Greg Clark, the Conservative chair of the science committee, urges Hancock to “get a grip” on the problems with testing. He says it is wrong to blame people who are seeking tests.
Hancock says he is considering imposing ‘eligibility’ condition to ensure people only get Covid tests if they need them
Hancock says the UK government is working with the Scottish government and other governments on an update to its own app.
He says the SNP and Labour are making a huge mistake in opposing mass testing.
Jeremy Hunt, the Conservative chair of the health committee, says he welcomes the moonshot initiative as someone who has always called for more mass testing. But how much of this is dependent on new technologies?
Hancock says the government is committed to expanding testing to 500,000 tests per day using current technologies. But he cannot put a figure on what might be possible with new technologies, he says.
Hancock is responding to Ashworth.
He says Labour cannot decide if it supports mass testing or not.
He says people should get a test if they have symptoms, but not if they don’t. The situation has not changed, he says.
(Earlier Ashworth said Hancock’s advice had been ambiguous, because he had said people should get a test if they were concerned.)
Hancock says £500m has already been allocated for the moonshot initiative, but he says it is likely to get more.
On schools, Hancock says if someone in a bubble tests positive, everyone else in that bubble must self-isolate. A bubble is defined as people in close contact.
Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, is responding to Hancock.
He says many pupils are having to stay at home. Is it government policy that, if one or two pupils in a year group have coronavirus, the whole year has to stay off?
If so, are their parents eligible for sick pay?
Ashworth says, when Hancock said Ashworth had quoted wrong figures about test and trace on Tuesday, the Full Fact website subsequently said he was right.
He says mass testing is too important to become another failed project.
How quickly will Operation Moonshot be delivered?
What will it cost? Will it be £100bn?
Who will deliver this?
Has the government already signed contracts with GSK, Serco and G4S to deliver this?
When will the government deliver effective testing in care homes?
Given that Hancock has failed to deliver proper testing, why can we trust him to deliver this moonshot?
Hancock says the so-called “Operation Moonshot” could allow people to lead more normal lives. Arts venues could let people in if they test negative on the day.
Some MPs laugh at this point. Hancock says he has heard the “naysayers” before, but the government has expanded testing despite people doubting this would happen.
He says he looks forward to rolling this out, and he is determined to get there.
He says if this can happen, even challenging sectors like theatres will be able to get closer to normal by Christmas.
Hancock says the government is increasing its testing capacity.
There have been challenges, he says. But he says the average distance people have to travel to get a test is 6.4 miles. And 90% of people have to travel less than 22 miles, he says.
Matt Hancock starts his statement to MPs by saying he met the Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, last night and intends to ensure he addresses the Commons as often as possible. Yesterday Hoyle reprimanded him for announcing the “rule of six” change outside parliament.
Hancock says he is today updating MPs on the new rules.
He is summarising the rules announced by Boris Johnson yesterday.