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Covid-19 Update

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:23 pm on 24th March 2020.

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Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady SNP Chief Whip 2:23 pm, 24th March 2020

That is the nub of the confusion, because I am hearing reports from constituents and from elsewhere in the city that, for example, workers in call centres for outbound sales calls—which will undoubtedly be disruptive to those self-isolating at home who receive them—are being asked to come in and work in cramped conditions, which we know exist in such places. Should those employers not be taking advantage of the Government’s furlough scheme, so that their employees do not have to come into work? Is it not the case that no employee should be punished for doing the right thing and following the Government advice to stay at home?