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21 Jan 2022

Questioner: Peter Dowd (LAB - Bootle)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the ornamental horticulture and landscaping industry’s potential to support the UK’s environmental targets.

Answered by Victoria Prentis

Defra regularly meets with the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group, who recently published their ‘Unlocking green growth: A plan from the ornamental horticulture & landscaping industry’. This ambitious report sets out the industry’s potential contributions to delivering the 25 Year Environment Plan, and how it can help to underwrite the environmental challenges facing the UK.

In the past year £1 million has been made available through the Tree Production Innovation Fund to encourage adoption of new technologies and ways of working, and a further £2.6 million has been made available in capital grants to support climate and disease resilience and expand nursery capacity. We are also exploring new data sharing practices to help better plan for supply and demand in the sector. This will support nurseries and seed suppliers to produce the right stock at the right time.

We will be publishing a public consultation on proposed long-term targets to be set under the Environment Act 2021. During the consultation we will be interested in hearing the views of all interested sectors, and the delivery of targets will require actions across the economy.


Written Question
In-FACT
17 Jan 2022

Questioner: Peter Dowd (LAB - Bootle)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason his Department has not met with representatives of INFACT to discuss proposals to support children and adults harmed by sodium valproate.

Answered by Maria Caulfield

INFACT was a key stakeholder whilst the Government considered the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety (IMMDS) Review. This process concluded with the publication of the Government’s response on 21 July 2021. The former Minister of State for Patient Safety, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (Ms Nadine Dorries MP) met with INFACT on 14 July 2021, prior to the publication of the Government’s response.

The Government is now focusing on implementing the accepted recommendations from the IMMDS Review, including those related to sodium valproate. We aim to publish an update on progress in summer 2022.


Written Question
Pensioners: British Nationals Abroad
13 Dec 2021

Questioner: Peter Dowd (LAB - Bootle)

Question

What steps she is taking to support British pensioners overseas during winter 2021-22.

Answered by Guy Opperman

As with previous winters, the Government is supporting overseas pensioners during winter 2021-22. The UK State Pension is payable worldwide. Additionally, Winter Fuel Payments are payable to those in eligible EEA countries, and Switzerland, providing they have a genuine and sufficient link with the UK and meet the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement.


Written Question
Obesity: Health Services
13 Dec 2021

Questioner: Peter Dowd (LAB - Bootle)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) GP surgeries, (b) NHS Trusts and (c) community settings have agreed to take part in the National Obesity Audit.

Answered by Maggie Throup

NHS England and NHS Improvement have advised that data for the National Obesity Audit (NOA) will be collected through routine data collections including Hospital Episode Statistics and the Community Services Dataset. General practice data for planning and research will be subject to approval once the collection commences.

The NOA will collect metrics which facilitate the audit to answer its seven questions and to achieve its stated aims of improving access and outcomes from weight management services. The NOA questions are as follows:

- What proportion of people and which population groups living with overweight and obesity are being identified and recorded;

- What proportion of people living with overweight and obesity have been offered appropriate NICE recommended interventions;

- Which people with living with overweight and obesity access weight management services;

- What are the short and long term weight loss outcomes of weight management services;

- Do people living with overweight and obesity transition successfully between the different types of weight management services available and from children’s to adult services;

- What are the health outcomes for people living with overweight and obesity; and

- What is the coverage and provision of weight management services.


Written Question
Obesity: Health Services
13 Dec 2021

Questioner: Peter Dowd (LAB - Bootle)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2021 to Question HL3390 on Obesity: Surgery, what specific metrics will be recorded in the proposed National Obesity Audit.

Answered by Maggie Throup

NHS England and NHS Improvement have advised that data for the National Obesity Audit (NOA) will be collected through routine data collections including Hospital Episode Statistics and the Community Services Dataset. General practice data for planning and research will be subject to approval once the collection commences.

