Children’s Education Recovery and Childcare Costs

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:12 pm on 7th June 2022.

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Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Conservative, Eddisbury 4:12 pm, 7th June 2022

I will take the hon. Lady back to the closure of schools during lockdown. We now know that that had a profound impact on many children, for a host of reasons. I know that the Secretary of State has said that, in hindsight, the way it was done was perhaps not the right thing to do. First, does she agree with that? Secondly, does she agree that schools should become part of our essential national infrastructure so that we do not close them again should an unfortunate pandemic happen again?