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1690588
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-20more like thismore than 2024-02-20
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 Long Covid 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 (1) the overall burden of Long Covid, (2) the number of new cases being identified each month, (3) the percentage of sufferers who are able to receive specialist treatment, and (4) the provisions available for long-term support and assistance. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL2607 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-02-28more like thismore than 2024-02-28
answer text <p>The Government does not currently routinely record the total amount of people with long COVID or new cases identified. However, the most recent data from the Office of National Statistics shows that for the 4-week period ending 5 March 2023, 1.9 million people, or 2.9% of the population, in private households in the United Kingdom reported experiencing long COVID symptoms; 83,000 people first had, or suspected they had, COVID-19 less than 12 weeks previously, 1.73 million people had symptoms for 12 or more weeks, 1.3 million people for at least a year and 762,000 for at least two years; and 1.5 million people reported day-to-day activities adversely affected. Of these, 381,000 reported that their ability to undertake day-to-day activities had been limited a lot.</p><p>Whilst no specific assessment has been made of the percentage of long COVID sufferers who are able to receive specialist treatment, activity data released by NHS England shows that, for the month of December 2023, there was a total of 1,104 initial specialist assessments completed during the month and an additional 8,696 follow-up appointments were carried out. In total, since the data was first published in July 2021, 101,998 patients have received an initial specialist assessment. A further 347,837 follow-up appointments have taken place.</p><p>NHS England has invested £314 million to expand long COVID treatment in the National Health Service and rehabilitation services, establishing 100 long COVID services for adults and 13 specialist paediatric hubs for children and young people. These assess people with long COVID and direct them into appropriate care pathways which provide appropriate support and treatment. Commissioning of post-COVID services will transition from the long COVID national programme to integrated care boards by the end of March 2024. Funding for long COVID services in 2024/25 is expected to be allocated based on the 2023/24 distribution.</p><p>The NHS and wider scientific community are working at unprecedented pace to better understand long COVID, supported by £50 million in research funding.</p>
answering member printed Lord Markham more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-02-28T13:58:06.63Zmore like thismore than 2024-02-28T13:58:06.63Z
answering member
4948
label Biography information for Lord Markham more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1688833
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-13more like thismore than 2024-02-13
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 Home Office: Written Questions 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, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sharpe of Epsom on 10 January (HL1252), whether they will now answer the question put; namely, what assessment they have made of the number of children likely to be separated from a British parent as a result of the increase to the salary threshold to £38,700 for those applying for spousal or partner visas. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL2419 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-02-27more like thismore than 2024-02-27
answer text <p>The Minimum Income Requirement will initially rise to £29,000 on 11 April 2024, with incremental rises at later dates. A full impact assessment will be published in due course, and we will continue to monitor the policy throughout its implementation. The Immigration Rules also contain provisions for parents of qualifying children to obtain permission to enter or remain in the UK.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Sharpe of Epsom more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-02-27T17:26:56.59Zmore like thismore than 2024-02-27T17:26:56.59Z
answering member
4888
label Biography information for Lord Sharpe of Epsom more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1688834
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-13more like thismore than 2024-02-13
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 Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction Agreement 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 ratify the Agreement on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdictions; when they expect to be able to ratify the Agreement; and what discussions they have had with international partners to encourage other countries to ratify it. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL2420 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-02-26more like thismore than 2024-02-26
answer text <p>Work is in hand on the legislation and other measures needed to translate the detailed and complex provisions of the Agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas beyond National Jurisdiction (the BBNJ Agreement) into UK law before we can ratify the Agreement. Legislation will be taken forward when parliamentary time allows.</p><p>The UK continues to be proactive in supporting other, particularly developing, countries to implement and ratify the BBNJ Agreement. This includes contributing to the BBNJ Voluntary Trust Fund to enable participation by developing countries in UN discussions on preparatory work, and supporting the BBNJ Informal Dialogues, discussions that bring together participants from a wide range of countries online to discuss implementation. The UK also co-funded and organised a workshop for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries to share best practice and support the implementation and ratification of the BBNJ Agreement in the Philippines in November 2023. The UK is supporting a Commonwealth Secretariat project to provide technical assistance on implementation and ratification to smaller Commonwealth countries.</p>
answering member printed Lord Benyon more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-02-26T17:40:53.797Zmore like thismore than 2024-02-26T17:40:53.797Z
