Baroness Merron

Labour - Life peer

Opposition Whip (Lords)

(since May 2021)

Shadow Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

(since May 2021)

Shadow Spokesperson (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

(since May 2021)
1 APPG membership (as of 4 May 2022)
Performing Arts Education and Training
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)
9th Jun 2009 - 6th May 2010
Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)
9th Jun 2009 - 6th May 2010
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
5th Oct 2008 - 9th Jun 2009
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Development)
24th Jan 2008 - 5th Oct 2008
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office)
28th Jun 2007 - 25th Jan 2008
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Regional Affairs) (East Midlands)
28th Jun 2007 - 25th Jan 2008
Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (East Midlands)
28th Jun 2007 - 25th Jan 2008
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
5th May 2006 - 28th Jun 2007
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
28th Oct 2004 - 5th May 2006
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
1st Jan 2002 - 28th Oct 2004
Trade & Industry
9th Jul 1997 - 9th Nov 1998


Scheduled Event
Monday 20th June 2022
Oral questions - Main Chamber
Non-inclusion of media literacy provisions in the Online Safety Bill, and the imposition of an updated statutory duty on Ofcom relating to media literacy
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Division Votes
Wednesday 27th April 2022
Judicial Review and Courts Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 96 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 219 Noes - 229
Speeches
Thursday 26th May 2022
Children: Cancer
Following on from the question of the noble and gallant Lord about the matter of significant improvements being made in …
Written Answers
Thursday 28th April 2022
Period Poverty Task Force: Finance
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the £250,000 that was committed to help the Period Poverty Taskforce to address the …
Early Day Motions
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Bills
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MP Financial Interests
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Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Baroness Merron has voted in 161 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Lord Kamall (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
(69 debate interactions)
Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay (Conservative)
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
(37 debate interactions)
Lord Bethell (Conservative)
(18 debate interactions)
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Department of Health and Social Care
(96 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
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76 Written Questions in the current parliament

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6 Other Department Questions
26th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what trends they have identified, if any, in period poverty and shame; and what steps they are taking to address any such trends.

Period poverty is an issue the government takes very seriously and has taken a number of steps to address the problem.

Since January 2020, a Department for Education scheme provides free period products in schools and 16-19 education institutions in England. Additionally, from 1 January 2021, the ‘tampon tax’ has been abolished - with a zero rate of VAT applying to all period products. Prior to the abolition of the tax, a Tampon Tax fund was in place to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on period products, to projects which improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. A final round of £11.25 million in grant funding was awarded in November 2021 to distribute the VAT collected on period products in the final nine months of the 2020/21 financial year, before the tax ended.

As well as these steps, in 2019, NHS England announced that it would offer period products to every hospital patient who needs them and the Home Office changed the law to ensure that all people in custody are provided with health and hygiene products for free, to include period products.

In March 2020, in light of COVID-19, the work of the Period Poverty Taskforce was paused to free up resources to focus on the pandemic. Further announcements on the plans and the work of the Taskforce will be made in due course.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
26th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to monitor the issues of period poverty and shame.

Period poverty is an issue the government takes very seriously and has taken a number of steps to address the problem.

Since January 2020, a Department for Education scheme provides free period products in schools and 16-19 education institutions in England. Additionally, from 1 January 2021, the ‘tampon tax’ has been abolished - with a zero rate of VAT applying to all period products. Prior to the abolition of the tax, a Tampon Tax fund was in place to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on period products, to projects which improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. A final round of £11.25 million in grant funding was awarded in November 2021 to distribute the VAT collected on period products in the final nine months of the 2020/21 financial year, before the tax ended.

As well as these steps, in 2019, NHS England announced that it would offer period products to every hospital patient who needs them and the Home Office changed the law to ensure that all people in custody are provided with health and hygiene products for free, to include period products.

In March 2020, in light of COVID-19, the work of the Period Poverty Taskforce was paused to free up resources to focus on the pandemic. Further announcements on the plans and the work of the Taskforce will be made in due course.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
26th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they remain committed to their target of ending period poverty and shame in the UK by 2025.

Period poverty is an issue the government takes very seriously and has taken a number of steps to address the problem.

Since January 2020, a Department for Education scheme provides free period products in schools and 16-19 education institutions in England. Additionally, from 1 January 2021, the ‘tampon tax’ has been abolished - with a zero rate of VAT applying to all period products. Prior to the abolition of the tax, a Tampon Tax fund was in place to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on period products, to projects which improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. A final round of £11.25 million in grant funding was awarded in November 2021 to distribute the VAT collected on period products in the final nine months of the 2020/21 financial year, before the tax ended.

As well as these steps, in 2019, NHS England announced that it would offer period products to every hospital patient who needs them and the Home Office changed the law to ensure that all people in custody are provided with health and hygiene products for free, to include period products.

In March 2020, in light of COVID-19, the work of the Period Poverty Taskforce was paused to free up resources to focus on the pandemic. Further announcements on the plans and the work of the Taskforce will be made in due course.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
26th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the £250,000 that was committed to help the Period Poverty Taskforce to address the issue of period poverty will still be made available.

Period poverty is an issue the government takes very seriously and has taken a number of steps to address the problem.

Since January 2020, a Department for Education scheme provides free period products in schools and 16-19 education institutions in England. Additionally, from 1 January 2021, the ‘tampon tax’ has been abolished - with a zero rate of VAT applying to all period products. Prior to the abolition of the tax, a Tampon Tax fund was in place to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on period products, to projects which improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. A final round of £11.25 million in grant funding was awarded in November 2021 to distribute the VAT collected on period products in the final nine months of the 2020/21 financial year, before the tax ended.

As well as these steps, in 2019, NHS England announced that it would offer period products to every hospital patient who needs them and the Home Office changed the law to ensure that all people in custody are provided with health and hygiene products for free, to include period products.

In March 2020, in light of COVID-19, the work of the Period Poverty Taskforce was paused to free up resources to focus on the pandemic. Further announcements on the plans and the work of the Taskforce will be made in due course.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
26th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Period Poverty Taskforce will restart its meetings; and if so, when.

