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Holly Mumby-Croft

Conservative - Scunthorpe

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Division Votes
Wednesday 9th June 2021
Information Commissioner (Remuneration)
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 359 Conservative Aye votes vs 0 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 369 Noes - 2
Speeches
Tuesday 14th September 2021
Scunthorpe Driving Theory Test Centre

I am thankful for the opportunity to hold this debate and to talk about the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s …

Written Answers
Thursday 16th September 2021
HIV Infection: Drugs
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on ensuring that PrEP …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 12th April 2021
8. Miscellaneous
Ward Councillor/Health Scrutiny Chair, North Lincolnshire Council, Church Square House, Scunthorpe DN15 6XQ. Since 28 February 2020, I receive no …
EDM signed
Thursday 8th October 2020
Tackling child food insecurity
That this House believes no child should go hungry; welcomes Government action to provide Free School Meals over the school …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Holly Mumby-Croft has voted in 291 divisions, and 2 times against the majority of their Party.

21 Oct 2020 - Free School Meals - View Vote Context
Holly Mumby-Croft voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 5 Conservative Aye votes vs 320 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 261 Noes - 322
23 Jun 2020 - Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme - View Vote Context
Holly Mumby-Croft voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 45 Conservative Aye votes vs 235 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 243 Noes - 238
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
(20 debate interactions)
Nadhim Zahawi (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
(12 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(8 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(16 debate contributions)
Department for Transport
(8 debate contributions)
Ministry of Defence
(7 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
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Scunthorpe Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

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Latest EDMs signed by Holly Mumby-Croft

6th October 2020
Holly Mumby-Croft signed this EDM as a sponsor on Thursday 8th October 2020

Tackling child food insecurity

Tabled by: Robert Halfon (Conservative - Harlow)
That this House believes no child should go hungry; welcomes Government action to provide Free School Meals over the school summer holidays; recognises that families are still struggling to afford food, that 11 per cent of parents and 6 per cent of children have directly experienced food insecurity in the …
22 signatures
(Most recent: 5 Nov 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 8
Conservative: 6
Scottish National Party: 3
Liberal Democrat: 2
Alliance: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Independent: 1
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Commons initiatives

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Holly Mumby-Croft has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Holly Mumby-Croft has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Holly Mumby-Croft has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Holly Mumby-Croft has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


73 Written Questions in the current parliament

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1 Other Department Questions
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps he is taking to encourage (a) local authorities and (b) other organisations to promote and raise awareness of British Sign Language.

Equality legislation means that employers, service providers and public bodies have to provide services in BSL and other formats when it is reasonable to do so. The Public Sector Equality Duty requires public bodies, when carrying out their functions, to have due regard to the needs of a range of protected characteristics, including disability.

Kemi Badenoch
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
13th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to improve and clarify the customs process for companies moving products from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

The UK Government has provided comprehensive guidance on the processes that apply for moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which is available on gov.uk. This includes the various means that are in place - whether through the UK Trader Scheme, the de minimis waiver arrangements, or the preferential arrangements available under the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement - to ensure goods are able to move from Great Britain to Northern Ireland tariff-free. We have also established the Trader Support Service, to which more than 27,000 companies are signed up, to support traders engaging in those processes. It is complemented by the Movement Assistance Scheme which provides assistance for traders moving food or agricultural products for which specific SPS controls apply.

As my Rt Hon Friend, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster set out in the Commons on 13 January, the UK has operated arrangements since 1 January to ensure relevant UK-origin steel products do not incur tariffs when moving to Northern Ireland from Great Britain. EU origin steel will also not be subject to tariffs when moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. On 21 January the Government also set out to stakeholders how relevant quotas can be accessed when businesses in Northern Ireland import steel from the rest of the world, and we remain in intensive contact with industry as these arrangements are put in place.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
13th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress he has made in negotiations to raise UK quotas within the EU safeguards to account for the additional steel moved from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

The UK Government has provided comprehensive guidance on the processes that apply for moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which is available on gov.uk. This includes the various means that are in place - whether through the UK Trader Scheme, the de minimis waiver arrangements, or the preferential arrangements available under the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement - to ensure goods are able to move from Great Britain to Northern Ireland tariff-free. We have also established the Trader Support Service, to which more than 27,000 companies are signed up, to support traders engaging in those processes. It is complemented by the Movement Assistance Scheme which provides assistance for traders moving food or agricultural products for which specific SPS controls apply.

As my Rt Hon Friend, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster set out in the Commons on 13 January, the UK has operated arrangements since 1 January to ensure relevant UK-origin steel products do not incur tariffs when moving to Northern Ireland from Great Britain. EU origin steel will also not be subject to tariffs when moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. On 21 January the Government also set out to stakeholders how relevant quotas can be accessed when businesses in Northern Ireland import steel from the rest of the world, and we remain in intensive contact with industry as these arrangements are put in place.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the (a) effectiveness of Government procurement policy and (b) the potential merits of including (i) environmental and (ii) social factors as future Government procurement priorities.

The Government has been clear that we want to do all we can to support our steel industry. The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement does not affect the Government's ability to procure more UK-made steel. The Agreement incorporates our existing commitments on non-discrimination under the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement that does not allow preferential treatment of UK steel producers in public procurement.

Our international obligations do still allow the UK to develop an independent procurement policy to save taxpayers money, drive wider social benefits and strengthen the resilience of domestic supply chains. The publication of indicative pipelines of government steel requirements alongside steel procurement guidance, ensures that UK steel producers have the best possible chances of competing for public sector projects.

We have recently published a Green Paper consultation on radical reform of the UK’s public procurement regulations. Our proposals aim to create a simpler regime that reduces costs for business and the public sector alike whilst complying with our international obligations. New rules will meet national needs, drive improved commercial outcomes, increase innovation and remove complex and unnecessary bureaucracy - all leading to improved value for money.

Alongside the Green Paper, our new social value approach, which came into effect for Government departments on 1 January, will help streamline and standardise the procurement process. It rightly aligns with government’s priorities on:

  • tackling regional inequality with new jobs and skills, including retraining the unemployed in clean growth sectors, and helping communities recover;

  • promoting economic growth and prosperity by supporting SMEs, VCSEs and start-ups to lead or be part of government supply chains; and

  • tackling climate change and supporting our net zero goals.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment has he made of the effect of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement on the Government's ability to procure more UK-made steel.

The Government has been clear that we want to do all we can to support our steel industry. The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement does not affect the Government's ability to procure more UK-made steel. The Agreement incorporates our existing commitments on non-discrimination under the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement that does not allow preferential treatment of UK steel producers in public procurement.

