Today, MPs faced one of the most divisive votes of this Parliament, namely the measures relating to the Omicron variant. Having been repeatedly asked how I intended to vote, I have spent much of the week reading the correspondence that I have received, counselling widely and taking advice. Given that all arguments are deeply polarised and that opinions vary wildly, this has not been easy.
James Sunderland calls on the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to work with the Department for Transport to embrace a bit more risk to open up the international travel sector fully.
Following the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons on the Government’s covid winter plan, James Sunderland calls on the PM to look at having vaccination stamps in passports, or an equivalent scheme, to enable international travel to resume which is vital for the recovery of our aviation, hospitality, leisure and business sectors.
Following the Home Secretary’s statement on the introduction of the 14-day quarantine period for passengers arriving in the UK, James Sunderland calls on the Government to be pragmatic and lift this policy at the first opportunity.
James Sunderland welcomes the Government’s statement on support for the aviation industry in general and the offer of bespoke arrangements for individual airlines in particular. He asks how the Government can mitigate the behaviour of British Airways which, despite utilising the Government’s furlough scheme to protect jobs, has still served notice to all its employees.