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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:10 pm on 18th November 2020.

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Photo of Karin Smyth Karin Smyth Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland) 4:10 pm, 18th November 2020

I accept that it was an extraordinary time and that extraordinary measures needed to be taken, but as we have heard from the National Audit Office today, tried and tested processes and procedures were not used. Will the Minister say something about that report and why that was the case, why we had 11 ministerial directions by May and whether those lessons have been learnt by her Department and others that fell foul of the procurement procedures?