Our international obligations do still allow the UK to develop an independent procurement policy to save taxpayers money, drive wider social benefits and strengthen the resilience of domestic supply chains. The publication of indicative pipelines of government steel requirements alongside steel procurement guidance, ensures that UK steel producers have the best possible chances of competing for public sector projects.

We have recently published a Green Paper consultation on radical reform of the UK’s public procurement regulations. Our proposals aim to create a simpler regime that reduces costs for business and the public sector alike whilst complying with our international obligations. New rules will meet national needs, drive improved commercial outcomes, increase innovation and remove complex and unnecessary bureaucracy - all leading to improved value for money.

Alongside the Green Paper, our new social value approach, which came into effect for Government departments on 1 January, will help streamline and standardise the procurement process. It rightly aligns with government’s priorities on:

  • tackling regional inequality with new jobs and skills, including retraining the unemployed in clean growth sectors, and helping communities recover;

  • promoting economic growth and prosperity by supporting SMEs, VCSEs and start-ups to lead or be part of government supply chains; and

  • tackling climate change and supporting our net zero goals.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
25th May 2021
What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the role of trade remedies in protecting the UK steel industry.

My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade and I have discussed this on several occasions. Trade remedies are an important mechanism to protect UK industry from unfair international competition and I support her plans to review whether the UK's trade remedies framework should be strengthened.

Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of uncompetitive electricity prices on the UK steel sector’s ability to compete internationally.

The Government is committed to minimising energy costs for businesses to ensure our economy remains strong and competitive. The ability for our industries to be able to compete across Europe and globally is a priority for this Government.

The Government has put moving to a cleaner, greener economy at the heart of its Industrial Strategy, especially with our commitment to Net Zero. Our aim is to work with the steel sector and help them to reduce carbon emissions. We will continue to support the steel sector in achieving these aims through the various funds available such as the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund and Clean Steel Fund.

We estimate that reduction in the various renewable costs for eligible energy intensive industries, including steel, will save them around £400m a year in electricity costs. We have also extended the schemes to compensate certain energy intensive industries for indirect emission cost to the end of the next financial year in order to minimise disruption to existing recipients whilst we conduct a review. Between 2013 and 2019, total compensation paid to the steel sector was over £480m.

We welcome the recent report by UK Steel - “Closing the Gap” - regarding electricity prices and will give its recommendations careful consideration.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on monitoring of the difference in industrial energy prices between the UK and other countries.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State has regular meetings with Cabinet colleagues on a variety of issues.

The Government is committed to minimising energy costs for businesses to ensure our economy remains strong and competitive. The ability for our industries to be able to compete across Europe and globally is a priority for this Government.

Our aim is to work with the steel sector and help them to reduce carbon emissions. We will continue to support the steel sector in achieving these aims through the various funds available such as the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund and Clean Steel Fund.

We estimate that reduction in the various renewable costs for eligible energy intensive industries, including steel, will save them around £400m a year in electricity costs. We have also extended the schemes to compensate certain energy intensive industries for indirect emission costs to the end of the next financial year in order to minimise disruption to existing recipients whilst we conduct a review. Between 2013 and 2019, total compensation paid to the steel sector was over £480m.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to support hospitality businesses in Tier 3 covid-19 lockdown areas.

We are providing the hospitality sector with a wide package of support. This includes the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, Government-backed loans, Local Restrictions Support Grants and additional funding provided to Local Authorities to support businesses.

On 5 January when the new National Lockdown began, my Rt. Hon. Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a one-off top up grant for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the spring. A £594 million discretionary fund has also been made available to support other impacted businesses.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of lowering the legal noise limit for fireworks to below 120 decibels.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) published its Fireworks Evidence Base on 29 October 2020.This included reviewing existing data and producing a research paper on fireworks noise levels and impacts on health and the environment. This is intended to provide a baseline of current scientific knowledge.

The Fireworks Evidence Base, including noise data, can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/fireworks-evidence-base.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to review the date at which beauticians can perform the full range of treatments; and if he will consider regional covid-19 case levels in that review.

The Government’s approach to business closures and lockdowns has always been guided by the scientific and medical advice.

We will continue to monitor the data on transmission of the virus at regional and local authority level and will take action to reopen all closed businesses once we believe it safe to do so.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
9th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce statutory (a) pay and (b) leave for parents of babies in neonatal care in the Employment Bill; and what the timeframe is for the introduction of that Bill.

The Government is committed to introducing a new entitlement to Neonatal Leave and Pay for parents of babies who are admitted to neonatal care. In March this year we set out how we will take this forward in our response to a public consultation on the issue. We will legislate to implement this entitlement as part of the Employment Bill, which we will bring it forward in due course.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on developing a strategy to tackle phone call and text message financial scams.

Officials in our departments have been working closely to explore a range of different measures aimed at tackling the criminal abuse of mobile telecommunications across the different crime types, including fraud.

The Government takes fraud very seriously and will continue to work closely with telecommunications providers, regulators, law enforcement agencies and consumer groups to protect the public from these crimes. This includes developing a voluntary charter of actions that the telecoms companies will implement to prevent fraud.

Later this year, the Government will take further action through a Fraud Action Plan, an approach grounded in prevention, education, effective enforcement and regulatory reforms.

John Whittingdale
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
11th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the timescale is for the return of fans to football stadiums; and whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of providing additional financial support to lower-league English Football League clubs who have not spent huge sums on transfer fees in 2020.

The Government is committed to getting spectators back into stadiums as soon as it is safe to do so.

We will continue to work closely with a whole range of sporting bodies, including the football authorities, to understand the latest thinking that might allow spectators to return. This includes inviting the new Sports Technology Innovation Working Group of sporting bodies and health experts to analyse new technologies which might support this.

I was pleased to see the welcome announcement of an agreement in principle between the Premier League and EFL for a financial support package for League One and Two clubs. It is clear the money exists within the game for it to support itself: I urge the Premier League and EFL to finalise both this deal and one that protects Championship clubs also.

Nigel Huddleston
Assistant Whip
30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) protect young people from the effects of addiction to loot boxes in computer games and (b) raise awareness among parents of those effects.

The government launched a call for evidence on 23 September 2020 to seek detailed information on the impact of loot boxes on players, particularly children and young people. The call for evidence will run until 22 November 2020 and examines concerns that loot boxes may encourage gambling-like behaviour and lead to problem gambling, as well as considering the size and scale of the loot box market in the UK, and the impact of current voluntary and statutory protections.

The government stands ready to take action should the outcomes of the call for evidence support taking a new approach to ensure users, and particularly young people, are better protected.