The NOA will collect metrics which facilitate the audit to answer its seven questions and to achieve its stated aims of improving access and outcomes from weight management services. The NOA questions are as follows:

- What proportion of people and which population groups living with overweight and obesity are being identified and recorded;

- What proportion of people living with overweight and obesity have been offered appropriate NICE recommended interventions;

- Which people with living with overweight and obesity access weight management services;

- What are the short and long term weight loss outcomes of weight management services;

- Do people living with overweight and obesity transition successfully between the different types of weight management services available and from children’s to adult services;

- What are the health outcomes for people living with overweight and obesity; and

- What is the coverage and provision of weight management services.


Written Question
Primodos: Compensation
3 Dec 2021

Questioner: Peter Dowd (LAB - Bootle)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to implement a compensation framework for people who have experienced harm as a result of Primodos.

Answered by Maria Caulfield

The Government’s response to the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (IMMDS) was published on 21 July 2021. We did not accept the report’s fourth recommendation, which called for separate redress schemes should be set up for hormone pregnancy tests such as Primodos, sodium valproate and pelvic mesh

Our priority is to make medicines and devices safer. The Government’s response sets out the changes in place since the IMMDS Review’s report was published and further action we will take to implement the recommendations accepted and to improve patient safety.


Written Question
Pharmacy
22 Nov 2021

Questioner: Peter Dowd (LAB - Bootle)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has he made of the capacity of community pharmacies to provide all services they are contracted to provide.

Answered by Maria Caulfield

The Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework outlines a transformational programme to integrate community pharmacy into the National Health Service, delivering more clinical services, such as treatment for minor illnesses. The Department and NHS England agree with the sector representative body what community pharmacies will deliver within the £2.592 billion committed annually. Workforce and capacity considerations form part of these negotiations.

Health Education England carried out a community pharmacy workforce survey between 7 May 2021 and 18 June 2021. The survey will provide an updated insight into the size and skill set of the workforce and inform future planning and investment decisions. The results of the survey are being analysed, and anonymised and aggregated data will be published in due course.


Written Question
Pharmacy
22 Nov 2021

Questioner: Peter Dowd (LAB - Bootle)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the (a) adequacy of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework and (b) sustainability of pharmacies.

Answered by Maria Caulfield

The Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework outlines a transformational programme to integrate community pharmacy into the National Health Service, delivering more clinical services, such as treatment for minor illnesses. The Department and NHS England agree with the sector representative body what community pharmacies will deliver within the £2.592 billion committed annually. Workforce and capacity considerations form part of these negotiations.

Health Education England carried out a community pharmacy workforce survey between 7 May 2021 and 18 June 2021. The survey will provide an updated insight into the size and skill set of the workforce and inform future planning and investment decisions. The results of the survey are being analysed, and anonymised and aggregated data will be published in due course.


Written Question
Pharmacy: Staff
22 Nov 2021

Questioner: Peter Dowd (LAB - Bootle)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has he made of the sustainability of (a) pharmacists and (b) the wider community pharmacy workforce.

Answered by Maria Caulfield

The Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework outlines a transformational programme to integrate community pharmacy into the National Health Service, delivering more clinical services, such as treatment for minor illnesses. The Department and NHS England agree with the sector representative body what community pharmacies will deliver within the £2.592 billion committed annually. Workforce and capacity considerations form part of these negotiations.

Health Education England carried out a community pharmacy workforce survey between 7 May 2021 and 18 June 2021. The survey will provide an updated insight into the size and skill set of the workforce and inform future planning and investment decisions. The results of the survey are being analysed, and anonymised and aggregated data will be published in due course.


Written Question
Health: Recreation Spaces
8 Nov 2021

Questioner: Peter Dowd (LAB - Bootle)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the (a) implications for his policies of the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group’s action plan, Unlocking Green Growth: A plan for the ornamental horticulture and landscaping industry, published on 7 September 2021 and (b) the benefits of gardens and green spaces to the UK’s physical and mental wellbeing.

Answered by Maggie Throup

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is working with the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group and the sector to explore where the Government can support the opportunities outlined in the report and its associated action plan.

