Here are the main points from this afternoon’s Downing Street lobby briefing, as reported by PA Media.
The prime minister, according to Downing Street, was “fully aware of the issue” that sparked Marcus Rashford’s campaign to extend the children’s food voucher scheme into the summer holidays.
It came after Boris Johnson said at the daily press briefing on Tuesday he had heard of it “today”.
The PM’s official spokesman said:
I think he watched the BBC Breakfast interview with Marcus Rashford for the first time yesterday.
He spoke to Marcus Rashford on the telephone and said how he found it a powerful interview and he congratulated him on his campaign.
Asked whether he had read the initial open letter by Rashford on the issue, the spokesman added:
The PM was fully aware of the issue but he only saw the actually BBC Breakfast interview yesterday morning.
The spokesman confirmed the PM had seen repeats of the interview with the England footballer, which had first aired on Monday.
Downing Street said work to paint “national branding” on a military plane used by the prime minister will cost “around £900,000”.
The red, white and blue Union flag-style paint job will allow the RAF Voyager to continue to participate in military work, according to No 10.
The spokesman said:
The RAF Voyager used by the royal family and the prime minister is currently in Cambridgeshire for pre-planned repainting.
This will mean that the plane can better represent the UK around the world with national branding, similar to many other leaders’ planes, while also retaining its military air-to-air refuelling capability.
The spokesman defended the near £1m cost to taxpayers, telling reporters:
That incorporates the cost of creating a design that will promote the UK around the world without compromising the plane’s vital military role.
At every stage we have worked to ensure value for money for the UK taxpayer and all of the work has been undertaken in the UK, directly benefiting British suppliers.
In the 24 hours up to 9am on Tuesday, 113,107 tests for Covid-19 were provided, Downing Street confirmed. Of those, 28,186 were antibody tests. The latest available details of testing capacity in the UK was 241,540 on Monday.
Asked about the gap between actual tests carried out and capacity, the PM’s spokesman said:
We always said testing numbers will fluctuate daily.
We have publicly appealed for anyone who thinks they might have symptoms of coronavirus to come forward and to get a test.
It is important if anyone is concerned they might have coronavirus symptoms that they do contact us, they do get a test and if they are found to have coronavirus, that they share with us their contacts and we are able to advise people to self-isolate for the protection of the public.
No 10 said it had no data on how many people had been fined for breaking travel quarantine rules after arriving in the UK.
When asked about the numbers of quarantine fines handed out, the spokesman said:
No, we’re as we were on that in that the Home Office are looking at the information they publish. And again, I’m not aware of any fines being issued or anecdotally of anyone refusing to give details when asked.
Downing Street said it had nothing new to add on Johnson’s conversations with Spain and France about creating “travel corridors” to allow travel between the UK and the two European nations.
Downing Street has said there are no reports of any injuries after Boris Johnson’s car was involved in a collision outside the Palace of Westminster.
A protester was detained after running in front of the silver Jaguar as it left parliament. Video showed the car being hit by a Range Rover travelling behind.
The spokesman confirmed Johnson was travelling in the car at the time, adding:
I think the video speaks for itself as to what happened. No reports of anybody being injured.
Downing Street said there was “no update” on when the NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app would be ready for roll-out.
Matt Hancock had initially said it would be ready last month. The spokesman, asked when the app would be made available to the public, said he did not have a date.
Asked to confirm what the problem was with the app, he said:
The latest test and trace numbers will be published tomorrow, tomorrow morning I believe. There may well be the opportunity for you to ask further questions about the app during the course of the day, but I’ve not got any update.