The government also continues to work with industry to encourage the use of parental controls that can disable or limit access and spending on video games devices. We welcomed the launch on 3 November 2020 of the games industry’s Get Set Go campaign, a continuation of the Get Smart about P.L.A.Y. campaign that launched in January 2020 supporting parents to set up parental controls.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
8th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to strengthen legislation against (a) cyberbullying and (b) online abuse.

The government is committed to making the UK the safest place in the world to go online. In April 2019, the government published the Online Harms White Paper, which set out plans to introduce world-leading legislation to make companies more responsible for their users’ safety online. We will establish in law a new duty of care on companies towards their users which will be overseen by an independent regulator.

We published the initial government response in February, which set out the direction of travel, and will publish the full government response to the Online Harms White Paper later this year. We will follow the full government response with legislation, which will be ready early next year.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to support speedway operators during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will ensure that (a) guidance and (b) a support package is in place to support the safe resumption of speedway events.

A full suite of guidance currently available to the sport sector is published here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation.

We have published guidance specifically on the return of outdoor sport and recreation and organised sport and physical activity; we have published guidance to support the return of elite and professional sport to training and competition behind closed doors; and we are now working to facilitate the return of spectators to elite and professional sport. A multidisciplinary working group, including medical directors from a number of sports, has produced draft guidance around the return of spectators to stadia, under which a number of pilots will operate from the end of July, aiming for a full return of spectators to stadia with social distancing from Oct 1st.

The Government has delivered a comprehensive and sizable package of direct fiscal support for business through tax reliefs, cash grants and employee wage support.

The government is continuing to work closely with the sector to understand the issues they face and discuss how we can support them further.

Nigel Huddleston
Assistant Whip
11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of providing additional support for university students who have caring responsibilities for children and who are engaged in university studies alongside home tutoring.

We realise that this is an incredibly difficult time for students and are aware of the disproportionate impact that the COVID-19 outbreak will have on some students.

It is for higher education (HE) providers as autonomous bodies to identify and address the needs of their student body and many providers have boosted their existing welfare services to ensure students are able to access the support they need.

I have written to Vice Chancellors at every opportunity, outlining that student welfare should remain a priority and convened a working group of representatives from the higher education and health sectors to specifically address the current and pressing issues that students are facing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Going forward, HE providers should continue to be innovative in how they identify issues and support their students

The department has also worked closely with the Office for Students (OfS) to help clarify that providers can draw upon existing funding to increase hardship funds and support disadvantaged students impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Providers are able to use OfS Student Premium funding worth around £256 million for this academic year towards student hardship funds.

As announced last month, we are also making available up to £20 million of additional hardship funding to support those that need it most, particularly disadvantaged students.

Guidance from the National Association of Student Money Advisers includes students with children as a priority group for hardship support.

Students will normally qualify for Child Benefit if they are responsible for a child under 16 (or under 20 if they stay in approved education or training). Full-time students with children can also apply for Childcare Grant and Parents' Learning Allowance. Full-time students who are single parents or student couples, one or both of whom are responsible for a child, and part-time students responsible for a child can apply for Universal Credit.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Education)
26th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of adjusting the curriculum to be covered by students for exams in 2021 to better reflect the academic potential of students rather than the extent of the curriculum they have been able to cover in that year.

Examinations and assessments are the best and fairest way of judging students’ performance. Next year’s GCSE, AS level and A level examination series will go ahead with a number of measures in place to ensure that all students have a fair chance to show what they know and can do.

The Department’s priority is that there is a consistent approach to what is taught and will be assessed across schools. Schools will be making every effort, including in areas where there is high prevalence of COVID-19, to deliver high quality teaching, including through remote education. In recognition of the disruption which many students are experiencing because of COVID-19, Ofqual will work with exam boards to provide students with advance notice of some exam topic areas and exam support materials. These will be published by the end of January and will reduce the pressure for students, helping them to focus revision.

Combined with our £1 billion catch-up package, including a catch-up premium worth a total of £650 million, these changes give young people the best chance of being ready for their exams without undermining the value of the qualifications they receive.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to support clinically extremely vulnerable children learning from home.

The Department published expectations of the quality of remote education for schools on 2 July 2020 as part of the schools guidance for full opening, and for Further Education (FE) providers in August 2020 as part of the autumn term guidance. Additional information on these publications can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools and https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision/what-fe-colleges-and-providers-will-need-to-do-from-the-start-of-the-2020-autumn-term.

Where a pupil is unable to attend school because they are complying with clinical or public health advice, we expect schools to be able to immediately offer them access to remote education. This should be done in line with previous guidance and the Temporary Continuity Direction, which has been in effect since 22 October 2020.

On 1st October 2020, the Department announced a further remote education support package to help schools and FE colleges meet the remote education expectations set out in guidance and Direction. Many elements of the support package are already in place and more will be available over the coming months to schools and FE colleges. These can be accessed through the remote education service, available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/remote-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19.

The support package includes access to the right technology to deliver remote education, peer to peer training on how to use this effectively, and practical tools, good practice guidance and school-led webinars. This adds to existing support including the resources available from Oak National Academy, which provides video lessons across a broad range of subjects for every year group from Reception to Year 11. Oak National Academy will remain a free optional resource for the 2020-21 academic year, with further information available at: https://www.thenational.academy/.

As part of over £195 million invested to support remote education and access to online social care, the Department is making over 340,000 laptops and tablets available during the 2020 Autumn term to support disadvantaged children whose face-to-face education may be disrupted. Schools can order devices for critically extremely vulnerable children while they are not attending school by contacting covid.technology@education.gov.uk.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on mental health support for people in student accommodation.

Protecting the mental health of students continues to be a priority for this government. These are difficult times and it is important that students can still access the mental health support that they need. We recognise that many students are facing additional mental health challenges due to the disruption and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has overall policy responsibility for young people’s mental health. We continue to work closely with them to take steps to develop mental health and wellbeing support. I work closely with my hon. Friend, the Minister of State for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety, on student mental health, and officials at the department continue to work with DHSC officials in this vital area.

In October, I convened a working group of representatives from the higher education and health sectors, including DHSC officials, to specifically address the current and pressing issues that students are facing during the COVID-19 outbreak. I also wrote to Vice Chancellors, outlining that student welfare should remain a priority, including for students self-isolating in university accommodation.

Since August, Student Space has been available to provide support for students in England and Wales, providing students with a trusted place to access direct one-to-one support, access psychoeducation resources, and a directory to explore what support is available to them locally at their place of study. Funded with up to £3 million by the Office for Students (OfS) and led by Student Minds, it is designed to work alongside existing mental health services. Student Space has now been extended to cover the 2020-21 academic year. Ensuring students have access to quality mental health support is my top priority, which is why I asked the OfS to look at extending the platform.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Education)
29th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that the summer 2021 exam series will go ahead; and what assessment he has made of the potential merits of teacher assessments as a contingency in the event that those exams cannot go ahead as planned.

