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Divisions: Coronavirus

Leader of the House written question – answered on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Leader of the House, what recent assessment he has made of the potential health implications relating to covid-19 of hon. Membes voting in the division lobbies.

Photo of Jacob Rees-Mogg Jacob Rees-Mogg Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons

In view of the current circumstances, members have themselves taken steps to limit the frequency of divisions. As I said during the Business Questions on Thursday 12 March, voting in the Division Lobby is not considered a high risk (Hansard col. 434). The Government's approach relating to covid-19 is guided by the best scientific evidence and medical advice, and we will take all necessary measures to deal with this outbreak. I am engaging with the parliamentary authorities and any decisions will be taken in line with the advice of the Chief Medical Officer.

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