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Live Reporting

Gavin Stamp, Paul Seddon and Richard Morris

All times stated are UK

  1. How many people are contact traced?

    Reality Check

    Labour leader Keir Starmer said three quarters of people with Covid-19 are not being reached by test and trace teams.

    He said that there were 22,000 weekly cases in England but only 5,000 were asked to provide details.

    But his first number is drawn from a survey.

    Each week the Office for National Statistics tests a sample of people and then forms an estimate for the population as a whole based on the percentage who are positive.

    It is an estimate and not people who have actually been tested, so therefore the teams could not trace that many people.

    In reality, the latest week in the figures (11-17 June) saw 6,100 people actually test positive for coronavirus.

    Of these, the government was able to reach 4,869 people.

  2. Investment per person?

    Reality Check

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer criticised Prime Minister Boris Johnson's "build, build, build" speech yesterday as offering “investment equivalent to less than £100 per person across the UK”.

    Sir Kier has taken the £5bn of infrastructure spending allocated and divided it by the UK population of 66.7 million to get to less than £100 per person.

    The prime minister responded by talking about a £600bn overall package of investment.

    This figure was used in the government's Spring Budget in March in the context of its plans for infrastructure spending over the course of the whole parliament.

    You can read our fact-check of Boris Johnson’s economic speech here.

  3. PMQs highlights

    House of Commons


    Boris Johnson

    The main story from this week's PMQs was confirmation from Boris Johnson that people with British National Overseas status from Hong Kong will get limited leave to remain in the UK.

    The Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also questioned the PM about the government's handling of an outbreak of coronavirus in Leicester, which has led to the city going back in to lockdown from Thursday.

    Sir Keir said there had been a "lost week" when the city didn't have the details of testing data in the community.

    The prime minister said Sir Keir was mistaken, and that data had been shared.

    Boris Johnson was also questioned about his 'new deal' plan for economic recovery. Sir Keir said Tuesday's announcement was worth less than £100 per person.

    The PM said the overall the package is worth £600bn and accused the opposition of equivocating. "We are the builders, they are the blockers" he said.

  4. PM questioned on murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher

    House of Commons


    The SNP's Allan Dorrans says he was a serving police officer when PC Yvonne Fletcher was shot and killed outside the Libyan Embassy in London in 1984. He asks if the prime minister will reopen the inquiry into her murder a new civil case was started on the incident.

    Boris Johnson says the murder of Yvonne Fletcher was "sickening and cowardly," he adds that he would like to talk to Mr Dorrans personally "to see what we can do to take the matter forward."

  5. PM defends record on raising benefits during crisis

    House of Commons


    Stephen Timms

    Labour's Stephen Timms asks whether so-called "legacy benefits" that feed into the new universal credit can be raised in the same way.

    In reply, the PM says the government has "done a huge amount" to increase support to people in the benefits system.

    He says 4 million families are benefiting from an increase in universal credit and working tax credits since the start of the crisis.

  6. Students on free school meals still behind others

    House of Commons


    Siobhain McDonagh

    Labour's Siobhain McDonagh says students who are on free school meals are still behind other students in schools. She asks for government time to debate a cross-party bill to allow access to the internet in low income households.

    Boris Johnson says he "passionately supports the objective" of trying to get "IT fairness" and he says laptops have been given to children on free school meals. He says all students in year 6 should now be back in school.

  7. PM asked about bus building in Northern Ireland

    Boris Johnson

    The DUP's Iain Paisley asks about the PM's pledge to build 4,000 new zero-carbon buses and suggests that the benefits are spread across the whole of the UK, including Northern Ireland.

    The PM says that he can't make any particular undertakings about where the hydrogen vehicles will be built but says he is a "big fan of buses built in Ballymena".

  8. Hong Kong citizens to be given UK citizenship route

    Boris Johnson

    In response to a question on Hong Kong, Boris Johnson confirms that the UK will offer extended visa rights to those in the territory with British National Overseas status, making it easier for them to live and work in the UK, and a route to citizenship.

  9. PM: I want theatres to reopen 'as fast as possible'

    House of Commons


    Boris Johnson

    Conservative MP Nickie Aiken, whose constituency covers London's West End, asks whether the government wants theatres to reopen "as soon as it is safe to do so".

    In reply, Boris Johnson echoes her comments that "the show must go on".

    He says he wants the sector to move as quickly "as fast as we possibly can" - but the virus must also be defeated.

  10. Where is the new money for Scotland?

    Ian Blackford

    The SNP's Westminster Leader Ian Blackford, asks his two questions by video link.

    He says that on Tuesday the Prime Minister unveiled no new money for Scotland during his relaunch speech for government priorities after coronavirus.

    He asks what the new Barnet consequentials are for Scotland after yesterday's speech.

    Boris Johnson says the crisis has seen the British Armed Forces "absolutely indispensable" across the UK, and the furlough scheme has worked across the whole UK. The Barnet consequentials are £3.8bn for Scotland, he states.

    Ian Blackford says that the UK is on a "two tiered recovery" after the benefit sanction regime was restarted after a three month freeze. He asks for a continuation of the freeze on benefit sanctions.

    Mr Johnson says "he may be mistaken" and the UK government is "absolutely dedicated to supporting people of all incomes". The UK is spending £7bn more on benefits, he adds.

  11. Starmer presses PM on 'new deal'

    Boris Johnson

    The Labour leader says the stimulus plan announced by the PM in his speech on Tuesday amounts to just 0.2% of national spending, joking that the money "is not new and is not much of a deal".

    Urging the government to extend the furlough scheme, he says next week is the last chance to save "million of jobs". The Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to make a speech on the UK economy on 08 July.

    The PM defends the economic programme and tries to change the subject to plans to open schools, accusing Labour of being "bossed" around by the teachers unions.

  12. PM defends record on protecting jobs

    House of Commons


    Keir Starmer

    Sir Keir Starmer says the number of people not being reached by the test and trace system is a "real problem" that needs addressing.

    Turning to the economy, he asks how many jobs will be saved as a result of the measures the PM announced in his speech yesterday.

    Mr Johnson declines to give a figure for that, but he says the government has protected 11m jobs with its furlough scheme.

    He adds that the government is bringing forward "massive investment" in hospitals, schools and infrastructure.