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Matt Hancock took nearly 3 times legal time limit to publish Covid-19 contracts

Matt Hancock’s department took almost three times the legal time limit to publish government contracts, new figures suggest.

It comes as the Health Secretary is under pressure to claw back taxpayers’ cash from firms who provided substandard PPE.

The High Court rapped the Health Secretary for unlawfully failing to publish contracts within 30 days in a “substantial number of cases.”

A defiant Mr Hancock said today that he would breach the law again if needed, claiming the documents were on average only a fortnight late.

But in a letter to Government lawyers, the Good Law Project revealed the Health Secretary’s estimate that contracts took an average of 47 days to be published did not include contracts which had still not been released.

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