Prime Minister's Questions (BSL) – 18th November 2020

call the prime minister to answer the engagements question i will then call on the mcmurran to ask a supplementary prime minister thank you mr speaker i i know that you’ve been updated by my officials on pre-council terms on the leak investigation that you also referred to in the house on the 2nd of november as you know mr speaker i take this matter extremely seriously and i commit to returning to update the house in due course mr speaker this morning i had virtual meetings with ministerial colleagues and others in addition to my virtual duties in this house i shall have further such meetings later today thank you this pandemic has shown how interconnected and vulnerable we are to global challenges when we’re still grappling with covid the climate emergency growing hunger why is this government reported to be breaking its own manifesto commitment and cutting the aid budget which saves lives and builds resilience so will the prime minister stop this retreat from the global stage and take this opportunity to rule that out here and now thank you mr speaker i can tell the honourable lady i think everybody in this country can be immensely proud of the massive commitments that this country has made and will continue to make to tackling poverty and deprivation around the world but i think they can be uh even private of the commitment that we are now making uh leading the world to tackle the threat of climate change and uh the investment we’re making whether through odor or other means in tackling uh that problem is second to none across the world is the uk that is leading the world in tackling i think one of the greatest problems that this panic faces returning to romford with andrew rosner andrew rosendale press the button andrew right thank you sorry thank you mr speaker uh the prime minister will know that my constituents in rumford have put up with a dangerous junction and flyover at gallows corner which was meant to be only a temporary structure but has been there for 50 years the prime minister has been there with me when he was mayor of london so as part of this government’s plans to build back better will the prime minister commit today to stepping in where sadiq khan has failed bankrupting tfl by the tune of 10 billion and guarantee the necessary funding to replace and reshape this junction especially as it will form a major route to and from the new lower thames crossing we go back to the prime minister prime minister mr speaker well my my honorable friend is absolutely right that it’s the current labour mayor of london who blew tfl’s finances which were left in remarkably good condition by the previous mayor of london uh mr speaker even before the pandemic struck and uh i can i can assure my uh my own friend that uh tfl uh we are working uh with tfl toronto charleston will be working uh with tfl uh to see what we can do to resolve the problem that gallows call of the t uh he mentions and we will of course update him in due course we know girls the leader of the opposition right honourable kia stammer thank you mr speaker can i start by sending my best wishes to the prime minister and all those across the country who are doing the right thing by following the rules and self-isolating mr speaker devolution in scotland wales and northern ireland is one of the proudest achievements of the last labour government until now whatever our disagreements there’s been a very broad consensus about devolution so why did the prime minister tell his mps this week that scottish devolution is in his words a disaster prime minister thank you mr speaker i think what has unquestionably been a disaster is the way in which the scottish nationalist party have taken and used evolution as a as a means not to improve the lives of their constituents not to address their uh their health concerns not to improve education in scotland but constantly and i know this is actually a point of view that is shared uh by the right honourable gentleman who leads uh for the opposition uh but constantly to campaign for the breakup of our country and to turn devolution otherwise of sound policy from which i myself personally uh benefited by uh when i was running london but turned the evolution into a mission to break up the uk and that in my view would be a disaster if he doesn’t think that would be a disaster

then perhaps he could say so now could i just say it’s the scottish national party not the nationalist party otherwise the phones will be ringing longer they’re national but non-nationalists i see right we can play pedantics another time kierstarma mr speaker the singest bigger threat biggest threat to the future the united kingdom is the prime minister every time he opens his mouth almost when the prime minister when the primes just said he wanted to take back control nobody thought he meant from the scottish people but the prime minister’s quote is very clear he said devolution has been a disaster north of the border this isn’t an isolated incident whether it’s the internal market bill the way the prime minister sidelined the devolved parliaments over the covert response the prime minister is seriously undermining the fabric of the united kingdom so instead of talking down devolution does he agree that