Yvonne Fovargue Portrait

Yvonne Fovargue

Labour - Makerfield

Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government)
9th Jan 2018 - 14th Mar 2019
Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)
3rd Jul 2017 - 9th Jan 2018
Procedure Committee
13th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)
18th Sep 2015 - 27th Jun 2016
Shadow Minister (Defence)
8th May 2015 - 18th Sep 2015
Shadow Minister (Education)
20th Oct 2014 - 30th Mar 2015
Consolidation, &c., Bills (Joint Committee)
6th Dec 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Procedure Committee
27th Jan 2014 - 30th Mar 2015
Consolidation Bills (Joint Committee)
6th Dec 2010 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow Minister (Defence)
7th Oct 2013 - 20th Oct 2014
Shadow Minister (Transport)
11th Jan 2013 - 7th Oct 2013
Opposition Whip (Commons)
7th Oct 2011 - 11th Jan 2013
Health and Social Care Committee
2nd Nov 2010 - 24th Oct 2011


Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 30th November 2021
09:15
Committee of Privileges - Oral evidence
Subject: Select Committees and Contempts
30 Nov 2021, 9:15 a.m.
At 9.45am: Oral evidence
The Lord Gardiner of Kimble - Senior Deputy Speaker at House of Lords
Christopher Johnson - Clerk of Journals at House of Lords
Rt Hon the Lord Judge, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
At 10.15am: Oral evidence
Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP - Chair, Women and Equalities Committee at House of Commons
Sir Robert Neill MP - Chair, Justice Committee at House of Commons
Damian Collins MP, Chair, Joint Committee on the Online Harms Bill, and former Chair, DCMS Committee
At 11.00am: Oral evidence
Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP - Lord President of the Council and Leader at House of Commons
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Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 14th December 2021
09:45
Division Votes
Tuesday 23rd November 2021
Health and Care Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 172 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 219 Noes - 280
Speeches
Tuesday 16th November 2021
Nuclear Energy (Financing) Bill (Second sitting)

We have been joined now by Doug Parr. Please introduce yourself.

Doug Parr: My name Dr Douglas Parr, and I …

Written Answers
Tuesday 21st September 2021
Asthma: Coronavirus
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of …
Early Day Motions
Wednesday 18th November 2020
Electrical Fire Safety Week
That this House notes that the 23rd to the 29th of November is Electrical Fire Safety Week (EFSW) which is …
Bills
Tuesday 8th September 2020
White Goods (Registration) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to require retailers to register white goods at the point of sale to facilitate product recall; and for …
MP Financial Interests
Saturday 11th January 2020
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: USDAW
Address of donor: 188 Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6LJ
Amount of donation, or nature and …
EDM signed
Tuesday 16th November 2021
Campaign to secure the future of the Covid Memorial Wall
That this House welcomes the creation of the Covid Memorial Wall on Albert Embankment by Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice; …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Yvonne Fovargue has voted in 263 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Thérèse Coffey (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
(4 debate interactions)
Alex Chalk (Conservative)
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)
(4 debate interactions)
Will Quince (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
(3 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(10 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(10 debate contributions)
Department for Work and Pensions
(6 debate contributions)
Ministry of Justice
(6 debate contributions)
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Makerfield 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).

Petition Debates Contributed

There should be a public inquiry into Government contracts granted during Covid-19. Many contracts have been granted without full and open procurement processes. A public inquiry would be able to ascertain whether contracts had been procured fairly and represent value for money for tax payers.

The Government should class in-person interaction with family members and unmarried partners abroad as an essential reason to travel.


