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Protective Clothing: Coronavirus

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 25th June 2020.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to his oral contribution of 28 April 2020, Official Report, column 218, how many face coverings have been produced since 28 April 2020.

Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many face coverings for use by the general population are held by Government.

Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that face coverings are (a) widely available to the public, (b) affordable and (c) effective in reducing the transmission of covid-19.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

Further to the answer given to PQs 48885, 48886, 48887 on 14 May 2020, the Government has published guidance on staying safe outside the home during the COVID-19 pandemic:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home

The guidance includes information on the use of face coverings. We are asking people to make their own face coverings at home, using scarves or other textile items and we have published guidance to help illustrate the process.

In terms of the wider production of PPE for use for medical purposes, Lord Deighton has been appointed to lead the national effort to boost PPE production, and also support the scaling up of engineering efforts for small companies capable of contributing to supplies.

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