Matt Hancock says it was “the right thing to do” to delay publishing contracts during the pandemic, despite a court ruling he acted unlawfully.
A judge ruled the health secretary had “breached his legal obligation” by not publishing details within 30 days of contracts being signed.
But Mr Hancock told the BBC his team had been focused on sourcing PPE.
He said they “spent all of their time buying life-saving equipment, even if the paperwork was a little bit late”.
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