Period poverty is an issue the government takes very seriously and has taken a number of steps to address the problem.

Since January 2020, a Department for Education scheme provides free period products in schools and 16-19 education institutions in England. Additionally, from 1 January 2021, the ‘tampon tax’ has been abolished - with a zero rate of VAT applying to all period products. Prior to the abolition of the tax, a Tampon Tax fund was in place to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on period products, to projects which improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. A final round of £11.25 million in grant funding was awarded in November 2021 to distribute the VAT collected on period products in the final nine months of the 2020/21 financial year, before the tax ended.

As well as these steps, in 2019, NHS England announced that it would offer period products to every hospital patient who needs them and the Home Office changed the law to ensure that all people in custody are provided with health and hygiene products for free, to include period products.

In March 2020, in light of COVID-19, the work of the Period Poverty Taskforce was paused to free up resources to focus on the pandemic. Further announcements on the plans and the work of the Taskforce will be made in due course.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the updated Cyber Strategy will be published.

The Integrated Review published in March set a goal of cementing the UK’s position as a leading responsible and democratic cyber power, and committed to launching a new comprehensive cyber strategy in 2021 to implement this vision. The strategy will set out how we will build up the UK’s cyber resilience; deter our adversaries; and influence tomorrow’s technologies so they are safe, secure and open. Work is well underway to develop the new strategy, and the government plans to continue engaging with partners before publishing it later this year and aligning with funding decisions in the next Spending Review.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
19th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to help small booksellers compete with online retailers beyond the reliefs implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government is committed to ensuring digital markets, such as the e-commerce market, remain competitive and deliver positive outcomes for small businesses, consumers, and society. Our digital competition consultation set out a vision for the UK’s new pro-competition regime for digital markets and the powers of the new Digital Markets Unit, which is already operating in non-statutory form inside the CMA. The regime will enable the UK’s competition authorities to tackle the unique challenges of fast-moving digital markets and will aim to boost competition and innovation by tackling the sources and effects of market power in digital markets. The consultation closed on 1 October 2021 and we are now carefully considering the responses.

At budget, my Rt hon Friend Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer announced further business rates relief of 50% in 2022/23 for eligible retail, hospitality, and leisure businesses worth almost £1.7 billion and we are freezing the multiplier for 2022/23 saving businesses £4.6 billion over the next five years.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the final communications sectoral definition under the National Security and Investment Act 2021 will be published.

The Government will publish the draft notifiable acquisition regulations as part of the ​implementation of the National Security and Investment Act 2021 in due course. This will include descriptions of the proposed ​acquisitions in the communications sector which must be notified to my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
5th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to introduce restrictions on gambling advertising following the completion of their review of gambling regulation.

Her Majesty’s Government is reviewing the Gambling Act to make sure it is fit for the digital age. We have been clear, however, that work to raise standards and tackle gambling-related harm should continue alongside the review, and does not need to wait for it to be concluded. We are determined to protect those at risk of gambling related-harm and welcome the new measures announced by the Advertising Standards Authority further to reduce the appeal of gambling adverts to children and to ensure that the content of gambling adverts is appropriate for the age-restricted nature of the products.

As part of the broad scope of the review, we called for evidence on the potential benefits or harms of allowing licensed gambling operators to advertise, engage in sponsorship arrangements, and make promotional offers. We are currently considering the evidence carefully and will publish a White Paper outlining our conclusions and any proposals for reform in the coming weeks.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
5th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the decision by the Advertising Standards Authority to ban gambling adverts featuring footballers and other sports personalities.

Her Majesty’s Government is reviewing the Gambling Act to make sure it is fit for the digital age. We have been clear, however, that work to raise standards and tackle gambling-related harm should continue alongside the review, and does not need to wait for it to be concluded. We are determined to protect those at risk of gambling related-harm and welcome the new measures announced by the Advertising Standards Authority further to reduce the appeal of gambling adverts to children and to ensure that the content of gambling adverts is appropriate for the age-restricted nature of the products.

As part of the broad scope of the review, we called for evidence on the potential benefits or harms of allowing licensed gambling operators to advertise, engage in sponsorship arrangements, and make promotional offers. We are currently considering the evidence carefully and will publish a White Paper outlining our conclusions and any proposals for reform in the coming weeks.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
1st Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value of voluntary industry initiatives around responsible gambling.

HM Government welcomes the progress by industry to introduce new safer gambling measures over recent years, but both the Government and the Gambling Commission will continue to mandate further action where it is required. As part of its broad scope, the Gambling Act Review is looking at whether the right controls are in place to protect people who gamble in the digital age. We are considering the evidence carefully and will publish a White Paper outlining conclusions in the coming weeks.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
1st Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the findings of their review of the Gambling Act 2005.

HM Government welcomes the progress by industry to introduce new safer gambling measures over recent years, but both the Government and the Gambling Commission will continue to mandate further action where it is required. As part of its broad scope, the Gambling Act Review is looking at whether the right controls are in place to protect people who gamble in the digital age. We are considering the evidence carefully and will publish a White Paper outlining conclusions in the coming weeks.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
1st Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many ministers have accepted hospitality from gambling firms since the launch of the gambling review in December 2020; and what is the cumulative value of such hospitality.

Records of ministerial hospitality are published quarterly and are available on GOV.UK. This link also declares all meetings. There has been a wide-ranging series of meetings with a number of gambling stakeholders to support the ongoing Gambling Act Review. There have also been meetings with the gambling industry on other issues, for instance its relationship with racing and the impacts of the Covid pandemic.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
1st Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) prevalence, and (2) cost to the Exchequer, of gambling-related harm in each of the last three years.

Public Health England’s (PHE) evidence review of gambling-related harms reported that 0.5% of the adult population reached the threshold to be considered ‘problem gamblers’ (defined as those gambling with negative consequences and a possible loss of control), and that this proportion has remained relatively consistent since 2012. PHE’s review also included estimates on the costs associated with gambling-related harm. On costs to the Exchequer, the report estimated the annual direct costs associated with people who are problem gamblers to be approximately £647 million, but was unable to make a direct assessment of the costs caused by gambling-related harm.

