tracing and management throughout the pandemic.

All contact tracers receive appropriate training. In such a large service there will be some turnover of staff and therefore ongoing recruitment and training. Recruitment and training figures will therefore change daily.

The NHS Test and Trace Programme launched on 28 May so newly recruited contact tracers will have started shifts from that point forwards.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what scientific evidence they used to underpin their guidance that a person may meet one other person outside their own household in a park at a distance of two metres but that such a meeting may not occur in people’s gardens.

In line with scientific advice, the Government introduced measures to minimise the spread of COVID-19 including social distancing. Over the coming months the Government will carefully consider introducing a range of adjustments so that society can return to normal. However, before doing so, it must be confident that any adjustments do not risk a second peak and that the conditions set out in the recovery strategy are met.

The Government has prioritised enabling contact in public open spaces, which are accessible to everyone and do not require people to enter the homes of other people. The risk of transmission is significantly lower outdoors.

The Government will continue to closely monitor the effect of each adjustment, as set out in Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID 19 Recovery Strategy. A copy of the Strategy is attached.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the NHS COVID-19 tracing application has cost (1) to develop, (2) to test, and (3) to make operational.

The Department has launched the first phase of a large-scale, integrated contact test and trace programme on the Isle of Wight. This phased approach will allow us to learn about and improve the service as it is rolled out across the United Kingdom. We intend to roll out the National Health Service COVID-19 app nationally in the coming weeks. As the app is still in development, testing phases final costs are not available, and we continue to work with NHSX and HM Treasury to identify and agree funding requirements for the roll out of the app.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
5th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was their estimate of the basic COVID-19 reproduction rate in each week from 1 February to 2 April.

To provide a more comprehensive response to a number of outstanding Written Questions, this has been answered by an information factsheet Science of Covid-19 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)
30th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many COVID-19 tests (1) in total, and (2) in each NHS region, were carried out in care and nursing homes in each week from 1 March to 27 April.

Public Health England estimate that since that start of the pandemic their initial confirmation of outbreaks has seen over 57,000 care home residents tested. Additional testing has taken place at local level and through Pillar 2 testing programme, around 73,842 tests have been processed for both staff and residents as of 13 May. Data on the tests carried out by National Health Service region is not currently available or published in the format requested.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the basic reproduction rate of COVID-19 (1) inside, and (2) outside, of care homes, as of 30 April; what comparative analysis they have conducted of those figures; and what conclusions they have drawn from any such analysis.

We do not currently have reproduction (R) rates for care homes. The Government Office for Science published the latest R number range for the United Kingdom on 15 May. The range of 0.7-1.0 is an estimate based on latest data available to determine infection and transmission rates.

The Government is committed to publishing the scientific evidence that has informed the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies’ advice. These papers are being published in batches. The latest batches were released on 20 March 2020 and 5 May 2020 and the next batch will published in the coming weeks. The full list of papers released to date is available on the GOV.UK site at Scientific Advisory Group for Emergency’s (SAGE): Coronavirus (COVID-19) response in an online only format. This list will be updated to reflect papers considered at recent and future meetings.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients were in each NHS Nightingale hospital each week between 23 March and 28 April.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government which NHS Nightingale hospitals have admitted patients.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many flu vaccines have been manufactured in the UK in each of the last three years.

The Department does not hold this information. This is commercial information.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many vaccine manufacturing facilities in the UK are currently operational.

Based on information held by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency about manufacturing sites that are licensed to produce biological medicines for human use, there are nine facilities which have the capability to produce vaccines in the United Kingdom.

These are as follows:

FujiFilm Diosynth, Billingham;

National Health Service Blood and Transplant, University of Bristol;

Lonza, Slough;

BioReliance, Glasgow;

Valneva Scotland Ltd, Livingston;

Medimmune, Liverpool;

Porton BioPharma Ltd, Salisbury;

Seqiris Vaccines, Liverpool; and

Ipsen Biopharm Ltd, Wrexham.

A tenth facility, Cancer Research UK’s Clare Hall Laboratories, Potters Bar, is currently closed for refurbishment work.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government which NHS regions have had to transfer patients to Nightingale hospitals due to a lack of critical care beds in non-Nightingale hospitals; and when such transfers had to occur.

Availability of critical care beds in response to COVID-19 is being managed on a national and regional level. Nightingale hospitals were designed specifically to treat patients with COVID-19.

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.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many critical care beds there were in each NHS region, excluding those in Nightingale hospitals, on (1) 16 March, (2) 23 March, (3) 30 March, (4) 6 April, (5) 13 April , and (6) 20 April.

Information on critical care beds is not published in the format requested.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what the critical care bed occupancy rate was in each NHS region, excluding beds in Nightingale hospitals, in each week from 16 March to 20 April.

Information on critical care beds is not published in the format requested.

Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
26th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are monitoring the University of Huddersfield's activities in Bahrain; if so, how; and how they are ensuring that those activities do not contribute to human rights abuses.

We are aware of, but do not monitor, the University of Huddersfield's activities in Bahrain.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
17th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the statement by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights on 30 April, which described the ‚Äúunnecessary and disproportionate use of force by police special forces‚ÄĚ against inmates in Jau prison in Bahrain on 17 April, and following decisions by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, published in May 2020, that at least 32 inmates of Jau prison were arbitrarily detained in violation of international law and in what may constitute ‚Äúcrimes against humanity‚ÄĚ, what assessment they have made of the statement made by the UK Ambassador to Bahrain on 6 May that Jau prison is a ‚Äúwell-run facility, with good medical provision‚ÄĚ; and what representations they intend to make to the government of Bahrain to allow the United Nations Special Rapporteur urgent access to (a) Bahrain, and (b) Jau prison.

The FCDO considers a range of information regarding human rights in Bahrain. The visit to Jau prison on 3 May enabled the UK Ambassador and other international representatives to see the facilities at Jau prison first hand, understand the Covid-19 measures implemented, and raise human rights matters directly. We continue to raise specific cases as and when we have concerns and encourage the Government of Bahrain to engage with appropriate interested parties, including the UN.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 May 2020 (HL3436) and the Minister of State at the Home Office on 11 January (HC130095), what assessment they have made of the role of Tariq Al-Hassan in human rights violations in Bahrain.

