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1700742
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-15more like thismore than 2024-04-15
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 Hornets more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords remove filter
question text To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the spread of reported Asian hornet nesting sites in England since 2019. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Patten more like this
uin HL3781 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2024-04-19more like thismore than 2024-04-19
answer text <p>A risk assessment for Asian hornet was completed in 2011. The <a href="https://www.nonnativespecies.org/assets/Uploads/RA_Vespa_velutina_Asian_Hornet.pdf" target="_blank">risk assessment</a> concluded that there were multiple pathways through which Asian hornet could arrive in England and therefore that entry was very likely. Several areas were identified where Asian hornet incursions were thought to be most likely and this included Southern English counties, coastal regions, open areas near fresh water and areas close to ports and airports.</p><p> </p><p>Since 2019 there have been 80 Asian hornet nests located and destroyed in Great Britain with 77 of these nests located in the South of England.</p><p> </p><p>In 2023 there was a large increase in the number of nests when compared to all previous years, with 72 nests located and destroyed. The majority of the nests were located in the South-East (62), while 8 were located in the South and South-West and 2 were located in the North of England.</p><p> </p><p>We ask all members of the public to be vigilant for sightings of Asian hornet during the peak season (June-October) as Asian hornets are known to be an effective hitch hiker and may be spotted anywhere across the country.</p>
answering member printed Lord Benyon more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-19T13:40:59.603Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-19T13:40:59.603Z
answering member
1547
label Biography information for Lord Benyon more like this
attachment
1
file name HL3781 attachment.pdf more like this
title Risk Assessment more like this
tabling member
1137
label Biography information for Lord Patten more like this
1700743
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-15more like thismore than 2024-04-15
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 Hornets more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords remove filter
question text To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the spread of Asian hornets on the welfare of (1) honey bees, and (2) other insect populations, in England; and what action they are taking to prevent the further spread of this invasive species. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Patten more like this
uin HL3782 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2024-04-19more like thismore than 2024-04-19
answer text <p>The Government recognises the essential role played by honey bees and wild pollinators in our environment, acknowledging their contribution to crop pollination. Additionally, pollinators play a vital role in supporting the natural ecosystem.</p><p> </p><p>Asian hornets prey on honey bees and other pollinators so pose a significant threat to these insects. To date rapid action has been taken in the UK to find and destroy Asian hornet nests.</p><p> </p><p>In 2023 a total of 72 nests were located and destroyed, the majority of these were located in the South-East (62). The National Bee Unit (NBU), part of the Animal and Plant Health Agency, rapidly located and destroyed the nests so we would expect any impacts on honey bee colonies and other pollinators to be small and localised.</p><p> </p><p>From the analysis of nests found in 2023, a number of areas were identified where there is a low risk that Asian hornet queens may have overwintered. To address this, the NBU is carrying out spring trapping and working collaboratively with stakeholders to monitor traps at locations across Kent, East Sussex, Devon and North Yorkshire.</p><p> </p><p>The Government remains committed to taking swift and effective contingency action against Asian hornet in 2024 thereby continuing to minimise the impacts on honey bees and other pollinators.</p>
answering member printed Lord Benyon more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-19T13:40:12.927Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-19T13:40:12.927Z
answering member
1547
label Biography information for Lord Benyon more like this
tabling member
1137
label Biography information for Lord Patten more like this
1700745
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-15more like thismore than 2024-04-15
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 Biodiversity more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords remove filter
question text To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made in reforming incentives, including subsidies for ecologically harmful activities, as required under Target 18 of the Global Biodiversity Framework. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Randall of Uxbridge more like this
uin HL3785 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2024-04-19more like thismore than 2024-04-19
answer text <p>In May 2024, the UK plans to publish its National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), which will set out national targets and policies for implementing targets in the Global Biodiversity Framework, including Target 18. This will include a target to identify any incentives and subsidies that are harmful to biodiversity. The UK already has a positive story to tell on reforming incentives through our work to deliver the Agricultural Transition. Our Environmental Land Management schemes will incentivise farmers to improve biodiversity, soil health and air and water quality, reduce agricultural emissions, restore peatland, and establish and restore woodlands and forests.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Benyon more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-19T13:39:37.18Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-19T13:39:37.18Z
answering member
1547
label Biography information for Lord Benyon more like this
tabling member
209
label Biography information for Lord Randall of Uxbridge more like this
1700766
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-15more like thismore than 2024-04-15
answering body
Leader of the House of Lords more like this
answering dept id 92 more like this
answering dept short name
answering dept sort name Leader of the House of Lords more like this
hansard heading Secretaries of State: Parliamentary Scrutiny more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords remove filter
