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1702316
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-18more like thismore than 2024-04-18
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 Magnetic Resonance Imagers: Helium 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 ensure minimal usage of helium in MRI scanners in NHS facilities in the light of the global shortage of helium; and what steps they are taking to ensure all helium in scanners being replaced is reused appropriately. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL3927 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-25more like thismore than 2024-04-25
answer text <p>Suppliers of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners are moving to a sealed helium solution, whereby the helium required to cool the magnet is approximately 0.5% of the current levels. These sealed systems will also ensure MRI scanners do not require further helium to be added during years of operational use.</p><p>Furthermore, suppliers are now replacing MRI scanners without requiring the magnet to be replaced, though this is only available for the first replacement cycle, whereby the scanner is fully replaced, but the existing magnet and helium are retained.</p><p>With regards to the Department, as set out in the recent Medical Technology Strategy: One Year On publication, the Design for Life Programme has been stood up to work with industry, the health and care sector, and academic partners to develop medical technology systems that support reuse, remanufacture, and material recovery becoming the default. This includes developing regulatory, commercial, digital, and policy environments that support this aim. The Department’s intention is to publish a roadmap later this year to articulate our relevant findings and plans moving forward.</p>
answering member printed Lord Markham more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-25T14:24:02.893Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-25T14:24:02.893Z
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
1702317
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-18more like thismore than 2024-04-18
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: Standards 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 NHS boards have included sustainability in their assurance framework. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL3928 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-05-01more like thismore than 2024-05-01
answer text <p>It is the legal duty for integrated care boards (ICBs) and their partner National Health Service foundation trusts under section 14Z44 of the NHS Act 2006 to consider sustainability when exercising their functions. ICBs and their partner NHS foundation trusts must consider section 1 of the Climate Change Act 2008, concerning United Kingdom net zero emission targets, and section 5 of the Environment Act 2021, concerning environmental targets. ICBs and their NHS foundation trusts must also adapt to any current or predicted impact of climate change identified in the most recent report under section 56 of the Climate Change Act 2008.</p><p>NHS England does not collect data on how many ICBs have included sustainability in their assurance framework.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Markham more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-05-01T15:00:34.89Zmore like thismore than 2024-05-01T15:00:34.89Z
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
1702318
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-18more like thismore than 2024-04-18
answering body
Department for Business and Trade more like this
answering dept id 214 more like this
answering dept short name Business and Trade more like this
answering dept sort name Business and Trade more like this
hansard heading Cotton: Imports 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 volume of cotton garments imported into the UK that are linked to environmental destruction in the Amazonian Cerrado. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL3929 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-05-02more like thismore than 2024-05-02
answer text <p>In 2023, only 0.01% of UK imports of clothing, at least some of which are made from cotton, came from Brazil.</p><p>The Government is concerned about environmental destruction in the Amazon, and the Government monitors trends of forest loss across the region, including Brazil. In May 2023, the Government published a joint declaration with Brazil on Green and Inclusive Growth. The Partnership will drive strengthened cooperation and dialogue, including on forests and agriculture.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Johnson of Lainston more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-05-02T11:44:53.493Zmore like thismore than 2024-05-02T11:44:53.493Z
answering member
4949
label Biography information for Lord Johnson of Lainston more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1702319
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-04-18more like thismore than 2024-04-18
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 Food: Waste 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 reports of high levels of pollutants in food produced near waste incinerators in Europe; and whether they have any plans to conduct similar assessments in the UK. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL3930 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-26more like thismore than 2024-04-26
answer text <p>The Environment Agency (EA) has not made any assessment of reports on this subject and does not plan to conduct any such assessments in England.</p><p> </p><p>The impact on food produced in proximity to waste incinerators is considered as part of environmental permitting regulations. The EA is responsible for deciding whether new incinerators in England should get a permit to operate. For each permit application it receives, the EA uses the results of air quality modelling and a human health risk assessment (HHRA) to determine the impact of the proposed incinerator.</p><p> </p><p>The HHRA assesses impacts on the food chain. Impact assessments are very conservative and permit decisions are based on worst-case scenario impacts.</p><p> </p><p>The EA also consults the UK Health Security Agency and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on every permit application it receives and will not issue a permit if the proposed plant could cause significant pollution or harm to human health, including via the food chain.</p><p> </p><p>The FSA is responsible for the management of public health risks in relation to food. In general, the FSA considers that if incinerator facilities are correctly operated and monitored, with the appropriate level of emissions abatement, there should be no impact on the local area in terms of elevated levels of contaminants in soil and locally produced food. Measures are in place to manage the risk from chemical contaminants and keep levels as low as reasonably achievable through good practices and regulatory controls.</p>
answering member printed Lord Douglas-Miller more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-26T11:06:48.737Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-26T11:06:48.737Z
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
1699274
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-03-27more like thismore than 2024-03-27
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 Physician Associates 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 Markham on 25 March (HL2978), why they have specified how physician associates (PAs) are to be used, specifically with undifferentiated patients, rather than allowing GP practices to make their own decisions about the use of PAs. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL3652 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-05more like thismore than 2024-04-05
answer text <p>Physician Associates (PAs) work within a defined scope of practice and limits of competence. NHS England has provided recent guidance on the use of PAs in general practice (GP) teams. As set out in the Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service, PAs should be adequately supervised by a GP when providing care for undifferentiated patients.</p><p>In terms of employment choices, GPs are self-employed contractors to the National Health Service, and it is largely up to employers to determine how best to staff their primary care network or GP, to best meet the needs of their population.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Markham more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-05T13:32:33.723Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-05T13:32:33.723Z