we need far greater development of powers and resources across the united kingdom we don’t go back prime minister i mean mr speaker i think it is it’s uh taylor blair himself uh the the former labour leader who has conceded that he did not foresee the rise of a separatist uh party in scotland he did not foresee the collapse of of scottish labor uh mr speaker and i think the right on is quite right there can be a great advantages in devolution i was very proud when i was running a devolved administration in london to do things in which i passionately believed like improving public transport and fighting crime and improving housing for my constituents and we had a great deal of success and what disappoints me is that the scottish national party mr speaker uh by your uh your ruling on their corrector name and the scottish national party mr speaker is is not engaging in that basic work instead they are campaigning to break up the union an objective that i hope uh the leader of the opposition will repudiate will he say so now that he opposes the breakup of the united kingdom it’s not a ruling it’s a matter of fight kiss of course i don’t want the break up of the union the united kingdom but if anything if anything is fueling that breakup it’s the prime minister turning turning now to the prime minister’s handling of the pandemic the prime minister’s doing the right thing by self-isolating after being notified by track and trace but does he think he would have been able to do so if like so many other people across the country all he had to rely on for the next 14 days was either statutory sick pay which is 95 pounds a week that’s 13 pounds a day or a one-off payment of 500 pounds which works out at 35 pounds a day prime minister uh it’s good finally to uh hear something from the right of gentlemen praise of nhs tests and traits i think they uh secured uh these one of these objectives to keep me away from answering these questions in person what i can say to him is that i believe that the package that we have in place to protect people and support people throughout this crisis has been outstanding and uh exceptional i think that the uk has uh put its arms as i’ve said many times around the people of this country a 200 billion pound package of support increasing the living wage by record amount of uplifting uh universal credit uh many many loans and grants to businesses of all kinds and support for people who are self-isolating uh 500 pounds of support in addition to all the other uh all the other benefits and support that we get i do think it’s a reasonable package mr speaker i know it’s tough for people who have to self-isolate and i’m glad that uh after a long time in which he simply attacked nhs uh test and traced he seems now to be coming around and supporting it yes mr speaker i’m not going to take lectures on supporting the lockdown measures were passed the other week with labour votes 32 of his own mps broke a three-line whip and i hear that about 50 of them have joined a whatsapp group to work out how they’re going to oppose him next time around he should be thanking us for our support not criticizing and as he well knows as far as the 500 pound scheme is concerned only one in eight workers qualifies for that scheme the prime minister always does this talking about the number of people he’s helping but ignoring the huge numbers falling through the gap members here may be able to afford to self-isolate but that’s not the case for many people across the country who send us here it’s estimated that only about 11 of people self-isolate when they’re asked to do so 11 that isn’t because they don’t want to it’s because many don’t feel that they can afford to so for example

if you’re a self-employed plumber a construction worker a photographer and you don’t qualify for social security benefits or you run a small business and you can’t work from home you’re likely to see a significant cut to your income if you have to self-isolate this is affecting many families across the country does the prime minister recognize that if we want to increase the number of people who isolate we need to make it easier and affordable for people to do so going back to the prime minister mr speaker again i i do think that it is extraordinary that he’s now coming out in favor of nhs test and trace when uh he’s continuously attacked it in fact the numbers that he gives for the success rate of nhs uh of the self-isolation programmer according to my information way too low but we continue to encourage people to do the right thing it does break the chain of transmission of the of the disease and as for the self-employed groups that he uh mentions we’ve given 13 and a half billion pounds so far in support for self-employed people uh uplifted universal credit uh in the way that i’ve described and what we want to do is to get the virus under control get the r down uh below one which is the purpose of these current measures encourage people to self-isolate in the way that uh that i am and thereby stop the disease from spreading so that the firms the professions the businesses that he really he talks about can get back to their to something as close to normality as soon as possible in the meantime we are giving them every possible support mr speaker mr speaker the