We work with a wide variety of partners in Bahrain, including the Ministry of Interior and its Chief of Public Security. As previously stated, any assistance we provide is kept under regular review to ensure it fully complies with our human rights obligations and the Overseas Security and Justice Assistance process.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 January (HL12009), whether they will now answer the question put, namely, what assessment they made of reports that (1) torture, and (2) cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, has occurred in the Muharraq Security Complex in Bahrain; and whether they received any such reports (a) through the Torture and Mistreatment Reporting Guidance, published in March 2011, or (b) through public representations or records.

We are aware of allegations about the Muharraq Security Complex. We monitor a number of sources of information on matters that relate to human rights in Bahrain and make assessments on that basis. Our latest assessment of the human rights situation in Bahrain was published as part of our Human Rights and Democracy Report in July 2020.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that (1) torture, and (2) cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, has occurred in the Muharraq Security Complex in Bahrain; and whether they received any such reports (a) through the Torture and Mistreatment Reporting Guidance, published in March 2011, or (b) through public representations or records.

The British Government welcomes the clarification from the government of Bahrain and its commitment to continue to address concerns about its human rights record. When making assessments, published in our annual human rights report, we take note of a number of sources of information and continue to monitor closely developments on all matters that relate to human rights within the country. The Home Secretary's visit to the Muharraq police station allowed her to see their approach to community policing, an important area of development.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Torture and Mistreatment Reporting Guidance, published in March 2011, has been updated since its publication; if not, whether any equivalent guidance has replaced it; and if so, what plans they have to place a copy of any such (1) updated, or (2) new, guidance in the Library of the House.

The UK Government unreservedly condemns the use of torture. We work closely with international partners to eradicate this abhorrent practice. The UK does not participate in, solicit, encourage or condone the use of torture for any purpose.

The UK takes all allegations and concerns about torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment very seriously. The Torture and Mistreatment Reporting Guidance of 2011 sets out the process for FCDO staff and other staff working in Her Majesty's diplomatic missions and offices for reporting information about torture and mistreatment. There are no immediate plans to update the guidance.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 April 2018, and by the Minister of State for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on 23 October (HC106360), when the Integrated Activity Fund was first used to support the government of Bahrain with security matters; and whether that Fund was used to support such work in April 2018.

We do not disclose information related to individual IAF projects to maintain the confidence and confidentiality of our Gulf partners.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 September (HL8054) and by the Minister of State for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on 22 September (HC90154), whether they received any assurances that the executions of Mohammed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa would not be carried out imminently.

We have raised both cases at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain. I raised the cases with the Bahraini Ambassador to the UK on 14 July. During his recent visit to Bahrain, the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa reiterated the UK's opposition to the use of the death penalty, in all circumstances.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of allegations of medical negligence towards Hasan Mushaima by the government of Bahrain, what urgent representations they are making to the government of Bahrain about Hasan Mushaima’s (1) right to appropriate medical care, (2) treatment under the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, and (3) release as a prisoner of conscience.

We continue to monitor the case of Hassan Mushaima. Responsibility for the provision of medical care to Hassan Mushaima lies with the government of Bahrain, who have made clear that access to medical care for those in detention is guaranteed by the Constitution of Bahrain. We welcome these assurances from the Government of Bahrain.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that Ali Al Hajee is (1) being held in isolation at Dry Dock Detention Centre in Bahrain following the cancellation of a dental operation and (2) is not being provided with clean clothes, hygiene products or medication to treat scabies; and what representations they plan to make to the government of Bahrain to ensure he is (a) provided with the necessary care, and (b) authorised to undergo his dental operation.

We continue to monitor and have raised the case of Ali Al Hajee. Responsibility for the provision of medical care to Ali Al Hajee lies with the government of Bahrain, who have made clear that access to medical care for those in detention is guaranteed by the Constitution of Bahrain. We welcome these assurances from the Government of Bahrain.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that 51 individuals have been convicted in Bahrain in a mass trial and of allegations of due process violations and confessions arising from torture; whether they plan to reconsider their technical assistance programme to Bahrain; and if not, why not.

We are aware of the trial and conviction of 51 people on terrorism related charges, including possession of explosives, with sentences ranging from 5 years to life in prison. The right to a fair trial is enshrined in the constitution of Bahrain; we continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to follow due process in all cases and meet its international and domestic human rights commitments. We would encourage those with any concerns about treatment in detention to raise them with the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body.

Assistance, which is kept under regular review, is provided in line with international standards, and fully complies with our domestic and international human rights obligations.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (HC106366), when they became aware that 66 per cent of activities funded by the Integrated Activity Fund (IAF) during the 2018/19 financial year were delivered exclusively in one country; whether they intend to provide a list of countries where activities were funded by the IAF; and if not, why not.

To clarify the Written Answer the Noble Lord refers to, these activities did occur solely within individual countries but not all within the same country.

In 2018/19 the IAF funded activities in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
3rd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that authorities at Jau Prison in Bahrain are preventing Yousef Hussein Yousef from receiving the medical treatment he requires; what assessment they have made of (1) the conditions in which he is held, and (2) reports that complaints about his case to oversight bodies including the Bahraini prisons ombudsman and National Institution for Human Rights in Bahrain have received no response; and what plans they have to make representations to the government of Bahrain about his access to medical treatment.

We are aware of reports regarding Yousef Hussein Yousef and are monitoring his case. We have raised this case with the oversight bodies and understand that three separate complaints, relating to medical and dietary issues, have been made in 2020 by relatives of Mr Yousef; and that all complaints were fully investigated and resolved. We welcomed these assurances from the oversight bodies and continue to encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to raise them with the appropriate human rights oversight body.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa on 23 October (HC106362), what are the titles of the 47 projects delivered by the Integrated Activity Fund during the 2019/20 financial year.

We do not disclose information related to IAF projects to maintain the confidence and confidentiality of implementers and our Gulf partners.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Westminster Foundation for Democracy has ever received funding through the Integrated Activity Fund to implement projects benefitting Gulf Cooperation Council member states; and if so, how much funding these projects received, broken down by (1) beneficiary state, and (2) financial year.

We do not disclose information related to IAF projects to maintain the confidence and confidentiality of implementers and our Gulf partners.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa on 23 October (HC106361), which minister, or ministers, were consulted in relation to this project.

The then Home and Foreign Secretaries were consulted about the project's Overseas Security and Justice Assessment.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 May (HL4189), which Government departments applied to the Integrated Activity Fund for funding during the 2016/17 financial year; and which of those applications were granted.

During the 2016/17 financial year the Integrated Activity Fund was administered by the Cabinet Office and this information is not held by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 May (HL4189), which Government departments applied to the Integrated Activity Fund for funding during the 2018/19 financial year; and which of those applications were granted.