Additional data on problem gambling prevalence comes from the Gambling Commission’s quarterly participation and prevalence survey, the latest results of which were published in February. The survey found that in the year to December 2021, the overall problem gambling rate was statistically stable at 0.3%, compared to the year to December 2020. In the year to December 2019, the rate was 0.6%.

Our Review of the Gambling Act aims to ensure that the protections in place to prevent harm are appropriate and effective for the digital age. It is looking at issues regarding research as part of its broad scope.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
16th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the operation of Government-backed COVID-19 insurance schemes for the creative industries.

The UK Live Events Reinsurance Scheme and Film and TV Production Restart Scheme were introduced as part of HM Government's commitment to provide support during the Covid-19 pandemic and address market failure in the insurance sector.

Both schemes have contributed positively to the creative industries.The UK Film and TV Production Restart Scheme has supported a production boom during the pandemic, so far protecting over 95,000 jobs and nearly £3 billion of production spend, ensuring the continued production of content for our screens. Since the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme’s launch in September 2021, around £110 million of cover has been written for a wide variety of events, including business events, concerts and theatre performances. So far, 2.7 million people have attended or are due to attend events covered by the Scheme. In addition to directly supporting events, the scheme also protects the supply chains and local economies that depend on their taking place.

The Film and TV Production Restart Scheme’s operation was assessed by an independent body in a Process Evaluation published in January 2022. The research found that close working with industry on establishing the scheme ensured that those most in need of support were able to benefit. An impact evaluation will be published by the end of the year. Similarly, the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme will be undergoing a review in the Spring to assess its effectiveness, including the extent to which it has benefitted the live events sector while also delivering value for money for UK taxpayers. A full evaluation of the Scheme will follow in early 2023.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
16th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they have for foreign bodies (1) owning, and (2) investing in, football teams in England; and what measures they have in place to safeguard the interests of fans.

The ownership of football clubs is, and has historically been, a matter for the football authorities, not for HM Government.

The tests for ownership of clubs were raised in the report of the Fan-Led Review which recommended stronger tests independently administered by a new independent regulator.

HM Government is considering the recommendations of the Review, including those made on enhancing the existing owners’ and directors’ tests, and working swiftly to determine the most effective way to deliver an independent regulator.

We will issue a formal response to the Fan-Led Review in the coming weeks.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
19th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to meet the Booksellers Association to discuss ways to support small creative businesses.

The Booksellers Association regularly engages at Ministerial level with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

On 15 July, BEIS published the Build Back Better High Streets Strategy, in which the Government committed to continue working with the retail sector, in particular the Retail Sector Council, on its long-term strategic needs to ensure that businesses are profitable, resilient, innovative, and able to support local economies in socially and environmentally responsible ways.

More broadly, DCMS regularly engages with the creative industries, including the publishing sector, through the Creative Industries Council. I have also met individual booksellers, most recently The Bound in Whitley Bay on 29 January, to hear how the Government can best support small creative businesses.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
11th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to instruct Ofcom to develop (1) mandatory age assurance technology, and (2) a governance code for age assurance, ahead of the Online Safety Bill being introduced to Parliament.

We are considering fully and carefully the recommendations from the Joint Committee and are grateful to its members for their work scrutinising this important Bill. The Bill will not mandate that companies use specific technologies for protecting children online, as it is vital that the Bill is future-proofed. However, Ofcom will set out in its codes of practice the steps companies need to take to comply with their child safety duties. We expect this to include, where appropriate, age assurance technologies. Ofcom will also be able to include in its regulatory codes specific standards relating to age assurance. Companies would need to follow these steps, including putting in place these technologies and following these standards, or demonstrate that the approach they are taking delivers the same level of protection for children. If they do not, they risk facing enforcement action from Ofcom.

In the meantime, DCMS is already working closely with Ofcom to ensure that the implementation period that will be necessary following passage of the legislation is as short as possible. We expect companies to take steps now to improve safety, and not wait for the legislation to come into force before acting.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
11th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Online Safety Bill (Session 2021–22, HL Paper 129), what plans they have to adopt recommendations relating to (1) the statutory regulation of, and (2) minimum standards for, age assurance technologies.

We are considering fully and carefully the recommendations from the Joint Committee and are grateful to its members for their work scrutinising this important Bill. The Bill will not mandate that companies use specific technologies for protecting children online, as it is vital that the Bill is future-proofed. However, Ofcom will set out in its codes of practice the steps companies need to take to comply with their child safety duties. We expect this to include, where appropriate, age assurance technologies. Ofcom will also be able to include in its regulatory codes specific standards relating to age assurance. Companies would need to follow these steps, including putting in place these technologies and following these standards, or demonstrate that the approach they are taking delivers the same level of protection for children. If they do not, they risk facing enforcement action from Ofcom.

In the meantime, DCMS is already working closely with Ofcom to ensure that the implementation period that will be necessary following passage of the legislation is as short as possible. We expect companies to take steps now to improve safety, and not wait for the legislation to come into force before acting.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
11th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect children from the harms of online pornography prior to the introduction of the Online Safety Bill.

The Online Safety Bill aims to make the UK the safest place in the world to be a child online, but the Government is not waiting for it to become law in order to protect children from online pornography. Ofcom already has responsibility for the regulation of video-sharing platforms and video-on-demand services, which includes requirements to protect children from harmful content such as pornography.

Furthermore, in July 2021, the government published the Online Media Literacy Strategy. The strategy supports the empowerment of users, including young people, with the skills and knowledge they need to make safe and informed decisions online. In June 2021, we also published Safety by Design guidance and a “One Stop Shop” on child online safety. These provide guidance on steps that platforms can take to design safer services and protect children.

In addition, the new Relationships, Sex and Health Education curriculum is clear that, by the end of secondary school, pupils should be taught about the impact that viewing harmful content, such as pornography, can have on the way people see themselves in relation to others and negatively affect how they behave towards sexual partners.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
11th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) Age Appropriate Design Code to apply to providers of online pornography; and, if not, what plans they have to (1) direct the ICO, or (2) legislate in this area.

