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Judith Cummins

Labour - Bradford South

Select Committees
Panel of Chairs (since March 2020)
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (since May 2020)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
12th Jan 2018 - 10th Apr 2020
Standing Orders
1st Nov 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Opposition Whip (Commons)
18th Sep 2015 - 12th Jan 2018
Armed Forces Bill Committee
26th Oct 2015 - 24th Nov 2015


Select Committee Meeting
Thursday 13th May 2021
09:45
Division Votes
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Immigration
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 196 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 270 Noes - 358
Speeches
Tuesday 9th March 2021
Oral Answers to Questions

What assessment he has made of implications for his policies of the financial barriers to people’s compliance with the requirement …

Written Answers
Monday 19th April 2021
Dentistry: Coronavirus
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits …
Early Day Motions
Monday 22nd March 2021
Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of The Indomitables' 1946 British Lions Rugby League tour of Australia and New Zealand
That this House celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the The Indomitables' 1946 British Lions Rugby League tour of Australia and …
Bills
Tuesday 16th June 2020
Automatic Electoral Registration Bill 2019-21
A Bill to impose certain duties upon Her Majesty’s Government to ensure the accuracy, completeness and utility of electoral registers; …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 30th March 2020
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Government of Pakistan
Address of donor: High Commission for Pakistan, 35-36 Lowndes Square, London SW1X 9JN
Estimate …
EDM signed
Thursday 18th February 2021
Visiting in care homes and hospitals during the covid-19 outbreak
That this House notes the letter from the Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights to the Secretary of …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 5th February 2020
Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act 2021
A Bill to make provision about the administration to persons under the age of 18 of botulinum toxin and of …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Judith Cummins has voted in 215 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(13 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
(11 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
(18 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(8 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(7 debate contributions)
Department for International Trade
(6 debate contributions)
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Bradford South 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).

Petitions with highest Bradford South signature proportion
Petitions with most Bradford South signatures
Judith Cummins has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Judith Cummins

22nd March 2021
Judith Cummins signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Monday 22nd March 2021

Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of The Indomitables' 1946 British Lions Rugby League tour of Australia and New Zealand

Tabled by: Judith Cummins (Labour - Bradford South)
That this House celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the The Indomitables' 1946 British Lions Rugby League tour of Australia and New Zealand, where that team won the Ashes against Australia scoring 2 to 0 in the first major sporting series played abroad by a British side in any sport after …
5 signatures
(Most recent: 25 Mar 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Conservative: 1
11th February 2021
Judith Cummins signed this EDM on Thursday 18th February 2021

Visiting in care homes and hospitals during the covid-19 outbreak

Tabled by: Harriet Harman (Labour - Camberwell and Peckham)
That this House notes the letter from the Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the matter of visits to people in care homes and hospitals during the covid-19 outbreak; is deeply concerned about the acute distress many …
41 signatures
(Most recent: 11 May 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 23
Liberal Democrat: 7
Scottish National Party: 4
Conservative: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Judith Cummins, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Judith Cummins has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Judith Cummins has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Judith Cummins


A Bill to impose certain duties upon Her Majesty’s Government to ensure the accuracy, completeness and utility of electoral registers; to make provision for the sharing of data for the purposes of electoral registration; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Tuesday 16th June 2020
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93 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Explanation of written questions
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Attorney General, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups each month since January 2019.

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Government Legal Department (GLD) and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) have not had any spending on opinion polling and focus groups since January 2019.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has spent £9,000 in May 2019, £9,000 in Nov 2019, £3,421 in Mar 2020 and £9,000 in May 2020 on opinion polling. The CPS has not had any spending on focus groups since Jan 2019.

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) commissioned a short reputation survey from YouGov at a cost of £1100 + VAT on 30 May 2020 to inform and guide its work on communications and recruitment. There has been no other spending on opinion polls or focus groups since Jan 2019.

Michael Ellis
Attorney General
6th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in (i) March, (ii) April, (iii) May and (iv) June 2020.

I refer the Hon. member to the answer given to PQs 62462, 62526 and 62463 on 25 June 2020.

Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much the office of the Prime Minister spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

The office of the Prime Minister is an integral part of the Cabinet Office. Complete information on opinion poll and focus group spending is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate costs. However, the Government routinely publishes details of all contracts over £10,000 on Contracts Finder.

As has been the case under successive administrations, any Government research, polling or analysis would be for official use.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

The office of the Prime Minister is an integral part of the Cabinet Office. Complete information on opinion poll and focus group spending is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate costs. However, the Government routinely publishes details of all contracts over £10,000 on Contracts Finder.

As has been the case under successive administrations, any Government research, polling or analysis would be for official use.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
8th Jun 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will include dentists and dental workers as key workers on the gov.uk website.

Guidance on the provision of education for the children of certain critical workers can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

This guidance has been updated to reflect the decision to move forward with the wider opening of education and childcare settings. It is already the case that dentists and dental workers would be eligible for the support if the role they are undertaking is required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector.

Penny Mordaunt
Paymaster General
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the level of financial support required by the wedding industry to support its reopening.

Over the course of the pandemic the Government has provided an unprecedented package of support to businesses, including those in the wedding sector, which it keeps under regular review.

I meet regularly with representatives of the wedding sector to understand the impact of COVID-19 on wedding businesses.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with women working in the wedding industry on the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on their businesses.

I meet regularly with the industry-led Weddings Taskforce, established to represent all parts of the UK Weddings sector, to understand the impact of COVID-19 on wedding businesses.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether hair, beauty, spa and wellness salons, barbershops and mobile services are classified as (a) non-essential retail, (b) hospitality or (c) personal care in relation to covid-19 restrictions.

According to Cabinet Office’s guide for the new national restrictions, they are classed as personal care services. As their guide states, the Government cannot provide comments on individual cases of whether or not a business is permitted to open. It is for each business to assess whether they are a business required to close having considered the guidance and Regulations.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the levels of covid-19 transmission in (a) hair, (b) beauty and (c) spa and wellness services.

The UK is currently experiencing a public health emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is critical that employers, employees, the self-employed and clients take steps to keep everyone safe.

