Derek Twigg: May I offer my condolences and say how sorry I am to hear of the loss in the Secretary of State’s family? May I also ask him: what about the people who die because of the unintended consequences of covid, perhaps through cancer or heart disease, where they have not been seen quickly enough or have not come forward?
Derek Twigg: The right hon. Member for Forest of Dean (Mr Harper) is absolutely right to say that this Government have not provided the information the House requires to make a balanced judgment about the right thing to do on these regulations. I cannot vote for these regulations. My constituents are sick and tired of how they are being treated by the Prime Minister and the Government. The Government’s...
Derek Twigg: With this it will be convenient to discuss clause stand part.
Derek Twigg: Order. I think it is important that we stick to the amendments we are discussing.
Derek Twigg: Before I open up the debate, I will say a couple of things. The Committee is just getting into its stride. The first hour has now gone. I suggest that Members keep interventions succinct. Also, a few people have used the word “you”. Members should refer to each other as “the hon. Member” or, better still, by their constituencies. I have given some leeway, as it was the first hour and...
Derek Twigg: Order. Can we have just one meeting?
Derek Twigg: I have a few preliminary points to make. I ask Members to switch electronic devices to silent and remind them of the importance of social distancing—spaces are clearly marked. Members who are not able to fit into the body of the room—the Opposition Benches are full—will have to sit in the Public Gallery. I will suspend the sitting if I think that anyone is in breach of social...
Derek Twigg: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Amendment 4, in clause 4, page 3, line 21, at end insert— “(aa) at least one week before the statement is made, consult with the Intelligence and Security Committee in respect of the contents of the statement; and (ab) amend such legislation as may be necessary to allow such consultation to take place;”. This amendment...
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of how many and what proportion of people in England may decline a covid-19 vaccine.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of (a) how many health care professionals will be needed to administer a covid-19 vaccine to the population of England and (b) how long that process would take.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 21 September 2020 to Question 84148 on Influenza: Vaccination, what the stock of additional seasonal flu vaccinations is as of 6 October 2020.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of eligible patients have had the flu vaccine to date.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of GP administration of covid-19 vaccines on the time GP's are able to spend with patients at their surgery.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary pupils who have been sent home from school due a pupil in their cohort testing positive for covid-19 in (a) Halton constituency, (b) the North West and (c) England since 1 August 2020.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of school days that have been lost as a result of pupils being sent home due to a covid-19 outbreak in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in (i) England (ii) the North West and (iii) Halton constituency since 1 August 2020.
Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent advice the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation provided to his Department on the expansion of eligibility for flu vaccination to people aged over 50.
Derek Twigg: Q Order. We will now hear oral evidence from Sir Richard Dearlove. Please introduce yourself for the record, Sir Richard.
Derek Twigg: Thank you so much for being a witness.
Derek Twigg: Thank you. I have no leeway to go past 11.25 am, so please can we keep questions as succinct as possible.
Derek Twigg: I call Peter Grant, who will be behind you, Sir Richard, because of the social distancing rules we have in Committees.