question text To ask the Leader of the House when they will respond to the Report of the Procedure Committee of the House of Commons Commons scrutiny of Secretaries of State in the House of Lords (1st Report, HC 338). more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Young of Cookham more like this
uin HL3828 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2024-04-18more like thismore than 2024-04-18
answer text <p>The Government responded to the House of Commons Procedure Committee Report Commons scrutiny of Secretaries of State in the House of Lords (1st Report, HC 338) on Wednesday 17th April 2024. A copy of the report can be found on the Procedure Committees website on the link below.</p><p><strong><br><a href="https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/126/procedure-committee/publications/" target="_blank">https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/126/procedure-committee/publications/</a> </strong></p> more like this
answering member printed Lord True more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-18T11:35:16.947Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-18T11:35:16.947Z
answering member
4200
label Biography information for Lord True more like this
tabling member
57
label Biography information for Lord Young of Cookham more like this
1700782
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-15more like thismore than 2024-04-15
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 Prostate Cancer more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords remove filter
question text To ask His Majesty's Government, further to recent research conducted by the Lancet Commission, what steps they plan to take to address the projected surge in prostate cancer cases. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
uin HL3805 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2024-04-19more like thismore than 2024-04-19
answer text <p>Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United Kingdom, and currently has no screening programme. The recently announced TRANSFORM trial aims to find the best way to screen for prostate cancer. This study is led by Prostate Cancer UK and supported by £42 million of Government funding.</p><p> </p><p>In March 2024, NHS England implemented the Faster Diagnosis Standard (FDS), setting a target of a maximum 28 day wait from urgent suspected general practice or screening referral to patients being told they have cancer, or that cancer is ruled out. To achieve this target, NHS England is streamlining cancer pathways by introducing best-practice timed pathways for prostate cancer, so that those suspected of having prostate cancer receive a multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging scan first, which ensures only those men most at risk of having cancer undergo an invasive biopsy. As well as diagnosing patients faster, NHS England is working to diagnose patients at an earlier stage, through the ambitions set out in the NHS Long-Term Plan, to diagnose 75% of cancers at stages one and two by 2028.</p><p> </p><p>NHS England takes steps to raise awareness of prostate cancer, where there are opportunities to do so. For example, NHS England partners with Cancer Alliances, charities, and local representatives to reach people through projects in the heart of their communities. Cancer Alliances have also been undertaking action to alert at-risk groups about prostate cancer. This is determined at a local level, and so will vary depending on local needs and priorities.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has made significant strides in enabling the use of artificial intelligence (AI) systems to support the diagnosis of many types of cancer, including prostate. The AI in Health and Care Award was established, aiming to accelerate the testing and development of AI technologies that align with the NHS Long Term Plan. The award represents a substantial investment in the future of healthcare technology, with £113 million already allocated to support 86 AI technologies. Three of these projects specifically relate to prostate cancer, one of which is the Paige prostate cancer detection tool, developed by the University of Oxford. This AI-based diagnostic software aids in the interpretation of pathology sample images, facilitating more efficient detection, grading, and quantification of cancer in prostate biopsies. The Chancellor’s recent budget announcement on 6 March 2024 includes a £3.4 billion investment to reform how the National Health Service works, including on the use of technologies such as AI.</p><p> </p><p>Finally, although no specific assessment of the Lancet Commission published 4 April 2024 has been made, the Department will work with NHS England to review the details.</p>
answering member printed Lord Markham more like this
grouped question UIN
HL3806 more like this
HL3807 more like this
HL3808 more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-19T13:24:58.217Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-19T13:24:58.217Z
answering member
4948
label Biography information for Lord Markham more like this
tabling member
4308
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
1700783
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-15more like thismore than 2024-04-15
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 Prostate Cancer more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords remove filter
question text To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to expand public awareness campaigns for prostate cancer, following the prediction by the Lancet Commission of a surge in cases. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
uin HL3806 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2024-04-19more like thismore than 2024-04-19
answer text <p>Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United Kingdom, and currently has no screening programme. The recently announced TRANSFORM trial aims to find the best way to screen for prostate cancer. This study is led by Prostate Cancer UK and supported by £42 million of Government funding.</p><p> </p><p>In March 2024, NHS England implemented the Faster Diagnosis Standard (FDS), setting a target of a maximum 28 day wait from urgent suspected general practice or screening referral to patients being told they have cancer, or that cancer is ruled out. To achieve this target, NHS England is streamlining cancer pathways by introducing best-practice timed pathways for prostate cancer, so that those suspected of having prostate cancer receive a multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging scan first, which ensures only those men most at risk of having cancer undergo an invasive biopsy. As well as diagnosing patients faster, NHS England is working to diagnose patients at an earlier stage, through the ambitions set out in the NHS Long-Term Plan, to diagnose 75% of cancers at stages one and two by 2028.