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Paul Bristow

Conservative - Peterborough


Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 26th October 2021
09:00
Health and Social Care Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Cancer services
26 Oct 2021, 9 a.m.
At 9.30am: Oral evidence
Dr Philippa Hetherington, Expert be experience
At 9.45am: Oral evidence
Professor David Cunningham - Chair at Association of Cancer Physicians
Professor Mike Griffin - President at Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Professor Pat Price - Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Chair at Action Radiotherapy
At 10.40am: Oral evidence
Professor Nick James - Prostate and Bladder Cancer Team Leader at Institute of Cancer Research
Baroness Delyth Morgan - Chief Executive Officer at Breast Cancer Now
David Watson - Executive Director of Economic, Health and Commercial Policy at The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)
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Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 26th October 2021
09:25
Elections Bill - Debate
Subject: Further to consider the Bill
26 Oct 2021, 9:25 a.m. View calendar
Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 26th October 2021
14:00
Elections Bill - Debate
Subject: Further to consider the Bill
26 Oct 2021, 2 p.m. View calendar
Select Committee Meeting
Thursday 28th October 2021
11:30
Elections Bill - Debate
Subject: Further to consider the Bill
28 Oct 2021, 11:30 a.m. View calendar
Select Committee Meeting
Thursday 28th October 2021
14:00
Elections Bill - Debate
Subject: Further to consider the Bill
28 Oct 2021, 2 p.m. View calendar
Division Votes
Wednesday 20th October 2021
Environment Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 300 Conservative Aye votes vs 1 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 307 Noes - 185
Speeches
Tuesday 19th October 2021
Elections Bill (Seventh sitting)

I want to repeat the point that I probably made rather presumptuously in my previous remarks. I want to know …

Written Answers
Tuesday 14th September 2021
NHS England and NHS Improvement
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2021 to Question 25963 on NHS …
Early Day Motions
Tuesday 1st September 2020
ITV Voice Kids television programme
That this House applauds the efforts of all the contestants in this year’s ITV The Voice Kids television programme; notes …
Bills
None available
Tweets
Friday 22nd October 2021
19:25
MP Financial Interests
Monday 12th July 2021
1. Employment and earnings
29 June 2021, received £500. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 30 June 2021)
EDM signed
Tuesday 1st December 2020
Misuse of fireworks
That this House notes the unplanned use of fireworks can cause considerable distress to animals and vulnerable people in communities …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Paul Bristow has voted in 324 divisions, and 2 times against the majority of their Party.

1 Dec 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Paul Bristow voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Conservative No votes vs 290 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 291 Noes - 78
17 Jun 2020 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Paul Bristow voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 104 Conservative Aye votes vs 124 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 253 Noes - 136
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Matt Hancock (Conservative)
(14 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(12 debate interactions)
Cat Smith (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) (Young People and Voter Engagement)
(9 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(35 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(33 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(13 debate contributions)
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Peterborough 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 Peterborough signature proportion
Petitions with most Peterborough signatures
Petition Debates Contributed

The Government must make a public statement on the #kissanprotests & press freedoms.

India is the worlds largest democracy & democratic engagement and freedom of the press are fundamental rights and a positive step towards creating a India that works for all.

I would like the government to review and increase the pay for healthcare workers to recognise the work that they do.

We would like the government to support and regard social care: financially, publicly and systematically on an equal par as NHS. We would like parliament to debate how to support social care during COVID-19 and beyond so that it automatically has the same access to operational and financial support.

To revoke the Immigration Health Surcharge increases for overseas NHS staff. The latest budget shows an increase of £220 a year for an overseas worker to live and work in the UK, at a time when the NHS, and UK economy, relies heavily on them.

Give NHS workers who are EU and other Nationals automatic UK citizenship if they stay and risk their own lives looking after the British people during the COVID crisis.


Latest EDMs signed by Paul Bristow

17th November 2020
Paul Bristow signed this EDM on Tuesday 1st December 2020

Misuse of fireworks

Tabled by: Sarah Owen (Labour - Luton North)
That this House notes the unplanned use of fireworks can cause considerable distress to animals and vulnerable people in communities and notes the petition supported by over 252,000 people calling for limits on the sale and use of fireworks to licensed displays; and calls for a Government review of current …
25 signatures
(Most recent: 22 Mar 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 10
Scottish National Party: 10
Independent: 2
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Conservative: 1
Alba Party: 1
4th November 2020
Paul Bristow signed this EDM on Monday 30th November 2020

Falkland Islands mine-free declaration

Tabled by: Andrew Rosindell (Conservative - Romford)
That this House recognises the Falkland Islands will officially be declared mine-free on November 14 2020, fulfilling the UK's commitment of its clearance obligation under the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention; notes that with this declaration the entire UK and her Overseas Territories will be mine-free; pays tribute to the members …
20 signatures
(Most recent: 30 Nov 2020)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 8
Labour: 5
Scottish National Party: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
Liberal Democrat: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Paul Bristow, 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.


Paul Bristow has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Paul Bristow has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Paul Bristow has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Paul Bristow has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


115 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people have died by suicide in each month since January 2019.

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

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the (a) Football Association and (b) his counterparts in the devolved administrations on the prospects for relaunching the British Home Football Championship.

The Government has not had any recent discussions with the FA or Devolved Administrations about a British Home Football Championship. Whilst our love of the sport unites the home nations, international fixtures are a matter for the relevant football authorities.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
16th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the (a) progress of the roll-out of full fibre digital infrastructure in the Peterborough constituency in the last 12 months and (b) progress towards nationwide full fibre coverage by 2025 and (c) the need to update the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review.

According to ThinkBroadband, full-fibre coverage in the Peterborough constituency stands at 47%, compared to 29% in July 2019.

The Government remains committed to delivering nationwide gigabit connectivity as soon as possible. We support industry’s plans to deliver gigabit broadband to the most commercial parts of the UK (c.80% of the country) and will continue to take action to remove barriers to deployment to help them deliver this by 2025.

It is more challenging to deliver gigabit connectivity to the hardest to reach 20% of the country by 2025. This is why we have committed a record £5 billion of capital funding to
support deployment in these areas.

30th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has provided (a) support and (b) guidance to escape room businesses during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government’s economic support measures have helped a wide range of visitor attractions through this crisis. Escape room businesses can continue to access schemes such as the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, the Bounce Back Loans scheme. Certain retail, leisure and hospitality businesses are also eligible for business rates relief and grants.

Indoor attractions will be permitted to reopen from 4 July, so long as they can do so in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines for the Visitor Economy. People should only visit indoor attractions within their household group (or support bubble) or with one other household (or support bubble).

We have worked very closely with the tourism sector to develop Covid-secure guidance which will help visitor economy businesses reopen safely.


Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure a sustainable future for radio.

While radio stations across the UK are reporting increasing numbers of listeners tuning in to their broadcasts, many of these stations are operating against the backdrop of a rapid fall in advertising and other revenues due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Commercial radio stations have been able to take advantage of some of the unprecedented support measures that have been introduced across the wider economy, such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Bounce Back Loan Scheme. However, we acknowledge that commercial radio also faces some sector-specific pressures.

We are pleased that an agreement has now been reached with Arqiva that will result in a significant reduction in annual transmission costs for local commercial stations that use Arqiva’s services, and have worked with industry during this crisis to support efforts to reduce other costs. We note in particular the help secured by Radiocentre in the form of reduced music licensing payments to reflect the fall in stations’ revenues, and Ofcom’s announcement relaxing its enforcement of licensees’ programming and production requirements, which has been extended to December.

We have also worked with Ofcom to release emergency funding, through the Community Radio Fund, to help community radio stations continue to provide programming and outreach projects for the communities they serve. Ofcom announced details of 81 awards on 4 June.

We note that Ofcom plan to begin advertising small-scale multiplex licences later this year, which will provide a lower-cost digital transmission option for smaller stations, and we will shortly be publishing our response to our consultation on analogue commercial radio licences.

We will continue to liaise with stakeholders across the industry regarding ways in which the Government can reduce regulatory burdens further to support radio through Covid-19 and beyond.

11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish an Equality Impact Assessment of The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021.

The department completed both an equality impact assessment and a Children’s Rights Impact Assessment before introducing the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021, which will ban the placement of children under 16 in independent and semi-independent settings from September. We can confirm that the government will publish both documents shortly.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish a Child Rights Impact Assessment of The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021.

