All Huw Merriman contributions to the Coronavirus Act 2020

Mon 23rd March 2020
Coronavirus Bill
Commons Chamber

2nd reading
2nd reading: House of Commons
2nd reading
Department of Health and Social Care
3 interactions (76 words)

Coronavirus Bill

(2nd reading)
Huw Merriman Excerpts
Monday 23rd March 2020

(1 year, 4 months ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department of Health and Social Care
Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
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23 Mar 2020, 12:08 a.m.

That really is a question for the Treasury. My understanding is that the 80% wage subsidy is for those who are furloughed, as the Chancellor put it, as opposed to those who have moved into other jobs, but the hon. Gentleman will have to ask the Treasury for a more detailed answer.

Huw Merriman Portrait Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle) (Con)
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23 Mar 2020, 12:09 a.m.

I thank the Secretary of State for giving way and for all the work he is doing—indeed, I thank the House for all the work it is doing—on this essential legislation. With regard to university settings, there seems to be some confusion. I have looked at the Universities UK advice, but some universities do not seem to be following it and are requiring students, notwithstanding the advice the country at large is being given, to attend.

Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock
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I am surprised to hear that, because we have been very, very clear about universities, alongside schools. It is, of course, a matter for my right hon. Friend the Education Secretary in the first instance, but on public health grounds we made it absolutely clear that we were taking steps to close schools, nurseries, universities and colleges, except for the children of key workers where they absolutely need to be at school, for example where neither parent can look after them. However, all those at university can stay at home on their own and do not need a parent, so I do not think there is any excuse whatever.