prime minister must understand there’s a huge gap in the system because if you can’t afford to isolate there’s little point of being tested or traced and whilst the prime minister and chancellor won’t pay people enough to isolate properly we learned this week that they can find 21 million pounds of taxpayers money to pay a go-between to deliver lucrative contract to the department of health 21 million pounds i remind the prime minister that a few weeks ago he couldn’t find that amount of money for free school meals for kids over half term does the primes to think that 21 pound 21 million pounds to a middleman was an acceptable use of taxpayers money minister mr speaker when this crisis began we were being urged by the right honourable gentleman to remove the blockages in our procurement uh process in order to get ppe and we were facing as he will remember a very difficult situation where across the world that when there were not adequate supplies of people nobody had enough ppe we shipped in heaven on earth to get 32 billion items of ppe into this country i’m very proud of what has been achieved 70 of ppe is now made in this country or capable of being made in this country when it was only one percent at the beginning of the pandemic and it’s entirely uh typical i may say of uh of of captain hindsight that he now attacks our efforts to to procure pde uh says we we went too fast uh when uh he now says that uh we says then that we were not going fast enough and now says uh that we went too fast he should make his mind up he talks about hindsight i say catch up i called for a circuit breaker the prime minister stood there and said it’d be a disaster he wasn’t going to do it then he caught up and did exactly that just a few weeks later we’ve now got a longer harder lockdown as a result of his delay so i won’t take that from him last week the prime minister couldn’t explain he couldn’t explain how his government ended up paying 150 million pounds on contracts that didn’t deliver a single piece of usable ppe this week he’s effectively defending the paying of 21 million pounds on a contract with no oversight this morning the independent national audit office concluded that government’s approach was in their words diminished public transparency they reported that more than half of all contracts relating to the pandemic mr speaker that’s totally 10.5 billion pounds were handed out without competitive tender and that suppliers with political connections were 10 times more likely to be awarded contracts mr speaker we’re eight months into this crisis and the government is still making the same mistakes can the prime minister give a cast iron assurance that from now on from now on all government contracts will be subject to proper process with full transparency and accountability that all government contracts are of course going to be published in are already being published but again i must say i think it’s extraordinary that uh he now attacks the government for securing ppe in huge quantities and i want to thank again all the people who are involved in that effort

uh lord diet and literally thousands of others who built up a mountain of ppe against uh any further crisis and uh he talks about uh transparency and moving too fast to secure uh contracts as you should the shadow chancellor of the duchy of lancaster actually wrote to the governor attacking us for failing to approach various companies including a football agent who was apparently offering to supply ventilators and a historical clothing manufacturing company who currently make a who’s offering to make 175 guns per week and whose current range includes 16th century silk bodices again mr speaker you know at the time uh he bashed the government uh for not moving fast enough it’s absolutely absurd that he’s now attacking hindsight he’s now once again uh trying to score party political points score political points by attacking us from moving too fast i’m proud of what we did to secure huge quantities of ppe during a pandemic any government would do the same prime minister we’re now going to call mccartney thank you speaker i feel like a positive rose between two negative thorns today i’m sure my right honourable friend is aware of recent successes that lincoln city football club the pride of my constituency have enjoyed unfortunately kobit 19 has hit football hard especially those clubs dependent on cricket sales can my writable friend urges cabinet colleagues to review grand funding for football clubs maybe outlining how we can return fans to matches at all levels of the game as i’ve requested in previous correspondence and as a has been a while since the prime minister visited lincoln would he care to join me at an imps match when we can return in person as fans of the beautiful game prime ballista well thank you very much and i will uh i can tell you that we don’t want any uh football team to uh get out of business as a result of this pandemic and we’re doing everything we can i understand the frustration of fans and we want to get crowds back into the ground uh as soon as possible as for his invitation to come and watch uh the imps i will i will do whatever i can to oblige uh as soon as possible i bear his invitation in mind we now come to the leader of the smp in blackfood mr