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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2020-11-04more like thismore than 2020-11-04
answering body
Department of Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
hansard heading Coronavirus: Disease Control more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.4) Regulations 2020, what evidence was used to inform the decision to close certain categories of businesses; and what plans they have to publish any such evidence. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness McGregor-Smith more like this
uin HL9995 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-11-16more like thismore than 2020-11-16
answer text <p>We believe the new regulations strike the right balance to take urgent action to stem the spread of the virus while also allowing essential retail to stay open and allowing the hospitality sector to remain open for delivery and takeaway.</p><p>Throughout this crisis, the Government and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, have provided robust scientific evidence and advice to guide decisions regarding the measures taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Indoor settings carry higher environmental risks, due to the close proximity of people and a longer duration of exposure. This evidence continues to be published online.</p><p>On 2 December, restrictions will expire, and we intend to return to a tiered system on a local and regional basis according to the latest data and trends.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bethell more like this
grouped question UIN HL9997 more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-11-16T13:15:17.167Zmore like thismore than 2020-11-16T13:15:17.167Z
answering member
4708
label Biography information for Lord Bethell more like this
tabling member
4554
label Biography information for Baroness McGregor-Smith more like this
1658891
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2023-09-06more like thismore than 2023-09-06
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 more like this
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
hansard heading Schools: Buildings more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential risks of schools in England that have been built using reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
uin HL9957 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2023-09-19more like thismore than 2023-09-19
answer text <p>Nothing is more important than the safety of children and staff. It has always been the case that where we are made aware of a building that may pose an immediate risk, the Department takes immediate action.</p><p>It is the responsibility of those who run schools – academy trusts, Local Authorities, and voluntary-aided school bodies – who work with their schools on a day-to-day basis, to manage the safety and maintenance of their schools and to alert us if there is a concern with a building.</p><p>The Department has acted decisively and proactively to tackle this issue. This Government has taken more proactive action on RAAC than any other in the UK. The Department issued comprehensive guidance in 2018, and subsequent years, to all responsible bodies highlighting the potential risks associated with RAAC and supporting them to identify this within their buildings, as well as to take appropriate steps in meeting their obligations to keep buildings safe. The most recent guidance is available at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reinforced-autoclaved-aerated-concrete-estates-guidance" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reinforced-autoclaved-aerated-concrete-estates-guidance</a>.</p><p>There are over 22,000 schools and colleges in England, and the vast majority are unaffected. A significant proportion of the estate was built outside the period where RAAC was used, with around one third of the estate built since 2001, therefore, the Department has focused efforts on buildings built in the post-war decades.</p><p>The Department issued a questionnaire in March 2022, asking responsible bodies to inform the Department of any suspected RAAC identified in their estates. Responsible bodies have submitted questionnaires for over 98% of schools with blocks built in the target era, of which there are 14,900. We are pressing all remaining schools to get checks completed, to determine which schools require surveys.</p><p>The Department is contacting responsible bodies to help them respond to this request and to advise on what needs to be done, so that they can establish whether they believe they have RAAC. This work will continue until we have a response for all target era schools.</p><p>Schools and colleges where RAAC is suspected are being fast tracked for surveying, which is used to confirm whether RAAC is actually present. All schools and colleges that have already told us they suspect they might have RAAC will be surveyed within a matter of weeks, in many cases in a matter of days.</p><p>All schools where RAAC is confirmed are provided with a dedicated caseworker to support them and help implement a mitigation plan and minimise the disruption to children’s learning.</p><p>Across Government, Departments have been asked to report on the current picture of suspected and confirmed RAAC in their estates as soon as possible. This will be updated on a regular basis as new buildings are identified and surveying and remediation are carried out. The Department for Education published lists of education settings confirmed as having RAAC on Wednesday 6 September, and committed to providing further updates.</p><p>Schools will contact parents where RAAC is identified and inform them of any impacts on their child. The vast majority of schools are unaffected. Any parents that are unsure if their child’s school is affected should contact their school directly.</p><p>While some short term disruption is inevitable, all available measures will be taken to minimise disruption to pupil learning and ensure that pupils continue to receive face-to-face teaching. Where there is any disturbance to face-to-face education, schools will prioritise attendance for vulnerable children and young people and children of key workers. The guidance published by the Department in August also includes guidance on provision for pupils with SEND and sets out expectations that schools continue to provide free school meals to eligible pupils.