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UK government will not commit to a public inquiry on coronavirus response

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab speaks at the daily coronavirus disease (COVID-19) news conference at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain April 16, 2020. Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Wednesday he would not commit to holding a public inquiry into the government’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic.

“I have to say I won’t take up his offer of committing to a public inquiry. I think that there are definitely lessons to be learned and when we get through this crisis it will be important that we take stock,” Raab told parliament.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, Elizabeth Piper and Estelle Shirbon, writing by William James, editing by Stephen Addison