Christopher Chope (Con) asks if the Speaker will allow an urgent question to be tabled, for answer today, if the government does not offer a ministerial statement on the move to plan B.
Hoyle says he will look into whether this is possible. He says he hopes the government will offer a statement.
Ministerial statments normally come early during Commons proceedings, after questions, but it is possible for one to take place much later. That may well happen today.
Wes Streeting, the shadow health secretary, makes a point of order. He asks about reports that the government will announce plan B at a press conference this afternoon, and says MPs should be told first.
Hoyle says the government has not said it wants to make a Commons statement.
But he says statements should be made in this chamber first. He says he finds it “very, very offensive” when the government makes announcements outside the chamber first. The government should respect its own backbenchers; he does, even if the government doesn’t. He says he hopes this message has been heard.
PMQs is over, but on a point of order Ian Blackford, the SNP leader at Westminster, says there have now been reports of three parties at Downing Street last winter, including one in the PM’s flat. He asks what can be done to make sure the PM takes responsibility.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker, says Blackford has made its point.
Rosena Allin-Khan (Lab) says she has been working in A&E during the pandemic, and been in tears. How can the PM sleep at night?
Johnson says he knows how difficult it has been for people. He says he takes responsibility for everything the government has done.
William Wragg (Con) says there are media reports of a cabinet meeting and press conference this afternoon to announce plan B, without reference to MPs. He says Covid passes (a plan B measure) will create a segregated society. He says “very few will be convinced by this diversionary tactic”.
Johnson says no decision will be taken without the cabinet being consulted.
Iain Duncan Smith (Con) says the PM’s answer on the Winter Olympics was not strong enough. Will the UK follow the US, the Australians and the Lithuanians and make a diplomatic boycott of these games?
Johnson says there will effectively be a diplomatic boycott for the Winter Olympics. No minister or officials will attend.
But he does not support sporting boycotts, he says (meaning athletes will attend).
Johnson says cyberflashing will be addressed in the online harms bill.
Jack Dromey (Lab) refers to a constituent whose father and sister died from Covid. She is devastated by what happened in No 10. She wants to know if trust still matter in politics.
Johnson says it does.
Luke Evans (Con) asks if it is necessary for people to wait 15 minutes in a clinic for 15 minutes after having had a Pfizer booster. Could this be reduced?
Johnson says this is being reviewed. He says the government will follow the advice of the JCVI.
Catherine West (Lab) asks if there was a party in Downing Street on 13 November.
No, says Johnson. But, whatever happened, the rules were followed at all times, he claims.
Johnson says there are no plans for ministers to attend the Winter Olympics in China.
Yesterday No 10 said it had not decided whether there would be a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics. Johnson’s comment implied the government definitely will not be sending ministers.
Here is the apology Johnson delivered at the start of PMQs.
I understand and share the anger up and down the country at seeing No 10 staff seeming to make light of lockdown measures, and I can understand how infuriating it must be to think that people who have been setting the rules have not been following the rules because I was also furious to see that clip.
I apologise unreservedly for the offence that it has caused up and down the country and I apologise for the impression that it gives.
But I repeat that I have been repeatedly assured since these allegations emerged that there was no party and that no Covid rules were broken, and that is what I have been repeatedly assured.
I have asked the cabinet secretary to establish all the facts and to report back as soon as possible – and it goes without saying that if those rules were broken then there will be disciplinary action for all those involved.
Ian Blackford, the SNP leader at Westminster, says trust in leadership is a matter of life and death. The PM has lost the trust of the public. He can no longer lead on these issues. The only right and moral thing to do is to resign, he says.
Johnson says he will get on with the job.
Blackford says people followed the rules even when it meant missing meetings with loved ones, including at their dying moments. He says the PM has lost the support even of his own benches. Tories must decide if Johnson is the man to lead these islands when lives are at stake. He says he has no more to say to a man he cannot trust. If he does not resign, he should be removed.
Johnson says he will get on with the job. It is very sad that, when the public need clarity, the opposition parties are trying to muddy the waters over events, or not, of a year ago.
Starmer says the justice secretary said the police do not investigate events from over a year ago. As a former head of the CPS, he can say that’s nonsense. Will No 10 hand over all it knows about this to the police?
Of course, says Johnson. He goes on to accuse Labour of not backing the government over the border bill, and of playing politics.
Starmer says the Queen sat alone at the funeral of her husband. “Leadership, sacrifice – that is what gives leaders the moral authority to lead,” he says. Does the PM think he has the moral authority to lead?
Johnson says Labour has been playing politics at every stage of this pandemic.
The Speaker reprimands Wes Streeting for heckling Johnson particularly loudly.
Starmer says the British people put the health of others above themselves and followed the rules. Isn’t the PM ashamed his staff could not do the same?
Johnson says he has said what he’s said. He will publish the cabinet secretary’s report, he says.
He says the Omicron variant is spreading “much faster” than previous variants. That is what we should focus on.
This pretence that further information has come to light – give me a break.
They are still taking the public for fools, he says.
He quotes the case of a woman not allowed to visit her dying mother at the same time the party took place.
Johnson says he understands the pain the woman felt. He says it is a mistake for Labour “to try to play politics with this issue”. The public do not want to see confidence in Covid measures undermined. The government is taking the steps necessary to protect the public.
Starmer says the PM cannot pretend he first knew about this last night. His personal spokesperson was involved. They thought it was funny. It is obvious what happened. “Ant and Dec are ahead of the prime minister on this.”
Johnson says he has been “repeatedly assured” that no rules were broken. But there is a risk of doing an injustice to those breaking the rules.