Incidence rates are growing and the NHS is under increasing pressure. From 5th November to 2nd December, non-essential retail and stores must close including close contact services such as hair, beauty, spa and wellness services. At the end of the period, we will look to return to a local and regional approach, based on the latest data.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the disproportionate effect of the extended closure of hair, beauty, spa and wellness services during the covid-19 outbreak on women working in that sector.

Our guidance for the sector has a specific section, 3.3., covering equality in the workplace.

Cabinet Office guidance behind the new national restrictions has been brought because Government assessed that we had to take action immediately to protect the NHS and to get R decisively below 1.

The Government has, however, enabled click and collected services, as well as training and education (see guide) to enable COVID-secure businesses in this sector to operate where possible.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what the current value is of un-allocated funds in the Dormant Assets Distribution Fund.

Reclaim Fund Ltd annually receives dormant assets and reserves the amount required to meet customer reclaims. The remainder is allocated to The National Lottery Community Fund for distribution. In an unprecedented move to respond to the Covid-19 crisis, all money available for distribution this financial year was allocated in May 2020 as part of the government’s announcement of £150m of dormant assets funding. This money is supporting charities, social enterprises, and vulnerable communities to respond to and recover from the pandemic. There are therefore no unallocated funds available for England at this time.

John Whittingdale
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the value of the dormant assets that are planned to be transferred to the Dormant Assets Distribution Fund from dormant bank accounts in (a) financial year 2020-21 and (b) the next four financial years.

The dormant assets scheme is managed by Reclaim Fund Ltd (RFL), who estimate that £68m of new assets will be received by them in 2020, followed by £83m in 2021 and £54m in 2022. Estimates are not made beyond this point, but RFL anticipates that ongoing levels will remain broadly similar in 2023. It should be noted that the dormant asset scheme is voluntary and so estimates can vary over time.

John Whittingdale
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
21st Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate he has made of the value of dormant (a) stocks, (b) shares, (c) bonds and (d) insurance policies available for transfer to the Dormant Assets Distribution Fund.

Currently, the dormant assets scheme only accepts bank and building society accounts. A consultation on expanding the scheme to include a wider range of dormant financial assets, such as shares and insurance policies, closed in mid-July. The government response to this consultation will be published this Autumn. We are working with industry stakeholders to estimate the value of the assets in scope for inclusion as part of this.

John Whittingdale
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

The information requested is not held centrally and therefore can only be provided at disproportionate costs.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
25th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will provide targeted funding to wraparound care providers to ensure that they can continue to provide support to (a) key workers, (b) vulnerable children and (c) other working parents during the covid-19 lockdown.

Ensuring sufficient childcare for families continues to be a government priority. This is why we have ensured that wraparound childcare settings have been able to remain open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers during the current national lockdown, in line with those children eligible to attend school for onsite provision; and have updated our guidance for providers of after-school and holiday clubs and other out-of-school settings to support providers to operate as safely as possible, available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/guidance-for-schools-coronavirus-covid-19.

However, we recognise that the wraparound childcare sector, like many sectors, is facing unprecedented financial pressures as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is for this reason, the Government has made a range of financial packages of support available for businesses to access throughout the current crisis. This includes tax relief, business loans or cash grants, through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), and the Self-Employed Support Scheme (SEISS), as well as a £594 million discretionary fund for councils and the Devolved Administrations to support local businesses that may not be eligible for other support, during the current national lockdown.

We have also encouraged all local authorities to consider using local grants that have been made available to them during the COVID-19 outbreak, to support the wraparound childcare sector in their areas, and to safeguard sufficient childcare provision for all families, but particularly those with vulnerable children and children of critical workers. This includes funding streams such as the discretionary fund already mentioned, as well as the expanded Holiday Activities and Food Programme, which comprises a £220 million fund to be delivered through grants to local authorities. This programme will give children eligible for Free School Meals the option to join a free holiday-time programme that provides healthy food and enriching activities during the summer, Christmas and Easter holidays in 2021 – giving disadvantaged young people opportunities they might otherwise lose out on.

The department does not hold a central register of wraparound providers, and so we are unable to make an official assessment of the effects wraparound closures on levels of children’s physical activity. However, we are acutely aware of the benefits to children’s physical and mental wellbeing of attending these settings. Therefore, the Youth Investment Fund remains an important manifesto commitment. In the recently announced Spending Review, £30 million of capital investment was committed for 2021-22. This will provide a transformational investment in new and refurbished safe spaces for young people, so they can access support youth workers, and positive activities out of school, including sport and culture.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
25th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment has been made of the effect of closures in the wraparound care sector during the covid-19 outbreak on levels of children's physical activity.

Ensuring sufficient childcare for families continues to be a government priority. This is why we have ensured that wraparound childcare settings have been able to remain open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers during the current national lockdown, in line with those children eligible to attend school for onsite provision; and have updated our guidance for providers of after-school and holiday clubs and other out-of-school settings to support providers to operate as safely as possible, available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/guidance-for-schools-coronavirus-covid-19.

However, we recognise that the wraparound childcare sector, like many sectors, is facing unprecedented financial pressures as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. It is for this reason, the Government has made a range of financial packages of support available for businesses to access throughout the current crisis. This includes tax relief, business loans or cash grants, through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), and the Self-Employed Support Scheme (SEISS), as well as a £594 million discretionary fund for councils and the Devolved Administrations to support local businesses that may not be eligible for other support, during the current national lockdown.

We have also encouraged all local authorities to consider using local grants that have been made available to them during the COVID-19 outbreak, to support the wraparound childcare sector in their areas, and to safeguard sufficient childcare provision for all families, but particularly those with vulnerable children and children of critical workers. This includes funding streams such as the discretionary fund already mentioned, as well as the expanded Holiday Activities and Food Programme, which comprises a £220 million fund to be delivered through grants to local authorities. This programme will give children eligible for Free School Meals the option to join a free holiday-time programme that provides healthy food and enriching activities during the summer, Christmas and Easter holidays in 2021 – giving disadvantaged young people opportunities they might otherwise lose out on.

