Sammy Wilson (DUP) say only time will tell whether the claims made by scientists about the risks from a second wave are true. But there is no doubt that the scare tactics will have an impact on the economy. He asks the government to suspend air passenger duty.
Johnson say Wilson is making a powerful point of scepticism. But people should look at what happened last time, and realise it could happen again. A stitch in time saves nine, he says.
He says the advantage of his approach is that it will keep the virus down, and enable the economy to go forward.
PMQs is now finished.
Anthony Browne (Con) asks whether the government’s long-term Covid strategy is to eradicate the virus, gain herd immunity or suppress the virus and reduce the deaths until a vaccine or highly effective treatment arrives?
Johnson says it’s the third one.
Asked about the gambling review, Johnson says he is “not an enthusiast for encouraging the spread of gambling in this country”.
Giles Watling (Con), a former actor, asks what can be done to help freelances in the theatre sector.
Johnson says the government will do whatever it can to support freelances. He says theatres are the jewel in the crown of London’s arts economy.
Siobhain McDonagh (Lab) asks if the government will support her bill to give children on free school meal access to the internet at home.
Johnson says this is an important point. He says he agrees with McDonagh about the digital divide. He says he wants every school in the country to have access to gigabyte broadband.
Johnson say he hopes that the work on the A38 upgrade in Cornwall will begin as soon as possible.
Florence Eshalomi (Lab) asks what the government is doing to help tenants who have unsafe cladding on their buildings.
Johnson says the situation is “disgraceful”. This cladding should come off as soon as possible, he says.
Johnson says the government’s housing targets will focus on brownfield land.
Johnson says of course the government is going to come forward with further measures to support businesses. But he says he does not think it would be sensible to just extend the furlough scheme.
Johnson says he really wishes the government was not having to impose the restrictions it is.
Patrick Grady (SNP) asks what Johnson’s vision is for building back better.
Johnson says space ports will help Scotland, but he quotes the Barnett figure for overall funding going to Scotland.
Neil Parish (Con) asks the PM to support plans for a new school in Tiverton.
Johnson says the education secretary will have heard the request.
Grahame Morris (Lab) says even the Bank of England is calling for a targeted expansion of the furlough scheme. Will the PM listen?
Johnson says Morris is right about the gravity of the situation. He says the job retention bonus is in place. He says the government is looking at a “massive package” of measures to help people over the short, medium and long term.