Latest EDMs signed by Yvonne Fovargue

23rd September 2021
Yvonne Fovargue signed this EDM on Tuesday 16th November 2021

Campaign to secure the future of the Covid Memorial Wall

Tabled by: Afzal Khan (Labour - Manchester, Gorton)
That this House welcomes the creation of the Covid Memorial Wall on Albert Embankment by Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice; notes that this memorial now includes over 150,000 hand-painted hearts to symbolise all those who lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic; praises the work of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for …
132 signatures
(Most recent: 16 Nov 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 95
Scottish National Party: 13
Liberal Democrat: 10
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Conservative: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 2
Green Party: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
3rd November 2021
Yvonne Fovargue signed this EDM on Monday 15th November 2021

Toy safety

Tabled by: Neil Coyle (Labour - Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
That this House expresses concern on consumer’s safety in relation to unsafe products sold via online marketplaces in the UK; notes that this is an issue that has been raised by the British Toy and Hobby Association in their latest report entitled, Still toying with children’s safety, and by Electrical …
38 signatures
(Most recent: 22 Nov 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 19
Scottish National Party: 8
Plaid Cymru: 3
Liberal Democrat: 3
Conservative: 2
Alba Party: 1
Independent: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Yvonne Fovargue, 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.


Yvonne Fovargue has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Yvonne Fovargue has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

5 Bills introduced by Yvonne Fovargue


A Bill to require retailers to register white goods at the point of sale to facilitate product recall; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Tuesday 8th September 2020
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make provision about the use of bailiffs and other enforcement agents by local authorities to collect council tax arrears; to establish a code of practice for enforcement agents; to create an independent bailiffs ombudsman to administer the code and to investigate and adjudicate complaints; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 28th October 2015


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A Bill to require credit card companies to discharge a debt when three times the equivalent of the principal sum owed has been paid in interest; and for connected purposes


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 27th November 2012
Next Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons (No Debate)
Date TBA

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require fee charging debt management companies to inform potential clients of the availability of free advice on debt management; and for connected purposes


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 19th October 2011

Yvonne Fovargue has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


39 Written Questions in the current parliament

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10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of potential effect of loyalty penalties in the energy retail market on consumers.

The Government is tackling the loyalty penalty experienced by households who do not shop around for their energy supply, which the Competition and Markets Authority has estimated, creates a £1.4bn average annual detriment to those consumers. We legislated for a price cap in 2018, which saves households £75-£100 a year on average. Ofgem, the sector regulator, is working to make it easier and quicker for households to switch energy deal. As set out in our Energy White Paper, the Government will introduce an opt-in switching scheme and trial out-out switching to help more households get a better deal on their energy.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of exclusive tariffs on price comparison websites on competition in the energy retail market.

The offering of exclusive tariffs by price comparison companies enables them to exert competitive pressure on suppliers to offer consumers better energy deals. The ability to offer exclusive tariffs and the removal of the requirement to show whole of the market tariffs by price comparison companies followed the Competition Markets Authority’s recommendation in its market study of digital comparison tools in 2017. Consumers can access the exclusive tariffs via the price comparison companies’ websites or telephone comparison service.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
14th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure consumers and businesses have access to redress and other consumer protections in emerging low-carbon markets.

As a Competent Authority, the energy regulator Ofgem, has an obligation to ensure Alternative Dispute Resolution is provided in the energy sector under the Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes (Competent Authorities and Information) Regulations 2015.

Ofgem has appointed Ombudsman Services: Energy as the redress provider in the energy sector and has set out the types of dispute that Ombudsman Services: Energy can resolve, including issues relating to billing, sales, switching, supply, micro-generation and Feed in Tariffs.

Consumer protection continues to be a central part of policy considerations in relation to new energy markets, for example we have recently consulted on extending access to redress to heat network customers.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
14th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help vulnerable consumers make the transition to net zero.