answering member
1547
label Biography information for Lord Benyon more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1688786
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-12more like thismore than 2024-02-12
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 Universities: Research 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 any risk to the UK's status as a location for research presented by the planned closure of the anthropology department of the University of Kent, particularly with regard to ethnobotany; and what broader assessment they have made of any risk posed by the closure of significant numbers of departments and faculties at universities. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL2379 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-02-26more like thismore than 2024-02-26
answer text <p>Higher education providers are independent, autonomous institutions and are best placed to make decisions about the future focus of their research and their institutional strategy. Where it is necessary to reshape their activities, it is important that universities carefully consider the impact of job losses on staff and students, and the overall sustainability of teaching and research in this country.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Barran more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-02-26T12:30:13.827Zmore like thismore than 2024-02-26T12:30:13.827Z
answering member
4703
label Biography information for Baroness Barran more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1688753
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-09more like thismore than 2024-02-09
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 Glyphosate 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 plans they have to commission or gather evidence about the real-world impacts of glyphosate on human health and the natural environment, ahead of the decision on whether to renew approval of glyphosate in 2025. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL2354 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-02-23more like thismore than 2024-02-23
answer text <p>Glyphosate is currently approved as an active substance for use in pesticide products in Great Britain. As part of its renewal assessment the Health and Safety Executive, as the Government’s expert regulator for pesticides, will conduct a thorough and robust scientific risk assessment to determine if the approval of glyphosate should be renewed in line with assimilated Regulation 1107/2009 of the GB plant protection products legislation.</p><p> </p><p>As part of this assessment HSE will consider all data required by the legislation and can request additional data from the approval holder should this be required before reaching its decision.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Douglas-Miller more like this
grouped question UIN HL2355 more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-02-23T11:24:45.573Zmore like thismore than 2024-02-23T11:24:45.573Z
answering member
5006
label Biography information for Lord Douglas-Miller more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1688754
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-09more like thismore than 2024-02-09
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 Glyphosate 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, in the light of the acknowledgement by the European Food Safety Authority when assessing glyphosate in the EU of concerns regarding impacts on both human health and the environment which were not addressed due to missing data and a lack of guidelines, what steps they plan to take to address these information gaps in the run up to, and during, the renewal process for glyphosate. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL2355 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-02-23more like thismore than 2024-02-23
answer text <p>Glyphosate is currently approved as an active substance for use in pesticide products in Great Britain. As part of its renewal assessment the Health and Safety Executive, as the Government’s expert regulator for pesticides, will conduct a thorough and robust scientific risk assessment to determine if the approval of glyphosate should be renewed in line with assimilated Regulation 1107/2009 of the GB plant protection products legislation.</p><p> </p><p>As part of this assessment HSE will consider all data required by the legislation and can request additional data from the approval holder should this be required before reaching its decision.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Douglas-Miller more like this
grouped question UIN HL2354 more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-02-23T11:24:45.637Zmore like thismore than 2024-02-23T11:24:45.637Z
answering member
5006
label Biography information for Lord Douglas-Miller more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1687656
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-05more like thismore than 2024-02-05
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 West Africa: Timber 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 whether they have assessed the amount of rosewood timber that is exported from West African countries such as Mali, The Gambia and Senegal; what steps they have taken to ban or control within UK markets the sale of products made from West African rosewood; and what steps they have taken to protect endangered wild species, including rosewood in West Africa. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL2178 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-02-13more like thismore than 2024-02-13