During the 2018/19 financial year the Integrated Activity Fund received applications for funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Cabinet Office, the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport, the Ministry of Defence, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for International Trade, the Home Office, HM Revenue and Customs and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 May (HL4189), which Government departments have applied to the Integrated Activity Fund for funding during the 2020/21 financial year; and which of those applications have been granted.

The Integrated Activity Fund was replaced by the Gulf Strategy Fund for 2020/21. Applications for funding were received from the Department for International Trade, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, HM Revenue & Customs, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). Funding for DCMS was not approved.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 May (HL4189), how many successful applications were made to the Integrated Activity Fund by the National Crime Agency in the 2019/20 financial year; and what was the value of each of those applications.

We do not disclose information related to IAF projects to maintain the confidence and confidentiality of our Gulf partners.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 20 May (HL4189), which Government departments applied to the Integrated Activity Fund for funding during the (1) 2016/17, (2) 2018/19, and (3) 2020/21, financial years; and which of those applications were granted.

The Integrated Activity Fund (IAF) was managed by the Cabinet Office during 2016/17 and detailed information is not held by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. In 2018/19 the IAF received applications for funding from a number of government departments. The IAF was replaced by the Gulf Strategy Fund for 2020/21. Applications for funding were received from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Trade, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, HM Revenue & Customs and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). Funding for DCMS was not approved.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 17 July (HL6523), what assessment they have made of reports that political prisoner Hamad Al Mahfood has not yet received the urgent medical treatment required for an ongoing tooth infection despite the assurances they have received from the government of Bahrain about the access of prisoners to onsite dental treatment in Jau prison; and what representations they intend to make to the government of Bahrain about the provision of emergency treatment for Hamad Al Mahfood.

I refer the Noble Lord to Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon's answer of 17 July (PQ HL6523). We encourage all individuals with concerns about access to medical, including dental, treatment in detention to raise them directly with the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body.

6th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of (1) a scabies outbreak, and (2) overcrowding, at Jau Prison in Bahrain; the compliance of such conditions with the UN Standard Minimum Treatment Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners; and what representations they intend to make to the government of Bahrain to ensure that prisoners are given (1) appropriate medical care, (2) the provision of adequate personal protective equipment, and (3) the opportunity to socially distance.

The Government of Bahrain has made clear in public statements that access to appropriate medical care for those in detention is guaranteed by the Constitution of Bahrain. These statements stated publicly that, under normal circumstances, any prisoner wishing to see a doctor is taken to the prison clinic, with referral to specialist facilities where required. However as part of COVID-19 precautions, all medical consultations now take place via video calls, ensuring the safety of both patients and medical staff. We welcome these assurances from the Government of Bahrain, urge continued transparency and would encourage those with any concerns about treatment in detention to raise them with the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
6th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they intend to make to the government of Bahrain to secure specialised treatment for political prisoner Hamad Al Mahfood at Jau Prison, who has reportedly been suffering from a severe tooth infection and where appointments at external hospitals have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government of Bahrain has made clear in public statements that access to appropriate medical care, including dental treatment, for those in detention is guaranteed by the Constitution of Bahrain. We understand that a dentist is available on site for dental emergencies and that referral to external specialists remains possible. We welcome these assurances from the Government of Bahrain, urge continued transparency and would encourage those with any concerns about treatment in detention to raise them directly with the appropriate Bahraini human rights oversight body.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
6th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement made by Ambassador Monique van Daalen at the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council on 15 June on behalf of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands that condemned reprisals against Bahraini human rights defenders for collaborating with UN treaty bodies; and what representations they intend to make to the government of Bahrain about reported ongoing reprisals against human rights defenders.

The UK Government takes note of a number of sources of information on Bahrain, including publications and statements from external organisations. We continue to monitor events in Bahrain closely and regularly raise human rights issues with the Government of Bahrain, at senior levels, both in private and public. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
6th Jul 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) what assessment they have made of the call by Amnesty International on 16 June for Bahrain to halt the use of its ‚ÄėBahrain BeAware‚Äô contact tracing application; and (2) what representations they intend to make to the government of Bahrain to (a) remind¬†it of its obligations under Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and (b) encourage that government to introduce safeguards to ensure the (i) anonymity of ‚ÄėBahrain BeAware‚Äô user data, and (ii) destruction of digital records at regular intervals.

The Bahrain BeAware application was introduced by the Bahraini government to advance contact tracing efforts and save lives during the Covid-19 emergency as part of its Trace, Test and Treat strategy which has received praise from the World Health Organization (WHO). We understand that downloading the application and registration as a user is optional entirely voluntary. Users not in quarantine or mandatory self-isolation can uninstall the application at any time. All users are informed of its use of GPS software before downloading. The Government of Bahrain have been clear in their assurances of user privacy through a fully encrypted and automated process. , Any Location data t older than 6 weeks is deleted automatically from the system. Users can also request that their data is deleted from the system at any time.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the report by the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Global Britain: Human Rights and the Rule of Law (HC 874), published on 11 September 2018, in particular its recommendation that ‚Äúrepercussions, including the suspension of support‚ÄĚ should be introduced for those states that do not make sufficient progress, or regress, in areas of rule of law and democracy; and (2) the report by the Freedom House Freedom in the World 2019: Bahrain which stated that Bahrain has ‚Äúbecome one of the Middle East‚Äôs most repressive‚Äô states‚ÄĚ; and what steps, if any, they have taken in response to those reports' findings and recommendations.

We take note of a number of sources of information when assessing performance and progress. We continue to believe that Bahrain is taking steps in the right direction to improve its human rights record, in line with the Government's Plan which built on the reform recommendations set out in the 2012 BICI Report. Whilst we and the Government of Bahrain acknowledge this is a work in progress, our support for this Bahrain-led reform is helping to build effective and accountable institutions, strengthen the rule of law and deliver justice reform. All our support is in line with international standards, and aims to share the UK's expertise and experience. Any training provided by, or behalf of, the British Government fully complies with our domestic and international human rights obligations.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 29 January (HC 9712), what assessment was made before their decision to extend the Integrated Activity Fund beyond the initial four-year period; and what plans they have to publish that assessment.