The department completed both an equality impact assessment and a Children’s Rights Impact Assessment before introducing the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021, which will ban the placement of children under 16 in independent and semi-independent settings from September. We can confirm that the government will publish both documents shortly.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the return of SEND pupils to school.

Supporting all children and young people and keeping them safe is the highest priority for the government, especially at this time. That is why, throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, educational settings have been asked to ensure that children and young people with education, health and care (EHC) plans can continue to attend where appropriate and, following a risk assessment, where their needs can be safely met in the educational environment.

Returning to normal educational routines as quickly as possible will be critical for children and young people’s education and wellbeing. From 1 June, we asked special educational settings to welcome back as many children and young people as could be safely catered for in their setting, based on their risk assessment as the primary deciding factor. In mainstream settings, we asked that children and young people with EHC plans in eligible year groups experience the same return to settings as their peers without EHC plans in the same year group, informed by their risk assessments. However, the prevalence of COVID-19 has decreased and the balance of risk is now overwhelmingly in favour of all children and young people, including those with special educational needs and disability (SEND), returning to their educational setting so that they can receive high-quality teaching and specialist professional care.

On 2 July, the government published detailed plans for schools and colleges that set out what is needed to plan for a full return of their pupils and students in September, including for special education settings. We have also updated the guidance for higher education providers on reopening university campuses.

The guidance has been developed with medical experts from Public Health England and we continue to work closely with the country’s best scientific and medical experts to ensure that children, young people and staff are as safe as possible. The guidance provides specific advice on approaches for reducing the risk of transmission as well as other operational considerations for educational settings to follow as they prepare for welcoming back all pupils and students with SEND in both mainstream and specialist settings.

The guidance for special educational settings can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-full-opening-special-schools-and-other-specialist-settings.

The guidance for mainstream settings is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools.

The guidance for further education settings is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision/what-fe-colleges-and-providers-will-need-to-do-from-the-start-of-the-2020-autumn-term.

The guidance for higher education settings is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses.

We will continue to work closely with special education settings, parents and carers, local authorities and other partner organisations ahead of September. For instance, we know that specific transport arrangements for children and young people with SEND will be critical. We will publish guidance for local authorities who provide dedicated school transport shortly.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to allocate addition and (a) funding and (b) resources to the provision of music teaching in schools in (i) England and (ii) in Peterborough constituency.

The Department believes that music is an important subject and that all pupils should receive a high-quality music education. The subject is compulsory in the national curriculum up to age 14.

To support schools to deliver high quality music education for all their pupils, the Government has provided funding of over £300 million for music education hubs across England between 2016 and 2020, including £76 million in 2019-20, and further funding to support hubs with the additional costs under the teachers’ pension scheme. This is a significant increase over the £58 million we gave hubs in 2014.

The Government recently announced a further year’s funding for music hubs, to help thousands more children learn to play musical instruments, as well as continued support for a range of smaller music and arts programmes, totalling £85 million. We will also be offering an ‘arts premium’ of £90 million each year for secondary schools in England from 2021 to fund enriching activities for all pupils.

Peterborough is served by the Peterborough Music Education Hub. In 2020-21, we will be providing the hub with over £360,000 of funding to continue to support the city’s schools to deliver high-quality music education. In 2016-17, the last year data for which data is available, the hub provided individual lessons to over 2,500 pupils, small group lessons for over 1,000 pupils and whole class ensemble teaching to over 3,300 pupils. The hub also supported or delivered 215 ensembles. The Government trusts that with this announced funding, this important work will continue, both in Peterborough and across England.

14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) financial and (b) other support he is giving to local authorities to (i) plant more trees and (ii) create new areas of woodland.

Defra supports tree planting in England through established mechanisms, almost all of which are available to Local Authorities and their partners if they can meet the rules of the scheme. These include the Woodland Creation Planning Grant, Woodland Carbon Fund, Countryside Stewardship and the Urban Tree Challenge Fund.

We have also announced a £640 million Nature for Climate Fund which will drive tree-planting in this parliament. Plans for that will be announced through a new England Tree Strategy, including how local authorities can access grant funding for tree planting and woodland management.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the additional UK investment in India which will result from a UK-India free trade agreement; and will she make a statement.

The United Kingdom has a strong investment relationship with India with around 400,000 jobs supported through investments in each other’s economies. In 2019, investment from the United Kingdom in India was worth £15.3 billion, a rise of over £800 million from 2018. At a virtual summit in May between my Rt hon. Friend the Prime Minister and Prime Minister Modi of India, Britain announced her intent to negotiate a comprehensive free trade agreement with India. For British businesses investing in India’s £2 trillion economy, or Indian businesses investing across the United Kingdom, a free trade agreement could offer improved access. On 25th May, my Department launched a consultation requesting input from consumers and businesses across all sectors that will help us craft a deal that boosts economic growth creating high-value jobs in every corner of the country.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what representations she has made to her Indian counterpart on the Indian Government's non-compliance with international arbitration rulings in respect of (a) Cairn Energy, (b) Vodafone and (c) Devas Multimedia; and if she will make a statement.

It is a long-standing position of HM Government not to engage in ongoing legal proceedings under bilateral investment treaties (BITs) that we are not party to. Enforcement of an award made in favour of an investor by an international arbitral tribunal is a question for the investor, based on the options available to them under international law and relevant domestic legal procedures.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she plans to review the efficacy of provisions in the UK-India Bilateral Investment Treaty relating to independent international arbitration panels as a means of dispute resolution; and if she will make a statement.

HM Government has no plans to review the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision in the United Kingdom-India Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). The BIT was unilaterally terminated in 2017, following notice of termination provided by the Government of India in 2016. The BIT contains a sunset clause, under which the provisions of the treaty, including the ISDS provision, continue to apply to investments made before its termination for a further 15 years.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to fully dual the A47; and what progress he is making in implementing those plans.

The second Road Investment Strategy will confirm the Government’s plans for the strategic road network. We expect this to be published before the start of the second Road Period on 1 April 2020. The first Road Investment Strategy has already committed over £300 million of investment in the A47, including three dualling schemes. Highways England has been developing these schemes and they are currently scheduled for a phased start of works, with the first construction starting in 2021.

George Freeman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that people with (a) disabilities and (b) long-term conditions and (c) arthritis are supported (i) to work from home and (ii) when returning to work during the covid-19 outbreak.

Recognising the additional challenges Covid-19 may produce for people who have a disability or health condition, Access to Work has introduced a number of measures to support disabled people and those with a health condition whether they are working in the workplace, working from home, or returning to work.

During the pandemic Access to Work has been keen to support the use of assistive technology and where necessary has adapted existing awards to meet new working environments. This could include switching from face to face British Sign Language Interpreting to Video Remote Interpreting services where possible as well as making greater use of assistive technology and software.

In addition, to reflect concerns raised by stakeholders Access to Work has introduced and following measures:

  • Accepting email claim forms from customers who request this as a reasonable adjustment;
  • Accepting employer and support worker signatures via email;
  • Extending Support Worker awards that are coming to an end by 6 months;
  • Extending the timeframe customers have to submit payment claim forms to 9 months;
  • Adapting the way our assessments are undertaken to support customers who don’t know what support they need and/or where coping strategies are required as part of the Mental Health Support Service;
  • Flexing support and supporting the moving of special aids and equipment from the workplace to home, and providing new equipment for employees working from home where necessary; and
  • Prioritising new applications from key workers and those with jobs starting within the next 4 weeks.
29th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many additional people with (a) a disability, (b) long-term health conditions and (c) arthritis have been supported by the Access to Work Scheme since the covid-19 lockdown.

Access to Work continues to provide practical and financial support for people who have a disability or a health condition and require reasonable adjustments which are beyond standard adjustments an employer is required to provide.

Information about Access to Work can be found in the Official Access to Work Statistics which are published annually and can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/access-to-work-statistics-april-2007-to-march-2019.

The figures which relate to number of people who received an Access to Work payment this year will be available in the future Access to Work publication. Under the Code of Practice for Statistics the figures for 2020/21 cannot be released ahead of the official publication of the Access to Work Statistics. For this reason, it is not possible to provide the aggregated figures you have requested. This year’s statistics are due to be published in September 2021, and when published can be found using the link provided.