The Government has extended the Energy Company Obligation to 2026 and expanded the Warm Home Discount to £475 million per year from 2022 to 2025/2026. This will see targeted support continue to be provided to low-income and vulnerable households to install energy saving measures and heat their homes over the winter months, while making savings on their energy bills through having better insulated homes. The future Home Upgrade Grant scheme, due to commence in 2022, will support low-income households with upgrades to the worst-performing homes off the gas grid in England. These upgrades will create warmer homes at lower cost and support low-income families with the switch to low-carbon heating. This increased energy efficiency is complemented by the Government’s rollout of over 26 million smart meters, which help consumers see how much energy they are using in near real-time and make sure they are ready to take advantage of the next wave of flexible, low-carbon technologies and energy tariffs.

This Government is committed to getting the transition to net zero right for all consumers, including those in vulnerable circumstances, and will shortly publish a call for evidence to begin an ongoing strategic dialogue between consumers, industry and the Government on affordability in the energy system.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
9th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the loyalty penalty in the (a) mobile, (b) broadband and (c) mortgage market.

In 2019, new rules for mobile phones were created by Ofcom which required companies to provide better upfront contract information on pricing for bundled handset and airtime services, and several companies voluntarily agreed to reduce bills for out-of-contract customers. In broadband, a number of major providers took steps to reduce the loyalty penalty, including capping prices. An updated review was published by Ofcom in July 2020.

Other telecoms interventions have been developed, including Ofcom’s new rules which require communication providers to send a notification to their customers when they are nearing the end of their contract. The Government and Ofcom continue to work on ‘Open Communications’ as part of the Smart Data project to help consumers access information and switch providers accordingly, for which Ofcom published a consultation in July 2020.

The Financial Conduct Authority conducted a mortgage market study in 2019 which noted that they are working with lenders to make it easier for borrowers to switch, where that is possible and would be of benefit, in light of the ‘loyalty penalty’. That work continues.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether illegal fraudulent and scam content will be included within the scope of forthcoming online harms legislation.

The government is deeply concerned about the scale and growth of online fraud.

We have consulted widely on our world-leading online harms proposals. Further details about the new regulatory framework will be included in the full government response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation, which will be published this year.



15th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of people identified as being clinically extremely vulnerable to covid-19 who have registered (a) to indicate that they require support getting the food and/or other essentials they need and (b) but do not require support; and how many of those vulnerable people are receiving food and basic supplies through (i) supermarket deliveries, (ii) Government or local authority food parcels and (iii) other support.

The shielding programme was put in place to protect clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people – those who have been advised by the NHS not to leave their homes, because they are at a high risk of developing complications from coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Overall 2.2 million individuals have been identified as needing to shield. Of this group, approximately 350,000 have registered a need for essential supplies making the individual eligible for a priority slot for a supermarket delivery or food boxes, which they may cancel at any time.

In total over 2 million food boxes have been successfully delivered to CEV individuals since March. We are continuing to work with supermarkets to increase delivery capacity.

We do not hold centrally information on deliveries of food parcels by local authorities, total number of individuals benefiting from supermarket deliveries, or other support received by CEV individuals.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
18th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department plans to bring forward legislative proposals to enable the use of e-scooters on roads.

The Department is preparing regulations that will enable trials of rental e-scooters to begin. Trials will gather evidence of the safety of e-scooters and the impacts they have on the road. This will inform any future legislation for e-scooters and other micromobility vehicles. The Department recently consulted on proposed rules for e-scooter use that will be contained in the regulations and is working with local authorities to allow trials to begin soon.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
18th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has plans to extend the remit of the rental e-scooter trial scheme to include the use of privately purchased e-scooters.

E-scooter trials will include only rental scooters. This allows trials to take place in a controlled manner while we assess their safety and other impacts. There are a wide range of e-scooters available, built to differing standards. Limiting trials to rental scooters ensures that only approved scooters are used, and that they can meet legal requirements. It will also improve the quality of the evidence we gather, that will inform whether e-scooters should be fully legalised.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19 on people with asthma and severe asthma.

As COVID-19 is a new disease, it is not yet clear what the physical, neurological, psychological and rehabilitation impacts will be for those with conditions such as asthma and severe asthma.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timescale is for patients with severe asthma who are shielding during the covid-19 outbreak and who have been taught to self-administer their medication at home to return to clinical supervision.

