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Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 11th June 2020.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to secure a refund for the 400,000 units of defective personal protective equipment imported from Turkey.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We have procured and received donations of hundreds of thousands of gowns and coveralls from Turkey. A small number of an order of gowns with a private company did not meet specifications, but we are finding a use for them elsewhere. Most of this order of gowns passed inspections, making them suitable for the NHS. The Turkish Authorities also stepped in to provide 68,000 coveralls when it became clear that an order from a private company was delayed. All have passed the checks for distribution to the front line. We are grateful to our Turkish partners for their support in this matter.

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