Ahead of the Spending Round presented to Parliament by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in September 2019, the Governance Board of the Integrated Activity Fund considered the effectiveness of the Fund in August 2019. This was also informed by regular monitoring and evaluation of projects against their objectives and value for money considerations. We do not plan to publish these internal reports.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Prime Minister‚Äôs Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief on 11 September 2019 that ‚Äúreform is taking place‚ÄĚ in Bahrain, what assessment they have made of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom‚Äôs Annual Report 2020: Bahrain Chapter, published in April, which states that Bahrain ‚Äúcontinued its ongoing and systematic discrimination against some Shi‚Äôa Muslims on the basis of their religious identity‚ÄĚ in 2019, noting in particular the mistreatment of Shi‚Äôa prisoners, the harassment of Shi‚Äôa Imams and jailed Shi‚Äôa activists who advocate for greater freedom of religion in Bahrain.

Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) is a human rights priority for the UK Government. Bahrain was the first country visited by the Prime Minister's Special Envoy on FoRB in September 2019. The Special Envoy discussed FoRB with religious leaders from the range of different faiths represented in Bahrain. Our most recent assessment of Bahrain was published as part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Human Rights and Democracy Report in June 2019. We take note of a number of sources of information when making assessments.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the publication of the Reporters Without Borders 2020 World Press Freedom Index which saw Bahrain drop to 169 out of 180 countries, a fall of two places since last year and five places since 2017, what assessment they have made of the state of press freedom in Bahrain; and whether any such assessment will impact their provision of technical assistance to that country.

We take note of a number of sources of information when assessing a country's performance. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to protect freedom of expression for all of its citizens. We have not provided technical assistance to Bahrain in this area.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was (1) allocated to, and (2) spent by, the Gulf Integrated Activity Fund in the (a) 2016‚Äď17, (b) 2017‚Äď18, (c) 2018‚Äď19, and (d) 2019‚Äď20, financial years.

The Integrated Activity Fund was allocated £20m each year from 2016/17 to 2019/20. Actual expenditure was £10.5m in 2016/17, £13.9m in 2017/18, £17.08m in 2018/19 and is estimated to be £12.5m in 2019/20.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government which Government departments applied to the Integrated Activity Fund for funding during the 2019‚Äď20 financial year; and which of those applications were granted.

The Crown Prosecution Service, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs/Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Department for International Trade, Department of Health/Public Health England, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, HM Revenue and Customs, Home Office and the National Economic Crime Centre in the National Crime Agency all successfully applied for Integrated Activity Funding in 2019/20.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 April (HL2834), on which dates the Foreign and Commonwealth Office carried out assistance reviews over the past 12 months; what plans they have to publish any guidelines which stipulate such reviews; and what was the outcome of their last review of their provision of assistance to Bahrain.

Technical assistance programmes funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are monitored and evaluated by officials on a quarterly basis. The last review of the Bahrain programme indicated that the programme continued to meet programme and contract requirements and continued to comply with our human rights obligations.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports by the Committee to Protect Journalists that the authorities of Jau Prison in Bahrain placed Bahraini political prisoner Mahmoud Al-Jaziri in solitary confinement in response to statements made by the Bahraini National Institute for Human Rights (NIHR) about COVID-19 prevention measures inside the prison; what assessment they have made of the accuracy of the NIHR’s statements in regard to those prevention measures; and what representations they have made to government of Bahrain about the case of Mahmoud Al-Jaziri.

We are aware of the case of Mahmoud Al-Jaziri and have previously raised it with the Government of Bahrain. Our Embassy in Manama have spoken to the National Institute for Human Rights and have no reason to doubt their statements regarding COVID-19 prevention measures.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the statement by non-governmental organisations which calls for the release of political prisoners and raises concerns about the impact of prison conditions in Bahrain on the spread of COVID-19, published on 6 April, what representations, if any, they have made to the government of Bahrain about ensuring (1) the release of political prisoners vulnerable to COVID-19, and (2) the provision of adequate protective materials to prisoners; and what response they received to any such representations.

We have spoken to the Government of Bahrain about COVID-19 prevention measures for prisoners and staff. They have assured us that these measures are consistent with World Health Organisation standards. 1,506 prisoners have been released or given non-custodial sentences since 12 March.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Apr 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the documentary by BBC Arabic Breaking the Silence which found that institutions and individuals in Bahrain who received UK funding for training have been implicated in severe human rights abuses including torture and rape; and what plans they have to review the UK’s technical assistance programme in Bahrain.

We are aware of the BBC Arabic programme 'Breaking the Silence'. Any technical assistance we provide is kept under regular review to ensure it is in line with international standards, and fully complies with our human rights obligations and the Overseas Security and Justice Assistance process.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the government of Bahrain on 12 March that it will release 1,486 detainees for “humanitarian reasons, in the backdrop of current circumstances", what representations they have made to that government about the case of Zakeya AlBarboori and her release.

We welcome news of a royal pardon for 901 Bahraini prisoners and the conversion to alternative sentencing of a further 585 individuals' sentences. We have previously raised the case of Zakeya AlBarboori with the Government of Bahrain.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the government of Bahrain on 12 March that it will release 1,486 detainees for “humanitarian reasons, in the backdrop of current circumstances", what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain about the release of Sayed Nizar Alwadaei, who was deemed arbitrarily detained by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on 7 January 2019; and what discussions they have had with that government about the reasons why Sayed Nizar Alwadaei and other vulnerable political prisoners, including Hassan Mushaima and Abduljalil al-Singace, were reportedly declared ineligible for release.

We welcome news of a royal pardon for 901 Bahraini prisoners and the conversion to alternative sentencing of a further 585 individuals' sentences. We have previously raised the cases of Sayed Nizar Al Wadaei, Hassan Mushaima, Abduljalil al-Singace and Nabeel Rajab at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain, including health concerns. We continue to monitor these cases.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the government of Bahrain on 12 March that it will release 1,486 detainees for ‚Äúhumanitarian reasons, in the backdrop of current circumstances‚ÄĚ and the statement by Human Rights Watch on 23 March which notes that ‚ÄúBahraini authorities have not released any prominent political leaders or human rights defenders‚ÄĚ, what¬†representations they have made to that government¬†about the release of political prisoners in Bahrain including Nabeel Rajab, Hassan Mushaima and Abduljalil al-Singace, who suffer from compromised health conditions.

We welcome news of a royal pardon for 901 Bahraini prisoners and the conversion to alternative sentencing of a further 585 individuals' sentences. We have previously raised the cases of Sayed Nizar Al Wadaei, Hassan Mushaima, Abduljalil al-Singace and Nabeel Rajab at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain, including health concerns. We continue to monitor these cases.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development on 9 March (HC25129), what measures are in place to ensure that security training provided by third-parties to the governments of Bahrain and other FCO human rights priority countries are periodically assessed to ensure that (1) potential human rights risks are adequately assessed, and (2) such training is effective and conforms to Government standards.