People with severe asthma are not currently being asked to shield. The decision to continue self-administration of home biologics will be made between the person with severe asthma and their specialist centre on how best to manage their condition.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what help is available for asthma sufferers to enable them to continue to self-administer their medication due to the pressures on the NHS during the covid-19 outbreak.

Specialist respiratory services for severe asthma, along with urgent and emergency treatment for other serious complaints, have continued throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. In most cases people with severe asthma have been able to receive their medication at home instead of having to attend hospital.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence COVID-19 rapid guideline on severe asthma promoted the use of home delivery for biologic treatments to maintain access and reduce the risks to patients of COVID-19 exposure. The NHS England severe asthma ‘Accelerated Access Collaborative’ will continue to focus on the area of home administration.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the geographical variation in the prescribing of biologics for severe asthma.

No estimate has been made and information on the number of severe asthma patients are receiving biologic therapies is not available in the format requested.

Clinicians are responsible for making prescribing decisions for their patients, taking into account the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s technology appraisals and guidance on management of asthma and the local commissioning decisions. Prescribing of biologics for severe asthma is co-ordinated through severe asthma centre multi-disciplinary teams to ensure current treatments are optimised and all appropriate treatments are considered with use of biologics as part of the treatment review for each patient.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many severe asthma patients are receiving biologic therapies through (a) the severe asthma networks and (b) other services.

No estimate has been made and information on the number of severe asthma patients are receiving biologic therapies is not available in the format requested.

Clinicians are responsible for making prescribing decisions for their patients, taking into account the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s technology appraisals and guidance on management of asthma and the local commissioning decisions. Prescribing of biologics for severe asthma is co-ordinated through severe asthma centre multi-disciplinary teams to ensure current treatments are optimised and all appropriate treatments are considered with use of biologics as part of the treatment review for each patient.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the merits of making prescriptions available for biologics for (a) severe asthma and (b) asthma that is difficult to control, available within secondary care.

Clinicians are responsible for making prescribing decisions for their patients, taking into account the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s technology appraisals and guidance on management of asthma and the local commissioning decisions of their respective clinical commissioning groups.

Prescribing of biologics is co-ordinated through severe asthma centre multi-disciplinary team to ensure current treatments are optimised and all appropriate treatments are considered with use of biologics as part of the treatment review for each patient. The biologic prescribing pathway is one of the areas of focus for the NHS England Severe Asthma Accelerated Access Collaborative.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to restore severe asthma referrals to pre-covid-19 levels.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon MP) on 7 July to Question 13943.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support clinical choice in asthma treatment in the provision of biologic treatments, as recommended in the APPG report, entitled Improving Asthma Outcomes in the UK.

There has been significant increase in the use of biologics in the last three years. The decision to start a biologic treatment for asthma is made by specialist severe asthma multi-disciplinary teams (MDT) based in severe asthma centres on clinical grounds. The MDT considers all aspects of the patients’ illness, efficacy of current treatments and other treatment options. Patients receiving biologics are closely monitored to ensure that they are receiving the right treatment to help manage their symptoms.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of (a) the efficacy of remote consultations for asthma treatment and (b) the effect remote consultations has had on outcomes for asthma patients.

No specific assessment has been made.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what has been the effect of home delivery of biologic medication for asthma patients on patient outcomes.

No specific assessment has been made of the effect of home delivery of asthma biologic medication on patient outcomes.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on the roll out of asthma diagnostic hubs, set out in NICE Guidance NG80.

Community Diagnostic Hubs (CDHs), which diagnose a number of conditions, will be launched in place of asthma diagnostic hubs. Diagnostics for respiratory conditions are part of the proposed ‘core’ services to be provided by CDHs. A review of diagnostics in the NHS Long Term Plan, highlighted that patients with respiratory symptoms would benefit from this facility due to the number of diagnostic tests that they use.

