Vaccine minister @nadhimzahawi now in front of the Science Committee. I will be watching so you don't have to ;)
Vaccine minister @nadhimzahawi tells the Science Committee that the Govt is not releasing the number of doses it expects every week, because of the way each batch of vaccine has to be checked, so the numbers "move around".
Chair Greg Clark asks if Zahawi is confident the Govt's target of 14m vaccinated by mid-Feb will be met.
Zahawi: "I'm confident we will absolutely meet our target, though there will be daily fluctuations”
Chief Constables will be in charge of assessing the local need for such equipment, based on a risk assessment.
Evidence shows assaults on police were significantly reduced when officers drew their tasers, but increased in incidents where the taser was actually fired.
The study from the @PoliceChiefs recognised that there is evidence that tasers are disproportionately used on people from BAME backgrounds. The NPCC and College of Policing will conduct research into why this is and ways to mitigate it.
On exam results, Gavin Williamson tells @LBC: "When Ofqual came to me recognising the fact there were flaws, and the fixes that would need to be put in place to address those, I didn’t believe it would be feasible that we’d have time to put those fixes into place."
Under repeated questioning from @NickFerrariLBC, Gavin Williamson refuses several times to say unequivocally that he has confidence in Ofqual, and Sally Collier, the chief regulator.
Prof Chris Whitty in front of the Health Select Committee. He's asked if the Government really did "follow the science" in relation to lockdown in March.
He says yes, broadly. Ministers followed the advice of SAGE "with a delay that was no more than you would reasonably expect"
Hunt asks why SAGE advice didn't follow South Korean example of test and trace?
Whitty says "we had no capacity to do it on scale that would have been needed."
Hunt says but we got capacity in a month in April. If SAGE had advised in Jan, could have had capacity by February.
On COVID transmission in hospitals, Prof Whitty says there is "reasonable evidence" that a lot of transmission was from care staff and health staff to one another. As much as between staff and patients.
So there is "just as much risk to staff in the break room as on wards."
Head of NHS Test and Trace Dido Harding tells Lords Science Committee that in 1st month:
73.9% of those testing positive have been reached by NHS Test and Trace.
They've given 153,442 contacts, 86.5% of whom have then been reached.
The target set by SAGE is to isolate 80% of contacts within 48-72 hours.
Dido Harding says they aren't there yet but they are "close enough that they can see the path".
.@didoharding tells Lords Science Committee that people are being asked, rather forced to isolate by NHS Test and Trace because of fears that more draconian measures would discourage people from coming forward for tests and then handing over their contacts.
Asked what the Government’s response would be if the US authorities asked to interview Prince Andrew, @BorisJohnson tells @LBC:
“that would obviously be a matter for the British Government”
He is, of course, in charge of the British Government.
Boris Johnson avoids answering what he calls a hypothetical on the matter of Prince Andrew, saying for now it is a matter for the Royal Family, but he eventually concedes that “the law would have to take its course”