Diary - a slot at PMQs

Another sunny day which created quite a lot of feedback from residents living in and around beauty spots who felt swamped by visitors. There is nothing the police can do as people have been told they can travel anywhere for the day, so long as it is not overnight. A busy morning after the daily conference call with my parliamentary team, before logging into PMQs, where I had a question. That question, regarding something we learnt on our Defence Select Committee, and answer is on my website. I then had a conference call with the charming manager of Weymouth Sealife Centre, Tamsin Mutton-McKnight. She had sent me an excellent plan showing how she felt they could re-open to the public safely. I've sent it straight off to the Government because, like Tamsin, I believe these attractions must start re-opening, or they never will. From the PM we heard that England will have a "world-beating" tracing system from June. Boris Johnson said 25,000 contact tracers, able to track 10,000 new cases a day, would be in place by 1 June. The row over schools re-opening continued with more than 35 councils in England warning that not all of their primary schools will be ready. Some of them expressed opposition to opening at all amid safety concerns. The government said it would listen to the interests of parents and teachers. In home affairs, the families of overseas NHS support staff and care workers, who have died with coronavirus, can stay in the UK permanently. The Home Office bereavement scheme had previously only applied to certain professions, such as nurses. Priti Patel has extended it to cover cleaners, porters and other low-paid roles. Finally, firefighters continue to monitor the heath and woodland near Bere Regis after an horrendous fire started on Monday. They expect to remain there for some days to come. I am due to meet the Fire Chief tomorrow morning.