Any assistance provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is kept under regular review to ensure it is in line with international standards, and fully complies with our human rights obligations and the Overseas Security and Justice Assistance process.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 24 February (HL1680), what specific monitoring is done to track improvements in the human rights situation in Bahrain for programmes in that country.

The British Government takes note of a number of sources of information to track and assess the human rights landscape in Bahrain, including private engagement, statistical data, and public reports.

Our assistance is designed to support Bahrain-led reform in areas including human rights. It is provided in line with international standards and fully complies with our human rights obligations and the Overseas Security and Justice Assistance process. Programmes are routinely monitored by officials and evaluated, by officials, on a regular basis to ensure that they are on track for delivery.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what methodology they use to monitor and track the human rights situation in Bahrain.

We monitor events in Bahrain closely and take note of a number of sources of information. Bahrain remains a Foreign and Commonwealth Office human rights priority country, particularly because of the use of the death penalty, allegations of torture and mistreatment in detention and concerns over freedom of expression and assembly. We continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they undertook their most recent assessment of the human rights situation in Bahrain; and whether the situation has (1) improved, or (2) deteriorated, since their previous assessment.

Our most recent assessment was published as part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) Human Rights and Democracy Report in June 2019. Bahrain remains an FCO human rights priority country, particularly because of the use of the death penalty, allegations of torture and mistreatment in detention and concerns over freedom of expression and assembly. We monitor events in Bahrain closely and continue to encourage the Government of Bahrain to deliver on its international and domestic human rights commitments.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are in place to track the effectiveness of courses in improving human rights improvements provided in Bahrain as part of the Integrated Activity Fund.

The British Government monitors programmes and projects under the Integrated Activity Fund throughout the project lifecycle to ensure that they are on track to deliver expected outcomes.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, at their meeting with the Director General of the Muharraq Governate Police, Brigadier General Fawaz Al Hassan, at Muharraq Security Complex in Bahrain in July 2019, they raised allegations that activists Ebtisam Al Saegh and Najah Yusuf were sexually assaulted and tortured by National Security Agency staff at that security complex whilst Brigadier General Fawaz Al Hassan was in post.

British Embassy Officials regularly meet Bahraini officials to discuss a range of issues. They did not discuss allegations relating to Ebtisam Al Saegh and Najah Yusuf at the meeting in July 2019.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports published in The Times and The Yorkshire Post that facilities at the Royal Academy of Policing in Bahrain have been used for the torture of political prisoners, whether they have had any discussions with the University of Huddersfield about its provision of an MSc in Security Science exclusively to students at that Academy.

The British Government consistently and unreservedly condemns torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and it is a priority for us to combat it wherever and whenever it occurs.

We urge all allegations of this nature to be reported to the appropriate national oversight body whose duty it is to carry out full, independent investigations into these allegations and we continue to encourage the oversight bodies to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such claims.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports published in The Times and The Yorkshire Post that facilities at the Royal Academy of Policing in Bahrain have been used for the torture of political prisoners, whether they have any agreement with the Royal Academy of Policing, in particular any agreement to (1) fund, or (2) provide training to, that Academy; and if so, whether those reports affect this relationship in any way.

The British Government takes note of a number of sources of information on Bahrain. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not currently provide funding to the Bahrain Royal Academy of Policing.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether (1) they, or (2) any of their affiliates, have met with any representatives from the Royal Academy of Policing in Bahrain; and if so, (a) when any such meetings took place, and (b) who attended.

British Embassy officials meet with their Bahraini counterparts on a regular basis to discuss a range of issues.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the allegations in the report published by eight UN Special Rapporteurs on 1 November 2019 that officials from the National Institute for Human Rights in Bahrain ‚Äúdismissed‚ÄĚ complaints made by female prisoners and ‚Äúthreatened‚ÄĚ an inmate with being returned to prison if she spoke to ‚Äúanyone from abroad‚ÄĚ about her experience; and what assessment they have made of the efficacy of any UK funding to that body.

The British Government takes note of a number of sources of information on Bahrain, including publications and statements from non-governmental organisations. We continue to encourage the oversight bodies in Bahrain to carry out thorough and swift investigations into allegations of human rights violations.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 27 January (HL345), in forming their assessment of the case of Hajer Mansoor, what consideration they have given to the findings of independent experts, in particular: (1) the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention published on 7 January 2019; (2) the open letter published in The Guardian on 11 April 2019, signed by 54 signatories including prominent MPs and QCs; (3) an assessment by Amnesty International published on 22 February 2019 declaring Bahraini political prisoner Hajer Mansoor’s imprisonment to be arbitrary and in reprisal for Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei’s human rights work; and (4) other relevant findings.

The British Government takes note of a number of sources of information on Bahrain when making our assessment; including publications and statements from non-governmental organisations. As I stated in my answer to PQ HL345, we have raised the case of Hajer Mansoor at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain. We have been given categorical assurance privately and Bahrain have stated publically that Hajer Mansoor’s charges and conviction are not related to the activities of Mr Al Wadaei and has given details on charges. We continue to monitor this case.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 27 January (HL347), when political prisoner Hassan Mushaima was last taken for an appointment with a medical specialist for diabetes in Bahrain.

We do not hold that information. As I stated in my answer to PQ HL347, access to medical care for those in detention is guaranteed by the Constitution of Bahrain. We have been given categorical assurance privately and Bahrain have stated publicly that any inmate wishing to see the rehabilitation centre’s doctor is taken to the prison clinic. We welcome the public response from the Government of Bahrain in response to such claims and urge continued transparency.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 27 January (HL348)¬†and following¬†the joint statement by Human Rights Watch and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy on 8 October 2019 that ‚ÄúBahrain‚Äôs authorities are failing to provide adequate medical care to high-profile prisoners‚ÄĚ, (1) how many appointments Dr Abduljalil al-Singace has been able to attend without the imposition of shackles, and (2) what action they will take to ensure that¬†he receives the medical care he requires in line with international standards.

