Covid-19: Economic Costs - Question

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

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Photo of Lord Trimble Lord Trimble Conservative 12:08 pm, 28th July 2020

My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness for having the paper circulated to us. I briefly refer to the last paragraph, which talks about measures targeted specifically at groups most at risk but goes on to say:

“Such a policy should probably have been started before the end of June”.

I fear that the authors are not being realistic about the date for the targets and have not taken account of the difficulties for Ministers who wish to make a change but find that making changes is extremely difficult under our processes. I recall that, when Matt Hancock talked about increasing the targets for testing, he was met with derision. I hope that that will not happen here.