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Written Question
NHS: Protective Clothing
26 Jan 2022

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what was the cost of personal protective equipment purchased by the NHS in 2021; and how much and what proportion of that equipment was manufactured in the UK.

Answered by Edward Argar

The vast majority of personal protective equipment was supplied under contracts agreed in 2020, with deliveries into 2021 and 2022. Payments authorised in 2021 show a total of 1.36 billion items at a purchase price of £795 million. Of those, 846 million items or 62% were supplied by United Kingdom manufacturers at a purchase price of £704 million.


Written Question
Members: Correspondence
25 Jan 2022

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Warley of 19 July 2021 on Mr. M Nayeri.

Answered by Kevin Foster

The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 18 January 2022.


Written Question
Members: Correspondence
25 Jan 2022

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Warley of 14 October 2021 on Mr. H A Bucul.

Answered by Tom Pursglove

I apologise for the delay. The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 18 January 2022.


Written Question
Members: Correspondence
25 Jan 2022

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Warley of 28 September 2021 on Mr. F B Tavalaei.

Answered by Kevin Foster

The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 18 January 2022.


Written Question
Members: Correspondence
24 Jan 2022

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Warley of 22 July 2021 regarding Mr M Yousefian.

Answered by Tom Pursglove

I apologise for the delay. The Home Office responded to the correspondence on 17 January 2022.


Written Question
Whales
12 Jan 2022

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his department has made of the potential merits of a revival of the whale population on (a) the international marine environment and (b) carbon capture.

Answered by Rebecca Pow

The UK Government plays a leading role championing the conservation and welfare of all cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) both in the UK and internationally. We fully recognise the importance of whale populations to the marine ecosystem, and the vital role they play to sequester carbon.

We play an active role in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and are Vice Chair of the IWC’s Conservation Committee. The Conservation Committee considers a wide range of cetacean conservation issues, which includes increasing our understanding of their important role in ecosystem functioning and climate change.

Research into the carbon capture potential from whales is ongoing within the scientific community and we anticipate some of this research to be reported on at the IWC’s Scientific Committee meeting in May this year. Defra officials and UK scientists will attend this meeting which will help improve our understanding of the importance of cetaceans in carbon sequestration.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Protective Clothing
11 Jan 2022

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on 11 November 2020, Official Report, column 1022, regarding the production of PPE in the UK, what was the percentage of PPE produced in the UK in the most recent month for which figures are available.

Answered by Edward Argar

This information is not available in the format requested. However, of 36.4 billion items ordered by 6 December 2021, 3.9 billion were ordered from United Kingdom manufacturers.


Written Question
Medical Equipment and Protective Clothing: Imports
11 Jan 2022

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to prevent imports of medical goods and personal protective equipment produced by forced labour.

Answered by Edward Argar

The Department published its Modern Slavery statement in October 2021 which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-care/about/modern-slavery-statement

Contracts are normally placed in line with Departmental terms and conditions which include clauses requiring Good Industry Practice to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in supply chains. Suppliers appointed to NHS Supply Chain framework contracts, which provide the majority of medical goods and services to the National Health Service, must comply with the Labour Standards Assurance System or they can be removed from consideration for future procurement.

The Department was aware that the direct, urgent sourcing and purchasing of personal protective equipment in 2020 involved higher risks in ethical and business practices and had a number of mitigations in place. The Department of Health and Social Care engaged with NHS Supply Chain, the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office regarding modern slavery concerns in awarding contracts. Additional training and guidance was distributed to strengthen buying professionals’ knowledge of modern slavery risks specific to the pandemic.


Written Question
Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre
11 Jan 2022

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much has been spent to date on the Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre at Harwell as of 4 January 2022, what estimate his Department has made of the total cost of establishing that Centre; and when he expects that Centre to open.

Answered by George Freeman

The Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC) has been granted £206m of Government funding to date to support the delivery of the facility, including grants since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to increase vaccine manufacturing capacity. As a private company, questions regarding VMIC’s facility opening date should be directed towards VMIC.


Written Question
Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Facilities
7 Jan 2022

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to improve roadside facilities for HGV drivers.

Answered by Trudy Harrison

The Government recognises the need to ensure hauliers have access to appropriate services and facilities.

We will be investing £32.5 million in roadside facilities for HGV drivers on the road.

The Department continues to engage with key stakeholders to encourage the development of more safe, secure, and high-quality lorry parking to improve driver welfare.


Written Question
Members: Correspondence
20 Dec 2021

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to reply to the enquiry from the hon. Member for Warley of 25 August 2021 regarding Dilshad Ahmed.

Answered by Kevin Foster

The Home Office responded on 14 December 2021


Written Question
Members: Correspondence
16 Dec 2021

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Warley dated 18 August 2021 regarding Mr Vieira.

Answered by Kevin Foster

The Home Office responded on 7 December 2021.


Written Question
Immigration: EU Nationals
14 Dec 2021

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate her Department has made of the cost of providing physical cards as proof of settled status.

Answered by Kevin Foster

If we were required to issue a physical card to everyone who is granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), we would have to provide them with biometric cards akin to the biometric residence permit we plan to phase out by the end of 2024.

During the passage of The Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Act 2020, we estimated it would cost at least £270m if each of the 3.6m EEA citizens granted leave under the EUSS at that time was provided with a biometric card.

Up to the end of September this year over 5.2 million people had obtained a grant of status under the EUSS. We therefore expect this estimate to now be much higher.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
8 Dec 2021

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, where the new orders for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be produced.

Answered by George Freeman

In line with existing MHRA approved production procedures, we expect these doses to come from various European countries.


Written Question
Members: Correspondence
30 Nov 2021

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letter dated 11 August 2021 from the Rt hon. Member for Warley, regarding Mrs Nzussu.

Answered by Kevin Foster

I apologise for the delay. The Home Office responded on 26 November 2021.