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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:04 pm on 25th March 2020.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Labour/Co-operative, Harrow West 1:04 pm, 25th March 2020

I share the concerns of others in the House about the inability to table questions over the recess, and more generally the reservations expressed by my hon. Friend Wes Streeting. I will give one example to illustrate those concerns. The excellent trade union Community has many members working in online retail. The Government have made the decision that they should continue to work, because they are a critical sector, yet it is not clear what protections and guidance on social distancing and its enforcement are available to employers and trade unions working in that sector. The ability to ask a question about that would hopefully get a clear answer from the Minister and enable the sector to move forward in a positive way.