As stated in my answer to PQ HL348, we continue to monitor the case of Abduljalil al-Singace and raise his case at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain. The Bahraini Government has been clear in public statements that access to medical care for those in detention is guaranteed by the Constitution of Bahrain.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
29th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in assessing the welfare of political prisoners in Bahrain, they take into consideration the findings of independent experts, in particular (1) the 18 September 2019 report by UN Special Rapporteurs on the systematic denial of specialised medical treatment of 10 political prisoners; (2) the joint statement on 8 October 2019 by Human Rights Watch and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, Bahrain: Prisoners Denied Medical Care; and (3) concerns raised by family members of those prisoners.

The British Government takes note of a number of sources of information on Bahrain; including publications and statements from non-governmental organisations. We encourage those with concerns about treatment in detention to report these to the appropriate oversight body.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
23rd Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 22 January (HL340), what assessment they have made of whether the trial of Mohammed Ramadhan and Hussain Moosa in Bahrain (1) was fair, and (2) met international standards.

The UK continues to encourage the Government of Bahrain to follow due process in all cases and meet its international and domestic human rights commitments.

The right to a fair trial is enshrined in the constitution of Bahrain. Bahrain stated publically both the original conviction in 2014 and any rejection of appeals, such as the verdict announced on January 8 2020, must be agreed unanimously by the judges, and in accordance with international law and human rights standards including the United Nations Safeguards. These include a requirement for the court to base its decision on receipt of clear and convincing evidence which leaves ‚Äúno room for an alternative explanation of the facts‚ÄĚ.

British Embassy officials were in attendance of the retrial. The case, which is ongoing, has not yet reached a final verdict as it will now be considered in the Court of Cassation. We continue to monitor the case.

The Minister for the Middle East and North Africa recently publicly stated that, we are deeply concerned that the death penalty has been issued to Mohammed Ramadhan and Hussain Moosa.

The Government of Bahrain is fully aware that the UK is firmly opposed to the death penalty, in all circumstances.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
21st Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the human rights situation in Bahrain since 2017; and whether that situation has (1) improved, or (2) deteriorated.

‚ÄčBahrain is a Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Human Rights Priority Country. We publish our assessment of the human rights situation in Bahrain in the annual FCO Human Rights Report, most recently in June 2019.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how they have ensured that the Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief maintains total independence following the government of Bahrain's funding of his trip to that country between 8 and 10 October 2019.

‚ÄčThe Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) visited Bahrain on 8-10 October 2019, marking his first official trip in the role. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office covered the cost of his flights while the Government of Bahrain provided his accommodation, as they regularly do for visiting dignitaries. We do not consider that this compromised his independence in his role as Special Envoy. Throughout his visit he met religious leaders and visited places of worship and meeting halls from the range of different faiths represented in Bahrain to discuss FoRB.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the reimposition of the death sentences against Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa, whether they intend to reconsider their provision of technical assistance to Bahrain given the use of torture, capital punishment and executions by the government of that country.

As the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa said on 8 January, we are deeply concerned about the death sentences given to Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa. The Government of Bahrain is fully aware that the UK is firmly opposed to the death penalty, in all circumstances. The UK has and will continue to monitor the cases closely and raise concerns with senior members of the Bahraini Government. Assistance, which is kept under regular review, is provided in line with international standards, and fully complies with our domestic and international human rights obligations.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to ensure that Dr Abduljalil al-Singace (1) receives the medical care he requires, (2) is free to attend hospital appointments without the imposition of shackles, and (3) is released.

We continue to monitor the case of Abduljalil al-Singace. We have raised Dr al-Singace’s case at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain. The Bahraini Government has been clear in public statements that access to medical care for those in detention is guaranteed by the Constitution of Bahrain. The Government of Bahrain has also publically stated that Dr Al Singace’s health continues to be monitored by a number of specialist consultants at the Royal Medical Services Hospital, where he has had 82 medical appointments since 2011, as well as 258 appointments at the Public Security Health Centre.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain concerning the medical treatment of political prisoner Hassan Mushaima, particularly in respect of (1) specialised medical care for diabetes, and (2) access to the results of his cancer scans; and, further to those discussions, what steps they will take to secure his release.

We continue to monitor the case of Hassan Mushaima. We have raised Mr Mushaima’s case at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain. The Bahraini Government has been clear in public statements that between 2011 and April 2019, Mr Mushaima had 397 appointments at the prison clinic and that he has been prescribed and is receiving 14 medicines on a regular basis, including some that were ordered from overseas specifically. Public statements have also confirmed that access to medical care for those in detention is guaranteed by the Constitution of Bahrain.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that Hajer Mansoor, a Bahraini political prisoner, is (1) not held in solitary confinement, and (2) excluded from non-custodial punishment in reprisal for the human rights work of her son-in-law Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei.

We have raised the case of Hajer Mansoor at senior levels with the Government of Bahrain. The Bahraini Government has been clear these convictions are not related to the activities of Mr Al Wadaei and has given details on charges. We continue to monitor this case.

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Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will decide on (1) Sheffield City Region’s borrowing plans announced in March, and (2) a debt cap agreed by the Treasury and Sheffield City Region.

HM Treasury will engage with the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority regarding with the proposed borrowing plans and the agreement of a debt cap. The time it will take to agree the debt cap and assess the borrowing plans will depend on the information provided to HM Treasury and the outcome of negotiations between the department and Sheffield City Region.
Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
15th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received a request from the Mayor of the Sheffield City Region (1) to increase the borrowing requirement of that Region, and (2) to use future share gain as a way of paying back debt; and what assessment they have made of any such request.

Sheffield City Region Combined Authority is currently able to borrow in relation to its functions as a transport authority. The ability to borrow in relation to all functions is subject to the agreement of a debt cap with HM Treasury, which Sheffield City Region have requested following the full implementation of their devolution deal. These borrowing capabilities are consistent with those available to other Combined Authorities.

HM Treasury will make an assessment of Sheffield City Region’s borrowing plans to inform discussions on any debt cap.

Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been paid in payments under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in each parliamentary constituency in South Yorkshire to date.

The value of claims split by Parliamentary Constituency is not available. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme provides funds to PAYE schemes to support employers to pay a proportion of the wages of furloughed staff. The registered address for PAYE schemes can be in a different area to that where their employees live and work. In addition, for PAYE schemes claiming for between one and 99 employments there was no requirement to specify the amount claimed for each employment. As a consequence, it is not possible to provide reliable figures for the monetary value of the support provided by geographical area.

Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
13th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many EU citizens have been denied entry to the UK at the border since 1 January; and, of those denied entry, how many were detained.

EU citizens are our friends and neighbours and we want them to stay in the UK, which is why we launched our ground-breaking EU Settlement Scheme. Those who do not have status under the EUSS, can enter the UK for up to six months as visitors, visa free. However, now freedom of movement has ended, those coming to work or study must prove they meet our entry requirements. We urge people to check the requirements before travelling.

