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Correspondence: Chair of Science and Technology Select Committee calls for publication of scientific evidence behind 10pm curfew

30 September 2020

The Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, has today written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, asking the Government to lay out the scientific evidence behind new COVID-19 restrictions which came into force over the weekend.

In separate letters to Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP and Sir Patrick Vallance, the Committee calls for the publication of the scientific advice which informed the Government’s decision to implement measures which prohibit pubs and restaurants from opening between the hours of 10pm and 5am. Specifically, the Chair asks whether the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) provided the Government with evidence regarding how the new curfews would have an impact on virus transmission.

The correspondence follows previous letters to Sir Patrick and to Prime Minister Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, both of which called for greater transparency regarding science advice to Government informing the policy decisions taken to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chair's comment

Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, said:

"It is important that the Government is transparent about the scientific advice that it draws on to inform policy decisions so that the reasons for them can be seen and understood. Science proceeds through openness and robust scrutiny and it is important that this approach is followed by the Government during the pandemic."

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