Matt Hancock gives update on when he expects England's lockdown to end

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock is in the House of Commons to debate the third national lockdown.

He told MPs he did not expect regulations that allow a full national lockdown by the end of March.

Conservative Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Party’s 1922 Party Committee, asked in the House of Commons: “Approval of these regulations today would allow a lockdown for three months through the end of March.”

Sir Graham said Prime Minister Boris Johnson had assured him that he did not expect MPs to “wait that long” to decide whether or not to end the regulations.

Sir Graham added: “Will he go further and commit to another vote in late January and late February so this House is in control of what happens?”

Mr. Hancock replied, “Although these regulations provide for new restrictions until the end of March, not because we expect the full national lockdown to continue until then, but rather to allow a steady, controlled and evidence-based transition through the steps to a local one Base.

“These changes in level require a vote in parliament. The restrictions are therefore constantly being reviewed. There is a legal obligation to review them every two weeks and a legal obligation to remove them when they are no longer deemed necessary to limit the transmission of the virus. “


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