Border Force treat all arrivals with respect and consider each passengers situation on an individual basis to check that everyone entering the UK has the right to do so.

We have issued instructions to our officers to reinforce the principle that in all cases there exists a presumption in favour of bail.

The Home Office published data on port returns and passengers initially refused entry which include Data on refusals on EU nationals.

The latest information include date up to December 2020 can be found at: passengers Initially refused Dec 2020 & returns data

The next publication, which includes data for the first quarter of 2021 will be published on the 27 May 2021.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
15th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been held for 28 days or longer in immigration detention in the last year.

The Home Office publishes statistics on length of detention of people in detention in the ‚ÄėImmigration Statistics Quarterly Release‚Äô Immigration statistics quarterly release - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). Data on length of detention of people in detention on the last day of each quarter are published in table Det_03c. Data on the length of detention of those leaving detention throughout the year, are published in Table Det_04b of the ‚ÄėDetention summary tables‚Äô (See attached copy of the Detention Summary and Detention data sets)

Further breakdowns can be found in the Immigration detention detailed datasets Returns and detention datasets - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Figures on people in detention at the end of March 2021 will be published on 27 May 2021.

Information on future Home Office statistical release dates can be found in the ‚ÄėResearch and statistics calendar‚Äô. immigration - Research and statistics - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the disproportionate rate of fines issued to BAME communities under regulations introduced to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) have published an analysis of the disproportionality of fines issued via a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN), for breaching the new public health regulations to control the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) which can be found here: https://cdn.prgloo.com/media/download/608327f7e62a4432a59ce05c5c1554bc

The analysis presented in this report covers such fines issued between 27th March and 25th May 2020. The data shows that the disparity rate for individuals of a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background was 1.6 times higher than White individuals.

We will continue to work extremely closely with the police as we have throughout the pandemic. We are clear that no one should be subject to police enforcement on the basis of race alone and we work with forces and the NPCC to address disproportionality in policing.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
15th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a technical capability notice would be unsuitable in the cases cited in the international statement End-to-end encryption and public safety, signed by the Home Secretary on 11 October.

The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 allows the Government to place obligations on telecommunications operators or postal operators through a Technical Capability Notice.

The Act governs these notices and provides extensive privacy safeguards and a robust oversight regime, including approval of notices by an independent Judicial Commissioner.

The respective Codes of Practice for the Interception of Communications, Communications Data and Equipment Interference set out that the Secretary of State may give a relevant telecommunications operator or postal operator a Technical Capability Notice, the purpose of which is to maintain a technical capability to ensure when a warrant is served or authorisation or notice is given, companies can give effect to it securely and quickly.

For reasons of national security, it would not be appropriate to disclose the number of Technical Capability Notices, or the specific circumstances in which they may be issued.

The UK Government has set out, in detail, how these particular powers can be used, including through the Written testimony of the Director of National Security to the US Senate Judiciary Committee on 10 December 2019. This Testimony can be read in full here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/open-letter-to-mark-zuckerberg/written-testimony-of-chloe-squires-director-national-security-home-office

The Testimony details the potentially catastrophic impact on public safety where companies deploy end-to-end encryption in such a way that precludes access to the content of their users’ communications under any circumstances. It makes clear that we believe that the only way to make progress on this shared challenge is to engender ongoing, detailed dialogue with tech companies that focuses on reasonable proposals. We believe such engagement is likely to identify opportunities that, without compromising the wider safety and security of systems for lawful users, can provide ways to gain specific, targeted and lawful access to information about what terrorists, child sex abusers and the perpetrators of other serious crimes are doing online.

The international statement on end-to-end encryption and public safety, published on 11 October, affirms this position. It calls on tech companies to work with governments to find solutions to ensure the safety of our citizens without eroding user privacy or cyber security.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
15th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any technical capability notices have been issued under section 253 of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016; if so, (1) how many, and (2) over what period; and whether any such notices have had the desired effect in each circumstance.

The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 allows the Government to place obligations on telecommunications operators or postal operators through a Technical Capability Notice.

The Act governs these notices and provides extensive privacy safeguards and a robust oversight regime, including approval of notices by an independent Judicial Commissioner.

The respective Codes of Practice for the Interception of Communications, Communications Data and Equipment Interference set out that the Secretary of State may give a relevant telecommunications operator or postal operator a Technical Capability Notice, the purpose of which is to maintain a technical capability to ensure when a warrant is served or authorisation or notice is given, companies can give effect to it securely and quickly.

For reasons of national security, it would not be appropriate to disclose the number of Technical Capability Notices, or the specific circumstances in which they may be issued.

The UK Government has set out, in detail, how these particular powers can be used, including through the Written testimony of the Director of National Security to the US Senate Judiciary Committee on 10 December 2019. This Testimony can be read in full here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/open-letter-to-mark-zuckerberg/written-testimony-of-chloe-squires-director-national-security-home-office

The Testimony details the potentially catastrophic impact on public safety where companies deploy end-to-end encryption in such a way that precludes access to the content of their users’ communications under any circumstances. It makes clear that we believe that the only way to make progress on this shared challenge is to engender ongoing, detailed dialogue with tech companies that focuses on reasonable proposals. We believe such engagement is likely to identify opportunities that, without compromising the wider safety and security of systems for lawful users, can provide ways to gain specific, targeted and lawful access to information about what terrorists, child sex abusers and the perpetrators of other serious crimes are doing online.

The international statement on end-to-end encryption and public safety, published on 11 October, affirms this position. It calls on tech companies to work with governments to find solutions to ensure the safety of our citizens without eroding user privacy or cyber security.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
13th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many images have been uploaded onto the Police National Database since 2017.

Between 01 January 2017 and 14 February 2020, 5.3 million images have been uploaded to the Police National Database (PND).

Information on the number of images deleted from the PND since 2017 is not retrievable centrally.

As at 14 February 2020 the total number of images stored on the PND is 20.9 million. This figure includes duplicates, images of marks, scars, tattoos and some low quality images. Not all of these are visible to or searchable by users.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
13th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many images have been deleted from the Police National Database since 2017.

Between 01 January 2017 and 14 February 2020, 5.3 million images have been uploaded to the Police National Database (PND).

Information on the number of images deleted from the PND since 2017 is not retrievable centrally.