The Access to Work Statistics report the number of people who have received at least one Access to Work payment in a given financial year. Table 8 of the statistics in particular shows the number of people who have received an Access to Work payment broken down by primary medical condition (PMC). Disability, long-term health conditions and arthritis are not classed as individual PMC’s, and these conditions are recorded under the PMC categories.

To support disabled people to retain, adapt and move into employment during the pandemic, Access to Work has introduced a package of measures. These are:

  • Accepting email claim forms from customers who request this as a reasonable adjustment;
  • Accepting employer and support worker signatures via email;
  • Extending Support Worker awards that are coming to an end by 6 months;
  • Extending the timeframe customers have to submit payment claim forms to 9 months;
  • Adapting the way our assessments are undertaken to support customers;
  • Flexing support and supporting the moving of special aids and equipment from the workplace to home, and providing new equipment for employees working from home where necessary; and
  • Prioritising new applications from key workers and those with jobs starting within the next 4 weeks.
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to maintain the medical testing diagnostics infrastructure which has been established during the covid-19 outbreak to help in the early detection of other illnesses, including cancer and dementia.

We plan to maintain the testing diagnostics infrastructure as part of the United Kingdom’s diagnostic capability.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the Government's long-term policy on a new UK health diagnostics sector and preventative health strategy following the covid-19 outbreak.

We have no current plans to publish a new long-term policy on the United Kingdom health diagnostics sector. We are establishing the Office for Health Promotion, to drive the prevention agenda across Government and we will set out more detail on our plans for improving public health later in 2021.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to extend preventative health care testing after the covid-19 outbreak.

The UK National Screening Committee advises ministers and the National Health Service on all aspects of population screening. Professor John Deanfield is leading a review of the NHS Health Check programme, which is designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. The review will report later in the year.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve public awareness of sarcoma cancer.

There are no specific plans to do so. Public Health England, NHS England and NHS Improvement’s campaign, ‘Help us help you’ which ran from October to December 2020, to raise awareness of general symptoms of cancer and encourage people experiencing persistent symptoms to contact their general practitioner. Further ‘Help us help you’ campaigns are under consideration.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with non-emergency patient service providers on the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on their workload.

We have had no recent discussions.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the advice of the SAGE Environmental and Modelling Group on the role of ventilation in controlling covid-19 transmission has been updated since it was published on 23 October 2020.

A summary paper by the Environmental and Modelling Group (EMG) on ventilation actions to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 was published on 18 December 2020 and is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/emg-simple-summary-of-ventilation-actions-to-mitigate-the-risk-of-covid-19-1-october-2020

There have been no papers on the application of air cleaning devices and personal decontamination to manage transmission of COVID-19 published by the EMG since 4 November 2020.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department has allocated to research on the utility and safety of UV-C as a means of tackling the aerosol transmission of viruses that cause covid-19; to which research bodies that funding has been disbursed; and how that funding has been so spent by each of those research bodies.

Two grants totalling £296,049 have been awarded for two trials on far-UVC.

£136,000 has been provided to University of St. Andrews to trial the efficacy of far-UVC radiation technology on droplets, aerosols and surfaces in simulated public locations. £160,049 has been provided to University of Dundee to investigate the effects on human skin from viricidal far-UVC radiation.

The spend to date on both trials is planned but has not yet been accounted for by NHS Test and Trace.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has been made by (a) the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies and (b) his Department of the potential merits of using (a) UV-C systems and (b) H2O2 vapour as methods of air purification in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

In July 2020, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies published a paper on the application of UV disinfection, visible light, local air filtration and fumigation technologies, particularly hydrogen peroxide vapour using H2O2 to microbial control regarding COVID-19 transmission. The paper is available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/904656/S0440_EMG_-_Application_of_UV_disinfection__visible_light__local_air_filtration_and_fumigation.pdf

Public Health England (PHE) has undertaken assessments of inactivation methods against COVID 19, including the use of UV-C and H2O2 vapour, with further evaluations ongoing. PHE published guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19. Standard use of UV-C and H202 technologies are not recommended as these could be used to supplement existing cleaning and ventilation rather than replace them. Their guidance is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much funding his Department has awarded to the University of Dundee to conduct research on whether ultraviolet-C light is effective against viruses which cause covid-19; and on what date the findings of that research will be reported to the Government.

The University of Dundee is conducting trials on human skin safety and far-UVC light. For this trial a total of £160,049 has been awarded. Results are expected in Quarter 2 in 2022.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what advice given by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies' Environmental and Modelling Group was used by his Department when it made the decision to fund a project led by the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee on whether ultraviolet-C light can kill viruses which cause covid-19.

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies’ Environmental and Modelling Group’s (SAGE-EMG) advice highlighted the potential for far-UVC technology as promising but requiring further research.

The Universities of St Andrews and Dundee presented far-UVC technology to a workshop convened by the Innovation and Partnerships team in NHS Test and Trace. The workshop evaluation considered several technologies and based on the evidence presented and SAGE-EMG’s advice to further the research, far-UVC technology was considered suitable for funding.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
23rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to publish a preliminary assessment of the (a) timetable and (b) associated costs for the roll out of water fluoridation in England under the proposed powers in the White Paper, Working together to improve health and social care for all.

Water fluoridation is an effective public health intervention that has the ability to improve oral health and reduce oral health inequalities. We are not yet in a position to share any firm plans for expansion, which would be subject to funding being agreed and public consultation following the successful passage of the Bill.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to prevent the cancellation of priority 2 paediatric surgical procedures.

The National Health Service continues to make full use of available capacity for non-urgent elective services, both in the NHS and in contracted independent hospitals, in order to maintain elective activity, including non-urgent paediatric operations, as far as possible.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the access heart failure patients have had to health care during the covid-19 outbreak.

Throughout the pandemic, patients have been encouraged to come forward for the treatment that they require and urgent treatments continued to be delivered. Throughout the summer and autumn of 2020, the National Health Service has run an ongoing media campaign ‘Help us to help you’ encouraging patients to seek urgent medical help when they are unwell, including clear messaging for patients with heart attack symptoms to call 999.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have promoted restoration of services as a priority, including diagnostic and treatment services for patients with heart failure, as soon as the peak of the first wave of the pandemic began to decline.

NHS Long Term Plan heart failure work, including ensuring early and rapid access to heart failure diagnostic tests and treatment, remains a priority for NHS England and NHS Improvement during the pandemic.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on heart failure services in (a) the community and (b) primary care.

NHS England and NHS Improvement promoted restoration of heart failure services as a priority as soon as the peak of the pandemic’s first wave began to decline. NHS England and NHS Improvement are also working with health professionals to support heart failure patients in the community through the roll-out of the NHS@Home self-management scheme.

NHS Long Term Plan work on improving heart failure services remains a priority for NHS England and NHS Improvement during the COVID-19 pandemic and NHS England and NHS Improvement’s work includes improving the early diagnosis and management of patients with heart failure in primary care. General practice is open and people should continue to access services by phone, online or in person. Practices have been encouraged to deliver as much routine and preventative work as can be provided safely, and supporting patients at higher risk with ongoing care needs.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the variation in the (a) availability and (b) quality of heart failure services (i) before and (ii) during the covid-19.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, NHS England published the NHS Long Term Plan, with heart failure a key priority. NHS Long Term Plan work on improving heart failure services, including reducing variation in the availability and quality of services as well as ensuring early and rapid access to heart failure diagnostic tests and treatment, remains a priority for NHS England and NHS Improvement during the pandemic.

As soon as the peak of the first wave of the pandemic began to decline, NHS England and NHS Improvement promoted restoration of services as a priority, including heart failure diagnostic and treatment services. The restoration of non-COVID-19 services is being prioritised at local level based on local demands. In October 2020 NHS England and NHS Improvement provided service protection plans to regional teams to ensure that critical services, such as cardiac surgery for patients with severe valvular disease, are maintained as far as possible during the second wave of COVID-19.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
30th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to raise awareness of heart failure as a long-term condition amongst system leaders and generalist healthcare professionals.

To raise awareness of heart failure as a long term condition, NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with Health Education England to develop e-learning to support health care professionals to better recognise the symptoms of heart failure and to improve heart failure diagnosis, management and support.

In addition, NHS Long Term Plan work on heart failure, including raising awareness of heart failure symptoms, remains a priority for NHS England and NHS Improvement during the COVID-19 pandemic. NHS England and NHS Improvement’s work includes improving the early diagnosis and management of patients with heart failure in primary care.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which individuals and professional organisations issue guidance on the stockpiling of noradrenaline for the treatment of covid-19 to (a) his Department and (b) NHS England.