The Age Appropriate Design Code sets out the privacy standards companies must adopt when offering online services that are likely to be accessed by children. If a service is one that children should not be using, such as a pornography service, the Code does not apply. It is the government’s view that the focus of such a service should be on how to prevent children’s access to it rather than undertaking a data protection impact assessment with the aim of making the service child-friendly.

The Online Safety Bill will deliver comprehensive protections for children from accessing pornography by placing new duties on in-scope companies to protect children from harmful content online. The Bill will cover many of the most visited pornography sites, social media, video sharing platforms, forums and search engines, thereby capturing sites through which a large proportion of children access pornography. We recognise the concerns that have been raised about protecting children from online pornography on services which do not currently fall within the scope of the Bill. We are exploring ways to provide wider protections for children from accessing online pornography through the Bill.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
9th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many days of visa free and work permit touring is allowed per visit for a musician based in the UK and with UK citizenship, for each of the 19 EU Member States described as allowing visa and work permit free touring.

This government recognises the importance of the UK’s creative and cultural industries, not only to the economy and international reputation of the United Kingdom, but also to the wellbeing and enrichment of our people. We want musicians and performers to be able to tour abroad easily, as we understand it is a vital part at every stage of a musician’s and performer’s career.

Member States of the European Union are principally responsible for deciding the rules governing what work UK visitors can undertake in the EU. That is why we have spoken to every Member State about the importance of touring. Following these talks 19 out of 27 Member States have confirmed that UK musicians do not require visas or work permits for some short term touring. In the majority of cases this is for at least 30 days. Other Member States, including France and Germany, allow visas or work permits for some short term touring for up to three months. Travellers should always check what requirements they need to fulfill with the EU Member State to which they are travelling.

We want our world-leading creative and cultural artists to travel widely, learning their craft, growing their audiences and showing the best of British creativity to the world. That is why we are looking carefully at proposals for a new Creative Export Office that could provide further practical help to support individuals and businesses in touring.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
9th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the ability of (a) under-25s, (b) musicians from less privileged socio-economic backgrounds, and (c) working-class musicians, to tour in the EU under the terms of the UK–EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, and (2) the frequency of such musicians doing so.

This government recognises the importance of the UK’s creative and cultural industries, not only to the economy and international reputation of the United Kingdom, but also to the wellbeing and enrichment of our people. We want musicians and performers to be able to tour abroad easily, as we understand it is a vital part at every stage of a musician’s and performer’s career.

Member States of the European Union are principally responsible for deciding the rules governing what work UK visitors can undertake in the EU. That is why we have spoken to every Member State about the importance of touring. Following these talks 19 out of 27 Member States have confirmed that UK musicians do not require visas or work permits for some short term touring. In the majority of cases this is for at least 30 days. Other Member States, including France and Germany, allow visas or work permits for some short term touring for up to three months. Travellers should always check what requirements they need to fulfill with the EU Member State to which they are travelling.

We want our world-leading creative and cultural artists to travel widely, learning their craft, growing their audiences and showing the best of British creativity to the world. That is why we are looking carefully at proposals for a new Creative Export Office that could provide further practical help to support individuals and businesses in touring.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
22nd Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the chair of their Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council has any current financial interests or holdings with Fujitsu.

The chair of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council has declared any relevant financial interests in line with the usual appointment process. There are no current financial interests to declare.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
8th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members there are of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council; and what their names are.

The membership is not fully decided yet, but many of the members of the Diversification Taskforce have agreed to continue providing expertise as part of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council. The Government will publish the full membership ahead of the first meeting in the autumn.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
8th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the salary of the chair of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council.

The work of the Advisory Council is non-remunerative. The Chair and all members have volunteered their time and effort.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
8th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport discussed the appointment of the new chair of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council with the Prime Minister before the announcement on 2 July.

Simon Blagden was formally appointed by Matt Warman MP, Minister for Digital Infrastructure. This was agreed through the usual public appointments procedure.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
8th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government who made the final decision on the appointment of Simon Blagden as chair of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council.

Simon Blagden was formally appointed by Matt Warman MP, Minister for Digital Infrastructure. This was agreed through the usual public appointments procedure.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
8th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the appointment (1) criteria, and (2) process, for the chair of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council.

Simon Blagden, Chair of the Telecoms Supply Chain Advisory Council, was selected on the basis of having the skills and experience required for the role, with over 30 years experience in the telecoms and digital industries.

He was appointed following the standard Government process for direct appointments, suitable for short term roles where an independent advisory function is filled. Appropriate due diligence and conflict of interest checks have been carried out.

The Terms and Conditions which the Chair and members of the Advisory Council are expected to adhere to will be published on GOV.UK following the first meeting of the Advisory Council. The Council is advisory and there will be a wide ranging membership incorporating views from industry and academia.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many companies in the UK telecommunications sector are estimated to be majority owned by Russian or Chinese entities.

The telecommunications sector includes tens of thousands of companies, including telecommunications providers, equipment providers and service providers in the supply chain. The Government does not monitor the nationality of the owners of each of these on a routine basis.

The UK economy thrives, in part, as a result of foreign direct investment (FDI) and the Government therefore strives to be the premier destination for investment in the world. However, an open approach to international investment must include appropriate safeguards to protect our national security and the safety of our citizens. The new National Security & Investment Act introduces a new regime for reviewing and intervening in business transactions, such as takeovers, that might raise national security concerns.

The Government has also recently introduced the Telecommunications (Security) Bill to establish an enhanced legislative framework for telecoms security, which includes new national security powers for the Secretary of State to manage the risks posed by high risk vendors.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the publication of the Telecoms Diversification Taskforce Report on 20 April, whether the taskforce now been disbanded; and if not, what role and responsibilities the Taskforce now has.

The Telecoms Diversification Taskforce has completed its work and submitted its independent recommendations to the Government in April. The Taskforce will now transition to become the permanent Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Advisory Council with Simon Blagden CBE as the new chair; as announced in the Government’s response to the recommendations published on 2 July. Many of the Taskforce members will continue to provide advice as part of the Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council will play a key role in overseeing and offering scrutiny to the delivery of the 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy. We will also draw on the expertise of the Advisory Council for wider telecoms supply chain diversification issues beyond the RAN (Radio Access Network).