The department does not hold a central register of wraparound providers, and so we are unable to make an official assessment of the effects wraparound closures on levels of children’s physical activity. However, we are acutely aware of the benefits to children’s physical and mental wellbeing of attending these settings. Therefore, the Youth Investment Fund remains an important manifesto commitment. In the recently announced Spending Review, £30 million of capital investment was committed for 2021-22. This will provide a transformational investment in new and refurbished safe spaces for young people, so they can access support youth workers, and positive activities out of school, including sport and culture.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
3rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when he plans to respond to the correspondence of 2 July 2020 from the hon. Member for Bradford South on covid-19 and free school meal vouchers.

I can confirm that a response has been sent to the letter from the hon. Member for Bradford South dated 2 July.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

The Department does not hold this informational centrally and could only obtain it at disproportionate cost.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
29th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the potential for the spread of covid-19 from re-opening schools due to parents and carers congregating at schools.

My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, has made it clear that schools will only reopen when the scientific advice indicates that it is the right time to do so, based on five key tests. The Department is working closely with the sector on our approach.

The safety of students, parents and staff is our top priority. The Department has published guidance on social distancing in education settings which is available here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-social-distancing-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-social-distancing-in-education-and-childcare-settings.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State (Education)
23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to introduce financial support for childminders affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

The government has set out specific measures to support childcare providers during the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • We will continue to pay funding to local authorities for the early years entitlements for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds
  • To support private nurseries, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has also announced that they will be eligible for a business rates holiday for one year from 1 April

Childcare providers will also benefit from the wider measures the Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced to support the people and businesses of the UK:

  • A three-point plan announced in the Budget providing £12 billion of support for public services, individuals and businesses whose finances are affected by the outbreak
  • A package to provide additional support for businesses and individuals totalling £350 billion
  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to help firms continue to keep people in employment. This means that businesses can put workers on temporary leave and the government will pay them cash grants of 80% of their wages up to a cap of £2,500, providing they keep the worker employed
  • A scheme to help the UK’s self-employed who are affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme will enable those eligible to receive a cash grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profit over the last three years. This covers 95% of people who receive the majority of their income from self-employment
  • On 28 March, my right hon.Friend, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, announced that the government will also temporarily suspend the wrongful trading provisions to give company directors greater confidence to use their best endeavours to continue trading during this pandemic emergency, without the threat of personal liability should the company ultimately fall into insolvency

The government is also providing the following additional support:

  • deferral of Self-Assesment income tax payments due in July 2020
  • VAT payments due with VAT returns between now and the end June 2020 will be deferred. UK VAT registered businesses will not need make those payments until March 2021
  • grants for businesses that pay little or no bussiness rates
  • increased amounts of Universal Credit
  • the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The latest guidance from the department for early years and childcare providers can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures and

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-financial-support-for-education-early-years-and-childrens-social-care.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
18th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to require that used tyres be processed sustainably in the UK under the principles of the circular economy instead of being exported to developing countries.

Used tyres have a range of applications in the UK, including for reuse as part-worn tyres, various recycling routes including commercial tyre retreading and the use of granulated tyres in sports and safety surfaces and for recovery, where tyres are used as a fuel in cement kilns. Export is also a feature of the used tyre market. For example, my officials are pursuing with the Indian authorities questions related to the environmentally sound movement and subsequent treatment of tyres there.

Under the Government’s 2018 Resources and Waste Strategy we identified a number of waste streams, including used tyres, as candidates on which to consult for future producer responsibility approaches. We will consider circular economy principles in the design of schemes that result from that.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

The information requested is not held centrally and therefore can only be provided at disproportionate costs.

Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

Between January and September 2019 the Department for International Development ran a nationally representative survey to assess the level of demand for sustainable investment practices at cost of £44,950. There was no other departmental budget spent on opinion polling or focus groups in the UK in 2019.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the additional annual cost to UK food and drink manufacturing businesses of the application of the published UK global tariff.

The UK Global Tariff (UKGT) is tailored to the UK economy and balances the interests of UK consumers and producers. It is a lower tariff regime than the EU’s Common External Tariff. In designing the UKGT, we assessed all available evidence submitted during the public consultation in depth and considered a range of factors, such as the five principles set out in the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018.

The UKGT eliminates tariffs on imports where the UK has limited domestic production, which may lower cost pressures for UK households and businesses.

We will publish more analysis in the Taxation Information and Impact Note (TIIN) alongside the legislation, as is standard practice.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what information she holds on the potential effect of the application of the published UK global tariff on the average weekly family grocery purchase.

The UK Global Tariff (UKGT) is tailored to the UK economy and balances the interests of UK consumers and producers. It is a lower tariff regime than the EU’s Common External Tariff. In designing the UKGT, we assessed all available evidence submitted during the public consultation in depth and considered a range of factors, such as the five principles set out in the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018.

The UKGT eliminates tariffs on imports where the UK has limited domestic production, which may lower cost pressures for UK households and businesses.

We will publish more analysis in the Taxation Information and Impact Note (TIIN) alongside the legislation, as is standard practice.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much her Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

The information requested is not held centrally by the Department for International Trade and therefore can only be provided at disproportionate costs.


All the Department’s contracts of over £10,000 can be found on the Government Contracts Finder web-site at https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to publish the Integrated Rail Plan by the end of 2020.

We are expecting the National Infrastructure Commission’s Rail Needs Assessment report shortly and the Integrated Rail Plan will follow once Ministers have considered this advice.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the preferred route for the Manchester to Leeds corridor of Northern Powerhouse Rail.

The Secretary of State has had regular discussions with Transport for the North about Northern Powerhouse Rail, most recently in September. The Secretary of State also has regular conversations with Northern Leaders in his role as the Northern Powerhouse Minister, including several in preparation for the next Northern Transport Acceleration Council meeting.

In the Integrated Rail Plan, the Department will set out how projects, including HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, can be connected strategically to deliver the train services that people need and deserve, as effectively as possible. We are expecting the National Infrastructure Commission’s Rail Needs Assessment report shortly and the Integrated Rail Plan will follow once Ministers have considered this advice.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Bradford is included on the preferred route for the Manchester to Leeds corridor of Northern Powerhouse Rail.