In preparation for a second wave of COVID-19 and to protect the security of the supply of critical life-saving medicines and patient health across the United Kingdom, an assessment of intensive care unit and end of life care medicines and antibiotics that should be stockpiled, informed by senior clinicians and those with experience of treating COVID-19 patients, was led by NHS England in May and June and this fed into two Departmental tender exercises. Noradrenaline is one of the medicines that is being sourced by the Department.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of trends in the use of noradrenaline throughout the NHS in England in each month of 2020.

NHS England and NHS Improvement undertake regular monitoring of the demand and supply position for priority medicines including noradrenaline. A table showing this information is attached.

We cannot make accurate projections of demand going forward. However, we have used the information regarding first wave usage to inform mitigations for a second wave, such as stockpiling.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an estimate of demand for noradrenaline during the remainder of 2020-21.

NHS England and NHS Improvement undertake regular monitoring of the demand and supply position for priority medicines including noradrenaline. A table showing this information is attached.

We cannot make accurate projections of demand going forward. However, we have used the information regarding first wave usage to inform mitigations for a second wave, such as stockpiling.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has made to ensure the adequate supply of ICU medicine supplies for the treatment of covid-19.

In preparation for a second wave of COVID-19 and to protect the security of the supply of critical life-saving medicines and patient health across the United Kingdom, an assessment of intensive care unit and end of life care medicines and antibiotics that should be stockpiled, informed by senior clinicians and those with experience of treating COVID-19 patients, was led by NHS England in May and June and this fed into two Departmental tender exercises. Noradrenaline is one of the medicines that is being sourced by the Department.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the outcome was of his 23 July 2020 tender entitled the Supply of Supportive medicines for a UK stockpile of medicines for Covid-19 preparedness.

In preparation for a second wave of COVID-19 and to protect the security of the supply of critical life-saving medicines and patient health across the United Kingdom, an assessment of intensive care unit and end of life care medicines and antibiotics that should be stockpiled, informed by senior clinicians and those with experience of treating COVID-19 patients, was led by NHS England in May and June and this fed into two Departmental tender exercises. Noradrenaline is one of the medicines that is being sourced by the Department.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve the collection of data on the needs of autistic children and adults in the health and social care system.

NHS Digital started collecting and reporting on autism diagnosis waiting times in November 2019. These are experimental statistics and NHS Digital are working to improve the data quality and completeness of these statistics for future use.

We are reviewing our autism strategy and we are extending it to include children. We expect the revised strategy will have a focus on improved data collection and reporting. We expect to publish this as soon as possible.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department is providing to autistic adults during the covid-19 outbreak who normally receive social care in the community.

We recognise the significant impact that the pandemic has had on autistic people including those who normally receive social care in the community. We have enabled access to the National Health Service volunteer responder scheme, developed tailored guidance for autistic people, informed by stakeholders, and funded autism and learning disability charities with more than £1 million to provide support.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
19th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that autistic adults who need a social care assessment are able to receive one during the covid-19 outbreak.

We recognise the significant impact that the pandemic has had on autistic people including those who normally receive social care in the community. We have enabled access to the National Health Service volunteer responder scheme, developed tailored guidance for autistic people, informed by stakeholders, and funded autism and learning disability charities with more than £1 million to provide support.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps Clinical Commissioning Groups has taken to challenge abstinence-only approaches to alcoholism by GPs.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance describe best practice and health and care commissioners are expected to take them fully into account. Current guidelines for general practitioners and other health professionals to identify, assess and intervene for people misusing alcohol are available and can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg115/chapter/1-guidance

Staff responsible for assessing and managing assisted alcohol withdrawal should be competent in the diagnosis and assessment of alcohol dependence and withdrawal symptoms and the use of drug regimens appropriate to the settings (for example, inpatient or community) in which the withdrawal is managed.

The Government has taken a robust approach to tackling alcohol harms. Between 2016 and 2020/21 we are investing more than £16 billion in local government public health services. In 2019/20 over £3 billion is to be used exclusively on public health including alcohol treatment services.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether Clinical Commissioning Groups are encouraging GPs to identify heavy drinkers who would potentially benefit from a prescription for nalmefene in addition to psychosocial support.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance describe best practice and health and care commissioners are expected to take them fully into account. Current guidelines for general practitioners and other health professionals to identify, assess and intervene for people misusing alcohol are available and can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg115/chapter/1-guidance

Staff responsible for assessing and managing assisted alcohol withdrawal should be competent in the diagnosis and assessment of alcohol dependence and withdrawal symptoms and the use of drug regimens appropriate to the settings (for example, inpatient or community) in which the withdrawal is managed.

The Government has taken a robust approach to tackling alcohol harms. Between 2016 and 2020/21 we are investing more than £16 billion in local government public health services. In 2019/20 over £3 billion is to be used exclusively on public health including alcohol treatment services.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NICE Implementation Collaborative report, Supporting local implementation of NICE Technology Appraisal 325 on reducing alcohol consumption in adults with alcohol dependence, what progress his Department has made on implementing guidance on (a) encouraging the prescription of nalmefene and (b) reducing complexity in the provision of alcohol-treatment services within the NHS.

Public Health England is working with the Department and the devolved administrations to develop comprehensive United Kingdom guidelines for the clinical management of harmful drinking and alcohol dependence. The guidelines are due to be published in 2021.

The aim of the guidelines is to develop a clear consensus on good practice and help services to implement interventions for alcohol use disorders that are recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). More information on the development of the guidelines can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-alcohol-clinical-guidelines-development-begins

NICE undertook a surveillance review of its guideline on alcohol-use disorders: diagnosis, assessment and management of harmful drinking (high-risk drinking) and alcohol dependence [CG115] in July 2019, and the decision was made to not update the guideline. While the review found several studies on naltrexone, NICE considered that the new evidence was unlikely to change the current guideline recommendations. Unless presented with new evidence, NICE has no immediate plans to review CG115.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
14th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether NICE Guidance CG115 will be updated to reflect studies that conclude that naltrexone is (a) effective at reducing alcohol use and heavy drinking and (b) less effective at maintaining abstinence.

Public Health England is working with the Department and the devolved administrations to develop comprehensive United Kingdom guidelines for the clinical management of harmful drinking and alcohol dependence. The guidelines are due to be published in 2021.

The aim of the guidelines is to develop a clear consensus on good practice and help services to implement interventions for alcohol use disorders that are recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). More information on the development of the guidelines can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-alcohol-clinical-guidelines-development-begins

NICE undertook a surveillance review of its guideline on alcohol-use disorders: diagnosis, assessment and management of harmful drinking (high-risk drinking) and alcohol dependence [CG115] in July 2019, and the decision was made to not update the guideline. While the review found several studies on naltrexone, NICE considered that the new evidence was unlikely to change the current guideline recommendations. Unless presented with new evidence, NICE has no immediate plans to review CG115.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many screenings for bowel cancer have taken place in the NHS, as part of the NHS Bowel Screening Programme, in each month since April 2019.

Monthly data is not centrally available, but data on participation and coverage for bowel cancer screening is published on a quarterly basis.

The proportion of eligible men and women aged 60 to 74 years invited to participate in bowel cancer screening who adequately participated since April 2019 (Q1) is as follows:

2019-20

Q1

62.1%

Q2

67.5%

Q3

64.5%

Full quarterly data is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-screening-programmes-kpi-reports-2019-to-2020

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many screenings for cervical cancer have taken place in the NHS, as part of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme, in each month since April 2019.

We do not hold monthly data on the number of people being screened for cervical cancer. Data for the cervical screening programme is collected on an annual basis; the data for 2019-20 (up to 31 March 2020) is not yet available. The annual series is available at the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/cervical-screening-annual

Management information is published for the cervical screening programme on a quarterly basis. This provides a count of how many women have been screened in the last 3.5/5.5 years at the end of that quarter, rather than for that quarter alone. The latest period covers data to Quarter 4 2019-20 and is available at the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/cervical-screening-programme/cervical-screening-programme-coverage-statistics-management-information

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many screenings for breast cancer have taken place in the NHS, as part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme, in each month since April 2019.

