Sumary of UK government fails to publish details of £4bn Covid contracts with private firms:
- The government has failed to publish any information about £4bn of Covid-related contracts awarded to private companies, in what appears to be a continuing breach of UK law..
- The gap was uncovered by campaign group the Good Law Project, which along with a cross-party group of MPs, is suing the health secretary, Matt Hancock, in the high court..
- and is pushing for an independent judge-led inquiry into the billions spent on personal protective equipment, medicines and virus testing and tracing since the pandemic began..
- Many of the new deals are for the purchase of rapid test kits of the kind being used in Liverpool city-wide testing effort..
- The California-based company is owned by the private equity group Pasaca Capital, which was founded by a Chinese investment banker in 2017..
- Good Law claim singles out a number of cases, including the award of a £252m PPE contract to a company called Ayanda Capital on 29 April….