Northern Powerhouse Rail aims to transform connectivity and economic growth. The assessment of proposals therefore includes their comparative connectivity and economic outcomes. Work to assess options is ongoing, including options serving Bradford. The Government is providing up to £500,000 funding to Bradford City Council to develop the city’s regeneration and development plans to support that work. We are currently awaiting the National Infrastructure Commission’s Rail Needs Assessment for the North and Midlands, which will inform the Government’s Integrated Rail Plan.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with Transport for the North on the preferred route for the Manchester to Leeds corridor of Northern Powerhouse Rail.

The Secretary of State has had regular discussions with Transport for the North about Northern Powerhouse Rail, most recently in September. The Secretary of State also has regular conversations with Northern Leaders in his role as the Northern Powerhouse Minister, including several in preparation for the next Northern Transport Acceleration Council meeting.

In the Integrated Rail Plan, the Department will set out how projects, including HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, can be connected strategically to deliver the train services that people need and deserve, as effectively as possible. We are expecting the National Infrastructure Commission’s Rail Needs Assessment report shortly and the Integrated Rail Plan will follow once Ministers have considered this advice.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
2nd Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the potential effect of including Bradford on the Manchester to Leeds corridor of the Northern Powerhouse Rail route on (a) regional connectivity and (b) the regional economy.

Northern Powerhouse Rail aims to transform connectivity and economic growth. The assessment of proposals therefore includes their comparative connectivity and economic outcomes. Work to assess options is ongoing, including options serving Bradford. The Government is providing up to £500,000 funding to Bradford City Council to develop the city’s regeneration and development plans to support that work. We are currently awaiting the National Infrastructure Commission’s Rail Needs Assessment for the North and Midlands, which will inform the Government’s Integrated Rail Plan.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

The information requested could only be provided at a disproportionate cost.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
25th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and the North, announced on 21 February 2020.

The Integrated Rail Plan will be published by the end of the year. Government is committed to pressing ahead with HS2, NPR and related programmes.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
25th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the assessment from the National Infrastructure Commission on the rail needs of the Midlands and the North, announced on 21 February 2020.

As set out in the Terms of Reference, published on 21 February 2020, the Integrated Rail Plan will be published by the end of the year.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
25th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and the North, announced on 21 February 2020, will include an assessment of the proposed route for Northern Powerhouse Rail.

The Integrated Rail Plan will consider how best to integrate HS2 Phase 2b and wider transport plans in the North and Midlands, delivering benefits from investments more quickly. This will include a recommended way forward on scoping, phasing and sequencing delivery of HS2 Phase 2b, Northern Powerhouse Rail, Midlands Rail Hub and other proposed rail investments.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
25th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to consult on the Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and the North, announced on 21 February 2020.

I am committed to ensuring the North and Midlands are fully engaged and consulted throughout the Integrated Rail Plan process. I plan to undertake a series of roundtables and visits with Northern and Midlands leaders in the coming months as we begin to develop our ambitious Integrated Rail Plan.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

Opinion polls and focus groups are routinely used to gather insight on communication campaigns to inform the strategic approach to DWP’s employment, benefits and pensions campaigns and to ensure these campaigns have impact, benefit the public and demonstrate good value for money.

In this case opinion polling for communication campaigns has been taken to mean all quantitative research which measures attitudes, behaviours and campaign recall.

Spending on opinion polling and related activities since January 2019 is as follows:

March 2019

£157,979

October 2019

£47,500

February 2020

£52,875

March 2020

£42,875

Spending on focus groups for communication campaigns since January 2019 is as follows:

July 2019

£29,850

August 2019

£48,000

December 2019

£51,000

April 2020

£10,475

Spending on focus groups for social research projects since January 2019 is as follows:

March 2019

£6,500

October 2019

£19,000

September 2019

£4,000

April 2020

£4,500

To note: The costs for the social research focus groups for the primary research projects are estimates, as the costs for research methods are usually combined (for example, by phase of the project); so the cost of one particular methodology wouldn’t necessarily be itemised by the contractor.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that future increases to dental patient charges do not exceed the rate of inflation.

No decision has been made on changes to dental patient charges for the 2021/22 financial year.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Written Statement of 23 November 2020, Official Report, HCWS593, whether he plans to increase dental patient charges by five per cent in the 2021-22 financial year.

No decision has been made on changes to dental patient charges for the 2021/22 financial year.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to increase dental charges in 2021-22.

No decision has been made on changes to dental patient charges for the 2021/22 financial year.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2020 to Question 122736, when he plans to respond to the joint letter from the British Dental Association, Mencap, the Faculty of Dental Surgery, the Faculty of General Dental Practice, the British Society for Paediatric Dentistry, the British Society for Disability and Oral Health, the British Society for Gerodentology, the British Association of Oral Surgeons and the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry on waiting times for dental treatment under general anaesthetic which was sent to him in September 2020.

We replied to the joint letter on 23 March 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
16th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that memory assessment services operate face-to-face during the covid-19 outbreak.

No formal assessment has been made recently. However, we know that diagnosis is important in ensuring appropriate access to treatment and support.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are continuing to encourage memory assessment services to provide safe and person-centred assessment and diagnosis via remote methods or in face-to-face consultations as appropriate during the pandemic. Webinars and guidance have been provided to support evolving best practice and a person-centred approach to diagnosis that supports patient choice.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for (a) NHS general dental practitioners, (b) private general dental practitioners, (c) community dentists and (d) other staff providing dental services to be vaccinated against covid-19.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that phase one of the COVID-19 vaccination programme should be targeted at reducing mortality, as well as protecting health and social care staff and systems. As a result, vaccines have first been prioritised amongst care home residents and staff, followed by people aged over 80 years old and health and social care workers, then to the rest of the population in order of age and clinical risk factors.