The Department of Health and Social Care is working with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, NHS England and NHS Improvement, Natural England and other partners on the ‘Preventing and tackling mental ill health through green social prescribing’ project, a £5.77 million cross-Government project to increase the use of and connectivity to green social prescribing services and activities in England. This aims to improve mental health outcomes, reduce health inequalities, reduce demand on the health and social care system and develop best practice in making local systems more resilient and accessible.


Written Question
Surgery
4 Nov 2021

Questioner: Peter Dowd (LAB - Bootle)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to include data on operations cancelled or postponed for non-clinical reasons by NHS Trusts according to specialty when the publication of the Cancelled Elective Operations dataset is resumed.

Answered by Edward Argar

The collection will resume for Quarter 3 2021/22, to be published in February 2022.

The decision on data on cancelled or postponed operations is determined based on a balanced assessment, to collect timely and clinically valuable data. There are currently no official plans to introduce new data. When considering future changes to data published, NHS England and NHS Improvement will take account of the views of the clinicians, patients and stakeholder organisations.


Written Question
Surgery
4 Nov 2021

Questioner: Peter Dowd (LAB - Bootle)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when data collection for the Cancelled Elective Operations dataset will be resumed for inclusion in planned publication of the quarter 3 2021-22 data set in 2022.

Answered by Edward Argar

The collection will resume for Quarter 3 2021/22, to be published in February 2022.

The decision on data on cancelled or postponed operations is determined based on a balanced assessment, to collect timely and clinically valuable data. There are currently no official plans to introduce new data. When considering future changes to data published, NHS England and NHS Improvement will take account of the views of the clinicians, patients and stakeholder organisations.


Written Question
Interpol: Public Appointments
3 Nov 2021

Questioner: Peter Dowd (LAB - Bootle)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of the candidacy of Emirati Major General Nasser Ahmed al-Raisi for the Interpol presidency, to be elected on 23-25 November 2021, in the context of the UAE’s human rights record.

Answered by James Cleverly

As with all elections for international organisations, the UK Government will review all candidates for the presidency of Interpol, and consider our vote carefully. We are committed to the promotion of universal freedoms and human rights and we encourage all states, including the United Arab Emirates, to uphold international human rights obligations.


Written Question
Horticulture: Overseas Trade
27 Oct 2021

Questioner: Peter Dowd (LAB - Bootle)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of (a) the implications for her policies of the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group’s action plan entitled Unlocking Green Growth: A plan for the ornamental horticulture and landscaping industry, published on 7 September 2021 and (b) how that document relates to the UK’s trade regime following its departure from the EU.

Answered by Penny Mordaunt

The Department recognises that there are export opportunities for ornamental horticulture as outlined in the report. Working together with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, we look forward to engaging further with the industry and continuing to promote plant and seed exports, and services for landscaping, garden design and green urban initiatives.

We work closely with the industry to encourage companies to take advantage of the new trade regime and the opportunities offered globally within our new Free Trade Agreements.


Written Question
Horticulture
26 Oct 2021

Questioner: Peter Dowd (LAB - Bootle)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the (a) Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group’s action plan entitled Unlocking Green Growth: A plan for the ornamental horticulture and landscaping industry, published on 7 September 2021 and (b) proposals contained in that document that aim to support UK tourism.

Answered by Nigel Huddleston

I am aware of the value of the garden tourism market, especially domestic ornamental horticulture and the positive impact it makes to the UK, through job creation, encouraging creativity and promoting people’s well-being. The Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group (OHRG) report identifies how barriers to the sector's growth can be unlocked through a collaborative approach between the government and industry. This collaboration reflects the shared ambition for a truly vibrant and sustainable ornamental sector which can support the UK tourism industry.

The government is working with the OHRG and the sector to build on current good work already happening within the industry. The recently published Tourism Recovery Plan highlights our commitment to ensuring the tourism sector enhances the country’s natural heritage, in a sustainable and inclusive manner.