We do not hold monthly data on the number of people being screened for breast cancer. Data for the NHS Breast Cancer Screening Programme is collected on an annual basis; annual data for 2019-20 (up to 31 March 2020) is not yet available. The latest available annual series can be accessed at the following link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/breast-screening-programme

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many screenings for abdominal aortic aneurysms have taken place in the NHS, as part of the NHS AAA Screening Programme, in each month since April 2019.

The information is not held in the format requested.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many diabetic eye screenings have taken place in the NHS, as part of the NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme, in each month since April 2019.

We do not receive data on a monthly basis for the diabetic eye screening programme. The data received is a cumulative indicator. The latest data from Public Health England is for the period October 2019 to December 2019, when a cumulative total of 2,340,428 eligible individuals attended a successful screening event, including routine digital screening, digital surveillance and slit lamp biomicroscopy surveillance.

The full quarterly data is available via the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-screening-programmes-kpi-reports-2019-to-2020

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department provided to NHS Trusts on the resumption of NHS screening programmes in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

NHS England and NHS Improvement provided guidance to National Health Service trusts on 29 April 2020, recommending that providers should seek to deliver as much routine and preventative work as could be provided safely, including screening, as some routine invitations or appointments had been rescheduled to protect patients and staff during the pandemic. The guidance is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/04/second-phase-of-nhs-response-to-covid-19-letter-to-chief-execs-29-april-2020.pdf

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the operation of NHS screening programmes.

NHS England and NHS Improvement did not provide direction at a national level to suspend National Health Service screening programmes in England during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some clinical services at a regional level rescheduled routine screening invitations to a later date in order to protect patients and staff during this pandemic.

All screening programmes have now restarted and NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with providers to catch-up the backlog as quickly as possible. Appointments for those at highest risk have already returned to normal levels, and most providers have restored routine invitations to normal levels.

Time-critical screening services, including antenatal and new-born screening and screening for those at highest risk of cancers, continued to be prioritised throughout the COVID19 response.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment Public Health England has made on the need for a national public awareness campaign on prostate cancer.

In 2014, Public Health England (PHE) ran a Be Clear on Cancer local pilot campaign focusing on prostate cancer in London. This included posters (by the roadside and in barber shops), print, tailored public health messaging on local radio, street ambassadors and public relations. Further information on this campaign for prostate cancer can be viewed at the following link:

https://prostatecanceruk.org/media/2457630/Be-Clear-on-Cancer-Web-Accessible-GP.pdf

An evaluation of the campaign showed that the activity raised awareness of the issue within the target audience. However, there was no evidence of an increase in general practitioner appointments as a result of the campaign. Further details can be viewed at the following link:

http://www.ncin.org.uk/cancer_type_and_topic_specific_work/topic_specific_work/be_clear_on_cancer/prostatecancerevaluationresults

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of NHS funding spend on cancer is currently spent on prostate cancer.

The amount spent by the National Health Service on prostate cancer related services is not collected separately to the overall spend on cancer services.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on prostate cancer identification and diagnosis rates from March 2020 to July 2020.

The data is not currently available.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the National Screening Committee in its review into the case for prostate cancer screening will make an assessment of the European Association of Urologists' recommendation, published in its 2019 position paper on the wide-scale adoption of population-based prostate cancer screening programmes.

The United Kingdom National Screening Committee (UK NSC) opened its three-month public consultation on screening for prostate cancer/ prostate-specific antigen testing in men over 50 on 25 June 2020.

As per the UK NSC’s evidence review process when examining the evidence for a condition, only published peer-reviewed evidence is taken into consideration in order to allow for robust population screening recommendations to be made. The evidence review process can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-nsc-evidence-review-process/uk-nsc-evidence-review-process

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 had a diagnosis for bipolar disorder in each of the last five years.

Information is not collected in the format requested.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
8th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence has plans to update is guidance on Naltrexone and opioid antagonists as a treatment for addiction.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) reviewed the evidence on naltrexone for the management of opioid dependence in November 2010 and found nothing new that affects the recommendations in this guidance. In line with NICE’s published procedures, this guidance will be considered for review again if there is new evidence that is likely to change the recommendations.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
8th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that GPs and commissioners follow the latest NICE guidance on the prescription of drugs for alcohol dependence.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance describe best practice and health and care commissioners are expected to take them fully into account. NICE guidance provides recommendations on best practice in terms of both the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions and services.

The Government has taken a robust approach to tackling alcohol harms. Between 2016 and 2020/21 we are investing more than £16 billion in local government public health services. In 2019/20 over £3 billion is to be used exclusively on public health including alcohol treatment services.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many percutaneous coronary interventions have taken place in the NHS in month since April 2019.

The data requested is provided in the following table. It should be noted that the data is provisional and subject to review.

Year

Month

Episodes

2019

April

6,319

May

6,876

June

6,361

July

6,983

August

6,515

September

6,325

October

6,969

November

6,695

December

6,355

2020

January

6,670

February

6,169

March

5,762

April

3,480

Figures provided do not represent the number of different patients as a person may have more than one episode of care.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many cataract procedures have taken place in the NHS in each month since April 2019.

The data requested is provided in the following table. It should be noted that the data is provisional and subject to review.

Year

Month

Episodes

2019

April

36,390

May

38,750

June

38,741

July

42,554

August

37,188

September

40,457

October

43,774

November

43,313

December

34,948

2020

January

42,738

February

39,528

March

26,658

April

148

Figures provided do not represent the number of different patients as a person may have more than one episode of care.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hip and knee orthopaedic procedures have taken place in the NHS in each month since April 2019.

The data requested is provided in the following table. It should be noted that the data is provisional and subject to review.

Year

Month

Episodes

2019

April

39,287

May

41,792

June

40,369

July

42,183

August

37,768

September

40,248

October

43,375

November

41,465

December

37,640

2020

January

39,944

February

38,845

March

31,105

April

7,275

Figures provided do not represent the number of different patients as a person may have more than one episode of care.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hernia repair procedures have taken place in the NHS in each month since April 2019.

A count of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) with any mention of a 'hernia repair procedure' by month between April 2019 to April 2020 is attached. Data provided for 2019-20 are provisional and are a count of FCEs, not the number of patients.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many heart valve replacement procedures have taken place in the NHS each month since April 2019.

A count of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) where a heart valve replacement procedure has taken place and has an episode end date between April 2019 to April 2020 is attached. Data for 2019-20 are provisional and are a count of FCEs, not the number of patients.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many abdominal aortic aneurysm endovascular repair procedures have taken place in the NHS each month since April 2019.

Information is not held in the format requested.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
24th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the number of community pharmacists that have been re-registered during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Department does not hold the information requested.

The General Pharmaceutical Council holds data on the temporary register of all pharmacy professionals which was created due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

However, the temporary register data does not contain information on how many of those pharmacy professionals previously worked in community pharmacy or would intend to work in community pharmacy if they returned to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
24th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the value of funding received by community pharmacists under the (a) Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme and (b) the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

The Department has made no assessment of the take up of these loans by community pharmacy. However, we have made extra advance payments of £350 million for National Health Service pharmaceutical services to support community pharmacy through this period.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to use community pharmacies to support future covid-19 treatment and vaccine programmes and help reduce pressures on GPs and hospitals.

Plans for the supply of any COVID-19 treatments and vaccination programme will be finalised when further information is available on the medicines concerned. This includes route of administration and risk profile. However, we recognise that community pharmacy has proved a trusted delivery partner, offering convenience and unrivalled access, supplying medicines and expanding the reach of the flu vaccination programme into the communities they serve.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether hospice (a) staff and (b) patients are eligible for antibody testing for covid-19.

We are rolling out millions of antibody tests to help us better understand how COVID-19 is spreading across the country which will be vital for future decisions about how to best control the virus.

We are now testing National Health Service and care staff as well as patients where there is an identified clinical need. We expect that roll out will be expanded to other essential workers in due course.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
15th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to (a) ensure the safety of and (b) support pharmacists during the covid-19 outbreak.

Community pharmacies are private businesses and employers in the sector have a legal responsibility to protect workers from risk to their health and safety. Guidance on working safely is available to community pharmacies. This includes guidance published on GOV.UK for people who work in or run shops, stores or similar environments, including community pharmacies, and a COVID-19 standard operating procedure for community pharmacy, which has been published by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

As part of minimising the risk to pharmacy staff, deliveries of personal protective equipment have been made to around 11,500 pharmacies in England. Further supplies have been distributed to wholesalers and distributor networks supplying community pharmacies and, where there remains an urgent need, provisions are in place for pharmacies to source supplies via Local Resilience Forums or the National Supply Distribution Response.