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
1699317
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-03-27more like thismore than 2024-03-27
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 Fertilisers 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 consideration they have given to the regulation, or other oversight, of the sale of plant biostimulants, including consideration of their efficacy, safety and ecological impacts. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL3653 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-12more like thismore than 2024-04-12
answer text <p>The existing UK regulatory regime for the manufacture and placing of fertilisers on the market in the UK is fragmented and in need of modernisation. There are currently no specific requirements for plant biostimulants in domestic fertilisers legislation. However, Defra intends to improve on this by consolidating and streamlining the statute book and putting in place a conformity assessment framework for fertilisers. The framework will smooth the route to market for new and innovative products which are less polluting to the environment or are less resource intensive in their creation.</p><p>To support reform of fertilisers legislation Defra has funded a review of the evidence for the safe and effective use of plant biostimulants and a review of methods for evaluating methods for verifying the efficacy of plant biostimulants.</p><p>The potential impact of a chemical on plant health, including soil microbiomes is already considered, as appropriate, as part of HSE’s robust risk assessment process for pesticides and for biocides. In our regulatory programmes we do not assess the impacts of chemicals specifically on human and animal microbiomes and are not currently considering the introduction of such measures.</p>
answering member printed Lord Douglas-Miller more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-12T10:10:43.017Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-12T10:10:43.017Z
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
1699318
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-03-27more like thismore than 2024-03-27
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 Chemicals: Regulation 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 case for incorporating into pharmaceutical, pesticide and other chemical regulation consideration of impacts on human, animal, plant and soil microbiomes. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL3654 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-09more like thismore than 2024-04-09
answer text <p>The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) operates a robust programme of regulating and monitoring medicines to ensure patients have access to safe and effective medicines. While the microbiome is still an evolving field, the MHRA is working to further our understanding on the impact of pharmaceuticals on the microbiome. Experts in MHRA are leading on international efforts to improve understanding of this area, for example through the development of World Health Organisation reference reagents for the microbiome.</p><p> </p><p>The potential impact of a chemical on plant health, including soil microbiomes is already considered, as appropriate, as part of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)’s robust risk assessment process for pesticides and for biocides.</p><p> </p><p>The legislation around veterinary medicines makes it clear that when considering the authorisation of antimicrobial substances for use in animals, there should be consideration of the impacts on the human, target animal, and environmental microbiomes, including plants and soils.</p>
answering member printed Lord Douglas-Miller more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-09T11:12:25.547Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-09T11:12:25.547Z
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
1699319
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-03-27more like thismore than 2024-03-27
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 Interparliamentary Finance Committee Forum 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 why no Minister attended the meeting on 21 March of the Interparliamentary Finance Committee Forum with members of the Scottish Parliament and Senedd Cymru. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL3655 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-12more like thismore than 2024-04-12
answer text <p>The Government recognises the importance of the devolved legislature finance committees’ roles in providing rigorous scrutiny to devolved administration budgets and holding devolved administration ministers to account for their policy and budgetary decisions. As the previous Chief Secretary to the Treasury set out in his letters to the Senedd Finance Committee and the Finance and Public Administration Committee last year, we are mindful of parliamentary accountabilities where UK Government is accountable to the UK Parliament for its tax and spending decisions.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Roborough more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-12T13:10:02.77Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-12T13:10:02.77Z
answering member
4953
label Biography information for Lord Roborough more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1699320
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2024-03-27more like thismore than 2024-03-27
answering body
Department for Energy Security and Net Zero more like this
answering dept id 215 more like this
answering dept short name Energy Security and Net Zero more like this
answering dept sort name Energy Security and Net Zero more like this
hansard heading Natural Gas and Oil: Azerbaijan 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 report by Global Witness on 8 November 2023 that BP and its project partners had transferred $35 billion-worth of oil and gas production to the government of Azerbaijan since 2020, the year that war broke out in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, and whether they plan to take any action in response. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL3656 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-08more like thismore than 2024-04-08
answer text <p>The Government has made no such assessment.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Callanan more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-08T09:31:41.967Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-08T09:31:41.967Z
answering member
4336
label Biography information for Lord Callanan more like this
tabling member
4719
label Biography information for Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle more like this
1699321
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 Darfur: Gender Based Violence 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 support they are providing to assist women and girls subjected to sexual violence in Darfur in Sudan. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle remove filter
uin HL3657 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2024-04-15more like thismore than 2024-04-15
answer text <p>Since the outbreak of conflict in April 2023, there has been a significant escalation of gender-based violence (GBV) in Sudan. The UK has pivoted our programme delivery to focus on GBV prevention, and protection and care for rape survivors. We have also integrated consideration of conflict-related sexual violence into the humanitarian system, making use of Women's Centres, mobile clinics and internally displaced persons' gathering points, for community engagement and service provision. In 2023, UK support provided for the delivery of 83,399 consultations offering sexual and reproductive health services, and delivered mental health and psychological support to over 104,225 people.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Benyon more like this
question first answered
less than 2024-04-15T10:58:35.587Zmore like thismore than 2024-04-15T10:58:35.587Z
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