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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 Clive Betts Clive Betts Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee 12:38 pm, 17th March 2020

I appreciate that the Foreign Secretary may have to raise this issue with colleagues, but people are naturally drawing comparisons between actions in this country—the advice against going to pubs, restaurants and places of entertainment, for example—with the position in France and other countries, where such visits are banned completely. Does he appreciate that that causes confusion for people, and that businesses in this country are more likely to be at risk of failure because of the less rigorous position we are taking?