Dominic Cummings says he can’t remember if he supported Eat Out To Help Out.
At the Select Committee today, the former chief advisor to the Prime Minister made a series of extraordinary allegations.
Mr Cummings claims he advised against students returning in September – but he was neutral on Eat Out To Help Out.
“I did not pay attention to Eat Out To Help Out,” Mr Cummings said.
Elsewhere, Cummings has said he heard Boris Johnson say in October that he would rather see “bodies pile high” than impose another lockdown on the nation.
The former chief aide to the Prime Minister told the Commons committee: “There’s been a few different versions of this, of these stories knocking around.”
Mr Cummings then added: “There was a version of it in the Sunday Times, which was not accurate. But the version that the BBC reported was accurate.
“I heard that in the Prime Minister’s study. That was not in September though, that was immediately after he finally made the decision to do the lockdown on October 31.”
He says this happened on 31 October 2020, just after Mr Johnson approved a second lockdown.
Giving evidence to the Commons Health and Social Care and Science and Technology Committees, he said that during meetings in September Sage scientists and England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance had said that there needed to be a two-week lockdown.
Mr Cummings said despite modelling showing the NHS was going to get “smashed again” Mr Johnson decided not to lock down.