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Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
Thursday 19th May 2022

Asked by: Christopher Chope (Conservative - Christchurch)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government accepts that some people have died as a direct result of having received a covid-19 vaccination; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Maggie Throup - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department of Health and Social Care has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.


Written Question
HM Passport Office: Standards
Wednesday 18th May 2022

Asked by: Christopher Chope (Conservative - Christchurch)

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the passport renewal application submitted on 21 March 2022 PEX 384 617 3794 will be processed and returned to the applicant in time to enable them to travel on 20 May 2022.

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

It is not Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HM Passport Office) practice to discuss individual cases in the public domain.


Written Question
HM Passport Office: Remote Working
Wednesday 18th May 2022

Asked by: Christopher Chope (Conservative - Christchurch)

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of HM Passport Office staff who worked from home on the most recent day for which information is available; and whether she plans to reduce the number of those staff working from home in the future.

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

For staff whose role can only be performed from an office, they will continue to work from a Home Office building at all times.

Her Majesty’s Passport Office operational teams securely process passport applications both working from an office and through the use of homeworking solutions. Working from home has no impact upon HM Passport Office’s capacity to process passport applications, with output running at record levels. In March and April, HMPO processed over 2 million passport applications.


Written Question
Disease Control
Tuesday 17th May 2022

Asked by: Christopher Chope (Conservative - Christchurch)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what consultation he will introduce for the proposed World Health Organisation Treaty on Pandemics; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Gillian Keegan - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The World Health Organization is facilitating member state-led negotiations and is holding formal public hearings seeking views from all interested parties. We are continuing to engage with relevant stakeholders as this develops.


Written Question
Education: Brighton
Tuesday 17th May 2022

Asked by: Christopher Chope (Conservative - Christchurch)

Question to the Department for Education:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish his Department's review of Brighton and Hove Council's Anti-Racist Education Strategy; and if he will make an assessment of whether Brighton and Hove Council is fully compliant with his Department's guidelines on political impartiality in schools.

Answered by Robin Walker - Minister of State (Education)

The department has worked with the sector to publish guidance that supports schools to teach about complex political issues, in line with their legal duties on political impartiality. This guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/political-impartiality-in-schools.

On being made aware of the issues raised in respect of Brighton and Hove City Council’s strategy, department officials contacted the local authority to understand the detail of the matter and to ensure that the local authority was aware of their duties on political impartiality. It is for local authorities to ensure that they meet their legal requirements in respect of political impartiality in schools and to respond to complaints. The department would not normally intervene in a complaint about a local authority unless the local complaints process had been followed to conclusion. The department has not carried out a review of the strategy and is not planning to do so at this stage.


Written Question
Home Office: Remote Working
Tuesday 17th May 2022

Asked by: Christopher Chope (Conservative - Christchurch)

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of whether the productivity of staff in (a) her Department and (b) the agencies for which it is responsible is (i) enhanced or (ii) reduced when they work from home; and if she will make a statement.

Answered by Rachel Maclean - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

Productivity assessments are not held centrally. Therefore this information could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.


Written Question
Immigration
Monday 16th May 2022

Asked by: Christopher Chope (Conservative - Christchurch)

Question to the Home Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when a decision will be made on the application dated 5 May 2021 under application number 1212-0001-1547-0495/00 in respect of indefinite leave to remain in the UK, about which the hon Member for Christchurch wrote to her Department on 17 January 2022; and if she will make a statement.

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

Given the question relates to an individual application, there are significant GDPR and safeguarding constraints which prevent a detailed response being given in an answer which is publicly accessible.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura
Thursday 28th April 2022

Asked by: Christopher Chope (Conservative - Christchurch)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2022 to Question 100420, on Coronavirus: Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura, if he will publish the evidence relied upon in reaching the determination that an association between the AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine and TTS was likely.

Answered by Maggie Throup - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.


Written Question
COVID-19 Vaccines Benefit Risk Expert Working Group
Thursday 28th April 2022

Asked by: Christopher Chope (Conservative - Christchurch)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the (a) roles, (b) qualifications, (c) relevant experience of and (d) dates of appointment for the members of the Vaccine Benefit Risk Expert Working Group.

Answered by Maggie Throup - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Health Services
Tuesday 26th April 2022

Asked by: Christopher Chope (Conservative - Christchurch)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2022 to Question 136496 on Coronavirus: Health Services, in what format his Department holds that information in relation to covid-19 vaccine damage.

Answered by Maggie Throup - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)

During the pandemic, the financial framework moved to a system of nationally agreed block contracts with retrospective top-ups for reasonable COVID-19 related costs. While the costs collected in 2020/21 include elements of care delivered to patients, they do not contain an explicit price or cost for COVID-19 vaccination damage and therefore there is no specific related budget.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency monitors the safety of all vaccines. The Department also works with public health partners to review the effectiveness and impact of the COVID-19 vaccines to ensure the benefits continue to outweigh any potential side effects.