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UK Government Seeks to Block Disclosures to the Covid Inquiry

  • Top government lawyer warns ministers may be sued for damages
  • Officials are already marking evidence that should be withheld
A sign advertises the "Eat Out to Help Out" discount at a restaurant in London, in 2020.

A sign advertises the "Eat Out to Help Out" discount at a restaurant in London, in 2020.

Photographer: Leon Neal/Getty Images 

The UK government is trying to block disclosures to the inquiry investigating its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.

Officials have asked the government’s top lawyer, Sir James Eadie QC, to assess how much information the administration has to provide to the inquiry about its policy discussions during the pandemic, the people said.