The Department knows that exams and assessments are the best and fairest way of judging students’ performance, and it is expected that next year’s exams will go ahead. The Government is committed to working closely with Ofqual to ensure that students taking exams next summer receive the qualifications they deserve.

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, has set out that a further announcement on 2021 exams will be made in October.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
15th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress he has made on implementing the recommendations of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee in its Ninth Report of Session 2017-19, Controlling Dangerous Dogs, HC 1040.

The Government response to the report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee entitled “Controlling Dangerous Dogs (HC1040)”, was published on 28 January 2019 and addressed each of the Committee’s recommendations. In its response the Government noted it has commissioned research from Middlesex University into dog attacks. The research is ongoing and will help to inform implementation of some of EFRA’s recommendations.

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of amending section 51 of the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018 ahead of the end of UK steel safeguard measures on 30 June 2021.

HM Government remains committed to protecting domestic industries against unfair practices, such as dumping and subsidies, surge of imports and market distortions.

The Secretary of State will make a decision to accept or reject the TRA recommendation soon. Her powers in this respect are limited: she can only accept or reject the recommendation as a whole.

In addition, I can confirm that the Secretary of State is taking a close look at the tools available to her to protect British industry and to deal with unexpected import surges and unfair trading practices.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment officials in (a) his Department and (b) the Driver and Vehicle Safety Agency (DVSA) have made of the potential effect of the decision by the DVSA to discontinue driving tests in Scunthorpe on young people in North Lincolnshire.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has launched a new driving theory test booking service for England, Scotland, and Wales for theory tests taken from 6 September 2021. The DVSA’s priority remains to deliver a theory test that ensures candidates have the correct knowledge and understanding to be able to drive safely on our busy, modern roads.

The structure and content of the theory test will not change, but new software will mean it has a different look and feel. These changes will give the DVSA greater control of managing test content and enable it to update and improve questions and clips more quickly.

Third party suppliers will deliver the actual test to the public, and so from September there will be changes to the theory test centre estate. As the contract has been awarded to more than one company, the number of theory test centres will increase from 180 to 202 across Great Britain. The increased number of theory test centres will result in a more even distribution of test centre locations and will make theory tests more accessible, especially to those in remote areas of the country.

In creating a more even distribution, the location of many theory test centres will change and some places that currently have a theory test centre will no longer do so from 6 September.

The theory test centre in Scunthorpe, Unit 2A, Haldenby House, 1 Berkeley Roundabout, will be one of the affected locations. There are no current plans for a theory test centre in Scunthorpe, but the DVSA thanks the North Lincolnshire Council for its offer of help should that change. The nearest theory test centre for candidates will be in Doncaster and Grimsby.

The DVSA’s key performance measure is that a candidate should not have travel more than 40 miles (rural) or 40 minutes (urban) to get to a test centre unless they choose to travel further.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps (a) his Department and (b) the Driver and Vehicle Safety Agency plans to take to ensure that young people in North Lincolnshire will not be negatively affected by the decision to discontinue driving theory tests in Scunthorpe.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has launched a new driving theory test booking service for England, Scotland, and Wales for theory tests taken from 6 September 2021. The DVSA’s priority remains to deliver a theory test that ensures candidates have the correct knowledge and understanding to be able to drive safely on our busy, modern roads.

The structure and content of the theory test will not change, but new software will mean it has a different look and feel. These changes will give the DVSA greater control of managing test content and enable it to update and improve questions and clips more quickly.

Third party suppliers will deliver the actual test to the public, and so from September there will be changes to the theory test centre estate. As the contract has been awarded to more than one company, the number of theory test centres will increase from 180 to 202 across Great Britain. The increased number of theory test centres will result in a more even distribution of test centre locations and will make theory tests more accessible, especially to those in remote areas of the country.

In creating a more even distribution, the location of many theory test centres will change and some places that currently have a theory test centre will no longer do so from 6 September.

The theory test centre in Scunthorpe, Unit 2A, Haldenby House, 1 Berkeley Roundabout, will be one of the affected locations. There are no current plans for a theory test centre in Scunthorpe, but the DVSA thanks the North Lincolnshire Council for its offer of help should that change. The nearest theory test centre for candidates will be in Doncaster and Grimsby.

The DVSA’s key performance measure is that a candidate should not have travel more than 40 miles (rural) or 40 minutes (urban) to get to a test centre unless they choose to travel further.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps (a) his Department and (b) the Driver and Vehicle Safety Agency plans to take to ensure that people with disabilities will not be negatively affected by the decision to discontinue driving theory tests in Scunthorpe.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has launched a new driving theory test booking service for England, Scotland, and Wales for theory tests taken from 6 September 2021. The DVSA’s priority remains to deliver a theory test that ensures candidates have the correct knowledge and understanding to be able to drive safely on our busy, modern roads.

The structure and content of the theory test will not change, but new software will mean it has a different look and feel. These changes will give the DVSA greater control of managing test content and enable it to update and improve questions and clips more quickly.

Third party suppliers will deliver the actual test to the public, and so from September there will be changes to the theory test centre estate. As the contract has been awarded to more than one company, the number of theory test centres will increase from 180 to 202 across Great Britain. The increased number of theory test centres will result in a more even distribution of test centre locations and will make theory tests more accessible, especially to those in remote areas of the country.

In creating a more even distribution, the location of many theory test centres will change and some places that currently have a theory test centre will no longer do so from 6 September.

The theory test centre in Scunthorpe, Unit 2A, Haldenby House, 1 Berkeley Roundabout, will be one of the affected locations. There are no current plans for a theory test centre in Scunthorpe, but the DVSA thanks the North Lincolnshire Council for its offer of help should that change. The nearest theory test centre for candidates will be in Doncaster and Grimsby.

The DVSA’s key performance measure is that a candidate should not have travel more than 40 miles (rural) or 40 minutes (urban) to get to a test centre unless they choose to travel further.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps (a) his Department and (b) the Driver and Vehicle Safety Agency plans to take to ensure that people with low incomes will not be negatively affected by the decision to discontinue driving theory tests in Scunthorpe.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has launched a new driving theory test booking service for England, Scotland, and Wales for theory tests taken from 6 September 2021. The DVSA’s priority remains to deliver a theory test that ensures candidates have the correct knowledge and understanding to be able to drive safely on our busy, modern roads.

The structure and content of the theory test will not change, but new software will mean it has a different look and feel. These changes will give the DVSA greater control of managing test content and enable it to update and improve questions and clips more quickly.

