Covid-19: Economic Costs - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:08 pm on 28 July 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Neville-Rolfe Baroness Neville-Rolfe Conservative 12:08, 28 July 2020

My Lords, it is a great sadness to hear of the retirement of the noble Lord, Lord Darling. While I welcomed the Chancellor’s unprecedented package, the paper cited in my Question and UK experience in recent months show that the cost of the severe restrictions that we have imposed for medical reasons are large—indeed, much larger than the benefits. Does the Minister agree that the paper makes a strong case that the recent lifting of lockdown restrictions has been amply justified and that future measures adopted to counter any flare-up of infections should be carefully targeted rather than general, both geographically and of course as regards the protection of vulnerable populations?