speaker and can i wish the prime minister and all those that are self-isolating well mr speaker over the past 20 years westminster has imposed an extreme brexit an illegal war in iraq nine thousand pounds tuition fees the win rush scandal the rape clause the bedroom tax and a decade of tory austerity cuts which have pushed millions into poverty at the same time the scottish parliament has delivered free prescriptions free tuition fees free personal care free bus travel the baby box the scottish child payment world leading climate action all of which makes scotland a fairer and more equal place to live does the prime minister understand why the people in scotland think it is him and his parliament that are the real disaster prime minister well mr speaker i respectfully refer the rather regenerative the answer i gave to the leader of the opposition i i may say that i do think that his policies of wanting to break up the union uh are a disaster and i wish he would i wish he and his party would focus on the real priorities of the people of scotland on education on health on tackling crime and the and and housing and the issues that matter to all our people that’s what a devolved government should do i was very proud to run a devolved administration and that’s what we focused on we didn’t industry go on about constitutional change and the breakup of the uk in blackfoot my goodness i’m not sure if the prime minister was listening because i just charted some of the achievements of the scottish government delivering on behalf of the people of scotland mr speaker no apology and no regrets from this prime minister his attack on devolution wasn’t just the slip of a tongue it was a slip of the tory mask the chasm between westminster and the scottish people has never been bigger we know that these were not just flippant remarks when scotland faces the biggest threat to devolution with the tory power grab bill the fact is scotland has been completely ignored by westminster we now face an extreme brexit a power grab and another round of tory cuts all being imposed against our will for a tony government that we didn’t vote for exactly isn’t it the case mr speaker that the real disaster facing the people of scotland is another 20 years of westminster government isn’t it clearer than ever that the only way the only way mr speaker to protect scotland’s interest our parliament and our place in europe is for scotland to become an independent country prime minister mr speaker no

i i i could not uh disagree uh with the olympia he is totally he is totally wrong and what the uk does as a whole is far far bigger better and more important than what we can do uh as as individual nations and regions and uh i think that actually when you look at the way the uk has pulled together during this pandemic the way the armed services have worked uh to get testing throughout the whole of the uk the way that uh the furlough scheme has been deployed across the uk the billions and billions that have been found to help people uh across the whole of the uk businesses in scotland in wales in northern ireland in england i think that the uk has shown its value and will continue to show its value mr speaker when he talks about wanting to take uh scotland back into the into the european union which i think seemed to be what he was saying just now what he should understand what the people of scotland should understand is that is a massive surrender of power by the people of scotland straight back to brussels just as this country just as the people of scotland have taken it back again and power not just over many aspects of their lives and their regulations but of course power to control scottish fisheries as well and all that would be lost uh under his program and i may say i do not believe it will commend itself to the scottish people it was a program that was decisively rejected in 2014 i believe uh that uh it is um something that they would almost certainly reject again mr speaker but as uh he said uh before uh or as certainly as his partners message across sir graham brady thank you mr speaker tens of thousands of jobs have already been lost in aviation and hundreds of thousands more hang in the balance will my right honourable friend throw the industry a lifeline by making sure that the government task force reports in time for a testing regime to replace the current quarantine arrangements as we come out of this lockdown on the 3rd of december prime minister well mr speaker we’re certainly working very fast to uh see if we can replace the current quarantine arrangements for every category of of self-isolation whether it will come fast enough but uh for me i don’t know but i’ll keep my right honourable friend uh informed of of developments you certainly want to help the airline industry so jeffrey donaldson thank you mr speaker and the people of northern ireland today will see again the benefits of the union with 165 million pounds invested in rural broadband across northern ireland and the result of our agreement with the government uh during the last parliament mr speaker following on from the current population testing initiative in liverpool would the prime minister agree that northern ireland’s 1.8 million population spread across 11 local government districts would