answer text <p>The UK is currently contributing funding towards a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) study on the conservation and trade in rosewood tree species but does yet not have an assessment of rosewood timber exports. We have robust mechanisms in place through the UK Timber Regulations (UKTR), which prohibit the placing of illegally harvested timber and timber products on the GB market and require operators - those first placing timber products on the market - to exercise due diligence. Those who trade in timber and timber products after they have been placed on the market are required to keep records of who they buy timber products from and any traders they sell them to. This enables timber and timber products to be traced.</p><p> </p><p>The primary objective of the UKTR is to tackle illegal logging and to create a demand for legally harvested timber. Implementing the Regulations enables the protection of forests around the world, supporting the Government’s ambition to lead the world in environmental protection, end extreme poverty, and be at the forefront of action against global climate change.</p><p> </p><p>The requirement to exercise due diligence under UKTR does not apply where a valid CITES permit accompanies the timber.</p><p> </p><p>Rosewood species (Dalbergia and Guibourtia spp.) are listed on the CITES Appendices and so most rosewood timber imports into the UK will need a valid permit. Permit applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the UK CITES Management Authority, which will only issue permits if it has been possible to determine that the specimens to be imported were legally acquired and sustainably harvested.</p><p> </p><p>The Government provides grants to a wide range of stakeholders to contribute to the protection of endangered wild species, including tackling illegal wildlife trade in West Africa, through the Biodiversity Challenge Funds. While these do not address rosewood in West Africa specifically, this has included empowering communities to protect their forests by the Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia, and supporting Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to monitor and halt illegal timber trade through DNA barcoding in Gabon and Congo (Brazzaville).</p><p> </p><p>Further information on these examples and other projects supported by the Biodiversity Challenge Funds can be found at the websites of the Darwin Initiative and the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund.</p>
answering member printed Lord Benyon more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-02-13T11:51:40.063Zmore like thismore than 2024-02-13T11:51:40.063Z
answering member
1547
label Biography information for Lord Benyon more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1687657
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-05more like thismore than 2024-02-05
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 Nepal: Castes 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 impact of caste-based discrimination in Nepal; what part of the Overseas Development Assistance is being used to support Dalit women across South Asia and specifically in Nepal; and what resources they have made available for grassroots organisations supporting Dalit women’s rights. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL2179 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-02-20more like thismore than 2024-02-20
answer text <p>Gender inequality and social exclusion are significant challenges in Nepal. Whilst Nepal has a progressive constitution and many progressive laws and policies, implementation issues remain. The rights of women and girls is one of FCDO's core goals in Nepal. We fund grassroot organisations which work with the most vulnerable including Dalit communities and regularly engage with Dalit organisations to inform our existing and future programming. The UK is invested in shifting negative norms in society and institutions, improving processes and strengthening systems. Full information on our programmes can be found on DevTracker.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2024-02-20T15:15:24.127Zmore like thismore than 2024-02-20T15:15:24.127Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1687658
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-05more like thismore than 2024-02-05
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 Human Rights 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, further to the White Paper on International Development published on 20 November 2023 (CP 975), when they expect to publish the FCDO Strategy on Open Societies and Human Rights; and what they anticipate the impact of the Strategy will be on (1) developing protection mechanisms, respite schemes and rapid response support for human rights defenders, and (2) supporting local networks that emphasise the protection of such defenders. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL2180 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-02-20more like thismore than 2024-02-20
answer text <p>The FCDO acknowledges the commitment made in the International Development White Paper to publish an Open Societies and Human Rights Strategy. The Strategy is in draft, and it will be published in due course. In line with commitments made in the International Development White Paper, the Strategy will signal our intent to provide additional support to human rights defenders. This is in line with the recent announcement that the UK will provide £1 million in funding over the next two years to the Lifeline Embattled Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Assistance Fund to provide much needed support to civic actors facing reprisals for their important work.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2024-02-20T15:16:10.48Zmore like thismore than 2024-02-20T15:16:10.48Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1687659
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-02-05more like thismore than 2024-02-05
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 Pakistan: Thalassaemia 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 Pakistan on ensuring the availability of thalassaemia treatment and awareness; and what allocations of the Official Development Aid is being put towards this. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL2181 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-02-20more like thismore than 2024-02-20
answer text <p>The UK uses Official Development Assistance (ODA) to support Pakistan in realising its ambition of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and ending preventable deaths of mothers, babies and children. We take a systems approach to this, providing technical assistance to strengthen decision making on health policy and financing. We also build the evidence base on effective sub-system interventions for UHC. No specific investments are made in Thalassaemia treatment or awareness raising in Pakistan. However, our support will strengthen core components of Pakistan's health system and increase coverage and service offers that should be of benefit to those with Thalassaemia.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2024-02-20T15:13:50.93Zmore like thismore than 2024-02-20T15:13:50.93Z
answering member
4210
label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this