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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:25 am on 4th February 2021.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Labour, Leeds East 11:25 am, 4th February 2021

Yesterday, Dido Harding, the head of Test and Trace and a Conservative peer, defended there being 2,500 consultants working on test and trace who are paid an average of £1,100 a day. That is more than £2.5 million per day on private consultants. Surely the private sector should not be siphoning off public funds in this way, so will the Leader of the House make time for an urgent debate on how we can get rid of these rip-off companies from our test and trace system and instead invest the funds in our NHS?