prove ideal for the next phase of the government’s uh ongoing programme of work on large-scale covered testing well i i thank him for his uh excellent proposal and uh he’s right that’s testing of that kind is very powerful uh weapon in the fight against covenant and we’ll certainly be talking to the the uh the northern ireland’s executive about how to proceed gareth bacon mr speaker i’ve been contacted by many constituents who are owners of leasehold flats in buildings under 18 meters in height which are covered in cladding and the freeholder has not replaced that cladding or produced an ew s1 form some of these residents are desperate to move but can’t because their flats are effectively valueless without reform can the prime minister update the house and what progress is being made by the royal institution of chartered surveyors and the national fire chiefs council to develop the urgently needed risk prioritization matrix so that my constituents can move on with their lives prime minister uh well mr speaker i i have deep sympathies with people who face this uh this problem and uh it is it is not right or fair because if your building is under 18 meters you don’t need one of these ew s one forms and i and you would hope the lenders would uh would understand that but we’re working as fast as we can to make sure that all the buildings uh in question are identified and that we remove cladding wherever it’s wherever it’s necessary and give assurance and uh security wherever that is necessary too that’s clear thank you mr speaker government plans to scrap the union learning fund means that thousands of workers around two hundred thousand a year many of them low paid will miss out on training opportunities with unemployment levels rising will the prime minister today act on his commitment to offer a

lifetime skills guarantee to help people train and retrain at any stage in their lives and reverse this decision to ensure working people can access education training and skills for the future prime minister well mr speaker that’s exactly what we announced uh only only a couple of only a few weeks ago with the lifetime skills guarantee the purpose of the lifetime skills guarantee is to make sure that if you uh if you if you’re over 23 you’re currently not eligible uh for support from the government in getting a new skill or a new qualification we will now pay you uh for that skill we’ll support you uh we want people uh as particularly in the context of this pandemic we want to help train and retrain people throughout their lives so that they can adjust to our to our changing economy she’s making a very good point thank you mr speaker in order to truly level up constituencies like mine in lincolnshire we will need to mobilize billions of private capital to help us pay for new infrastructure investment will the prime minister consider launching a new financial institution such as a national development bank to help achieve this yeah yeah i’m grateful to my honourable friend what he’s doing to campaign for for grantham and stanford for lincolnshire and i can tell him that we’re putting another 155 million into greater lincolnshire uh through the growth deals another 25 million through the getting building fund and uh we will be bringing forward further measures uh and i i take his point uh on board very sincerely will be further measures to boost investment in uh uk infrastructure in due course we’re going up to wheeling north with james murray james murray mr speaker in march the government chief scientific officer said that keeping covert deaths below 20 000 would be a good outcome but still an enormous number of deaths we’ve now passed 50 000 deaths and suffered the deepest recession of any g7 country with gdp dropping by 10 in the last year why does the prime minister think the uk has had the deepest recession in the g7 and the highest number of copa deaths in europe minister uh a global pandemic and uh one in which the uh the uk has uh as he rightly says uh being badly affected and we mourn uh every every life that has been lost and of course uh we’re supporting uh businesses with all the fun and individuals all the firepower of the uk economy but i’ve got absolutely no doubt that we will get through this strongly uh by next spring as uh the scientific advisors and the known officers have said uh we have the tools to do it we have the scientific uh weaponry uh to do it and that is why uh we’re engaged in the current restrictions to get the are done uh to suppress uh the virus now and to try to get the economy moving uh in the way that i’m sure he would like mark posse thank you mr speaker most of our fabulous independent retailers in rugby are currently closed due to covered restrictions and while they appreciate the very welcome financial support provided by the government they’re concerned that supermarkets and multiple retailers continue to sell the same products as them home wear and clothing this has enabled them to generate substantial profits whilst at the same time they’ve had a holiday on the payment of business rates i wonder whether the prime minister would agree with me that there should be fairness between retailers and with the government spending 200 million pounds billion pounds to support businesses and people in