Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:07 pm on 3rd March 2020.

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Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine Conservative, Winchester 1:07 pm, 3rd March 2020

Experience here suggests that these outbreaks are about cool heads and timing, and I suggest that the Secretary of State, his chief medical officer and his Public Health Minister have been exemplary in both those things. Does he agree that the media have a responsibility in this regard? You do not release everything in the locker at once. That is not about the Government being slow to this; it is about the Government having a plan. What they have set out today is a clear, strategic and staged plan to do what is needed, when it is needed, in the national interest.