Funding of £300 has been provided to community pharmacies for the purchase and installation of physical barriers such as screens and retractable tape barriers, or other adjustments, to help enforce social distancing between their staff and patients.

We continue to work with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee to assess what further support community pharmacy may require to continue to supply medicines and to help their communities stay well and to ensure their continued safety at this time.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with relevant stakeholders on enabling pharmacists to use their professional judgement to support patient access to appropriate treatment when a medicine is out of stock.

The Department engages on an ongoing basis with representatives from the community pharmacy sector.

The Department has well established processes to manage and mitigate the supply problems that may arise due to manufacturing or distribution issues and this has always been the case. It receives regular reports from the pharmaceutical industry about issues which may potentially interrupt the supply of medicines that may affect United Kingdom patients. Where shortages do occur, pharmacists are expected to use their professional judgement in deciding the best course of action for their patients.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which categories of health and social care providers are eligible for antibody testing for covid-19.

We are rolling out millions of antibody tests to help us better understand how COVID-19 is spreading across the country which will be vital for future decisions about how to best control the virus. We are now testing National Health Service and care staff as well as patients where there is an identified clinical need.

For care staff, the antibody testing programme is being rolled out in a phased way across regions in England.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 5 March 2020 to Question 19959 on Atrial Fibrillation: Diagnosis, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on progress in meeting Public Health England's ambitions to improve detection of atrial fibrillation.

Public Health England has not made an assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of the national cardiovascular disease ambitions.

NHS England’s atrial fibrillation demonstrator pilot programme was completed in March 2020. Evaluation of the atrial fibrillation demonstrator pilot was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic response. The evaluation will recommence in early July 2020. A report will be made available in early 2021 to share learnings from the pilot which will inform local and national action.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timeline is for the (a) conclusion of the evaluation from NHS England’s atrial fibrillation demonstrator site programme and (b) potential roll out of that programme across a larger number of clinical commissioning group areas.

Public Health England has not made an assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of the national cardiovascular disease ambitions.

NHS England’s atrial fibrillation demonstrator pilot programme was completed in March 2020. Evaluation of the atrial fibrillation demonstrator pilot was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic response. The evaluation will recommence in early July 2020. A report will be made available in early 2021 to share learnings from the pilot which will inform local and national action.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the cost to pharmacies of people not collecting their prescriptions in the last three months.

The Department has made no such estimate. However, for people who have been advised to shield, there is the NHS Medicine Delivery Service to ensure they do not need to collect their prescriptions. Pharmacy contractors are remunerated for ensuring the shielded population get their medicines delivered. Where pharmacies make the delivery themselves, they receive payment. Vulnerable people, not those advised to shield, can make use of National Health Service volunteers to get their medicines delivered.

We recognise the financial pressures community pharmacies have been facing due to COVID-19 and, since March, have made available £350 million in extra advance payments to alleviate cash flow pressures.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
1st Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to reimburse local pharmacies for the additional costs of remaining open during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

We continue to work with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee to assess what further funding community pharmacy may require to continue to supply medicines and to help their communities stay well. The Government has already put in place an unprecedented financial package, providing support to all businesses, including community pharmacies, such as tax deferrals and cash grants of up to £25,000 for small businesses. Additionally, since March we have made available £350 million in extra advance payments to alleviate cash flow pressures. There was also an increase of £15 million per month to reimbursement prices of the most commonly prescribed generic medicines from June. Additional funding has been provided to cover the costs of Bank Holiday opening and the new medicine delivery service for shielded patients as well as contributing to adjustments made in the community pharmacy to support social distancing.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure implementation of the DMARC email authentication system by all NHS Trusts.

NHSmail, an email service provided to National Health Service organisations by NHS Digital, is in use by over 90% of the NHS in England with over 1.3 million users. This service fully implements the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) controls with a policy set to reject any emails that fail the DMARC checks.

Within all of health and social care there is a secure email standard to ensure email is securely exchanged. The information standard is published under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and all NHS organisations are required to give due regard to the standard. It also requires NHS organisations not using NHSmail to have a DMARC policy of ‘quarantine’ and an agreed timeline for implementing a ‘reject’ policy.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
13th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to help ensure that people in shielding isolation during the covid-19 outbreak have access to rehabilitation services after their isolation.

As our understanding of the virus increases, the Government continues to review the emerging evidence. We will continue to listen to our medical advisers on the level of clinical risk the virus presents to different groups of people at different points in time.

The next review will take place the week commencing 15 June 2020. As part of this, we will consider the next steps for shielding beyond 30 June. The Government will continue to ensure support is available for those who need it for as long as people are advised to follow shielding guidance.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide details of the evidential threshold that his Department requires antibody tests to meet in order to detect people that have had covid-19.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is working with partners to support the delivery of the Government’s agenda on COVID-19 testing. This includes rapid antibody tests for use by healthcare professionals and by people at home. The MHRA has prepared specifications to assist manufacturers to design and deliver tests. These are initial specifications based on current best information but, as the science is rapidly evolving, are subject to review and may need to be updated at short.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with autism in Peterborough constituency in each of the last five years.

Data on the number of people who have received an autism diagnosis, in each of the last five years, in the constituency area of Peterborough is not held centrally.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to publish a White Paper on implementing the key recommendations on smoking cessation from the recent Prevention Green Paper; and if he will make a statement.

Following the consultation on the prevention green paper, Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s, we intend to publish a Government response in due course.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
23rd Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that all young people with cancer receive advice on their fertility before beginning cancer treatment.

NHS England and NHS Improvement expects all clinicians and trusts providing cancer services for children, teenagers and young adults to comply with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Clinical Guidelines and Quality Standards, including those that relate to fertility preservation.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with health professionals to ensure that gay and bisexual men in Peterborough constituency have access to places on the PrEP Impact Trial.

The Department has not had discussions with health professionals to ensure that gay and bisexual men in Peterborough have access to places on the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) Impact Trial.

PrEP is currently provided in England through the three-year PrEP Impact Trial. Participation in the trial is on a voluntary basis and it is for clinics and local authorities to decide the number of allocated places they can accept. The PrEP Impact Trial website includes a map showing the distribution of the 154 clinics level 3 Sexual Health Services participating in the trial at the following link:

www.prepimpacttrial.org.uk

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve outcomes for children born with BP deletion syndrome.

Steps to increase awareness of rare conditions amongst health care professionals and improve outcomes for those living with rare diseases are being taken through the implementation of the UK Rare Disease Strategy, which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rare-diseases-strategy

The Department published an update to its implementation plan for achieving the commitments in the Strategy in England in February 2019 to coincide with Rare Disease Day, which can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-strategy-for-rare-diseases-2019-update-to-the-implementation-plan-for-england

A second update to the implementation plan is due to be published in Spring 2020.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase awareness of BP deletion syndrome among healthcare professionals.

Steps to increase awareness of rare conditions amongst health care professionals and improve outcomes for those living with rare diseases are being taken through the implementation of the UK Rare Disease Strategy, which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rare-diseases-strategy

The Department published an update to its implementation plan for achieving the commitments in the Strategy in England in February 2019 to coincide with Rare Disease Day, which can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-strategy-for-rare-diseases-2019-update-to-the-implementation-plan-for-england

A second update to the implementation plan is due to be published in Spring 2020.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the length of time it takes for children to be referred for an initial assessment for autism spectrum disorders.

We are committed to ensuring children receive a timely diagnosis of autism in line with the clinical guideline set by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. This guideline recommends the length of time between referral and a first appointment to start an assessment should be no more than three months.

Under the NHS Long Term Plan, over the next three years, autism diagnosis will be included alongside work with children and young people’s mental health services to test and implement the most effective ways to reduce waiting times for specialist services. This will be a step towards achieving timely diagnostic assessments in line with best practice guidelines.

20th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure access to IVF treatment in line with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Clinical Guideline 156 in (a) Peterborough and (b) across all clinical commissioning group areas.

The level of provision of local health services available to patients, including fertility treatment, is, and has been since the 1990s, a matter for local healthcare commissioners, who must consider the needs and priorities of all their population. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have a statutory responsibility to commission healthcare services that meet the needs of their whole population, including fertility services.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s guidance for commissioners is a new tool to help them implement National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Fertility Guidelines and use the benchmark price for treatments.

