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Written Question
Food: Advertising
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Andrew Lewer (CON - Northampton South)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with relevant stakeholders on the potential effect of a six month implementation period on businesses following the proposed introduction of restrictions on the promotion and placement of products that are high in fat, salt and sugar.

Answered by Jo Churchill

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before prorogation.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Alex Norris (LAB - Nottingham North)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of using (a) bingo halls and (b) other currently unoccupied venues for the administration of the covid-19 vaccine.

Answered by Nadhim Zahawi

The National Health Service is grateful for the support that businesses have offered and is in the process of establishing vaccination centres across the country that can manage the logistical challenge of needing to store the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at an appropriate temperature. Our approach, with three delivery models – community teams, vaccination sites, and hospital hubs – has been devised to be flexible and reach all parts of the country. The phased vaccination programme - which began on 8 December 2020 with hospital hubs - will be expanded over the coming weeks and months to include local vaccination services and largescale vaccination centres across the country. More than 730 vaccination sites have already been established across the UK and hundreds more are opening this week to take the running total to over 1,000.


Written Question
Heart Diseases: Coronavirus
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Colleen Fletcher (LAB - Coventry North East)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) delays to people seeking care and (b) reduced access to routine tests and treatments during the covid-19 outbreak on the number of excess deaths from heart and circulatory disease among people aged under 65.

Answered by Jo Churchill

No assessment has yet been made of impact on the number of excess deaths from heart and circulatory disease among people aged under 65 due to delays to people seeking care and reduced access to routine tests and treatments during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Written Question
Suicide
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Munira Wilson (LDEM - Twickenham)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve mental health support to reduce levels of suicide in (a) South West London and (b) England.

Answered by Nadine Dorries

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before prorogation.


Written Question
Dermatology
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Paul Beresford (CON - Mole Valley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for publishing the Getting It Right First Time dermatology national specialty report.

Answered by Helen Whately

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before prorogation.


Written Question
Hospitals: Waiting Lists
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Lord Balfe (CON - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 27 April (HL15033), when they expect the assessment of National Health Service waiting times in England to be completed; and whether the assessment will be published promptly following its completion.

Answered by Lord Bethell

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.


Written Question
NHS: Protective Clothing
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Bill Esterson (LAB - Sefton Central)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish details of the contracts with Unispace Global Ltd to supply the NHS with personal protective equipment including (a) when those contracts were awarded and (b) when they will expire.

Answered by Jo Churchill

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before prorogation.


Written Question
Business: Data Protection
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Mark Hendrick (LAB - Preston)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance the Government has provided to businesses to ensure effective data protection in the collection of customer information and data for covid-19 contact tracing purposes.

Answered by Jo Churchill

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before prorogation.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Screening
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Nick Smith (LAB - Blaenau Gwent)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2021 to Question 158899, and the letter from Baroness Harding and Mr David Williams CB to the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee dated 11 February 2021 outlining the cost per test at the testing site in Cwm, Marine Coillery, Ebbw Vale from October 2020 to December 2020, what the cost per test for that site was in each month since its opening in July 2020.

Answered by Jo Churchill

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before prorogation.


Written Question
Palliative Care: Costs
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Lord Jones of Cheltenham (LDEM - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the estimate in the report by Sue Ryder Modelling demand and costs for palliative care services in England, published on 1 February, that the cost of providing palliative care services may reach £947m per year by 2031.

Answered by Lord Bethell

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Screening
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Justin Madders (LAB - Ellesmere Port and Neston)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department monitors in advance of adding or removing a company from the Government's approved list of providers for covid-19 testing.

Answered by Jo Churchill

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before prorogation.


Written Question
Travel: Quarantine
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £1,750 quarantine fee paid by travellers goes towards accommodation costs.

Answered by Jo Churchill

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before prorogation.


Written Question
Travel: Quarantine
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £1,750 quarantine fee paid by travellers goes towards security costs.

Answered by Jo Churchill

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before prorogation.


Written Question
Travel: Quarantine
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Rachel Reeves (LAB - Leeds West)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the £1,750 quarantine fee paid by travellers goes towards testing costs.

Answered by Jo Churchill

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before prorogation.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: Lord Forsyth of Drumlean (CON - Life peer)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government how individuals can obtain confirmation of their COVID-19 vaccination status; whether that information is in a form that individuals can share with commercial organisations for the purpose of vaccine passports; and if so, how.

Answered by Lord Bethell

To record vaccinations, the National Health Service National Immunisation Management System (NIMS) is being used as the national register for COVID-19 vaccinations. At the point that someone receives their COVID-19 vaccine, the vaccinating team record this information onto NIMS and onto a patient’s general practitioner record.

The Government will review whether COVID-status certification could play a role in reopening the economy, reducing restrictions on social contact and improving safety. This will include assessing to what extent certification would be effective in reducing risk, and the potential uses to enable access to settings or a relaxation of COVID-19 secure mitigations.

The Government will also consider the ethical, equalities, privacy, legal and operational aspects of this approach and what limits, if any, should be placed on organisations using certification. It will draw on external advice to develop recommendations that take into account any social and economic impacts, and implications for disproportionately impacted groups and individuals’ privacy and security. The Government will set out its conclusions in advance of step four of the roadmap in order to inform the safe reopening of society and the economy.

Vaccination is not suitable for all citizens and there are other means of demonstrating a reduced risk of transmission. The NHS is working on providing individuals with the means to demonstrate their COVID-19 status through a digital and non-digital route and is working with experts to put security and privacy at the core of this approach. As we continue to explore and trial COVID-19 status certification, we will ensure appropriate Parliamentary scrutiny.