In 2021/22, £325 million has been allocated for diagnostic services. Discussions on how funding will be allocated are ongoing. Plans for mobilisation of CDHs from across England are currently under review. NHS England and NHS Improvement have approved the mobilisation of some early adopter sites from summer 2021 with more CDHs opening from autumn 2021.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there are plans for the NHS to put in place system incentives to reduce overreliance on SABA due to (a) environmental and (b) clinical concerns posed by such overreliance.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are considering the feasibility of introducing system incentives to increase appropriate prescribing of inhaled corticosteroid inhalers and to improve the prescribing of short-acting beta-agonists inhalers. The aim will be to improve patient outcomes but also reduce carbon emissions.

An update to the General Practitioner Contract for 2020/21 to 2023/24 includes an improved Quality Outcome Framework asthma domain. This incorporates aspects of care positively associated with better patient outcomes and asthma control, including a review of inhaler technique and record of exacerbations.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans are in place to introduce NHS system incentives to reduce over-prescribing of oral corticosteroid for asthma and severe asthma.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are considering the feasibility of introducing system incentives to increase appropriate prescribing of inhaled corticosteroid inhalers and to improve the prescribing of short-acting beta-agonists inhalers. The aim will be to improve patient outcomes but also reduce carbon emissions.

An update to the General Practitioner Contract for 2020/21 to 2023/24 includes an improved Quality Outcome Framework asthma domain. This incorporates aspects of care positively associated with better patient outcomes and asthma control, including a review of inhaler technique and record of exacerbations.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to make recurrent oral corticosteroid use a trigger for treatment reviews in asthma and other conditions.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are considering the feasibility of introducing system incentives to increase appropriate prescribing of inhaled corticosteroid inhalers and to improve the prescribing of short-acting beta-agonists inhalers. The aim will be to improve patient outcomes but also reduce carbon emissions.

An update to the General Practitioner Contract for 2020/21 to 2023/24 includes an improved Quality Outcome Framework asthma domain. This incorporates aspects of care positively associated with better patient outcomes and asthma control, including a review of inhaler technique and record of exacerbations.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's timescale is for the publication of the joint asthma guideline from NICE/BTS/SIGN.

The British Thoracic Society, Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence have begun work to develop a joint guideline relating to asthma care. The recruitment process for the roles of guideline group co-chair and topic expert is underway, with the first scoping workshop due to take place on 6 August 2021. The likely publication date is 2023.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans are in place to focus on the contribution of positive patient outcomes to the healthcare carbon savings within the delivery plan of Greener NHS Strategy.

The National Health Service committed to achieving net zero for both direct and indirect emissions. ‘Delivering a ‘Net Zero’ National Health Service’, published in October 2020, sets out how more sustainable models of care can not only improve patient outcomes, patient experience and care quality but also reduce carbon emissions.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the evidential basis for the inclusion of (a) curry sauces, (c) pastes and (c) condiments in the restrictions in the HFSS strategy.

The nutrient profiling model applies equally to all foods and non-alcoholic drinks; there is no category specific criteria. The possible implications of applying the nutrient profiling model from per 100g basis to per portion basis was considered as part of the 2007 review of the effectiveness of the nutrient profiling model. The independent review panel recommended to retain the 100g base to avoid unnecessary complexity as there are few United Kingdom dietary recommendations on portion sizes and inconsistent portion sizes used on food or drink packs.

My Rt. hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has not had any discussions with his counterpart in the Scottish Government on the exemption of curry sauces and pastes from the Scottish Government’s strategy on foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS).

In ‘Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives’, published in July, the Government confirmed its intention to restrict the promotion and advertising of HFSS foods. The consultations on these policies set out proposals for the definitions of HFSS products. We have listened carefully to the feedback and will be setting out final definitions for the products these policies apply to when we publish the responses to the consultations. We will do this as soon as possible.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
9th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Scottish Government on the exemption of curry sauces and pastes from the Scottish HFSS strategy.

