As Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, I’ve been closely following the Government’s procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. This week Parliament agreed that the Government must provide to the Public Accounts Committee all papers relating to the award of contracts to PPE Medpro. That contract is now under investigation by the National Crime Agency but the Committee will still look at these papers before deciding what further action to take.
The Public Accounts Committee also published a report on the Government’s Affordable Homes Programme. Despite reducing its 2021 affordable house-building target, the Government is still falling short. Hackney is at the sharp end of the housing crisis and there is a desperate need for truly affordable homes. I’ll keep pushing the Government on this issue. See here to read the report in full and see here to read a summary.
And I was really pleased to welcome the De Beauvoir’s Women Institute to Parliament this week. It’s always great to meet the W.I. and have some of Hackney visit Parliament.