Government Response to Covid-19: Public Inquiry

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:10 pm on 22nd July 2021.

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Photo of Graham Stringer Graham Stringer Labour, Blackley and Broughton 2:10 pm, 22nd July 2021

I commend the Committee for its thoughtful and thorough report.

I listened carefully to what the hon. Lady just said about one of the recommendations, and I understand about learning lessons; that is often what Committees do. I would challenge any Member, particularly Members who have been in this House for a long time, to remember the lessons learned and recommendations from the mad cow disease inquiry; my guess is that nobody will.

We already know that there have been heroes and villains over the last 18 months, and I would hope that any inquiry would identify those heroes and villains. Mistakes have been made in some cases because mistakes were bound to be made, but some mistakes have been made wilfully and we need to know who was responsible for them.