Third party suppliers will deliver the actual test to the public, and so from September there will be changes to the theory test centre estate. As the contract has been awarded to more than one company, the number of theory test centres will increase from 180 to 202 across Great Britain. The increased number of theory test centres will result in a more even distribution of test centre locations and will make theory tests more accessible, especially to those in remote areas of the country.

In creating a more even distribution, the location of many theory test centres will change and some places that currently have a theory test centre will no longer do so from 6 September.

The theory test centre in Scunthorpe, Unit 2A, Haldenby House, 1 Berkeley Roundabout, will be one of the affected locations. There are no current plans for a theory test centre in Scunthorpe, but the DVSA thanks the North Lincolnshire Council for its offer of help should that change. The nearest theory test centre for candidates will be in Doncaster and Grimsby.

The DVSA’s key performance measure is that a candidate should not have travel more than 40 miles (rural) or 40 minutes (urban) to get to a test centre unless they choose to travel further.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for learner drivers of the Driver and Vehicle Safety Agency's decision not to take-up the offer made by North Lincolnshire Council's offer to provide an alternative location for driving theory tests in Scunthorpe.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has launched a new driving theory test booking service for England, Scotland, and Wales for theory tests taken from 6 September 2021. The DVSA’s priority remains to deliver a theory test that ensures candidates have the correct knowledge and understanding to be able to drive safely on our busy, modern roads.

The structure and content of the theory test will not change, but new software will mean it has a different look and feel. These changes will give the DVSA greater control of managing test content and enable it to update and improve questions and clips more quickly.

Third party suppliers will deliver the actual test to the public, and so from September there will be changes to the theory test centre estate. As the contract has been awarded to more than one company, the number of theory test centres will increase from 180 to 202 across Great Britain. The increased number of theory test centres will result in a more even distribution of test centre locations and will make theory tests more accessible, especially to those in remote areas of the country.

In creating a more even distribution, the location of many theory test centres will change and some places that currently have a theory test centre will no longer do so from 6 September.

The theory test centre in Scunthorpe, Unit 2A, Haldenby House, 1 Berkeley Roundabout, will be one of the affected locations. There are no current plans for a theory test centre in Scunthorpe, but the DVSA thanks the North Lincolnshire Council for its offer of help should that change. The nearest theory test centre for candidates will be in Doncaster and Grimsby.

The DVSA’s key performance measure is that a candidate should not have travel more than 40 miles (rural) or 40 minutes (urban) to get to a test centre unless they choose to travel further.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
19th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect on learner drivers of the Driver and Vehicle Safety Agency's decision to discontinue driving theory tests in Scunthorpe.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has launched a new driving theory test booking service for England, Scotland, and Wales for theory tests taken from 6 September 2021. The DVSA’s priority remains to deliver a theory test that ensures candidates have the correct knowledge and understanding to be able to drive safely on our busy, modern roads.

The structure and content of the theory test will not change, but new software will mean it has a different look and feel. These changes will give the DVSA greater control of managing test content and enable it to update and improve questions and clips more quickly.

Third party suppliers will deliver the actual test to the public, and so from September there will be changes to the theory test centre estate. As the contract has been awarded to more than one company, the number of theory test centres will increase from 180 to 202 across Great Britain. The increased number of theory test centres will result in a more even distribution of test centre locations and will make theory tests more accessible, especially to those in remote areas of the country.

In creating a more even distribution, the location of many theory test centres will change and some places that currently have a theory test centre will no longer do so from 6 September.

The theory test centre in Scunthorpe, Unit 2A, Haldenby House, 1 Berkeley Roundabout, will be one of the affected locations. There are no current plans for a theory test centre in Scunthorpe, but the DVSA thanks the North Lincolnshire Council for its offer of help should that change. The nearest theory test centre for candidates will be in Doncaster and Grimsby.

The DVSA’s key performance measure is that a candidate should not have travel more than 40 miles (rural) or 40 minutes (urban) to get to a test centre unless they choose to travel further.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve access by haulage workers to (a) toilet facilities, (b) drive-throughs and (c) other essential services during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Secretary of State has written to all English Motorway Service Area operators stressing the importance of providing as many facilities as possible to Heavy Good Vehicles (HGV) drivers including food and washing facilities, while adhering to public health guidelines.

In addition, we have published a signed letter with Sarah Albon, CEO of the Health and Safety Executive, to remind businesses of their obligations under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, to provide suitable toilet and hand washing facilities to drivers visiting their premises.

We have also launched a number of pilots of rapid workplace testing for transport operators to lay the groundwork for a wider roll-out of testing across the transport sector. The criteria for joining the workplace testing programme has now been expanded to businesses with more than 50 employees, boosting the availability of rapid testing further.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ensure that haulage workers making long journeys are able to access (a) drive-throughs, (b) take-away restaurants and (c) toilet facilities.

In seeking to support hauliers at this difficult time, the Secretary of State has written to and continues to remind all Motorway Service Area (MSA) operators of the importance of staying open and providing as many facilities as possible to Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) drivers while adhering to public health guidelines.

All motorway service stations in England can remain open to HGV drivers and essential workers, providing takeaway food only, toilet facilities and fuel. MSAs have also been given an exemption, along with other transport hubs, to have their seating within the concourse still available throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, because they offer a safe place for HGV drivers and other key workers to stop and rest.

The Department for Transport has published a joint letter with the Health and Safety Executive on gov.uk, reminding businesses of their legal obligation to provide toilet and handwashing facilities to drivers visiting their premises as part of their work.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
2nd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of extending the eligibility criteria for carer's allowance during the covid-19 outbreak.

The role that unpaid carers play has perhaps been more important than ever during the current emergency. That is why we have focussed on ensuring carers do not inadvertently stop receiving Carer’s Allowance because of changes to patterns of care. This includes allowing emotional support to count towards the 35 hours of care being provided by the carer as well as relaxing the rules around breaks in care. These changes aimed to support carers whose role, in many cases, became harder due to the need to self-isolate or shield the person they care for. And I am pleased to be able to say that we have decided to extend these provisions until 12 May 2021. This is good news for those unpaid carers receiving Carer’s Allowance who need some extra flexibility in the way they provide care during the current emergency, so as to continue to protect themselves and the people they are caring for.

Justin Tomlinson
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of ending mandatory reassessments for benefits related to diagnosed irreversible disabilities or progressive conditions.

Since 29 September 2017, those placed in ESA’s Support Group and the UC equivalent who have the most severe and lifelong health conditions or disabilities, whose level of function would always mean that they would have Limited Capability for Work and Work-Related Activity, and be unlikely ever to be able to move into work, will no longer be routinely reassessed.

