AN MP has sought assurances from the UK Government that its new Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) will benefit all parts of the UK.

Dr James Davies, MP for Vale of Clwyd, questioned Michael Gove, minister for the Cabinet Office, in House of Commons proceedings last Thursday over progress in setting up the JBC and if its work, to control localised Covid-19 outbreaks, would extend across the whole of Great Britain.

In response, Mr Gove said: "Devolved administration chief medical officers and health ministers have been working very successfully with the secretary of state for health in order to ensure that information can be shared in a way that benefits us all.”

Speaking afterwards, Dr Davies said: “Our best chance of keeping Covid-19 infections at bay over the coming months will be through accurate, effective and timely measures, coordinated across the United Kingdom.

“I very much hope that the Welsh Government will see the value of working with the UK Government to ensure that the Joint Biosecurity Centre has a remit to oversee and advise on infection outbreaks in Wales.”