The nutrient profiling model applies equally to all foods and non-alcoholic drinks; there is no category specific criteria. The possible implications of applying the nutrient profiling model from per 100g basis to per portion basis was considered as part of the 2007 review of the effectiveness of the nutrient profiling model. The independent review panel recommended to retain the 100g base to avoid unnecessary complexity as there are few United Kingdom dietary recommendations on portion sizes and inconsistent portion sizes used on food or drink packs.

My Rt. hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has not had any discussions with his counterpart in the Scottish Government on the exemption of curry sauces and pastes from the Scottish Government’s strategy on foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS).

In ‘Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives’, published in July, the Government confirmed its intention to restrict the promotion and advertising of HFSS foods. The consultations on these policies set out proposals for the definitions of HFSS products. We have listened carefully to the feedback and will be setting out final definitions for the products these policies apply to when we publish the responses to the consultations. We will do this as soon as possible.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
9th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons the the nutrient profiling model which is applied on a per 100g basis includes (a) cooking sauces, (b) pastes and (c) condiments which are consumed in small quantities.

The nutrient profiling model applies equally to all foods and non-alcoholic drinks; there is no category specific criteria. The possible implications of applying the nutrient profiling model from per 100g basis to per portion basis was considered as part of the 2007 review of the effectiveness of the nutrient profiling model. The independent review panel recommended to retain the 100g base to avoid unnecessary complexity as there are few United Kingdom dietary recommendations on portion sizes and inconsistent portion sizes used on food or drink packs.

My Rt. hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has not had any discussions with his counterpart in the Scottish Government on the exemption of curry sauces and pastes from the Scottish Government’s strategy on foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS).

In ‘Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives’, published in July, the Government confirmed its intention to restrict the promotion and advertising of HFSS foods. The consultations on these policies set out proposals for the definitions of HFSS products. We have listened carefully to the feedback and will be setting out final definitions for the products these policies apply to when we publish the responses to the consultations. We will do this as soon as possible.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
9th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's report, Consultation on restricting promotions of products high in fat, sugar and salt by location and by price, published in January 2019, what assessment he has made of the effect of the restriction on promotions of such products on the (a) consumption of vegetables and (b) effect on low income families of including some food items that encourage home cooking and are healthy when consumed in small quantities.

A full public consultation and an impact assessment have been carried out for the proposal to restrict the promotion of foods high in fat, salt and sugar by location and by price. The Government’s response to the consultation and the impact assessment will be published shortly.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to tackle user-generated fraudulent and scam content on online platforms.

We know that people are spending more time online during this period and this can put them at greater risk of experiencing online harm. We have been working closely with technology companies, civil society and academia to understand and respond to the risks presented during this period.

The department is committed to tackling all forms of crime, including those that exploit technology and the internet. We are considering all routes to ensure law enforcement have the tools they need to go after these criminals and to protect the vulnerable.

HMG published new guidance on April 23rd to help all users to stay safe online during the coronavirus outbreak. It includes detailed advice on protecting personal data, cyber security and disinformation. It also provides additional guidance for parents on online safety issues affecting children such as child sexual abuse, exposure to age-inappropriate content and cyberbullying.

This Government is committed to delivering legislation to tackle online harms. This will introduce a statutory duty of care on companies to take steps to protect their users from harm, including child sexual exploitation and abuse. We are currently working swiftly to prepare a full Government response, which we will publish later this year. This will include more detailed proposals on online harms regulation and will be released alongside interim voluntary codes of practice on tackling online terrorist and child sexual exploitation and abuse content and activity. We will follow the full Government response by introducing Online Harms legislation.

24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of (a) the volume of user-generated fraudulent and scam content posted on online platforms and (b) the harm that content has caused to victims of that fraud.