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total cost of removing Huawei from the telecommunications network by 2027.

As the Secretary of State set out in his statement to the House of Commons on 14 July 2020, we estimate that implementation of the advice to remove Huawei 5G equipment from the UK’s telecom network will cost up to two billion pounds.

The estimated cost breakdown is set out in the impact assessment published for the Telecommunications (Security) Bill.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
5th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much additional funding will be provided to Ofcom to support the costs of monitoring and compliance with the new powers for that body in the Telecommunications Security Bill.

Ofcom's budget for telecoms security this financial year has been increased by £4.6 million, to reflect its enhanced security role under the Telecommunications (Security) Bill. This is in addition to its current security budget of £2 million.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
29th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on tourism for (1) Liverpool, and (2) the wider North West region, of the UNESCO World Heritage Site status of that city’s waterfront.

We know from the excellent report prepared by the UK National Commission for UNESCO that UNESCO designations such as World Heritage status are worth over £150 million a year to communities across the UK and in its Overseas Territories, as well as contributing to sustainable development and other policy goals. We do not have a precise figure which can be attributed to the world heritage site of Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, but we know that many international tourists are keen to visit the UK’s 32 world heritage sites, with concomitant economic benefits across the tourism and hospitality sector.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
4th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the Statement of Requirements for the contracts agreed on 29 March with (1) Veolia ES (UK) Ltd. and (2) Suez Recycling, Ltd., under procurement references CF-0748100D0O000000rwimUAA1 and CF-0749100D0O000000rwimUAA1, including the maximum volumes of personal protective equipment available for recycling or disposal under each contract over the period March 2022 to March 2024.

A copy of the Department’s Statement of Requirements for the contracts agreed on 29 March with Veolia ES (UK) Ltd and Suez Recycling Ltd is attached. Information which is commercially sensitive and information held by a public authority relating to environmental regulations has been redacted.

The Department currently estimates that 300,000 pallets of personal protective equipment will be recycled or disposed of between March 2022 and 2024. However, this information is subject to the completion of a feasibility analysis by waste partners.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce health inequalities for people with osteoporosis.

The NHS Best MSK Health initiative includes a programme aimed at addressing health inequalities in planned care for those with musculoskeletal conditions, with a particular focus on the gender disparity in access to treatment and outcomes faced by women with osteoporosis.

As part of the forthcoming Women’s Health Strategy, we have committed to explore areas of healthcare in which disparities between men and women are greatest, including long-term conditions such as osteoporosis. We aim to publish the Women’s Health Strategy in spring 2022.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of waiting times for access to a DXA bone density scan.

No formal assessment has been made. However, NHS England’s data as of January 2022 shows that 36.3% of patients waiting for DEXA scans have been waiting more than six weeks.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they plan to make available for Fracture Liaison Services through (1) the Elective Recovery Fund, and (2) the Best MSK health programme.

Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) are commissioned locally by clinical commissioning groups which are best placed to plan the provision of services subject to local prioritisation and funding. Service providers are also eligible to apply for funding for FLS to support elective recovery via the Elective Recovery Fund.

The Best MSK health programme is working with a range of stakeholders to improve musculoskeletal services. The Best MSK health programme does not have its own budget to fund FLS.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
2nd Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to enable more people to benefit from the (1) mental, (2) physical, and (3) social, health benefits of (a) green spaces, and (b) gardening.

In 2020, Public Health England published Improving access to greenspace: A new review for 2020, which examined the health effects access to green space, including gardening. The report found evidence that exposure to greenspaces can promote and protect good health, aid in recovery from illness and help with managing poor physical and mental health, including social impacts such as loneliness and community interaction. A copy of the review is attached.

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities is supporting the preparation of a national cross-Government framework of green infrastructure standards, to ensure new developments include accessible green spaces and areas with little or no green space can be improved for the benefit of local communities. Good quality green infrastructure plays an important role in addressing issues of social inequality and environmental decline in urban and rural locations, whilst also leading to better places to live.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is leading a cross-Government project on tackling mental ill-health through green social prescribing with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement, Natural England, Sport England and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The project is taking place between April 2021 to April 2023 at seven sites in England. It will test ideas for embedding green social prescribing such as gardening and walking into communities, in order to improve mental health outcomes including social health; reduce health inequalities; reduce demand on the health and social care system; and develop best practice in making green social activities more resilient and accessible.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the reasons for the delay in commencing the consultation of alcohol labelling since its announcement in 2020.

We have committed to consult on our intention to introduce calorie labelling on pre-packaged alcohol and alcohol sold in on-trade businesses such as pubs and restaurants in due course. The consultation will set out further details about the proposed policy and seek views on whether the provision of the United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers’ low risk drinking guidelines should become mandatory or continue on a voluntary basis. The consultation has been delayed due to the pandemic and the focus to date on delivering legislation on promotions, advertising and out of home calorie labelling

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the details of their consultation on the calorie labelling of alcohol.

We have committed to consult on our intention to introduce calorie labelling on pre-packaged alcohol and alcohol sold in on-trade businesses such as pubs and restaurants in due course. The consultation will set out further details about the proposed policy and seek views on whether the provision of the United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers’ low risk drinking guidelines should become mandatory or continue on a voluntary basis. The consultation has been delayed due to the pandemic and the focus to date on delivering legislation on promotions, advertising and out of home calorie labelling

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that alcohol labels include the Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines on low-risk consumption of alcohol.

We have committed to consult on our intention to introduce calorie labelling on pre-packaged alcohol and alcohol sold in on-trade businesses such as pubs and restaurants in due course. The consultation will set out further details about the proposed policy and seek views on whether the provision of the United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers’ low risk drinking guidelines should become mandatory or continue on a voluntary basis. The consultation has been delayed due to the pandemic and the focus to date on delivering legislation on promotions, advertising and out of home calorie labelling

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the appeal of alcohol to children.

The UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising and Direct & Promotional Marketing and The UK Code of Broadcast Advertising provide that marketing communications and advertisements for alcoholic drinks should not be targeted at people under 18 years of age and should not imply, condone or encourage immoderate, irresponsible or anti-social drinking. The Codes provide that more than 25% of the audience in adjacent programmes or for the relevant publication should not be under 18 years old. Alcohol advertising must not be likely to appeal ‘strongly’ to young people under 18 years old, reflect or associate with youth culture or show adolescent or juvenile behaviour. No children and no one who is or appears to be under the age of 25 years old may play a significant role in the advertising of alcoholic drinks. Copies of the Codes are attached. Education on alcohol use is a statutory component of Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education in England.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of existing levels of accountability of NHS decision-making; and what plans they have to increase the centrality of patients in decision-making structures in future.

The Health and Care Bill includes duties on integrated care boards (ICBs) to involve patients, carers and the public in their decision making, which applies at all levels of the organisation. Currently, NHS England assesses each clinical commissioning group on its delivery against the patient and public involvement duties through the NHS Oversight Framework. We anticipate that this will continue for ICBs. The assessment includes providing evidence of how the involvement of people and communities has informed the organisation’s decision-making about commissioning and changes to services.

Subject to Parliamentary approval, NHS England will produce statutory guidance to support integrated care systems to effectively involve people and communities. This will clarify the responsibilities of all ICB members to provide leadership and accountability for how people and communities are involved.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create formal roles for patient representation at all levels of NHS decision-making structures, including Integrated Care Boards.

The Health and Care Bill includes duties on integrated care boards (ICBs) to involve patients, carers and the public in their decision making, which applies at all levels of the organisation. Currently, NHS England assesses each clinical commissioning group on its delivery against the patient and public involvement duties through the NHS Oversight Framework. We anticipate that this will continue for ICBs. The assessment includes providing evidence of how the involvement of people and communities has informed the organisation’s decision-making about commissioning and changes to services.

Subject to Parliamentary approval, NHS England will produce statutory guidance to support integrated care systems to effectively involve people and communities. This will clarify the responsibilities of all ICB members to provide leadership and accountability for how people and communities are involved.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce greater transparency over how Integrated Care Systems will be (1) scrutinised, and (2) held to account, in relation to patient care.

NHS England will continue to transparently scrutinise and hold to account National Health Service organisations which form part of an integrated care system (ICS). Subject to the passage of the Health and Care Bill, NHS England will publish an updated Oversight Framework in 2022/23 that reflects the new statutory basis for integrated care boards (ICBs) and ICSs. The Bill will also place a new duty on the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to review each ICBs’ provision of NHS care, public health, adult social care, the functions of the ICB, local authorities and CQC-registered providers for that provision and the system as a whole. ICBs will also be subject to transparency requirements, including the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960, to allow patients and the public to hold their ICB to account.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the public health grant allocations for 2022/23 will be announced.

Local authority Public Health Grant allocations for 2022/23 will be confirmed shortly.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their updated Tobacco Control Plan.

We are undertaking further policy development to support the Tobacco Control Plan, which will be published in due course.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made as to whether revenues from a ‘polluter pays’ charge could be used towards the delivery of their Smokefree 2030 programme.

The Department is currently assessing a range of policy and regulatory proposals for consideration in the development of the new Tobacco Control Plan. However, no specific assessment has been made of a polluter pays charge on tobacco manufacturers or whether revenues from this charge could be used towards achieving the Smokefree 2030 programme.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recommendations to introduce a ‘polluter pays’ charge on tobacco manufacturers; and whether the forthcoming Tobacco Control Plan will include such a charge.

The Department is currently assessing a range of policy and regulatory proposals for consideration in the development of the new Tobacco Control Plan. However, no specific assessment has been made of a polluter pays charge on tobacco manufacturers or whether revenues from this charge could be used towards achieving the Smokefree 2030 programme.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they intend to provide (1) to the NHS, and (2) to other areas of society, to tackle the effects of alcohol consumption.

Alcohol is a cross-cutting issue affecting several Government departments. As part of the NHS Long Term Plan, NHS England and NHS Improvement have invested £27 million in a four year programme between 2019/20 and 2023/24 to both establish and improve alcohol care teams to provide specialist alcohol interventions in hospitals where needed. Implementation is estimated to prevent 50,000 admissions over five years.

Furthermore, we have made the largest increase in substance misuse treatment funding for 15 years, with £80 million of new investment in 2021/22. £9.8 million of this has been made available for medically managed inpatient detoxification units, crucial for treating those most dependent on alcohol and drugs. This funding is in addition to the money local authorities already spend on substance misuse from the public health grant.

The focus of the newly established Office for Health Improvement and Disparities is on improving the nation’s health and levelling up health disparities. This includes tackling alcohol-related health harms.

This year, we are delivering £52 million for substance misuse treatment services for people sleeping rough, building on £23 million in 2020/21. This will fund evidence-based drug and alcohol treatment and wraparound support to improve access to treatment, including for those with co-occurring mental health needs.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent estimate they have made of the cost of alcohol on (1) the NHS, and on (2) society in general.

Alcohol-related harm was estimated to cost the National Health Service £3.5 billion per year in 2009/10.

The cost of alcohol to society in England was estimated to be £21 billion per year in 2012. This includes the costs associated with alcohol-related health disorders and disease, crime and anti-social behaviour, and loss of productivity in the workplace.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how the additional funding announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review to build a bigger and better NHS workforce will be distributed.

The Department is working closely with Health Education England and NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop detailed workforce spending plans in the coming months.

The Government has committed to training some of the biggest undergraduate intakes of medical and nursing students ever. In addition, we will be training more midwives and allied health professionals, who are key to delivering the full range of services to the National Health Service.

We have already seen significant increases to the NHS workforce, with 20% more NHS staff in Hospital and Community Health Services since June 2011, and over 21,000 more full time equivalent nurses in the NHS since June 2019. We recognise there is more to be done however, and a key part of ensuring there are sufficient specialists is training more people who can join the NHS. This is why we remain committed to delivering the government commitment of 50,000 additional nurses.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government which specialties will receive the additional funding announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review to build a bigger and better NHS workforce.