As set out by the JVCI, dental care staff fall under the second priority cohort during phase one, comprising of health and social care workers. The JCVI’s advice states that this not only includes those working for the NHS, but also those in independent, voluntary, non-standard and community healthcare settings.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) NHS general dental practitioners, (b) private general dental practitioners, (c) community dentists and (d) other staff providing dental services will be given priority access to the BioNTech/Pfizer covid-19 vaccine.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that phase one of the COVID-19 vaccination programme should be targeted at reducing mortality, as well as protecting health and social care staff and systems. As a result, vaccines have first been prioritised amongst care home residents and staff, followed by people aged over 80 years old and health and social care workers, then to the rest of the population in order of age and clinical risk factors.

As set out by the JVCI, dental care staff fall under the second priority cohort during phase one, comprising of health and social care workers. The JCVI’s advice states that this not only includes those working for the NHS, but also those in independent, voluntary, non-standard and community healthcare settings.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits for (a) public health and (b) patients' ability to access dental services of prioritising (i) dentists and (ii) other staff providing dental services for vaccination against covid-19.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommended that frontline healthcare staff including dentists and other staff providing dental services be vaccinated in priority group two. This advice was on based on their increased personal risk of exposure to infection with COVID-19 and of transmitting that infection to vulnerable patients.

Vaccinating dental staff also protects public health and enables access to services for patients. Staff were invited for their first vaccine dose before 15 February 2021 and will be have been offered their second dose within 12 weeks of their first.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2020 to Question 107016 on Dental Services: Coronavirus, what information is collected on the size and length of the waiting lists for (a) children, and (b) adults who require dental treatment under a general anaesthetic.

Information on the size and length of the waiting lists for children and adults who require dental treatment under a general anaesthetic is not collected centrally. This information may be collected at local level as secondary data.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the joint letter from the British Dental Association, Mencap, the Faculty of Dental Surgery, the Faculty of General Dental Practice, the British Society for Paediatric Dentistry, the British Society for Disability and Oral Health, the British Society for Gerodentology, the British Association of Oral Surgeons and the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry sent to him on 15 September 2020 on waiting times for dental treatment under general anaesthetic.

We are working rapidly to provide all Members and external correspondents with accurate answers to their correspondence, as well as supporting the Government’s response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hon. Member’s letter will be answered as soon as possible.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
12th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to publish the results of the asymptomatic covid-19 testing pilot carried out in Bradford, announced on 9 July 2020.

The full evaluation has now taken place and the Department intends to publish its findings later in the year.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of children whose planned dental (a) general anaesthetic and (b) other admission to hospital has been suspended or cancelled since the start of the covid-19 outbreak.

Data is not available in the format requested.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps have been taken by the General Dental Council to restart the Overseas Registration Exam.

As a result of the safety restrictions brought in as part of the COVID-19 response, the General Dental Council (GDC) suspended Parts 1 and 2 of the Overseas Registration Exam (ORE) earlier this year.

Following engagement with exam providers, the GDC has decided it will not be practicable to run any sittings of the exams in 2020. The GDC aim to resume the ORE as soon as it is safe and viable to do so.

In the meantime, regular discussions with exam providers continue and further information will be provided to candidates as soon as it is available. Candidates who booked a place on the cancelled exams have been advised they may request a refund.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of enabling covid-19 testing of patients attending for dental treatment to (a) eliminate the risk of asymptomatic patients attending for treatment and (b) support the recovery of dental treatment services.

We will continue to work closely with the dentistry sector to review whether any of the available testing technologies could be appropriately and safely deployed to further eliminate the risk associated with asymptomatic patients attending for treatment.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide an estimate of the number of units of dental activity that have been performed by dentists in England since the covid-19 lockdown on routine dentistry was lifted on 8 June 2020.

Data on the number of units of dental activity that have been performed by dentists in England since June 2020 is not available at this time. National Health Service dental activity statistics from June to December 2020 will be included in the ‘NHS Dental statistics for England 2020-21, Biannual Report’, due to be published on 25 February. Dental practices have been able to open for face to face NHS care from 8 June, with urgent provision backed up by over 600 urgent dental care centres across the country. NHS England and NHS Improvement have set out guidance that dentists should focus on care that is urgent, care to vulnerable groups and then overdue routine appointments.

A steady increase in dental activity has been made possible following updated Infection Prevention and Control guidance issued by Public Health England. Contractual arrangements for quarter four have been introduced by NHS England and NHS Improvement requiring dental practices to deliver 45% of contracted units of dental activity from 1 January to 31 March 2021 to be deemed to have delivered the full contractual volume. This is expected to increase available NHS dental care for patients.

The Department is working closely with NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Chief Dental Officer for England to increase levels of service, as fast as is safely possible.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress is being made on restarting children’s oral health programmes during the Autumn 2020 school term.

Guidance published by Public Health England (PHE) updating the infection prevention advice for supervised toothbrushing programmes has enabled these programmes to restart when schools reopened in the autumn term. The guidance is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-supervised-toothbrushing-programmes

PHE does not have a complete picture of how many supervised toothbrushing or other oral health improvement schemes have restarted as these programmes are commissioned locally.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on reducing the risk of epilepsy mortality among women with epilepsy and their unborn children of the increase in maternal deaths and increased regulation of epilepsy medications for that group of women and children.

The need to carefully assess risks of use of certain epilepsy medications in pregnancy and the factors that should be considered by patient and clinician are set out in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) ‘Epilepsies: diagnosis and management’ guideline (originally published January 2012 and updated in February 2020). The update includes strengthened warnings about the specific risks that the anti-epileptic medicine valproate presents to unborn children. As the guideline sets out, in pregnancy valproate is contraindicated and an alternative treatment should be decided on, with appropriate specialist consultation, taking into account the individual clinical needs of the patient and the risks and benefits of particular medications and treatment approaches. The NICE guideline is available at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg137/resources/epilepsies-diagnosis-and-management-pdf-35109515407813

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has provided to local services and universities currently under local restrictions to ensure that students living with epilepsy are able to access medical appointments and prescriptions for their condition.

The Government has worked closely with universities on their safe reopening. We have issued guidance on GOV.UK to support this which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses#student-movement.