these very tough times it would be a welcome gesture from multiples who continue to trade to volunteer to pay their business rate well i i i understand the point that he that he makes and uh and then the feeling of unfairness that he that he describes and uh what we’re trying to do what we’re trying to do uh with the the business rate holiday and all the other measures we’ve announced is to help all uh retailers and the best thing we can do is to get through this tough period uh as as as well as we possibly can and allow all retailers to to reopen and to give them our support with our customer that’s that’s what we’re aiming for we’re now going up to scotland with an audio only margaret ferrier thank you mr speaker my constituent applied for the eu settlement scheme in september 2019 for her and her son 15 months on and she’s still waiting for the decision on her application with the end of the transition period just a few short weeks away will the prime minister give a cast iron guarantee that my constituents application and all other outstanding applications to the scheme

will be concluded before the 31st of december 2020 prime minister the lady mr speaker and i i understand that the uh the case is is now under urgent review and the decision will be made sure damian collins it’s fantastic that we will very soon have the covid vaccine but extremely concerning that in a recent survey one in five people say they won’t take it does the prime minister agree with me that social media companies should be doing more to remove anti-vaccine disinformation and conspiracy theories and will he consider including requirements to do that within the scope of the government’s forthcoming online harms bill yes well well i’m very pleased that facebook twitter and google have committed uh that no company should profit from or promote that’s vaccine disinformation and to respond to that kind of content very quickly and we are going to be publishing our response shortly to the online palms white paper consultation and we’ll be sending out our plans for legislation thank you mr speaker child poverty is evil i know i grew up with it the north east child poverty commission reports that our region suffered the biggest the country’s biggest increase in child poverty between 2015 and 2019 when half of children in newcastle central were growing up poor and that’s before covet and yet fifteen thousands of the poorest households in my constituency stand to lose a thousand pounds a year because of planned cuts to universal credit in april so instead of damaging last-minute u-turns will the prime minister now commit to maintaining universal credit at at least the current rate prime minister mr speaker she’s she’s writing what she says about the impact of child poverty and that’s why this government has has worked so hard uh to uh to combat child poverty and and that’s why uh we did indeed upgrade uh universal credit uh as was right for the uh for the exceptional circumstances that were another thousand pounds uh per household and uh we will continue to to support people throughout this country uh but uh the most important thing we can do is to ensure that we get people into work and to support uh families that to get the jobs that they need and it’s the record of this country in creating jobs uh and new jobs uh in particular there’s not actually that four hundred thousand uh children have been lifted out of poverty in the last 10 years and that is something that is progress is not enough but it’s progress so christopher mr speaker more than one million fellow citizens have recovered after testing positive for covid19 on the 2nd of november the british medical journal reported that all those people will have protection from their t cells which would ensure that they cannot be reinfected for at least six months in the light of that will my right honourable friend follow the example of sweden and exempt from all the co-ed regulations those people who have tested positive within the last six months and thereby show that he is following the science and also common sense prime minister well i i i thank uh my friend for going for a very well meant suggestion and very kind but uh there’s there’s evidence both ways uh on that and i think that what uh everybody would expect is that everybody who does get uh pinged everybody who does get contacted by nhs tests and traits should follow the rules said to bedford with the habit thank you very much mr speaker six out of ten people who have died by covert 19 are disabled yet during this pandemic disabled people have seen their care cut back struggled to isolate without sufficient support and been excluded from the government’s shambolic communications as we start disability history month will the prime minister tell the house why disabled people have been so let down by his government mister grateful for the question and i’m grateful for the campaigning that the honorable gentleman does on behalf of the of this the disabled but i must i must reject what he says because because we have done uh everything we can to uh reach out to disabled uh and vulnerable groups of all kinds to give them all the advice that uh we think is necessary and all the uh all the support uh that we possibly can throughout this panel i know this has been very tough uh for people uh and i thank people for the for the way that they pulled together