We know that people are spending more time online during this period and this can put them at greater risk of experiencing online harm. We have been working closely with technology companies, civil society and academia to understand and respond to the risks presented during this period.

The department is committed to tackling all forms of crime, including those that exploit technology and the internet. We are considering all routes to ensure law enforcement have the tools they need to go after these criminals and to protect the vulnerable.

HMG published new guidance on April 23rd to help all users to stay safe online during the coronavirus outbreak. It includes detailed advice on protecting personal data, cyber security and disinformation. It also provides additional guidance for parents on online safety issues affecting children such as child sexual abuse, exposure to age-inappropriate content and cyberbullying.

This Government is committed to delivering legislation to tackle online harms. This will introduce a statutory duty of care on companies to take steps to protect their users from harm, including child sexual exploitation and abuse. We are currently working swiftly to prepare a full Government response, which we will publish later this year. This will include more detailed proposals on online harms regulation and will be released alongside interim voluntary codes of practice on tackling online terrorist and child sexual exploitation and abuse content and activity. We will follow the full Government response by introducing Online Harms legislation in this session.

16th Nov 2020
What estimate he has made of the amount owed to local authorities in council tax arrears.

The cumulative total of council tax owed as at 31 March 2020 was £3.6 billion. This was an increase of £345 million on the previous year. In 2019-20, councils collected 96.8 per cent of the council tax due that year.

11th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much of the Hardship Fund allocated to local authorities was spent between March and October 2020; and what proportion of that fund was spent over that time period.

The £500 million Hardship Fund has been made available to councils in England to provide support to economically vulnerable people and households, including through reductions in council tax to recipients of working age local council tax support. The management of those allocations is a matter for local councils.

3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how much of the £500 million allocated from the Hardship Fund was spent in England and Wales between March and October 2020.

The £500 million Hardship Fund has been made available to councils in England to provide support to economically vulnerable people and households, including through reductions in council tax to recipients of working age local council tax support. The management of those allocations is a matter for local councils.

14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to protect households who cannot pay council tax as a result of covid-19 related financial hardship from the re-imposition of bailiff visits on 23 August 2020.

Local authorities are responsible for the collection of council tax. Anyone who is concerned about falling behind with their council tax payments should contact their council as soon as possible to discuss the support available. Guidance issued by my Department makes clear that councils should be willing to take account of individuals’ circumstances, and agree affordable and sustainable payment plans to ensure debts are paid off in a reasonable time. Councils will also be able to advise on eligibility for a reduced bill, for example through their local council tax support schemes and any additional help from the £500 million council tax hardship fund. This is part of the Government's response to COVID-19 and enables councils to provide further reductions in bills for economically vulnerable households.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
14th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make it his policy to introduce a statutory pre-action protocol to protect households who cannot pay council tax as a result of covid-19 related financial hardship from the re-imposition of bailiff visits on 23 August 2020.

The Department’s guidance on council tax collection makes clear that local authorities should take all reasonable steps to exhaust the options available to them prior to beginning enforcement action. This includes taking the individual circumstances of each billpayer into account, and agreeing an approach for dealing with vulnerable residents. Authorities should also signpost the availability of free to use debt advisers, and work with advisers to ensure that an affordable and sustainable payment plan is agreed, preventing the need for enforcement action. If enforcement action is considered appropriate after those checks, the guidance is clear that authorities should explore options such as deductions from benefits or an attachment of earnings order, prior to engaging enforcement agents.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
16th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to introduce independent regulation of bailiffs to tackle (a) harmful and unnecessary bailiff visits and (b) bailiffs breaking the rules.

The Ministry of Justice is reviewing the implementation of reforms, contained in the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 and introduced in 2014, which govern how enforcement agents take control of goods. This includes considering complaints handling and regulation in the sector.

We have been focusing on our response to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we will provide a response to the review as soon as we are able.

Alex Chalk
Solicitor General (Attorney General's Office)