Covid-19 Update - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:45 pm on 18th May 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Tyler of Enfield Baroness Tyler of Enfield Liberal Democrat 1:45 pm, 18th May 2021

My Lords, could the Minister outline the Government’s plans for test and trace as lockdown is lifted, particularly in areas such as Bolton and Bedford where surge testing is currently being deployed? With former centrally based Public Health England staff being disbanded and senior civil servants returning to their own posts, what financial resources are being passed to the local resilience teams, run by local directors of public health, to operate test and trace, which will be so critical to controlling the spread of the virus alongside the vaccine rollout?