and uh followed the guidance i know it’s been particularly tough as the honourable gentleman rightly says for disabled people but uh what we need to do and that’s why we’ve given uh huge quantities in in in support as i as i said before to the nhs and to vulnerable groups of all kinds but the way forward now is to keep the virus under control come out of the current measures on december the 2nd and to allow our economy to start moving again and to use testing and the prospect of a vaccination next year uh ready to get the disease under control douglas ross thank you very much mr speaker the prime minister is aware of the success we’ve seen across scotland through city and region growth deals and murray is set to benefit from both the scottish and the uk government working together on our local deal however would my right honourable friend agree that the benefit to murray could be even greater if the uk government’s contribution was spread over a shorter period than the current 15 years say 10 or less and would he agree with me that that would be something that would be very worthwhile very beneficial and would be welcomed by everyone involved in the murray grove deal prime minister well i think i thank my honorable friend for this campaign he’s raised this idea with me uh before and uh what i can say is well we’ll certainly uh look at what he says i’m very glad that we’ve signed the heads of terms on a murray growth deal delivering over 30 million pounds of investment and i thank him for the lobbying that he’s been doing let’s head up to liverpool with ian burns thank you mr speaker professor ian sinner from alderweight children’s hospital in liverpool west derby recently stated that the environment a child develops in even before being born can affect its dna detrimentally by 10 percent this government should be responsible for creating an environment which is pushing millions of families into food poverty which will be shaping this terrifying outcome i asked the prime minister for the second time will he wake with me and other groups to put the rights of food into law to address this prime minister mr speaker the honourable government is right to uh to raise the issue of uh of food uh poverty and uh and the poverty generally that’s why uh in answer to the previous question uh for me in newcastle i made the point uh that we have actually been successful uh through championing work champion employment in getting families out of poverty large numbers of families out of poverty and that is what we are we are going to do he knows we’re putting another 170 million pounds into supporting local councils uh throughout the winter so that no child uh goes hungry this christmas or over the over the winter season and through any inattention from this government but i’m i’m grateful to him for raising the issue with me thank you uh mr speaker as the prime minister will know the scottish kashmir and whiskey industries are being hammered by the tariffs being imposed by the united states as a result of the trade dispute with the european union now these tariffs are now doing serious harm to these iconic scottish products costing us jobs in the scottish borders so can the prime minister reassure me the government is doing everything it possibly can to find a resolution to this dispute uh well my honourable friend is is entirely right to raise that issue uh it continues to be a cause of brave concern and i raise it repeatedly with our american friends and uh i’m working with my honourable friend the secretary of state for international trade to reach a negotiated solution as fast as we possibly can thank you mr speaker a recent study of 18 million people in the landscape shows that black asian and minority ethnic people are twice as likely as white people to catch chronovirus and more likely to go to intensive care lead researchers have suggested that structural inequalities and not genetics are the key differential so how will the prime minister redress structural inequalities as the vaccine is rolled out mister well the vulnerable gentleman raises a very important point and uh and we are thinking about this issue in government right now as he knows in response to uh the early data that we saw on the uh about the impact on black and minority ethnic groups uh we we have brought forward enhanced uh testing procedures for a particularly violent rule says we’re exposed to a heavy viral load perhaps in the course of their of their work uh and uh there are other factors as he knows uh that uh at play in the prevalence of the disease amongst black minority ethnic groups um i’m sure that the point he makes

will be among the considerations that the uh the giant committee on uh vaccination and immunization uh uh takes into account in the course of their deciding how to to roll out the vaccine where it should go first because he’s making an important point what i’d like to is just put a big thank you on record to the broadcasting team for making today happen yeah yeah in order to allow the safe exit vulnerable members participating in this item of business and the safe arrival of those participating next and suspending the house for three minutes order you