These criteria are applied at either the initial Work Capability Assessment or for existing claimants at their next assessment. We need to ensure that we have the right and most up to date information to apply the criteria fairly and make sure we identify everyone who should benefit from it. The people who best understand how their health problem or disability affects them are the individuals themselves, and so it is only right that we ask them for their information. However, we will do this in the least intrusive way and, wherever possible, carry out a paper based assessment.

Justin Tomlinson
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
22nd Jan 2020
What steps she is taking to (a) reduce the number of assessments undertaken by people with disabilities and (b) ensure adequate support for those people.

We have made improvements to reduce assessments for Work Capability and Personal Independence Payment. This includes reducing review frequency for pensioners and people with severe or progressive conditions. We are also exploring our manifesto commitment to ensure a minimum award review duration for PIP awards. The planned Green Paper will continue to look at how we can further improve the experience for people with health conditions and disabilities.

Justin Tomlinson
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on ensuring that PrEP can be accessed in other health settings beyond sexual health clinics.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is now routinely available in the specialist sexual and reproductive health services throughout the country. The settings in which PrEP might be made available outside of sexual health services is being considered as part of the development of the new Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy and the HIV Action Plan, which we plan to publish later this year.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will urgently publish health guidance for clinically vulnerable people who are unable to take the covid-19 vaccine due to medical reasons ahead of the removal of covid-19 lockdown restrictions on 19th July.

Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people was published on 12 July and includes those who are unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons. The guidance is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/19-july-guidance-on-protecting-people-who-are-clinically-extremely-vulnerable-from-covid-19

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what health (a) support and (b) guidance is available for clinically vulnerable people who are unable to receive a covid-19 vaccine due to medical reasons.

The guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people published on 12 July also applies to those who are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine due to medical reasons. The guidance is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/19-july-guidance-on-protecting-people-who-are-clinically-extremely-vulnerable-from-covid-19

If any individual is concerned about their physical or mental wellbeing, they should contact their general practitioner practice or specialist who can provide them with support and guidance on any further measures to further reduce their risk of infection.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the provision of covid-19 tests for people who need to travel for medical purposes.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care regularly discusses a range of issues related to the pandemic response with Cabinet colleagues.

Since requirements were introduced for international travel testing, the costs of testing have fallen significantly. We are committed to working with the travel industry and private testing providers to reduce the cost of travel testing. NHS Test and Trace tests are available at the market mid-point.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent progress he has made on (a) removing and (b) reducing the cost of covid-19 tests for people who need to travel for medical purposes.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care regularly discusses a range of issues related to the pandemic response with Cabinet colleagues.

Since requirements were introduced for international travel testing, the costs of testing have fallen significantly. We are committed to working with the travel industry and private testing providers to reduce the cost of travel testing. NHS Test and Trace tests are available at the market mid-point.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to support the post-covid-19 recovery of sexual health and HIV services; and what plans he has to increase the capacity of those services.

Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services remained open during the pandemic, with some temporarily reduced face-to-face appointments. Only emergency cases were seen in person. Similarly, HIV services continued to operate with clinics across the country providing virtual and face-to-face clinics to ensure patient care was maintained.

Departmental officials are working closely with local government, NHS England and other delivery partners to support the recovery of SRH and HIV services. Issues related to capacity within SRH and HIV services, as well as new opportunities that have arisen during the pandemic, such as increasing online services, will be considered as part of the development of the SRH strategy which will be published in 2021.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
26th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the availability of hoists in GP and Primary Care settings to ensure that patients with conditions that affect mobility are able to be examined.

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

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to make additional mental health support available to people seeking support after experiencing conversion therapy.

While we have not taken specific steps, access to mental health support is based on clinical need and the support a patient receives, including the type and number of interventions, is based on that need.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of allowing an exemption for people travelling abroad for medical reasons to use NHS covid-19 tests for test to release once back in the UK.

The Government has no plans to permit the use of NHS Test and Trace COVID-19 tests for test to release. These tests are available for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who are clinically advised to take a COVID-19 test.

Under the test to release scheme, arrivals can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test, unless they have been in a country that is on the travel ban ‘red list’ in the 10 days before their arrival in England.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the equitable geographic distribution of provision of pain management services in England.

No specific assessment has been made.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Spending Review 2020, what progress has he made on disbursing the additional £1 billion of funding to tackle the elective backlog in the NHS.

Arrangements for distributing the funding are still under consideration as the National Health Service continues to work through the current COVID-19 surge.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to set clinical priority areas for reducing the NHS elective surgical backlog as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

Priorities for elective treatment are based firstly on clinical urgency and then by those who have been waiting longest. However, the profile of the backlog is subject to regional variation and decisions will need to take into account local needs and aim to maximise the available local capacity.

In October 2020, NHS England and NHS Improvement set out a framework and support tools to be used in the clinical validation of surgical waiting lists and support in managing the surgical backlog. These are designed to better stratify patients based on clinical urgency and facilitate mutually agreed decision making with patients.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will give priority to teachers and support staff in special schools to receive the covid-19 vaccine where the use of personal protective equipment potentially hinders communication and social distancing may be difficult.

Prioritisation for phase one has been based on risk of serious outcomes from COVID-19. All those, including those working in special schools, who are at clinically increased risk will therefore be offered vaccination as part of this phase of the programme. Phase two of the vaccination programme is expected to cover all remaining adults aged between 18 to 49 years old not already vaccinated in phase one. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised an age-based strategy rather than further clinical prioritisation or prioritisation by occupation. Clinical risk is strongly linked to age therefore the most vulnerable adults on grounds of age who are not already prioritised in phase one will receive the vaccine first. The Government has accepted this in principle, subject to the JCVI’s final advice which is expected later this month.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
15th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the availability of the pneumococcal vaccine in (a) Scunthorpe and (b) England.

There are two pneumococcal vaccines that are currently recommended for use, pneumococcal polysaccharide 23-valent vaccine (PPV23) and pneumococcal polysaccharide conjugate 13-valent vaccine PCV13 (Prevenar 13).

We are aware that, due to high demand, supplies of PPV23 are currently out of stock across the country. Further supplies are expected to become available in late January 2021. We are working closely with suppliers and the healthcare system to ensure that patients with the greatest clinical need can access the vaccine. We are continuing to liaise with the supplier to support expedited future deliveries.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the proportion of the population who will need to undertake vaccination to ensure a positive effect on people who cannot undertake one for medical reasons.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has stated that in order to interrupt transmission of COVID-19, modelling indicates that we would need to vaccinate a large proportion of the population with a vaccine which is highly effective at preventing infection. Currently it is not known whether any of the vaccines licensed or in development can prevent transmission.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) support and (b) guidance is available for family members wishing to visit care home residents where the care homes has been repeatedly in periods of lockdown due to covid-19 outbreaks.

