Rosie Cooper MP has today condemned the Government for their clear lack of transparency after the Department of Health refused to give details of the payments made to Chinese companies for PPE and test kits.
Lord Alton of Liverpool had asked the Department to give details of these payments, including the amount and the companies contracted with. The response from Lord Bethell, a junior Minister within the DHSC said they would not be providing the details, because obtaining the answer would be at ‘disproportionate cost’.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“It is outrageous that the Government won’t reveal who they paid and how much. They claim it would cost too much to gather this information, but I don’t believe that for a second!
“If what they are saying is true, the Government need to be held to account for incompetent bookkeeping! More likely, they are using this as an excuse to hide the details of the deals they made.
“Purchasing PPE and testing kits was entirely necessary, but the public still have a right to know whether this money was spent ethically and effectively. As we have seen from the long list of dodgy deals and cronyism, this is often not the case.
“We cannot have blind faith that this Government has done the right thing. We must insist on transparency, or they will keep repeating past sins.”