During the pandemic there have been no restrictions on individuals on being able to attend medical appointments and accessing prescriptions for their medical conditions. Where a student is self-isolating and needs to access essential supplies like prescriptions, NHS Volunteer Responders may be able to help if they meet the criteria. Details are available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-accessing-food-and-essential-supplies.

Local authorities also have put in place support services which is another service students may be able to access alongside those provided by universities.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the advice of the Chief Medical Officer on removing local restrictions due to the covid-19 outbreak in parts of the Bradford District.

The Joint Biosecurity Centre’s contain framework outlines how the process for national decision-making works. The Chief Medical Officer chairs the Silver Committee. The remit of this group is to “assess the latest national and local epidemiological picture” and “review and evaluate local outbreak responses and consider further action or escalation”. The Gold Committee chaired by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is the decision-making body and the Chief Medical Officer is a permanent member of this group. More information the process is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/containing-and-managing-local-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreaks/covid-19-contain-framework-a-guide-for-local-decision-makers

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he overruled the advice of the Chief Medical Officer on removing local restrictions due to the covid-19 outbreak in parts of the Bradford District.

The Joint Biosecurity Centre’s contain framework outlines how the process for national decision-making works. The Chief Medical Officer chairs the Silver Committee. The remit of this group is to “assess the latest national and local epidemiological picture” and “review and evaluate local outbreak responses and consider further action or escalation”. The Gold Committee chaired by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is the decision-making body and the Chief Medical Officer is a permanent member of this group. More information the process is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/containing-and-managing-local-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreaks/covid-19-contain-framework-a-guide-for-local-decision-makers

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on how many occasions he has overruled the advice of the Chief Medical Officer on decisions relating to local restrictions during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Joint Biosecurity Centre’s contain framework outlines how the process for national decision-making works. The Chief Medical Officer chairs the Silver Committee. The remit of this group is to “assess the latest national and local epidemiological picture” and “review and evaluate local outbreak responses and consider further action or escalation”. The Gold Committee chaired by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is the decision-making body and the Chief Medical Officer is a permanent member of this group. More information the process is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/containing-and-managing-local-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreaks/covid-19-contain-framework-a-guide-for-local-decision-makers

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that people who are shielding will be able to receive a flu vaccination.

General practitioners and other National Health Service providers have been asked to prioritise flu vaccination for all those who are in the defined clinically vulnerable groups documented in the national guidance. In addition, this season household contacts of those who are on the shielded patients list are also eligible for a free NHS vaccine to allow us to offer additional protection.

NHS England and NHS Improvement will be introducing a call and recall service to ensure that all eligible individuals are aware that they can receive a free vaccination and how to access one. Alongside this, additional trained workforce is being made available to local providers to support them to access the most vulnerable patients who may be in care homes or require domiciliary visits.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the disproportionate effect of covid-19 on BAME communities does not further exacerbate (a) oral health inequalities and (b) lower dental attendance rates among some ethnic minorities.

The Department and NHS England and NHS Improvement are working hard to ensure that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on existing inequalities is minimised.

During the pandemic peak face to face dentistry was limited to urgent care only provided from over 600 urgent dental centres. However, from 8 June all National Health Service dental services including practices, community dental services and bespoke services aimed at particular groups such as homeless people were permitted and encouraged to reopen for urgent and routine care at as fast a pace as is compatible with patient and staff safety.

In the letter announcing the restart, NHS England and NHS Improvement set out clear guidance that in the sequencing and scheduling of patients for treatment as services resume organisations should take into account the urgency of patient needs and the particular unmet needs of vulnerable groups.

A copy of the letter can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/Urgent-dental-care-letter-28-May.pdf

The Chief Dental Officer issued a further letter and an updated standard operating (SOP) procedure to further assist NHS dental service recovery on 28 August. A copy of this letter and SOP can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/C0690-dental-update-letter-from-sara-hurley-28-aug-2020.pdf

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/dental-standard-operating-procedure-transition-to-recovery/

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that homeless people are able to access dental treatment during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Department and NHS England and NHS Improvement are working hard to ensure that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on existing inequalities is minimised.

During the pandemic peak face to face dentistry was limited to urgent care only provided from over 600 urgent dental centres. However, from 8 June all National Health Service dental services including practices, community dental services and bespoke services aimed at particular groups such as homeless people were permitted and encouraged to reopen for urgent and routine care at as fast a pace as is compatible with patient and staff safety.

In the letter announcing the restart, NHS England and NHS Improvement set out clear guidance that in the sequencing and scheduling of patients for treatment as services resume organisations should take into account the urgency of patient needs and the particular unmet needs of vulnerable groups.

A copy of the letter can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/Urgent-dental-care-letter-28-May.pdf

The Chief Dental Officer issued a further letter and an updated standard operating (SOP) procedure to further assist NHS dental service recovery on 28 August. A copy of this letter and SOP can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/C0690-dental-update-letter-from-sara-hurley-28-aug-2020.pdf

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/dental-standard-operating-procedure-transition-to-recovery/

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle the backlog of hospital dental departments due to the postponement of face-to-face care during the covid-19 outbreak between March and 8 June 2020.

With National Health Services (NHS) services under intense pressure as COVID-19 spread, we ensured that we had as many beds available as possible to care for patients with severe respiratory problems during the COVID-19 pandemic peak.

To enable this, every hospital in England suspended non-urgent elective operations to free up additional capacity needed to assist with the COVID-19 response. With the pandemic easing, NHS providers are now expected to recover the maximum elective activity possible between now and winter, making full use of available capacity both in the NHS and in contracted independent hospitals.

Elective care activity is now ramping up, and by October we expect the NHS to deliver:

  1. The same number of outpatient attendances, follow ups, scans and endoscopy procedures as October last year; and
  2. 90% of the overnight elective procedures and day cases carried out last October.

Face to face dental care has resumed across primary care and, as set out above, is expected to be quickly ramped up in hospital dental departments that provide the equivalent of primary care dental treatment. Likewise, where inpatient care is needed for dental extractions requiring general anaesthesia (GA) services are expected to quickly recover the maximum elective capacity possible ahead of winter to help address any backlog.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that dentists and dental staff are included in the antibody testing programme for NHS staff and providers.