</p><p>The Department will fund emergency mitigation work needed to make buildings safe, including installing alternative classroom space where necessary. Where schools and colleges need additional help with revenue costs, like transport to locations or temporarily renting a local hall or office, the department will provide that support for all reasonable requests. The Department will also fund longer term refurbishment projects, or rebuilding projects where these are needed, to rectify the RAAC issue in the long term.</p><p>All previously confirmed School Rebuilding Programme projects announced in 2021 and 2022 will continue to go ahead. A full list of confirmed projects can be found here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-rebuilding-programme-schools-in-the-programme" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-rebuilding-programme-schools-in-the-programme</a>.</p><p>Further information on RAAC in education settings is available on the Education Hub: <a href="https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/2023/09/06/new-guidance-on-raac-in-education-settings/" target="_blank">https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/2023/09/06/new-guidance-on-raac-in-education-settings/</a><a href="https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/2023/09/04/new-guidance-on-raac-in-education-settings/" target="_blank">.</a></p>
answering member printed Baroness Barran more like this
grouped question UIN HL9996 more like this
question first answered
less than 2023-09-19T11:36:06.557Zmore like thismore than 2023-09-19T11:36:06.557Z
answering member
4703
label Biography information for Baroness Barran more like this
tabling member
1796
label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
1249006
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2020-11-04more like thismore than 2020-11-04
answering body
Department of Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
hansard heading Coronavirus: Disease Control more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to lift the restrictions put in place by the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.4) Regulations 2020; and what restrictions they plan to put in place in England once those Regulations are no longer in force. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness McGregor-Smith more like this
uin HL9997 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-11-16more like thismore than 2020-11-16
answer text <p>We believe the new regulations strike the right balance to take urgent action to stem the spread of the virus while also allowing essential retail to stay open and allowing the hospitality sector to remain open for delivery and takeaway.</p><p>Throughout this crisis, the Government and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, have provided robust scientific evidence and advice to guide decisions regarding the measures taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Indoor settings carry higher environmental risks, due to the close proximity of people and a longer duration of exposure. This evidence continues to be published online.</p><p>On 2 December, restrictions will expire, and we intend to return to a tiered system on a local and regional basis according to the latest data and trends.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bethell more like this
grouped question UIN HL9995 more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-11-16T13:15:17.197Zmore like thismore than 2020-11-16T13:15:17.197Z
answering member
4708
label Biography information for Lord Bethell more like this
tabling member
4554
label Biography information for Baroness McGregor-Smith more like this
1249002
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2020-11-04more like thismore than 2020-11-04
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Slavery: Companies more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the process for a complaint to be made against a company that has failed to make a disclosure under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton more like this
uin HL9993 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-11-18more like thismore than 2020-11-18
answer text <p>The landmark transparency provisions contained in section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 established the UK as the first country in the world to require businesses to report annually on their work to prevent and address modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.</p><p>Under the current provisions, if a commercial organisation does not comply with the duty to provide a modern slavery statement, the Home Secretary can apply for a court injunction which mandates compliance. The Government has also committed to considering enforcement options in line with the ongoing development of the Single Enforcement Body for employment rights, led by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.</p><p>However, if someone has concerns about an organisation’s modern slavery statement they could write to the Board of Directors (or equivalent) as the Act requires a modern slavery statement to be approved by the Board and signed by a Director (or equivalent) to ensure senior level accountability for modern slavery. The Government expects an organisation’s senior leadership to take responsibility for their company’s modern slavery statement to ensure they are a fair reflection of the circumstances and the action they are taking.</p><p>The Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act, which was commissioned in 2018 and delivered its final report in 2019, credited section 54 with making modern slavery “a business-critical issue” and increasing “board-level scrutiny and engagement.”</p><p>The Independent Review also made recommendations designed to improve the effectiveness of the Act’s transparency provisions. The Government accepted the majority of the Review’s recommendations and on 9 July 2019 the Home Office launched a public consultation seeking views on proposals to strengthen the Act’s transparency legislation.