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1249008
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: Screening 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 introduce rapid COVID-19 testing for all workplaces. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness McGregor-Smith more like this
uin HL9999 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-12-03more like thismore than 2020-12-03
answer text <p>The Department is running a series of workplace testing pilots across the United Kingdom. Early detection of positive cases is the most effective way to prevent operational shutdown in key industries, performing vital public services. These pilots will enable information gathering which will help towards the objective of gradually increasing the number of sectors participating in routine workplace testing.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bethell more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-12-03T12:02:12.27Zmore like thismore than 2020-12-03T12:02:12.27Z
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
1659264
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2023-09-07more like thismore than 2023-09-07
answering body
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept id 208 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office more like this
hansard heading Israel: Palestinians 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 representations they have made to the government of Israel in relation to the use of force in the death of Mr Ameed al-Jaghoub on 21 August. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of Southwark more like this
uin HL9999 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2023-09-22more like thismore than 2023-09-22
answer text <p>Our sympathies are with Ameed al-Jaghoub and his family. While we have not discussed this specific incident with the Israeli Government, the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces in the West Bank and Gaza is too high. In our dialogue with the Israeli authorities, whilst we have recognised their legitimate need to deploy security measures to address violence, we remind them that such deployments are done to minimise tension and use appropriate force. When there have been accusations of excessive use of force, we have advocated swift, transparent investigations. Israel must abide by its obligations under international law, and we have a regular dialogue with Israel on legal issues relating to the occupation. As the occupying power, we urge Israel to fulfil its responsibilities, including ensuring the protection of the civilian population. I, (Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon), made this clear most recently in a meeting with the Israeli chargé d'affaires on July 4.</p>
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2023-09-22T13:30:51.48Zmore like thismore than 2023-09-22T13:30:51.48Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
4345
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Southwark more like this
967511
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-09-04more like thismore than 2018-09-04
answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
answering dept id 54 more like this
answering dept short name Justice more like this
answering dept sort name Justice more like this
hansard heading Prison Advice and Care Trust 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 discussions they have had with the Catholic Prison Advice and Care Trust in the last five years; and what assessment they have made of the work of that charity. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Patten more like this
uin HL9999 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-09-19more like thismore than 2018-09-19
answer text <p>We have a longstanding relationship with the Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT), and we recognise the crucial role that they, and other Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations, carry out in supporting offenders and delivering rehabilitative services. I am pleased to note, too, that PACT have recently been awarded the contract for the provision of family engagement services for the female estate.</p><p>We will continue to engage with PACT as we take forward Lord Farmer’s recommendations as part of our wider prison reform agenda.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-09-19T08:47:47.893Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-19T08:47:47.893Z
answering member
4538
label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
tabling member
1137
label Biography information for Lord Patten more like this
1249007
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 NHS Test and Trace 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 steps they are taking to ensure that NHS Test and Trace functions successfully after the restrictions put in place by the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.4) Regulations 2020 are lifted. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness McGregor-Smith more like this
uin HL9998 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2021-03-01more like thismore than 2021-03-01
answer text <p>Since the most recent national restrictions in January, the Government has continued to to ensure that NHS Test and Trace functions successfully. NHS Test and Trace has the capacity to respond to increases in demand and is able to test over 750,000 people a day.</p><p>Contact tracing services have also increased. The number of cases being transferred to the contact tracing system in the week 4 February to 10 February 2021 was 105,764, compared to 3,571 in the week 2 July to 8 July 2020.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bethell more like this
question first answered
less than 2021-03-01T12:43:33.207Zmore like thismore than 2021-03-01T12:43:33.207Z
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
967510
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 Palestinians: Christianity 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 religious and civic freedoms of Maronites in Palestine. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Patten more like this
uin HL9998 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-09-17more like thismore than 2018-09-17