On 21 May the Government announced plans for a national roll-out of antibody testing in the National Health Service and care sector. Since the end of May, lab-based antibody tests have been available to all NHS staff that want one, with patients and care residents eligible at their clinician’s request. Since the end of May, over 1.36 million (27 July) COVID-19 antibody tests have been carried out.

The NHS staff include those working on NHS premises but not directly employed by the NHS, those working for the NHS but not on NHS premises, and those in primary, community, and mental health care including community pharmacists. This will include dentists and dental staff.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure dental practices have an adequate supply of personal protective equipment.

From Monday 8 June all National Health Service practices were able to start, at their own pace, seeing patients again once they have appropriate social distancing and other safety measures in place. Personal protective equipment for dentists is being made available through their business as usual wholesalers. We have also set up new distribution routes for dentistry to ensure continuity of supply for all urgent dental care centres and have placed them on the list of priority areas to receive supplies from local resilience forums.

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, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

The information requested is not held centrally and therefore can only be provided at disproportionate costs.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether (a) all, (b) agency and (c) NHS wholly owned subsidiary staff working in NHS acute hospital settings will be eligible for the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme 2020.

The Government is in the process of setting up a life assurance scheme for frontline health and social care staff in England who contract COVID-19 during the course of their work.

The scheme is non-contributory and pays a £60,000 lump sum where staff die as a result of COVID-19 and had been recently working in frontline roles and locations where personal care is provided to individuals who have recently contracted COVID-19. The scheme is also available to staff whose duties require them to be present in a frontline National Health Service or social care setting where COVID-19 is present. This includes agency staff and staff employed by NHS wholly owned subsidiary companies, providng their work requires them to be present in frontline NHS or social care settings where COVID-19 is present.

In relation to the NHS, the scheme covers frontline staff who are employed by a statutory NHS organisation, or who work for organisations that support the delivery of NHS services or who work on an NHS contract.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
4th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether staff that are (a) newly recruited and (b) returning to work in NHS frontline settings during the covid-19 outbreak have (i) standard NHS terms and conditions of employment, (ii) access to NHS pensions and (iii) access to other associated benefits.

Both newly recruited staff, and staff returning to the National Health Service during the COVID-19 outbeak, where they take up employment alongside existing NHS staff, will be employed on standard NHS terms and conditions of service. Staff will also have access to the NHS Pension Scheme subject to them satisfying scheme eligibility criteria. Many of those who have retired are not permitted by the rules of the NHS Pension Scheme to re-join on their return to work.

In relation to other associated benefits, the Government is in the process of setting up a life assurance scheme for frontline health and social care staff in England who contract COVID-19 during the course of their work.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
29th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what arrangements are in place for students to access (a) medical care and (b) repeat prescriptions during the covid-19 lockdown while those students are residing at home or away from the GP practices they are registered with while at university or college.

We recognise that students registered with a general practitioner (GP) practice near their university may need to access treatment from another GP when returning home or away from university. Anyone who requires treatment that a GP or healthcare professional regards as an emergency should be provided treatment free of charge, regardless of whether they are registered with a GP. A patient can receive emergency treatment for 14 days. If the patient needs treatment for more than 14 days, they can register with that GP surgery as a temporary patient for up to three months. Additionally, students will be able to access their repeat prescriptions from a GP practice near their home. Patients who have nominated a pharmacy local to their place of study through the Electronic Prescription Service will be able change their nominated pharmacy to their new preferred location by contacting the GP practice who prescribed the repeat prescription or set up a nomination if they do not have one.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
27th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to reimburse tuition fees for student nurses volunteering as part of the response to the covid-19 outbreak.

There are currently no plans to reimburse tuition fees and students will continue to be required to pay fees for their final term.

The Government is extremely grateful to all students who are choosing to opt in to work in the National Health Service during this extremely difficult time and will be ensuring all students who do so are rewarded fairly for their hard work. Nursing students who opt in will receive a salary and automatic NHS pension entitlement at the appropriate band. They will also still receive their student maintenance loan and Learning Support Fund payments.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to help community pharmacies handle increased patient walk-ins as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

We have re-prioritised the services commissioned by the National Health Service and have delayed the introduction of new services and pilot programmes to maximise capacity in community pharmacy to supply medicines and provide health advice. We have also worked with the General Pharmaceutical Council to increase the workforce available.

NHS England and NHS Improvement has updated the COVID-19 standard operating procedure for community pharmacy to allow for all pharmacies to close to the public for two and half hours a day, if necessary. This will give pharmacy staff the time to focus on safely dispensing prescriptions and providing advice over the phone, together with giving them the opportunity to maintain the hygiene of pharmacies and take necessary rest breaks.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding allocated to National Health Service dental services has been allocated to (a) general, (b) community and (c) hospital dental services in England.

The information requested is shown in the following table.

National Health Service dental services

2018/19 outturn

£ millions

Primary care and community dental services

3,004

Secondary care dental services

678

Source: NHS England

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many Community Dental Services contracts were held in England in (a) 2016-17, (b) 2017-18 and (c) 2018-19.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of community dental service practitioners in bands (a) A, (b) B and (c) C were employed on matched terms and conditions in social enterprises and community interest companies providing NHS community dental services and in (i) 2016-17, (ii) 2017-18 and (iii) 2018-19.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for his Department to publish a response to its Review of the National Autism Strategy.

We expect to publish the refreshed all age autism strategy this spring, informed by the key findings from our National Call for Evidence, which was launched on 14 March 2019 and closed on 16 May 2019.

Caroline Dinenage
Minister of State (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Bangladeshi counterpart on the suspension of plans to repatriate Rohingya refugees in the context of the military coup in Myanmar.

The UK remains clear that any Rohingya returns to Rakhine state must be voluntary, safe, dignified, and in line with UNHCR principles. At present, conditions in Myanmar preclude this possibility. The situation in Rakhine State is unpredictable following the military coup and we are monitoring the situation closely, including for the increased risk of atrocities. Until conditions improve, we will continue to support the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and the surrounding host communities.