As at 14 February 2020 the total number of images stored on the PND is 20.9 million. This figure includes duplicates, images of marks, scars, tattoos and some low quality images. Not all of these are visible to or searchable by users.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
13th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total number of images stored on the Police National Database.

Between 01 January 2017 and 14 February 2020, 5.3 million images have been uploaded to the Police National Database (PND).

Information on the number of images deleted from the PND since 2017 is not retrievable centrally.

As at 14 February 2020 the total number of images stored on the PND is 20.9 million. This figure includes duplicates, images of marks, scars, tattoos and some low quality images. Not all of these are visible to or searchable by users.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
28th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to implement the recommendation of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner for England and Wales for there to be government inspections of the police’s use of facial recognition technology.

The government is committed to empowering the police to safely use new technologies such as automatic facial recognition within a strict legal framework. The government welcomes constructive proposals for improvements to the framework, while noting that the Information Commissioner conducted an investigation last year under the existing regime.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
14th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the waiting times at the border at all UK airports that use ePassport gates; what is the difference in waiting times, broken down by each airport; and what comparison they have made of the difference in the waiting times, broken down by each airport, before the ePassport gates were installed and now.

A direct comparison of queue times before and after ePassport Gates installation is not an accurate assessment of improvement given the number of variables involved, including but not limited to increasing number of biometric passports in circulation, changes to the cohorts of passengers able to use the gates, delays to flight schedules and increased number of travellers to the UK.

Recent and previous performance against passenger wait time Service Level Agreements can be found in Border Force Transparency data available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/border-force-transparency-data

Border Force is committed to ensuring passengers arriving in the UK receive an excellent service. ePassport gates are an efficient means of border clearance for eligible passenger cohorts and allow us to conduct a full range of security checks.

ePassport Gates are part of the long-term vision for the border, making better use of digital technology and greater automation to improve the passenger experience, whilst maintaining security.

There are 264 e-Passport Gates now operational at 23 air and rail terminals including Paris Gare du Nord and Brussels Gare du Mid, and e-Passport Gates usage continues to increase, linked to the increase availability of e-Passports. e-Passport gate usage has increased from 1 Million in 2009 to 61.3 Million for the 12 months to the end of November of 2019

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
14th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the technical efficacy of ePassport gates at UK airports; and what percentage of all ePassport gate readings result in a failed face reading.

Protecting the UK border is, and always has been, of paramount importance to this Government. It has never been government practice, for reasons of national security, to comment on operational issues relating to border security.

This includes offering commentary on the performance of border systems and of ePassport Gates specifically

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
14th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been spent on ePassport gates at UK airports over the last four years.

Over the last 4 years (2016 to date), Border Force have installed 124 ePassport gates at costs in the region of £9.75m with ongoing support/service costs in the region of £5.3m

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th Sep 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (1) how many COVID-19 Secure Marshals they expect to be operating in England by 1 November, (2) how much they will cost, and (3) how they will be funded.

We are encouraging the introduction of COVID-Secure Marshals to help support our high streets and public spaces. We will be setting out further details in due course.

The Government has provided local authorities with £3.7 billion in?un-ringfenced?funding to support them in responding to the pandemic, as well as further funding for adult social care and to support local outbreak planning. We will continue to work closely with councils, and?any local authority concerned about its financial position should contact MHCLG.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)
14th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Sheffield City Region Devolution Deal has not been completed; and when they expect that deal to be finalised.

Sheffield City Region leaders agreed on 27 January that they would launch on 3 February the statutorily required consultation which is the next step towards implementing the Sheffield City Region Devolution Deal. Subject to the outcome of the consultation, the statutory tests being met, and to the necessary Order being consented to by the South Yorkshire councils and approved by Parliament, the people of South Yorkshire will from this year be able to benefit from the Deal, including from the £30 million annual investment funds.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
10th Dec 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards they have put in place to ensure equitable outcomes for prosecutions using the single justice procedure introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

No additional safeguards have been put in place for Single Justice Procedure cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A case dealt with under the Single Justice Procedure is dealt with in the same way as any other case, except that a single magistrate can deal with it (rather than two) and the hearing need not be in public. Therefore, the magistrate must comply with the same legislative safeguards as all other proceedings, and the Sentencing Council Sentencing Guidelines apply in the same way.

In addition, the Single Justice Procedure has a number of further safeguards in place. All defendants can veto the procedure and insist on a hearing in open court. In addition, the magistrate can decide to refer the case to open court if they deem the case is not appropriately dealt with using the Procedure. As with any conviction and sentence by a magistrates’ court, the defendant has the right of appeal against conviction and sentence to the Crown Court.

If a defendant was unaware of the proceedings they are entitled to make a statutory declaration which revokes the conviction and recommences the proceedings.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
10th Jul 2020
To ask the Leader of the House why the question for Topical Written Answer (1) HL3844, tabled on 5 May and due for answer on 13 May, and (2) HL4440, tabled on 13 May and due for answer on 20 May, have not been answered. [T]

The Department of Health and Social Care has received unprecedented levels of written parliamentary questions this year, numbering over 6,000 of which 4,496 have been answered. The department has had to re-allocate staff to deal with this pandemic and are working extremely hard to manage the Covid-19 crisis and to provide updates, advice and guidance to parliament and the public. In addition, my office and I are in regular contact with the Department of Health and Social Care with regards to written questions.

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
5th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they hold centrally on Personal Independent Payment appeal waiting times.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service records, and publishes, information about clearance times for appeals to the Tribunal. Clearance times are calculated from receipt of the appeal to the final disposal decision. The final outcome of any appeal is not necessarily achieved at its first hearing (i.e. waiting time for a Tribunal). The final disposal decision may be reached after an earlier hearing had been adjourned (which may be directed by the judge for a variety of reasons, such as to seek further evidence), or after an earlier hearing date had been postponed (again, for a variety of reasons, often at the request of the appellant). An appeal may also have been decided at an earlier date by the First-tier Tribunal, only for the case to have gone on to the Upper Tribunal, to be returned once again to the First-tier, for its final disposal.

Social Security and Child Support (SSCS) appeals are listed into the hearing venue nearest to the appellant’s home address and statistics are collated according to the venue where the case is heard. Clearance times for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) appeals by SSCS venue are held centrally, as are overall waiting times. For the period June to September 2019, the latest period for which data are available, the average overall clearance time for a PIP appeal was 30 weeks.

23rd Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the longest wait in days for each Job Centre Plus District for people waiting for an appeal hearing for Personal Independence Payment.

The information requested is not held centrally.