answer text <p>Our Consulate General in Jerusalem regularly meets a variety of religious leaders in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and has stressed to the Palestinian Authority the importance of protecting freedom of religion and belief. Freedom of religion and belief remains a human rights priority for this Government. It is a fundamental freedom which underpins many other human rights.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-09-17T14:40:57.35Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-17T14:40:57.35Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
1137
label Biography information for Lord Patten 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
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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
1659262
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2023-09-07more like thismore than 2023-09-07
answering body
Department for Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept id 217 more like this
answering dept short name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
answering dept sort name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
hansard heading British Museum: Theft 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 steps they are taking to support the recovery of stolen artefacts from the British Museum; and what measures they are taking to increase security in this area. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
uin HL9997 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2023-09-19more like thismore than 2023-09-19
answer text <p>My department is closely monitoring the situation at the British Museum, and engaging directly with the Museum on this concerning issue.</p><p>The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has spoken with the Chairman of the British Museum about this issue on a number of occasions and has sought assurances on the immediate measures that have been put in place to increase security at the Museum. She has also sought assurances on the details of the scope and timetable for the independent review of security which the Museum has instigated, led by a former trustee, Nigel Boardman, and the Chief Constable of British Transport Police, Lucy D’Orsi. The review will also support efforts to recover all missing collection items.</p><p>The matter is also currently under investigation by the Economic Crime Command of the Metropolitan Police. The British Museum is working with the police to support their investigations.</p><p>My department and I will continue to work closely with the British Museum – and the wider museums sector – to ensure that lessons are learned from this incident once the independent review is complete.</p><p>Further details on this matter have been set out in the Written Statements which the Secretary of State and I made to Parliament on 4 September 2023 (HCWS994 and HLWS979).</p>
answering member printed Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay more like this
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less than 2023-09-19T13:36:54.247Zmore like thismore than 2023-09-19T13:36:54.247Z
answering member
4728
label Biography information for Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay more like this
tabling member
4308
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
967509
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 Israel: Druze 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 religious and civic freedoms of the Druze minority in Israel. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Patten more like this
uin HL9997 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-09-17more like thismore than 2018-09-17
answer text <p>​Freedom of religion and belief continues to be a priority for this Government. We are pleased that the Israeli Government, including Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Rivlin, have publicly highlighted their commitment to ensuring freedom of religion and belief in Israel.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-09-17T14:40:28.547Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-17T14:40:28.547Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
1137
label Biography information for Lord Patten more like this
1249005
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2020-11-04more like thismore than 2020-11-04
answering body
Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 more like this
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name Treasury 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 what assessment they have made of the economic impact of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.4) Regulations 2020. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness McGregor-Smith more like this
uin HL9996 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>As the Chancellor said in his letter to the TSC on 4 November, HM Treasury does not prepare formal forecasts for the UK economy, which are the responsibility of the independent OBR. They will publish their next forecast on 25 November.</p><p>In addition, within their statutory mandates, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) produce analysis which reflect their independent judgements regarding the impact of Covid-19 on the likely path of the economy. They updated their projections in their Monetary Policy Report published on 5 November. This reflected UK restrictions announced up to 31 October, including “heightened England-wide measures for the period 5 November to 2 December”. In this scenario, GDP was revised downwards and is now expected to contract by 2% in Q4 reflecting the impact of stricter measures to control Covid-19.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-11-18T17:14:53.127Zmore like thismore than 2020-11-18T17:14:53.127Z
answering member
4689
label Biography information for Lord Agnew of Oulton more like this
tabling member
4554
label Biography information for Baroness McGregor-Smith more like this
1659261
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2023-09-07more like thismore than 2023-09-07
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 how many schools have not returned a reinforced autoclave aerated concrete survey; and what actions they are taking to ensure the safety of teachers and pupils in schools where the safety of buildings is not yet known. more like this
tabling member printed
Earl Russell more like this
uin HL9996 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 HL9957 more like this
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less than 2023-09-19T11:36:06.637Zmore like thismore than 2023-09-19T11:36:06.637Z
answering member
4703
label Biography information for Baroness Barran more like this
tabling member
4983
label Biography information for Earl Russell more like this