</p><p>Following widespread support from a broad coalition of business, civil society and public sector respondents, the Government response, published on 22 September 2020, committed to taking forwards an ambitious package of changes to strengthen and future-proof transparency, including:</p><ul><li>Extending the reporting requirement to public bodies with a budget of £36 million or more;</li><li>Mandating the specific reporting topics statements must cover;</li><li>Requiring organisations to publish their statement on the new Government digital reporting service;</li><li>Setting a single reporting deadline by which all modern slavery statements must be published.</li></ul><p>Addressing modern slavery risks is a complex, long-term task, and the new measures are designed to incentivise organisations to demonstrate year-on-year progress in key areas and take targeted action based on where their risks are highest.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
grouped question UIN HL9994 more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-11-18T17:46:30.583Zmore like thismore than 2020-11-18T17:46:30.583Z
answering member
4311
label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
tabling member
1544
label Biography information for Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton more like this
967504
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-09-04more like thismore than 2018-09-04
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Christopher Allen more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have taken to ensure that the South Sudanese authorities conducted a satisfactory investigation in relation to the killing of the British citizen, Christopher Allen, in August 2017. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Northover more like this
uin HL9993 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-09-12more like thismore than 2018-09-12
answer text <p>​US consular services contacted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for advice regarding Christopher Allen’s death in South Sudan, a dual US/UK national. Consular assistance was provided by the US consular services in Sudan and the USA, following the decision by the family to repatriate Mr Allen to the USA.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
grouped question UIN
HL9994 more like this
HL9995 more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-09-12T15:44:14.23Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-12T15:44:14.23Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
2539
label Biography information for Baroness Northover more like this
1249003
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2020-11-04more like thismore than 2020-11-04
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Modern Slavery Act 2015 more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton more like this
uin HL9994 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-11-18more like thismore than 2020-11-18
answer text <p>The landmark transparency provisions contained in section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 established the UK as the first country in the world to require businesses to report annually on their work to prevent and address modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.</p><p>Under the current provisions, if a commercial organisation does not comply with the duty to provide a modern slavery statement, the Home Secretary can apply for a court injunction which mandates compliance. The Government has also committed to considering enforcement options in line with the ongoing development of the Single Enforcement Body for employment rights, led by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.</p><p>However, if someone has concerns about an organisation’s modern slavery statement they could write to the Board of Directors (or equivalent) as the Act requires a modern slavery statement to be approved by the Board and signed by a Director (or equivalent) to ensure senior level accountability for modern slavery. The Government expects an organisation’s senior leadership to take responsibility for their company’s modern slavery statement to ensure they are a fair reflection of the circumstances and the action they are taking.</p><p>The Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act, which was commissioned in 2018 and delivered its final report in 2019, credited section 54 with making modern slavery “a business-critical issue” and increasing “board-level scrutiny and engagement.”</p><p>The Independent Review also made recommendations designed to improve the effectiveness of the Act’s transparency provisions. The Government accepted the majority of the Review’s recommendations and on 9 July 2019 the Home Office launched a public consultation seeking views on proposals to strengthen the Act’s transparency legislation.</p><p>Following widespread support from a broad coalition of business, civil society and public sector respondents, the Government response, published on 22 September 2020, committed to taking forwards an ambitious package of changes to strengthen and future-proof transparency, including:</p><ul><li>Extending the reporting requirement to public bodies with a budget of £36 million or more;</li><li>Mandating the specific reporting topics statements must cover;</li><li>Requiring organisations to publish their statement on the new Government digital reporting service;</li><li>Setting a single reporting deadline by which all modern slavery statements must be published.</li></ul><p>Addressing modern slavery risks is a complex, long-term task, and the new measures are designed to incentivise organisations to demonstrate year-on-year progress in key areas and take targeted action based on where their risks are highest.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
grouped question UIN HL9993 more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-11-18T17:46:30.637Zmore like thismore than 2020-11-18T17:46:30.637Z
answering member
4311
label Biography information for Baroness Williams of Trafford more like this
tabling member
1544
label Biography information for Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton more like this
