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Coronavirus

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

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee 1:07 pm, 3rd March 2020

Will my right hon. Friend thank the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow for dealing with a case and for all the work it does? May I bring him back to the issue of workers? In Harlow, at least 8,000 people are working in retail, food, customer service, front-of house, leisure, transport and accommodation services. Those people, who are often on lower pay, could lose their wages, especially if restaurants cut the number of staff, for one reason or another, in the event of a serious outbreak. Will the Government consider setting up an insurance scheme if things get much worse to ensure that individuals such as the workers I have mentioned do not lose their incomes?