On 5 November 2019 I wrote to the Chief Executives of the five CCGs in England that do not currently offer routine access to fertility treatment, including Cambridge and Peterborough CCG, making clear that it is an unacceptable situation for no routine local fertility service to be offered. I also asked them for assurance on what action they are taking to address this issue, how they are utilising the new commissioning guidance and National Health Service benchmark price to support fair and equal access to fertility services, and, how they are ensuring their Public Sector Equality Duty is being met.

8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to include (a) corporate governance, (b) investor protection and (c) rule of law as discrete items for discussion at the G7 Summit in Cornwall in June 2021; and if he will make a statement.

The G7 Leaders' Summit (11-13 June in Cornwall) demonstrated our leadership in revitalising G7 cooperation between democratic open societies to tackle the most pressing global challenges.

As well as a series of commitments to support the ending of the pandemic in 2022, and major new commitments on climate, the Leaders' Communiqué also set out high governance standards as a priority within our new G7 initiative for clean and green growth, and committed the G7 to enhancing cooperation on investment security within our G7 Investment Screening Expert Group.

The rule of law was reaffirmed as central to our shared values, both in the Communiqué and the Open Societies Statement (which was agreed by both the G7 and our guests of Australia, India, the Republic of Korea and South Africa).

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
1st Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Indian Government on restrictions on the use of the internet and 4G access to farmers protesting against the 2020 Indian Agriculture Acts.

We are aware that some restrictions on internet connectivity have been imposed at protest sites and call for these to be lifted as soon as possible. The right to gather lawfully and demonstrate a point of view is common to all democracies. Governments also have the power to enforce law and order if a protest crosses the line into illegality. During his visit to India, the Foreign Secretary discussed the protests with his Indian counterpart, whilst making clear that the handling of protests is an internal matter for the Indian authorities.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Indian Government on the killings carried out by the Indian Army in Srinagar on 30 December 2020.

We are aware of reports that an Indian soldier has been charged with murder, kidnapping, and criminal conspiracy after the deaths of three Kashmiri men. The British High Commission in New Delhi will monitor this case closely, but it is a matter for the Indian judicial system. We welcome assurances from the Indian Government that the Indian Army is committed to ethical conduct in its operations, and that disciplinary action will be undertaken in accordance with Indian law, where necessary.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Indian Government on restoring 4G internet access in Jammu and Kashmir.

We continue to raise our concerns about restrictions and the use of detentions in India-administered Kashmir with the Indian Government. The Foreign Secretary discussed the situation with his counterpart, the External Affairs Minister, Dr Jaishankar, during his visit to New Delhi last month. The Minister of State responsible for South Asia and Human Rights, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, raised our concerns about the situation in Kashmir with the Indian Foreign Secretary on 3 November. We call for all remaining restrictions - including on full 4G internet access - to be lifted as soon as possible and welcome information from the Indian Government that all individuals detained under so called "preventative measures" since the constitutional changes of 2019 have now been released. The UK will continue to encourage all States to ensure that their domestic laws and practices are in line with international standards. We continue to monitor the situation in Kashmir closely.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
11th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Indian Government on the (a) welfare and (b) release of Kashmiris in custody under the Public Safety Act.

We continue to raise our concerns about restrictions and the use of detentions in India-administered Kashmir with the Indian Government. The Foreign Secretary discussed the situation with his counterpart, the External Affairs Minister, Dr Jaishankar, during his visit to New Delhi last month. The Minister of State responsible for South Asia and Human Rights, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, raised our concerns about the situation in Kashmir with the Indian Foreign Secretary on 3 November. We call for all remaining restrictions - including on full 4G internet access - to be lifted as soon as possible and welcome information from the Indian Government that all individuals detained under so called "preventative measures" since the constitutional changes of 2019 have now been released. The UK will continue to encourage all States to ensure that their domestic laws and practices are in line with international standards. We continue to monitor the situation in Kashmir closely.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
2nd Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the EU on ensuring that the lobster industry in Tristan da Cunha is not affected by EU tariffs at the end of the transition period.

In negotiations with the EU, the UK Government is acting on behalf of all the territories for whose international relations it is responsible, to seek outcomes that support their security and their economies. The Government fully understands the interests of Tristan da Cunha, including in regard to its lobster industry.

We welcome the substantive input we have received from the Tristan da Cunha Government throughout these negotiations.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
21st Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations officials in his Department have made to their Chinese counterparts about the treatment of Africans in (a) Guangdong province and (b) the rest of that country.

The British Ambassador raised incidents of xenophobia and racism in China with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 17 April, and officials have also raised the issue with the Chinese Embassy in London. The British Government has updated travel advice to highlight potential discrimination against foreigners in China, particularly black and ethnic minority groups.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
2nd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) his Indian counterpart Government and (b) the Indian High Commission on the recent anti-Muslim violence in Delhi; and if he will make a statement.

The British High Commission in New Delhi and our network of Deputy High Commissions across India are closely monitoring violence and protests in Delhi and in other regions.

We engage India on the full range of human rights matters, and we raise our concerns with the Government of India where we have them. Most recently, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth, discussed the impact of recent judicial and legislative measures on minorities with a senior member of India's Ministry of External Affairs on 25 February.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
10th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations his Department has made to the Indian Government and the Indian High Commission on the arrest of (a) Mehbooba Mufti and (b) Omar Abdullah under the Public Safety Act that allows for detention for two years without trial; and if he will make a statement.

It would not be appropriate to comment on these specific cases. We are monitoring the situation in Kashmir closely. We are concerned by reports of ongoing detentions and call for these to be lifted as soon as possible. We have raised our concerns with the Government of India. Most recently, the Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth (Lord Ahmad), discussed the situation in Kashmir and our concerns, including political detentions, with a senior representative from the Ministry of External Affairs on 25 February.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on the decision of the Government of India on 5 August 2019 to repeal Articles 370 and 35a of the Indian Constitution.

We are in regular contact with the Indian Government regarding the situation in Kashmir. Following the revocation of Articles 370 and 35a, the Foreign Secretary raised our concerns with his counterpart, Dr Jaishankar. Most recently,Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon discussed the situation in Kashmir with the Indian Minister of State for External and Parliamentary Affairs and, separately, the Indian High Commissioner to the UK. We welcome reports that some restrictions have been relaxed, and that some of those previously detained have been released. However, we remain concerned at the ongoing detentions and continued restrictions in some areas and call for these to be lifted as soon as possible. We also welcome India’s commitment to economic and social development in India-administered Kashmir, and have asked the Indian Government for more detail on how their plans will be realised.

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
20th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Australian, Canadian and New Zealand counterparts on a closer relationship with UK after the UK leaves the EU on 31 January 2020.

The UK was pleased to host Commonwealth partners, including Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, at the sixth Commonwealth Trade Ministers’ Meeting in London last October. The meeting reaffirmed our shared commitment to deepening trade and investment ties across the Commonwealth and increased cooperation ahead of the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in June 2020.

Australia and New Zealand are close, historic partners. We will continue to deepen ties, including on tackling global challenges, strengthening people to people links and by working for even closer economic relationship through our plans for Free Trade Agreements following our exit from the EU. The relationship with Canada is invaluable to the UK. Our shared history and values make us natural partners

Heather Wheeler
Assistant Whip
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 9 July 2021 to Question 25963 on NHS England and NHS Improvement, whether the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has received the information he sought from NHSEI; and whether a meeting has been arranged with the Chief People Officer or other relevant senior officials in NHSEI.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury is committed to spending taxpayers’ money responsibly and delivering value for money for them. To support his work, he has requested that NHSEI, like other ALBs, share a detailed organisation breakdown, including the grade number, cost and relevant job descriptions broken down by team in each directorate. He has asked for a meeting with the Chief People Officer and other relevant Senior Officials in NHSEI to discuss this and hopes that one can be agreed as soon as possible.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has had with the NHS Chief People Officer on value-for-money in (a) the administration of Our NHS People and (b) human resources, organisational development and workforce teams under NHS England and NHS Improvement.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury is committed to spending taxpayers’ money responsibly and delivering value for money for them. To support his work, he has requested that NHSEI, like other ALBs, share a detailed organisation breakdown, including the grade number, cost and relevant job descriptions broken down by team in each directorate. He has asked for a meeting with the Chief People Officer and other relevant Senior Officials in NHSEI to discuss this and hopes that one can be agreed as soon as possible.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
25th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) implications for revenue and (b) potential merits of extending employee national insurance contributions to people over the age of 65.