The Department is working closely with Health Education England and NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop detailed workforce spending plans in the coming months.

The Government has committed to training some of the biggest undergraduate intakes of medical and nursing students ever. In addition, we will be training more midwives and allied health professionals, who are key to delivering the full range of services to the National Health Service.

We have already seen significant increases to the NHS workforce, with 20% more NHS staff in Hospital and Community Health Services since June 2011, and over 21,000 more full time equivalent nurses in the NHS since June 2019. We recognise there is more to be done however, and a key part of ensuring there are sufficient specialists is training more people who can join the NHS. This is why we remain committed to delivering the government commitment of 50,000 additional nurses.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much additional funding announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review they are committing to build a bigger and better NHS workforce.

The Department is working closely with Health Education England and NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop detailed workforce spending plans in the coming months.

The Government has committed to training some of the biggest undergraduate intakes of medical and nursing students ever. In addition, we will be training more midwives and allied health professionals, who are key to delivering the full range of services to the National Health Service.

We have already seen significant increases to the NHS workforce, with 20% more NHS staff in Hospital and Community Health Services since June 2011, and over 21,000 more full time equivalent nurses in the NHS since June 2019. We recognise there is more to be done however, and a key part of ensuring there are sufficient specialists is training more people who can join the NHS. This is why we remain committed to delivering the government commitment of 50,000 additional nurses.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to respond to the Sir Mike Richards 2020 review of services, which found that (1) 20 NHS trusts require a complete rebuild of their endoscopy facilities, and (2) 200 new endoscopy rooms are needed to meet rising patient needs.

The National Health Service is transforming diagnostics services in line with the recommendations from Sir Mike Richards’ Review: Diagnostics Recovery and Renewal, including rolling out at least 100 Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) by 2024/25. The Government has made £2.3 billion available to support this transformation over the next three years.

The Department and NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with Regions and local systems to determine how the funding will be divided across diagnostics services. The amount for improving endoscopy services specifically and how these services will be improved is still being finalised.

The funding is on top of the £325 million announced for this year, which is supporting the roll out of over 40 CDCs across England, many of which will provide additional endoscopy capacity.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £2.3 billion announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to transform diagnostic services will be used to implement the recommendations from Sir Mike Richards 2020 review of services to rebuild and expand endoscopy services.

The National Health Service is transforming diagnostics services in line with the recommendations from Sir Mike Richards’ Review: Diagnostics Recovery and Renewal, including rolling out at least 100 Community Diagnostic Centres (CDCs) by 2024/25. The Government has made £2.3 billion available to support this transformation over the next three years.

The Department and NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with Regions and local systems to determine how the funding will be divided across diagnostics services. The amount for improving endoscopy services specifically and how these services will be improved is still being finalised.

The funding is on top of the £325 million announced for this year, which is supporting the roll out of over 40 CDCs across England, many of which will provide additional endoscopy capacity.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote self-care for minor ailments in order to reduce pressure on GPs and A&E departments.

No assessment has been made of a separate strategy for the integration of self-care for minor ailments, as supported self-management and self-care for short term and ongoing physical and mental health conditions is an integral part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Community pharmacies in England delivering NHS services provide support for self-care as part of their essential services. The Community Pharmacist Consultation Advanced Service enables NHS111 and general practitioners to refer patients with a minor illness to a pharmacist for a consultation to reduce pressure on primary care and accident and emergency departments.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the benefits of a national strategy which fully integrates self-care for minor ailments into the NHS.

No assessment has been made of a separate strategy for the integration of self-care for minor ailments, as supported self-management and self-care for short term and ongoing physical and mental health conditions is an integral part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Community pharmacies in England delivering NHS services provide support for self-care as part of their essential services. The Community Pharmacist Consultation Advanced Service enables NHS111 and general practitioners to refer patients with a minor illness to a pharmacist for a consultation to reduce pressure on primary care and accident and emergency departments.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the benefits of (1) a centralised web-based system to support the sharing of local health and social care records, and (2) ensuring that community pharmacists are able to populate such records.

The NHS Long Term Plan and the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework envisage an increased role for community pharmacy and there is agreement across stakeholders that read and write access to patient records, where they are involved in the patient’s direct care, is necessary to support this.

NHSX is developing interoperable National Health Service IT systems, focussing on shared data standards and infrastructure across settings to allow clinicians including community pharmacists to safely and securely access patient records, make informed clinical decisions and populate records. NHSX will engage with stakeholders including pharmacy contractors, IT suppliers and the public to test any proposed digital solutions and consider issues such as patient consent and data security.

Lord Kamall
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
20th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Osteoporosis Nurse Specialists are currently in post in each of the NHS England regions.

The Department does not hold the data requested.

20th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when all the musculoskeletal regional leads for NHS England will be (1) appointed, and (2) in post.

As part of the national Best MSK health programme every region in the country has been advised to recruit a musculoskeletal lead. The recruitment process is currently on-going. While there is no fixed timeline for completion, progress against this recruitment will be reviewed in September and subsequently on a quarterly basis.

20th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure adequate succession planning within the NHS for (1) osteoporosis, and (2) bone health specialists.

Individual National Health Service trusts are responsible for ensuring staffing arrangements are in place which deliver safe and effective care, including succession planning.

Osteoporosis and other bone health conditions are treated by a range of healthcare professionals, such as general practitioners (GPs), endocrinologists, rheumatologists and orthopaedic surgeons. Since 2010, the number of endocrinologists has increased by over 58%, rheumatologists by over 29% and trauma and orthopaedic surgeons by over 24%. We also have over 900 more full-time equivalent GPs March 2021, compared to March 2020. We continue to monitor the NHS’s workforce requirements and ensure that the NHS has the staff that it needs, including for the treatment of osteoporosis and bone health.

19th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of additional radiographers and radiologists required to deliver the increased number of diagnostic imaging scanners referred to in the National Health Service Long Term Plan.

Following the NHS Long Term Plan, NHS England commissioned Sir Professor Mike Richards to review diagnostic services, which was completed in October 2020. The review recommended that there should be an expansion in the imaging workforce with an additional 2,000 radiologists and 4,000 radiographers over the next five years. NHS England and NHS Improvement are planning how to implement the report’s recommendations.

