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Part of Transport – in the House of Commons on 28th January 2021.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Secretary of State for Transport

I think my hon. Friend, the Chair of the Transport Committee, is absolutely right. This has required a proportionate and science-based approach to where people for quarantine in hotels should come from, and that includes a red list of countries. I can tell my hon. Friend and the House that that list is available on gov.UK—it contains 30 countries. South America, South Africa and Portugal are primarily the areas and countries involved. I think it is very important that we do make this science-based, and this adds to the pre-departure testing and, of course, all the other measures we have put in place. We will hear from Jim McMahon shortly, and I know he is going to explain why he called for quarantine to be lessened.