Letter sent to The Guardian on 30 March:
Your political correspondent Kate Proctor reports (“China blamed: Gove points finger over delay to mass testing in UK,” 30 March) government policy co-ordinator, cabinet minister Michael Gove MP, as blaming the Chinese authorities for not being candid over the scale and infectiousness of the Coronavirus.
But the Government have shown complete documented disinterest in looking into the origins of the fugitive virus in Wuhan.
For example, on 10 March, a question from Lord Alton of Liverpool asked ministers what assessment they had made of the number and location of microbiology laboratories in China that handle advanced viruses; and what assessment they have made of the role any such laboratories may have had in the initial spread of the Wuhan coronavirus?”
It was extraordinarily answered by Lord Bethell with the simple: “We do not hold this information.” (question number HL1839 s
Then, last week, the youngest new MP in Parliament, Nadia Whittome, representing Labour in Nottingham East, asked the department of health if mmons
it would initiate research into the security control of viruses under investigation at the Wuhan State Institute of Virology, only to be dismissed bluntly by heath minister Jo Churchill with:
"We have no plans to authorise research into the security control of viruses under investigation at the Wuhan State Institute of Virology." (Written answer, 26 March 2020
Ministers surely cannot complain about alleged Chinese actions, but show no interest in investigating them.