</p><p> </p><p>NHS England takes steps to raise awareness of prostate cancer, where there are opportunities to do so. For example, NHS England partners with Cancer Alliances, charities, and local representatives to reach people through projects in the heart of their communities. Cancer Alliances have also been undertaking action to alert at-risk groups about prostate cancer. This is determined at a local level, and so will vary depending on local needs and priorities.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has made significant strides in enabling the use of artificial intelligence (AI) systems to support the diagnosis of many types of cancer, including prostate. The AI in Health and Care Award was established, aiming to accelerate the testing and development of AI technologies that align with the NHS Long Term Plan. The award represents a substantial investment in the future of healthcare technology, with £113 million already allocated to support 86 AI technologies. Three of these projects specifically relate to prostate cancer, one of which is the Paige prostate cancer detection tool, developed by the University of Oxford. This AI-based diagnostic software aids in the interpretation of pathology sample images, facilitating more efficient detection, grading, and quantification of cancer in prostate biopsies. The Chancellor’s recent budget announcement on 6 March 2024 includes a £3.4 billion investment to reform how the National Health Service works, including on the use of technologies such as AI.</p><p> </p><p>Finally, although no specific assessment of the Lancet Commission published 4 April 2024 has been made, the Department will work with NHS England to review the details.</p>
answering member printed Lord Markham more like this
grouped question UIN
HL3805 more like this
HL3807 more like this
HL3808 more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-19T13:24:58.277Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-19T13:24:58.277Z
answering member
4948
label Biography information for Lord Markham more like this
tabling member
4308
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
1700784
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-15more like thismore than 2024-04-15
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 Prostate Cancer more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords remove filter
question text To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Lancet Commission on prostate cancer, published 4 April 2024. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
uin HL3807 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2024-04-19more like thismore than 2024-04-19
answer text <p>Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United Kingdom, and currently has no screening programme. The recently announced TRANSFORM trial aims to find the best way to screen for prostate cancer. This study is led by Prostate Cancer UK and supported by £42 million of Government funding.</p><p> </p><p>In March 2024, NHS England implemented the Faster Diagnosis Standard (FDS), setting a target of a maximum 28 day wait from urgent suspected general practice or screening referral to patients being told they have cancer, or that cancer is ruled out. To achieve this target, NHS England is streamlining cancer pathways by introducing best-practice timed pathways for prostate cancer, so that those suspected of having prostate cancer receive a multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging scan first, which ensures only those men most at risk of having cancer undergo an invasive biopsy. As well as diagnosing patients faster, NHS England is working to diagnose patients at an earlier stage, through the ambitions set out in the NHS Long-Term Plan, to diagnose 75% of cancers at stages one and two by 2028.</p><p> </p><p>NHS England takes steps to raise awareness of prostate cancer, where there are opportunities to do so. For example, NHS England partners with Cancer Alliances, charities, and local representatives to reach people through projects in the heart of their communities. Cancer Alliances have also been undertaking action to alert at-risk groups about prostate cancer. This is determined at a local level, and so will vary depending on local needs and priorities.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has made significant strides in enabling the use of artificial intelligence (AI) systems to support the diagnosis of many types of cancer, including prostate. The AI in Health and Care Award was established, aiming to accelerate the testing and development of AI technologies that align with the NHS Long Term Plan. The award represents a substantial investment in the future of healthcare technology, with £113 million already allocated to support 86 AI technologies. Three of these projects specifically relate to prostate cancer, one of which is the Paige prostate cancer detection tool, developed by the University of Oxford. This AI-based diagnostic software aids in the interpretation of pathology sample images, facilitating more efficient detection, grading, and quantification of cancer in prostate biopsies. The Chancellor’s recent budget announcement on 6 March 2024 includes a £3.4 billion investment to reform how the National Health Service works, including on the use of technologies such as AI.</p><p> </p><p>Finally, although no specific assessment of the Lancet Commission published 4 April 2024 has been made, the Department will work with NHS England to review the details.</p>
answering member printed Lord Markham more like this
grouped question UIN
HL3805 more like this
HL3806 more like this
HL3808 more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-19T13:24:58.34Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-19T13:24:58.34Z
answering member
4948
label Biography information for Lord Markham more like this
tabling member
4308
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
1700785
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-15more like thismore than 2024-04-15
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 Prostate Cancer more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords remove filter
question text To ask His Majesty's Government, what plans they have to use artificial intelligence systems to support the diagnosis of prostate cancer, as recommended by the Lancet Commission in research published on 4 April. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
uin HL3808 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2024-04-19more like thismore than 2024-04-19
