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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:38 pm on 17th March 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Labour, Hammersmith 12:38 pm, 17th March 2020

Those of us who represent large numbers of EU citizens are hearing concerning accounts of what is happening in their home countries. There are towns in northern Italy, of a similar size to many of our constituencies, that have seen thousands of cases of the virus, and hundreds of deaths. I assume the Foreign Secretary is getting similar responses from our embassies around the world. Are those being used to inform the UK response, even if it involves a worst-case scenario?