COVID-19 INFECTIONS WITHIN RESIDENTIAL HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Health (a) for the past six months, how many patients or residents contracted COVID-19 infections from within residential healthcare facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes; and (b) whether the Ministry is satisfied with the effectiveness of the current COVID-19 measures implemented at these facilities. The Senior Minister of StateContinue reading “COVID-19 INFECTIONS WITHIN RESIDENTIAL HEALTHCARE FACILITIES”

TAKE-UP OF PROVISIONS OF COMPREHENSIVE AND PROGRESSIVE AGREEMENT FOR TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP BY COMPANIES

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Trade and Industry what is the Ministry’s assessment of the take-up rates of the provisions of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership by companies, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises. Mr Gan Kim Yong: The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has entered into force for Australia,Continue reading “TAKE-UP OF PROVISIONS OF COMPREHENSIVE AND PROGRESSIVE AGREEMENT FOR TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP BY COMPANIES”

TAKE-UP OF PROVISIONS OF REGIONAL COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP BY COMPANIES

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Trade and Industry whether he can provide an assessment of the take-up rates of the provisions of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership by companies to date.   Mr Gan Kim Yong: As the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement only entered into force for Singapore earlier this year, more time will beContinue reading “TAKE-UP OF PROVISIONS OF REGIONAL COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP BY COMPANIES”

PROPORTION OF HOUSEHOLD CONSUMERS BUYING ELECTRICITY FROM SP SERVICES SINCE EXIT OF OTHER ELECTRICITY MARKET RETAILERS

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Trade and Industry whether there has been any discernible change in the proportion of household consumers buying electricity from SP Services compared to other retailers, since the exit of several retailers from the open electricity market in 2021. Mr Gan Kim Yong: Between October and December 2021, six electricity retailers exited theContinue reading “PROPORTION OF HOUSEHOLD CONSUMERS BUYING ELECTRICITY FROM SP SERVICES SINCE EXIT OF OTHER ELECTRICITY MARKET RETAILERS”

DERIVATION OF PRICES OF LAND LEASES TO RELIGIOUS ORGANISATIONS

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Law how are the prices of land leases issued and renewed to religious organisations, such as temples and churches, derived. Mr K Shanmugam: State land parcels, including those that are allocated for Place of Worship (PW) use, are required to be sold at fair market value (FMV). In general, they areContinue reading “DERIVATION OF PRICES OF LAND LEASES TO RELIGIOUS ORGANISATIONS”

APPEALS FOR INCLUSION UNDER SILVER SUPPORT SCHEME IN LAST THREE YEARS

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Manpower regarding successful appeals for inclusion under the Silver Support Scheme (SSS) in the last three years (a) what are the most common grounds for allowing the appeals; (b) whether the successful appeals include persons who qualify for SSS but who are not auto-included; and (c) if so, how wereContinue reading “APPEALS FOR INCLUSION UNDER SILVER SUPPORT SCHEME IN LAST THREE YEARS”

APPEALS ON RE-EMPLOYMENT DISPUTES AND INSTANCES WHERE CONCILIATION FAILED AND WHERE ERRANT EMPLOYER IS A PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYER

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Manpower (a) from 2016 to date, how many appeals on re-employment disputes has the Ministry received annually; (b) how many of these appeals are successful; and (c) what are the main reasons for unsuccessful appeals. Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Manpower regarding re-employment disputes reported in 2016 toContinue reading “APPEALS ON RE-EMPLOYMENT DISPUTES AND INSTANCES WHERE CONCILIATION FAILED AND WHERE ERRANT EMPLOYER IS A PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYER”

WAITING TIMES FOR HDB RENTAL FLAT ALLOCATIONS UNDER PUBLIC RENTAL SCHEME

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for National Development (a) what are the current waiting times for HDB rental flat allocations under the Public Rental Scheme for approved applications segmented by application zone; and (b) what is the Ministry’s updated assessment of the sufficiency of the supply of HDB rental flats to meet demand. Mr Desmond Lee: TheContinue reading “WAITING TIMES FOR HDB RENTAL FLAT ALLOCATIONS UNDER PUBLIC RENTAL SCHEME”

PARTS 4 TO 7 OF FOREIGN INTERFERENCE COUNTERMEASURES ACT

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Home Affairs (a) when does the Government intend to bring into force Parts 4 to 7 of the Foreign Interference Countermeasures Act that apply to politically significant persons and political donations; and (b) whether the relevant Government department will issue compliance advice to guide political parties and individuals who areContinue reading “PARTS 4 TO 7 OF FOREIGN INTERFERENCE COUNTERMEASURES ACT”

ACTIONS TAKEN BY SKILLSFUTURE SINGAPORE IN LIGHT OF LAPSES IN DISBURSEMENT OF GRANTS

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Education with regard to the findings of the Auditor-General’s Report for FY 2021/22 (a) what remedial actions are being taken by SkillsFuture Singapore in light of frauds and lapses in the disbursement of grants; (b) how much has been defrauded or overpaid since the inception of SkillsFuture; (c) how muchContinue reading “ACTIONS TAKEN BY SKILLSFUTURE SINGAPORE IN LIGHT OF LAPSES IN DISBURSEMENT OF GRANTS”