967505
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-09-04more like thismore than 2018-09-04
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Christopher Allen more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the South Sudanese authorities about the killing of the British citizen, Christopher Allen, in August 2017. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Northover more like this
uin HL9994 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-09-12more like thismore than 2018-09-12
answer text <p>​US consular services contacted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for advice regarding Christopher Allen’s death in South Sudan, a dual US/UK national. Consular assistance was provided by the US consular services in Sudan and the USA, following the decision by the family to repatriate Mr Allen to the USA.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
grouped question UIN
HL9993 more like this
HL9995 more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-09-12T15:44:14.293Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-12T15:44:14.293Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
2539
label Biography information for Baroness Northover more like this
967506
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-09-04more like thismore than 2018-09-04
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Christopher Allen more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they have provided to the family of the British citizen, Christopher Allen, who was killed in South Sudan in August 2017. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Northover more like this
uin HL9995 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-09-12more like thismore than 2018-09-12
answer text <p>​US consular services contacted the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for advice regarding Christopher Allen’s death in South Sudan, a dual US/UK national. Consular assistance was provided by the US consular services in Sudan and the USA, following the decision by the family to repatriate Mr Allen to the USA.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
grouped question UIN
HL9993 more like this
HL9994 more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-09-12T15:44:14.34Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-12T15:44:14.34Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
2539
label Biography information for Baroness Northover more like this
1248998
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2020-11-04more like thismore than 2020-11-04
answering body
Department of Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
hansard heading Palliative Care: Health Services more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional funding they plan to allocate to (1)hospice, and (2) palliative, care services in the next five years. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Jones of Cheltenham more like this
uin HL9989 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-01-15more like thismore than 2021-01-15
answer text <p>The Department recognises that the hospice sector has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that subsequent social distancing measures have affected some aspects of community fundraising. We regularly assess the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on the hospice sector and through NHS England and NHS Improvement are in regular discussions with stakeholders in the sector about the challenges they face. A range of steps have been taken to support hospices.</p><p>We have provided over £150 million in additional funding to the hospice sector to date during the pandemic. Alongside this, hospices have benefited from the financial support offered by Her Majesty’s Treasury to all charities, such as paying no business rates for their shops next year and applying for a Business Interruption Loan.</p><p>We continue to keep funding for hospices under review.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bethell more like this
grouped question UIN
HL9991 more like this
HL9992 more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-01-15T13:15:46.377Zmore like thismore than 2021-01-15T13:15:46.377Z
answering member
4708
label Biography information for Lord Bethell more like this
tabling member
248
label Biography information for Lord Jones of Cheltenham more like this
1332173
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2021-06-10more like thismore than 2021-06-10
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Bridleways: Bitumens more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that bridle-paths are prevented from being tarmacked. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Hodgson of Abinger more like this
uin HL1000 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-06-24more like thismore than 2021-06-24
answer text <p>Public rights of way are a local matter and are handled by individual local highway authorities.</p><p> </p><p>Local authorities are required to keep a Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) to plan improvements to their network, which is usually available on the authority’s website. I would hope local authorities, whenever possible, would look at the needs of all users, including walkers, cyclists and horse-riders. Safety must be a consideration in this process.</p><p> </p><p>Local authorities receive most of their rights of way funding from central Government through the Revenue Support Grant to deliver various duties, including ROWIPs. It is not ring-fenced and we cannot say how much authorities should spend on ROWIPs. It is up to local authorities to manage their own budgets and decide how much they should spend on their different duties, and for local people to hold them to account.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Benyon more like this
grouped question UIN
HL1001 more like this
HL1002 more like this
HL999 more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-06-24T15:38:53.347Zmore like thismore than 2021-06-24T15:38:53.347Z
answering member
1547
label Biography information for Lord Benyon more like this
tabling member
4301
label Biography information for Baroness Hodgson of Abinger more like this