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Business of the House

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:30 pm on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of Bob Blackman Bob Blackman Conservative, Harrow East 12:30 pm, 19th March 2020

The Chairman of the Backbench Business Committee, Ian Mearns, is away on constituency business so, on behalf of the Committee, can I ask my right hon. Friend what provisions will be made for restarting Westminster Hall debates, which are a major part of the Committee’s allocation? Alternatively, will there be further time for debates in this Chamber?

Most of us did not use hand sanitisers until a few weeks ago. I have seen evidence of wholesalers trebling prices to retailers, but it is not clear that those increases have been passed on by manufacturers. Wholesalers are clearly profiteering from these hand sanitisers, and retailers are left with the unenviable choice of passing on the increases or having a small margin. Can we have a Government statement on what will be done to prevent such unfair profiteering at a time of national emergency?