The “Estimated costs of principal tax reliefs” publication sets out that the estimated cost of the exemption of those over State Pension age (SPa) from paying National Insurance contributions (NICs) was about £1.1bn in 2019-20. However, this does not take account of any behavioural changes as a result of the relief and, in practice, if it were withdrawn, taxpayers’ behaviour could alter so that the actual yield would be very different from, and often smaller than, that shown in the tables:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/main-tax-expenditures-and-structural-reliefs.

As with all taxes,the Treasury keeps National Insurance Contributions under review.

17th May 2021
VAT
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how his Department works with HMRC to help ensure that VAT rulings are equitable to all stakeholders; and whether his Department monitors the appeals process of those decisions.

HM Treasury has no statutory authority over the application of VAT rulings or the appeals process of those decisions; this is wholly within the remit of HM Revenue and Customs. HM Revenue and Customs apply the law objectively to ensure that businesses apply the tax rules correctly.

11th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what financial support is available for self-employed people in the entertainment sector during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government recognises the impact that closures across the country will have on the entertainment industry, as well as those who work within it, and remains committed to supporting the sector through the impact of the pandemic.

The Culture Recovery Fund has already supported a wide range of cultural organisations, including venues, festivals and theatres. The £1 billion already committed has supported 3,000 organisations and more than 75,000 jobs. The remaining £400m of Culture Recovery Fund grants and loans announced on 11 December will support significant cultural organisations and those who work within them who now face financial distress as a result of closure, as well as helping them transition back to fuller opening in the spring.

Further, the third grant of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be available to self-employed individuals, including those working within the entertainment sector, who have been affected by reduced demand or have been unable to trade due to COVID-19, which they believe will lead to a significant reduction in their trading profits.

The online service for the third grant is open to claims until 29 January 2021. Guidance on who can claim has been published on gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme.

There will also be a fourth grant covering February to April 2021. The Government will set out further details, including the level of the fourth grant, in due course.

Moreover, the SEISS continues to be just one element of a substantial package of support for the self-employed. Those ineligible for the SEISS may still be eligible for other elements of the support available. The Universal Credit standard allowance has been temporarily increased for 2020-21 and the Minimum Income Floor relaxed for the duration of the crisis, so that where self-employed claimants' earnings have fallen significantly, their Universal Credit award will have increased to reflect their lower earnings. In addition to this, they may also have access to other elements of the package, including Bounce Back loans, tax deferrals, rental support, mortgage holidays, self-isolation support payments and other business support grants.

24th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of changing the rules governing Save As You Earn (SAYE) schemes to make resignation from an employer a good leaver reason.

Save As You Earn (SAYE) is a scheme that allows employees to save up to £500 a month over a three or five year savings contract. Savings can be taken as cash, or used to purchase tax-advantaged company shares at a price determined at the start of the contract. The scheme is intended to support staff retention and engagement, by encouraging employees to regularly save towards a financial reward offered by the employer.

The SAYE scheme allows businesses to distinguish between a “good leaver” and a “bad leaver” if an employee leaves within the agreed savings period. The Government believes that these current rules are an appropriate way to support the policy’s aims. “Good leavers”, such as those who leave the company on retirement or redundancy, can retain the scheme's tax advantages when exercising their share options. Where employees leave the company voluntarily, they can still withdraw their accrued savings in the scheme, but do not receive tax advantaged shares. No assessment has been made of making resignation from an employer a “good leaver” reason.

The Government keeps all taxes and reliefs under review.

10th Feb 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the provision of increased funding for dementia care in Budget 2020.

At the 2019 Spending Review, the Government provided an additional £1bn funding for social care in 2020-21. In addition the Government has committed to urgently seek a cross-party consensus to bring forward proposals and legislation for long-term reform of adult social care. In line with successive administrations, the details of Ministerial discussions are not normally discussed.

Steve Barclay
Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
13th Jul 2020
What plans she has to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a new offence of intentional trespass to help prevent unlawful traveller encampments.

Although the majority of travellers obey the law, we recognise that unauthorised encampments can cause significant distress.

We consulted on measures to enable the police to tackle unauthorised encampments more effectively and will publish a response to the consultation in due course.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to introduce a new offence of intentional trespass to tackle unlawful traveller encampments.

Potential measures to criminalise the act of trespassing when setting up an unauthorised encampment in England and Wales were announced in the December 2019 Queen’s Speech for inclusion in the Police Powers and Protection Bill.

On 5 November 2019, the Government launched a consultation seeking views on how best to strengthen police powers to tackle unauthorised encampments - https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/strengthening-police-powers-to-tackle-unauthorised-encampments. This consultation closed on the 5 March. I will announce the outcome of this consultation in due course.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
14th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what (a) financial and (b) other resources he is making available to help local authorities become carbon neutral.

Local authorities have a vital role in meeting our net zero commitment. Support is available from departments across Government for councils seeking to undertake local action on climate change. Recent examples include the Green Homes Grant (BEIS) and Active Travel Fund (DfT).

On 8 July, the Chancellor announced a £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme to upgrade homes across England. £500 million funding will be delivered through local authorities, to improve the energy efficiency of low-income households. This will help reduce fuel poverty and support the installation of low carbon heating.

The £250 million emergency active travel fund announced on 9 May is designed to help local authorities create an environment that is safe for both walking and cycling in their regions. The money will help create pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors. We want to support all communities across England who want to change the way they use their streets and new guidance has already been published to tell councils how they can give more road space to cyclists and pedestrians.

To encourage drivers to make the switch to electric vehicles as part of a greener future, the Government has also announced an extra £10 million to incentivise local authorities to install up to 7,200 additional on-street electric vehicle chargepoints, doubling the current funding amount for the second time this year.

It is for authorities to decide what measures are best aligned with local opportunities and needs.

27th Apr 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government has taken to help ensure that local resilience forums and local authorities engage with the local voluntary and community sector to ensure effective support is available to people affected by the covid-19 outbreak.

MHCLG continues to work with local agencies, including the local voluntary and community sector (VCS), to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.

The local voluntary and community sector, and volunteers, are essential partners for many local support services – both in ‘normal’ times and even more so in the Covid-19 response.

Local resilience forums and local authorities have well established structures in place to work with the voluntary and community sector and, in response to Covid-19, are working alongside VCS partners and are coordinating volunteer support. This includes volunteer hubs or centres in some areas.

To support local engagement of the VCS, the Government has provided support and guidance on partnership working, as well as announcing a £750 million support package to assist voluntary and community sector organisations. The NHS Volunteer Responders are also open to referrals from local authorities and local resilience forums.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
10th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what powers are available to local authorities to prevent family homes being turned into houses of multiple occupation.

Change of use to a larger House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) housing more than six people always requires an application for planning permission. Such larger HMOs also require a license in order to operate.

For houses up to six people who share facilities, nationally set permitted development rights allow a dwellinghouse (C3) to change use to a House in Multiple Occupation (C4) without the need for a planning application. This enables the change of use without placing unnecessary burdens on landlords and local planning authorities.

Where there is sufficient evidence that it is necessary to protect local amenity or the well-being of the area, a local planning authority may withdraw a permitted development right in a specific area using an Article 4 direction, after consultation with the local community.

Christopher Pincher
Minister of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
2nd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Irish Football Association, (b) the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and (c) the Northern Ireland Executive on relaunching the British Home Football Championship.

No discussions have taken place between the Northern Ireland Office and representatives of the Irish Football Association, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport or the Northern Ireland Executive on relaunching the British Home Championship.

Robin Walker
Minister of State (Education)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the (a) Scottish Football Association and (b) Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the prospects for relaunching the British Home Football Championship.

The international football calendar is a matter for football's national and international governing bodies.

The four nations of the UK all currently compete as part of the UEFA Nations League, a biennial international football competition which largely has replaced friendlies. The UEFA Nations league started on Thursday 3 September, and I wish all the home nations well.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Football Association of Wales and (b) the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on relaunching the British Home Football Championship.

The Secretary of State for Wales and his officials, have not to date had discussions specifically on relaunching the British Home Football Championship. However, the department does have regular discussions with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to discuss UK sport and Wales’ position within it.

David T C Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office)