We recognise how important it is to allow care home residents to meet their loved ones safely, especially for those at the end of their lives. In the face of a new variant of the virus, we have acted to protect those most at risk in care homes and ensure visits can go ahead safely in some form.

As set out in the national lockdown guidance, visits to care homes can continue to take place with arrangements such as outdoor visiting, substantial screens, visiting pods, or behind windows. Close-contact indoor visits are not currently allowed.

In the event of an outbreak, all movements in and out of a setting should be minimised as far as possible and limited to exceptional circumstances only, such as to visit a friend or a relative at the end of their life. Visits in exceptional circumstances including end of life should always be supported and enabled. This is about finding the right balance between the benefits of visiting on wellbeing and quality of life and the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to vulnerable residents.

We will publish updated guidance when the period of national lockdown ends.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of automatic death-in-service insurance for people on unpaid placements in NHS hospitals.

We are immensely grateful for the hard work of all our healthcare students throughout this pandemic. Ministers have made it clear that for the purposes of the NHS & Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme students on placement will be treated in the same way as other staff working on the frontline.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department will take to help maintain contact between social care residents and their families while care homes are unable to facilitate in-person visits during the covid-19 outbreak.

We recognise how important it is to allow care home residents to safely meet their loved ones, especially for those at the end of their lives. We appreciate the particular challenges visiting restrictions pose for people with dementia, people with learning disabilities and autistic adults, amongst others, as well as for their loved ones. On 5 November we published guidance to enable COVID-19-secure visits to take place for care home residents while national restrictions are in place.

We recognise that in certain circumstances, such as where there is an outbreak of COVID-19, care providers may not be able to facilitate in person visits. We have previously announced that up to 11,000 iPad tablets, worth £7.5 million, will be distributed to thousands of care homes across England to help residents keep in touch with loved ones and to reduce the risk of infection from people going into homes as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure the accessibility of flu vaccines for people who do not belong to an at-risk group.

General practitioners and pharmacists are responsible for ordering flu vaccine from suppliers which are used to deliver the national flu programme to adults, with deliveries phased through the season. The Department has procured additional doses of seasonal flu vaccine to ensure more flu vaccines were available this winter.

The seasonal flu programme has been extended to 50 to 64 year olds who are not in an at-risk group. Vaccination for this cohort began on 1 December, following the prioritisation of those who are most at risk from the effects of flu, and frontline health and social care workers.

On 15 January, the Department made available the additional procured vaccines to other patients under private provision and occupational health schemes.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing key worker status to unpaid carers.

We recognise the vital role unpaid carers play, especially during this difficult period. The role of unpaid carers has been considered in the development of policies over the COVID-19 period. They have been prioritised for a range of support and exempted from household mixing rules when providing care.

We will continue to work closely with stakeholders, care organisations and the wider sector and will keep support for unpaid carers under review.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the backlog of treatments for cancer patients; and what steps his Department is taking to resume cancer treatments at levels before the covid-19 outbreak.

Data on the number patients waiting longer than 62 days from an urgent general practitioner referral for suspected cancer between March 2020 and August 2020 and available via the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/supplementary-information/

NHS England and NHS Improvement’s priorities for recovering cancer services are increasing urgent cancer referrals, reducing the number of patients waiting longer than 62 and 104 days for treatments or diagnostics, and ensuring capacity is in place for patients returning to the system in winter. The newly formed Cancer Recovery Taskforce will oversee the development of the cancer recovery plan and review progress against objectives, including considering any impact of a second wave of COVID-19.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with community pharmacies on Government support for their services during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and I meet regularly with key stakeholders to determine the impact of COVID-19.

In respect of stakeholders representing community pharmacy, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I have hosted regular meetings with a wide range of primary care stakeholders, including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, to discuss the pressures community pharmacies are facing and what further support they need to be able to support patients in their communities.

I will be hosting further meetings with community pharmacy stakeholders shortly to discuss winter planning, further rises in COVID-19 infections and the implications for community pharmacy and their communities. I visited a community pharmacy on 22 September to discuss the role of community pharmacists and their teams in supporting patients during COVID-19.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on taking steps to mitigate covid-19 risks in advance of 2020 Remembrance Sunday events taking place.

My Rt hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has discussed a range of issues during Cabinet meetings in the context of managing the coronavirus pandemic, including mass events.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if ear wax stringing can be made available on the NHS to patients whose build-up of ear wax is directly linked with hearing loss.

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have a statutory responsibility to commission cost-effective healthcare and develop strategic clinical plans covering a wide range of health care services based on the needs of their local population.

There are a range of services known as core services that all general practitioner (GP) practices are expected to provide and enhanced services that GP practices are commissioned to provide over and above this. The provision of ear syringing is an example of an enhanced service. If a local CCG has decided not to commission an enhanced service, this may relate to population needs and value for money.

If the build-up of earwax is linked with hearing loss, then the GP practice could consider referring the patient into audiology services. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published guidelines in June 2018 on hearing loss. These can be accessed at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng98

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the additional costs attributed to increased personal protective equipment purchases incurred by non-emergency patient transport service providers.

The non-emergency patient transport sector have had access to free of charge personal protective equipment through the centralised Departmental supply model.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing free prescriptions for women who use hormone replacement therapy to treat premature menopause.

The Government has made no such assessment. There are no current plans to change the list of treatments that are exempt from prescription charge.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support NHS Trusts tackle the backlog of routine hospital and GP appointments resulting from the covid-19 outbreak.

Access to urgent and routine care in general practice should be maintained for all patients, and practices should assess where care has been delayed over recent weeks and now needs to be restarted. As capacity allows, general practice teams should proactively address health needs that may have increased, developed or gone unmet during the pandemic, and accommodate changes in how patients want to seek healthcare, including supporting patients with self-care and self-management. Referrals should continue to be made as usual.

Whilst routine hospital treatments were suspended to provide capacity to treat COVID-19 patients, we are now working closely with the National Health Service and other partners to restart these in a safe way. Guidance has already been issued on this, and approaches are being tailored at local level according to local capacity and local demand, with the most urgent services being restarted first. Guidance also outlines that contracted independent sector hospital and diagnostic capacity should also be used in the restarting of routine elective procedures.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of Tier 3 covid-19 lockdown restrictions on hospitality businesses; and whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of providing additional support to hospitality businesses in Tier 3 areas.