answer text <p>Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United Kingdom, and currently has no screening programme. The recently announced TRANSFORM trial aims to find the best way to screen for prostate cancer. This study is led by Prostate Cancer UK and supported by £42 million of Government funding.</p><p> </p><p>In March 2024, NHS England implemented the Faster Diagnosis Standard (FDS), setting a target of a maximum 28 day wait from urgent suspected general practice or screening referral to patients being told they have cancer, or that cancer is ruled out. To achieve this target, NHS England is streamlining cancer pathways by introducing best-practice timed pathways for prostate cancer, so that those suspected of having prostate cancer receive a multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging scan first, which ensures only those men most at risk of having cancer undergo an invasive biopsy. As well as diagnosing patients faster, NHS England is working to diagnose patients at an earlier stage, through the ambitions set out in the NHS Long-Term Plan, to diagnose 75% of cancers at stages one and two by 2028.</p><p> </p><p>NHS England takes steps to raise awareness of prostate cancer, where there are opportunities to do so. For example, NHS England partners with Cancer Alliances, charities, and local representatives to reach people through projects in the heart of their communities. Cancer Alliances have also been undertaking action to alert at-risk groups about prostate cancer. This is determined at a local level, and so will vary depending on local needs and priorities.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has made significant strides in enabling the use of artificial intelligence (AI) systems to support the diagnosis of many types of cancer, including prostate. The AI in Health and Care Award was established, aiming to accelerate the testing and development of AI technologies that align with the NHS Long Term Plan. The award represents a substantial investment in the future of healthcare technology, with £113 million already allocated to support 86 AI technologies. Three of these projects specifically relate to prostate cancer, one of which is the Paige prostate cancer detection tool, developed by the University of Oxford. This AI-based diagnostic software aids in the interpretation of pathology sample images, facilitating more efficient detection, grading, and quantification of cancer in prostate biopsies. The Chancellor’s recent budget announcement on 6 March 2024 includes a £3.4 billion investment to reform how the National Health Service works, including on the use of technologies such as AI.</p><p> </p><p>Finally, although no specific assessment of the Lancet Commission published 4 April 2024 has been made, the Department will work with NHS England to review the details.</p>
answering member printed Lord Markham more like this
grouped question UIN
HL3805 more like this
HL3806 more like this
HL3807 more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-19T13:24:58.387Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-19T13:24:58.387Z
answering member
4948
label Biography information for Lord Markham more like this
tabling member
4308
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
1700786
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-15more like thismore than 2024-04-15
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 Prostate Cancer: Ethnic Groups more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords remove filter
question text To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to prioritise research into variation of the prevalence of prostate cancer among different ethnic groups. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
uin HL3809 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2024-04-17more like thismore than 2024-04-17
answer text <p>The Department welcomes the recently announced TRANSFORM trial which aims to save thousands of men each year by finding the best way to screen for prostate cancer across all ethnic groups. It will be spread across the United Kingdom, although final decisions on specific locations are yet to be taken. Men will be invited to participate via their general practices. This study, led by Prostate Cancer UK and supported by the Government among others, will also aim to address some of the inequalities that exist in prostate cancer diagnosis today by ensuring that one in ten of the trial participants will be black men, who are three times overrepresented compared to the population of men aged between 45 and 75 years old as based on 2021 census data.</p><p> </p><p>More broadly, the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) funds research in response to proposals received from scientists and commissioned calls rather than allocating funding to specific disease areas. It welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including prostate cancer. Applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made based on the importance of the topic to patients and health and care services, value for money and scientific quality.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, to raise awareness of prostate cancer in this group, Leicester’s Centre for BME Health has developed a toolkit in partnership with the NIHR with guidance on how to start conversations about prostate cancer and overcome barriers to diagnosis.</p>
answering member printed Lord Markham more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-17T16:29:23.157Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-17T16:29:23.157Z
answering member
4948
label Biography information for Lord Markham more like this
tabling member
4308
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
1699267
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-03-27more like thismore than 2024-03-27
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 East Africa and Southern Africa: Droughts more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords remove filter
question text To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the prolonged heatwave and drought on eastern and southern Africa, in particular on children, and what steps they are taking in response. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
uin HL3645 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false remove filter
date of answer less than 2024-04-15more like thismore than 2024-04-15
answer text <p>We closely monitor climatic conditions in Africa - including recent drought conditions in parts of Eastern and Southern Africa, where over 80 million people are experiencing crisis levels of food insecurity. In 2023 the UK was the 4th largest bilateral donor to humanitarian appeals in sub-Saharan Africa. Our programmes in the region are directly tackling food insecurity and poor access to safe water, in order to improve the nutritional and health status of children. The UK is also raising the profile of humanitarian needs with our international partners, maintaining a focus on the need for long-term solutions to climate related crises in the region, including drought.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Benyon more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-15T10:50:03.357Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-15T10:50:03.357Z
answering member
1547
label Biography information for Lord Benyon more like this
tabling member
738
label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this