The Minister of State for South Asia, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, most recently raised these issues with Bangladesh State Minister Shahriah Alam on 18th February 2021.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

This information is not held centrally and to compile it would incur disproportionate cost.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
19th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had discussions on extending the reduction in VAT for the hospitality sector until March 2021 to hair, beauty, spa and wellness services.

The temporary reduced rate of VAT was introduced on 15 July to support the cash flow and viability of over 150,000 businesses and protect 2.4 million jobs in the hospitality and tourism sectors, and will run until 31 March 2021. This relief comes at a significant cost to the Exchequer, and there are currently no plans to extend the scope to include other sectors.

The Government has announced a significant support package to help businesses through the winter months, which includes an extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, an extension of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant, and an extension of the application window for the government-backed loan schemes.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
21st Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the VAT reduction for personal protective equipment beyond 31 October 2020.

The temporary zero rate of VAT on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was an extraordinary measure to help affected sectors (such as hospitals and care homes) during the initial shock of the COVID-19 pandemic and when the global supply of PPE did not meet demand. The zero rate applies to PPE that meets the standard set out in the guidance from Public Health England (PHE).

This measure will come to an end on 31 October (as legislated), as new measures introduced by the Government will ensure supply of COVID-19 related PPE to affected sectors from 1 November. Face coverings that do not meet the standard set by PHE should not be affected by the temporary zero rate coming to an end.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

HM Treasury has spent the below on (a) opinion polling in the periods under question:

September 2019

November 2019

May 2020

June 2020

Total

£3,000

£2,400

£13,188

£6,828

£25,416

The recent increase was partially to help understand public perceptions in order to inform the government’s response to the pandemic in the Spring Budget.

HM Treasury has spent no amounts on focus groups in the periods under question.

Kemi Badenoch
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

Opinion polling and focus groups - along with other research methodologies and techniques - are conducted across the Department by individual business areas.

Each Directorate is responsible for commissioning work to meet their specific business needs. The information requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

James Brokenshire
Minister of State (Home Office)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

Information on spend for opinion polling and focus groups for the whole department is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The information in the table below has been provided by the Directorate of Defence Communications and Army both of whom have readily available figures broken down by month. The RAF has one payment of £2,000 for opinion polling over the timeframe requested.

Polling (excl VAT)

Focus Groups (Excl VAT)

Total cost (Excl VAT)

January 2019

£32,150

-

£32,150

February 2019

£28,930

-

£28,930

March 2019

£12,540

£13,800

£26,340

April 2019

-

£6,700

£6,700

May 2019

-

-

£0

June 2019

£25,430

£25,430

July 2019

-

-

£0

August 2019

-

-

£0

September 2019

£12,540

-

£12,540

October 2019

£12,890

-

£12,890

November 2019

£1,550

-

£1,550

December 2019

£12,540

-

£12,540

January 2020

£12,890

-

£12,890

February 2020

-

£12,500

£12,500

March 2020

£62,090

£18,500

£80,590

April 2020

£7,400

-

£7,400

May 2020

£14,540

-

£14,540

June 2020

-

-

£0

Total

£235,490

£51,500

£286,990

Polling and focus groups are vital tools within Defence Communications because they provide insight for communications plans and allow us to evaluate the effect of our work. Communication is most effective when the target audience and their behavioural context is understood. By learning more about the general public’s behaviours, intentions, attitudes and communication preferences, Government communications can become more relevant, meaningful and impactful. Effective monitoring and evaluation helps us to articulate the value of communications campaigns and also helps us to improve campaigns on an ongoing basis.

22nd Feb 2021
What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the funding allocated to local authorities to make discretionary payments to people needing to self-isolate as a result of covid-19.

MHCLG Ministers and officials have regular engagement with counterparts in the Department for Health and Social Care, as well as with other government departments and with local authorities, on all matters relating to local authorities’ finances. We have worked closely with the Department for Health and Social Care on the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme.

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

The cost of establishing the full spend on opinion polling and focus groups is disproportionate. Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) undertakes many research projects each year using external experts. Some of these projects will include either opinion polling or focus groups. This would form part of a wider package of research and to establish the specific cost of that part of the work across all of the projects would exceed 2.5 working days of effort.

Details of contracts awarded by MHCLG are routinely published on Contracts Finder.

MHCLG is able to provide the following limited information where it is able to identify spend through contracts solely for a) Opinion polling and b) focus groups.

Opinion Polls

Month

Value (excl. VAT)

May 2019

£5,000

July 2019

£1,100

October 2019

£825

January 2020

£2,300

March 2020

£2,600

June 2020

£4,000

Focus Groups

Month

Value (excl VAT)

March 2020

£9,999

Luke Hall
Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
19th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether the allocation of the covid-19 hardship fund to local authorities will take into account levels of deprivation.

The Government will provide English councils with £500 million to support financially vulnerable residents, and expects that most of the funding will be used to provide additional council tax relief.

Further guidance is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/council-tax-covid-19-hardship-fund-2020-to-2021-guidance .

19th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what support his Department is providing to local authorities to support adult social care services through the covid-19 outbreak.

The 2020-21 settlement for local government provided local authorities with access to the largest increase in spending power in a decade to help local authorities meet rising demand for adult social care. In total, local authorities will have access to almost £6 billion of dedicated funding across adult and children’s social care in 2020-21.

The Government has also announced additional funding of £2.9 billion to support hospitals, councils and adult social care providers through the COVID-19 outbreak. Of this, £1.6 billion will go to local authorities to allow them to address increased pressures on services in their local areas, including adult social care.

22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

The information requested is not held centrally and therefore can only be provided at disproportionate costs.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

The Northern Ireland Office has had no spend on (a) opinion polling or (b) focus groups in any month since January 2019.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland has had no spend on (a) opinion polling or (b) focus groups in any month since January 2019.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling and (b) focus groups in each month since January 2019.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales has not spent any money on opinion polling or focus groups since January 2019.

David T C Davies
Assistant Whip