The Government understands that this is a very challenging time for the UK’s hospitality sector, and it recognises that the hospitality sector has been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Throughout the crisis the Government’s priority has been to protect lives and livelihoods. The Government has acted to deliver support to this sector through:

  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which has supported 1.4 million jobs across the hospitality sector, and has been extended until the end of April 2021.
  • Businesses forced to close can claim grants of up to £3,000 per month. In addition, on 5th January, the Government announced an extra £4.6 billion to protect jobs and support affected businesses as restrictions get tougher. This includes retail, hospitality and leisure businesses forced to close can claim a one-off grant of up to £9,000. Businesses can receive multiple grants, as they are eligible on a per premises basis. The Government expect over 600,000 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure business premises in England to benefit from these grants.
  • Local Authorities (in England) will also be given an additional £500 million of discretionary funding to support their local businesses. This builds on the £1.1 billion discretionary funding which local authorities in England have already received to support their local economies and help businesses impacted.
  • An additional £1,000 Christmas grant for ‘wet-led pubs’ in tiers 2, 3 and 4 who missed out on business during the busy Christmas period.
  • A VAT deferral for up to 12 months.
  • Access to affordable, Government backed finance through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBLS) for and larger firms, along with the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBL) for small and micro enterprises.
  • A reduced rate of VAT (5 per cent) to goods and services supplied by the tourism and hospitality sectors.
  • A 12-month business rates holiday for all eligible retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in England, saving around 350,000 ratepayers a combined £10bn.

These measures have kept people in work, supported their incomes and supported businesses, delivering one of the most generous and comprehensive packages of support globally. However, as measures to control the virus change, it is right that Government support should also evolve. The Government keeps all policies under review, and will continue to work with businesses and representative groups to inform our efforts to support the hospitality sector.

Kemi Badenoch
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
17th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support the Government is providing for parents of self-isolating children with special needs who (a) may not be entitled to 14-days paid dependants leave and (b) are unable to form a childcare bubble due to the particular needs of their child.

The Government has provided a substantial package of support for individuals through this difficult time. Parents of children who are self-isolating under Government guidance may be eligible for “new style” Contributory Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if they are ineligible for SSP and unable to work from home. The Government has made it easier for people to claim by removing the seven-day waiting period which means people can get support from day one.

Parents on lower incomes can also benefit from the Government’s temporary £20 per week increase to the Universal Credit standard allowance and Working Tax Credit basic element for 2020-21. This means that for a single Universal Credit claimant (25 or over), the standard allowance has increased from £317.82 to £409.89 per month. The Government has also suspended the Universal Credit Minimum Income Floor to support self-employed people on low incomes until the end of April. In addition, the Government has invested over £900 million this year, increasing the Local Housing Allowance rates for Housing Benefit and Universal Credit to the 30th percentile of market rents.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether there is Government support available for businesses affected by covid-19 (a) tier 2 and (b) tier 3 restrictions in place in neighbouring areas.

Throughout the pandemic, the government’s priority has been clear: to protect lives and livelihoods. The government has had to take the difficult step of introducing restrictions on businesses and individuals to bring the virus under control. As measures to control the virus have changed, government support has evolved too.

In response to the England-wide restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on the 31 October, we have announced a new set of national support measures. This includes an extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, more generous support for the self-employed, extended application windows for government-backed loans and cash grants of up to £3,000 for businesses forced to close. We have also provided local authorities with £1.1bn to enable them to support businesses over the coming months, as they form a key part of local economies.

Kemi Badenoch
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what support is available for small businesses owners instructed to self-isolate on numerous and separate occasions to prevent the spread of covid-19.

The Government recognises that the necessary restrictions to protect public health have been disruptive for small business owners. Small business owners may be eligible for new style Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if they are incapable of work, required to self-isolate according to Government guidance and have made sufficient national insurance contributions. We have made it easier for people to claim this support by removing the seven-day waiting period, meaning people can get support from day one.

Small business owners are also able to claim back from the Government the costs of up to two weeks of Covid-19 Statutory Sick Pay per employee, if their business has fewer than 250 employees. This rebate will pay for any Covid-19 related SSP, including if the owner is themself employed by the company and has to self-isolate.

Small business owners who are self-employed have also benefitted from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grant Extension. Through this scheme, self-employed individuals will be able to claim two grants, the first of which will cover the start of November until the end of January, and the second of which will cover the start of February until the end of April. On 22 October, the Chancellor announced that we would be doubling the value of the grant for November to January from 20% to 40% of three-month trading profits. This will mean the maximum grant will increase from £1,875 to £3,750.

These measures are in addition to the Government’s unprecedented package of support available for individuals and businesses, worth over £190bn. This includes measures to support businesses who are legally required to close, such as the expanded Jobs Support Scheme and a more generous Local Restrictions Support Grant.

As we head into the Winter, the Government is continuing to collect evidence on the impact of the pandemic. This will of course inform our efforts to support small business owners going forward.

Kemi Badenoch
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of deterrents to prevent phone call and text message financial scams.

Fraudulent calls and texts can be particularly stressful and damaging for the most vulnerable in society and can provide a gateway to scams, with opportunistic criminals targeting potential victims.

The Government is aware we must improve our response to fraud, and we have been working with partners from law enforcement, the public and private sectors to tackle this growing threat. In February, the Economic Crime Strategic Board agreed an ambitious framework for a fraud action plan which will now be developed and will commit key partners in the public sector and industry to do more to tackle fraud.

We have also been working with Ofcom to disrupt phoneline enabled scams. Ofcom have adopted new rules relating to Call Line Identification (CLI), which means phone numbers used to perpetrate scams will be identified, filtered out and prevented from reaching the recipient. I would also highlight the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) governs unsolicited live or automated direct marketing calls and imposes strict obligations on organisations which make direct marketing calls to individuals in the UK. The ICO has the powers to impose civil monetary penalties of up to £500,000 for serious contraventions of the PECR.

Lastly, to ensure we improve the effectiveness of our response to fraud, the Home Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are in regular discussion with the telecommunication industry on ways to tackle fraud, including text messaging scams known as smishing. In 2019, the Government published a joint public-private Economic Crime Plan which commits us to work in partnership with the private sector to address the vulnerabilities which allows fraud to flourish and to share data and intelligence to better disrupt and prevent fraud. This can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/economic-crime-plan-2019-to-2022.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to increase support available to the police for tackling non-covid-secure protests, illegal gatherings, and other similar breaches of social distancing rules.

The Government has been clear that it will provide police forces with the support they need to continue protecting the public and keeping communities safe through the coronavirus pandemic.

The government continues to work closely with policing partners on the approach to managing the pandemic and on 8 October the Government announced an additional £30m for police forces in England and Wales to step up their enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions through the autumn and winter months. This includes enforcing against unlicensed music events, unlawful gatherings and protests that do not comply with Covid regulations.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Home Office)