In 2020/2021, Health Education England’s Cancer Workforce Plan committed to training 300 reporting radiographers and the NHS People Plan committed to training a further 150. Further workforce requirements will be considered as part of the upcoming Spending Review.

19th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that National Health Service Improvement Musculoskeletal Pathway is included and prioritised within individual Integrated Care Systems.

We expect musculoskeletal, fragility fractures and fall services to be fully incorporated into integrated care systems (ICSs) and for the musculoskeletal pathway to play a key role in shaping planning and decision-making.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have convened the National Pathways Improvement Programme to reduce variation in access and outcomes and improve performance. Within this programme the Best MSK health collaborative is supporting those in musculoskeletal leadership roles, including within ICSs, and a specific work stream is focused on osteoporosis, falls and fragility fractures in collaboration with professional and patient-facing stakeholders, as well as those with lived experience.

19th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure musculoskeletal, fragility fractures and falls are being incorporated into Integrated Care Systems.

We expect musculoskeletal, fragility fractures and fall services to be fully incorporated into integrated care systems (ICSs) and for the musculoskeletal pathway to play a key role in shaping planning and decision-making.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have convened the National Pathways Improvement Programme to reduce variation in access and outcomes and improve performance. Within this programme the Best MSK health collaborative is supporting those in musculoskeletal leadership roles, including within ICSs, and a specific work stream is focused on osteoporosis, falls and fragility fractures in collaboration with professional and patient-facing stakeholders, as well as those with lived experience.

19th Jul 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the Getting it Right First Time programme will have in delivering improved levels of onward referral for patients with newly diagnosed vertebral fractures.

The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme reviewed all spinal surgery providers in England in 2019 and highlighted several areas for improvement. We are assessing the impact of these findings and the GIRFT team is due to report on progress later this year when new ‘time to surgery’ data for these conditions has been collected. NHS England and NHS Improvement also plan to increase the number of rehabilitation beds available nationally, which is expected to have a significant impact in improving levels of referrals.

21st Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote NHS England's and NHS Improvement's Good Communication with Patients Waiting for Care, published on 25 May, to local integrated care systems and NHS trusts.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have been working to promote the guidance via corporate channels, including a range of system-facing bulletins and networks. The guidance and communication principles have also been built into other relevant publications including the Clinical Prioritisation of Diagnostic Waiting Lists Framework.

19th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce an online sales tax; and, as part of any such plans, whether they intend to hold consultative forums with small businesses, including booksellers.

At Autumn Budget 2021, the Government announced that it will continue to explore the arguments for and against an Online Sales Tax (OST). No decisions on whether to proceed with an OST have yet been made. If implemented, the revenue from an OST would be used to provide business rates relief for in-store retail. The consultation will launch shortly.

The Government would welcome views and evidence from a range of stakeholders, including small businesses and booksellers. Details of how interested stakeholders can engage with the process will be published alongside the consultation.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
9th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed reform of alcohol duty announced in the Autumn Budget Statement on (1) alcohol-related hospitalisations, (2) alcohol-related deaths, and (3) other health outcomes.

The reform of alcohol duty has been designed to support the Government’s public health objectives. From 2023, all drinks will be taxed according to their alcohol content. Some high strength products such as white cider will go up in duty, whilst draught beer and cider in pubs will pay less duty. The Government expects that these changes will have a positive impact, with the potential to reduce alcohol-related hospitalisations and deaths, as well as providing other positive health outcomes.
9th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed reform of alcohol duty announced in the Autumn Budget Statement on alcohol consumption.

The reform of alcohol duty has been designed to support the Government’s public health objectives. From 2023, all drinks will be taxed according to their alcohol content. Some high strength products such as white cider will go up in duty, whilst draught beer and cider in pubs will pay less duty. The Government expects that these changes will have a positive impact, with the potential to reduce alcohol-related hospitalisations and deaths, as well as providing other positive health outcomes.
9th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what projections HMRC has made of the number of ATA Carnet applications it will need to process in (1) 2021/22, and (2) 2022/23.

When moving goods temporarily into or out of the UK, an ATA Carnet provides an option which can help simplify customs formalities by allowing a single document to be used for clearing goods through customs in the countries that are part of ATA Carnet system. The use of a carnet is optional and is a commercial decision depending on an individual or business’s specific circumstances. In the UK, ATA Carnets are administered by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).

International travel has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the number of goods movements using ATA Carnets has dropped. At the moment it is difficult to project numbers with any certainty. Numbers are likely to increase owing to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and the gradual lifting of travel restrictions throughout the world. HMRC, in conjunction with the LCCI and Border Force, monitor ATA Carnet usage on a regular basis.

An alternative option to an ATA Carnet is the use of the Temporary Admission procedure in conjunction with Returned Goods Relief. Temporary Admission is a customs special procedure that may be used to temporarily import goods into the UK without payment of duties subject to relevant conditions being met.

Businesses and individuals returning goods to the UK, having temporarily imported them to another customs territory, can claim relief from import VAT and any customs duty under Returned Goods Relief providing specific conditions are met. Returned Goods Relief applies to goods exported from the UK and re-imported in an unaltered state.

The EU operates similar procedures therefore, for goods moving temporarily to the EU, the EU’s Temporary Admission procedure may be applicable, and the EU’s Returned Goods Relief may apply where goods are returned to the EU having been temporarily imported into the UK. The management of EU import and export procedures is the responsibility of the customs authorities of the EU Member States.

29th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reported threat to Liverpool's UNESCO World Heritage Site status, what plans they have to (1) review, and (2) amend, relevant national planning guidance.

The Government is committed to the protection of our historic environment, including our World Heritage Sites. As set out in the recent Planning White Paper, Planning for the Future , we consider that the existing heritage planning framework has worked well and we want to build on it as we develop the new planning system. In bringing forward our reforms we will work with those who have experience and expert knowledge of the planning system to ensure that our heritage is fully considered and continues to be protected going forward.

Lord Greenhalgh
Minister of State (Home Office)