There's some good news for families this Christmas - MPs have been told Santa has his own special travel corridor.

Father Christmas can deliver presents to houses across the UK without having to be vaccinated or to self-isolate on his return home to the North Pole, Jacob Rees-Mogg told the House of Commons today.

The Commons Leader told concerned MPs that Santa Claus will be allowed a travel corridor to deliver presents to families across the country in a few weeks time and “won’t have to be vaccinated”.

And there's good news for the elves as well, as Mr Rees-Mogg clarified that they count as “key workers”.

He added he was “not entirely sure” if the elves would have to wear face coverings while carrying out their duties.

There remains slight confusion around Santa’s vaccination status, as earlier on Thursday, deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said he would be “at the top of the list”.

Prof Van-Tam told the BBC: “Oh, absolutely. The JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) made a very special case for Father Christmas and he is going to be absolutely at the top of our list.”

In business questions, shadow Commons leader Valerie Vaz said: “I know we had transport questions earlier… can I ask the minister if he’s going to take up – given though there’s going to be a border in the Irish Sea – take up what the Government of Ireland have suggested that Father Christmas gets a travel corridor and that he is an essential worker?”

Mr Rees-Mogg replied: “I can also reassure (Ms Vaz) that Father Christmas will be able to have a travel corridor, he will be able to come in, he won’t have to be vaccinated.

“I have six children who are waiting with bated breath, who are filling out lists – their lists, you wouldn’t believe how long they are. Schleich is very popular with my infant daughter.”

Conservative MP Dean Russell (Watford) sought further reassurances that elves will be allowed to work in Santa’s workshop.

He said: “I’m sure children around the world, including my own special nieces, were very pleased earlier this week when the Prime Minister shared on Twitter and confirmed that he had spoken to Father Christmas to confirm that he would be bringing joy to the world as he does every year on his sleigh.

“So can (Jacob Rees-Mogg) please confirm that Santa’s elves are also able to help in Santa’s workshop this year so we can further reassure children around the world not to worry, because Santa is coming this Christmas to bring cheer as he does every year?”

Mr Rees-Mogg responded: “I’m sure the elves are busily working doing their magic work to ensure that the Christmas stockings will be filled for children across the world, and they I think count as key workers, they need to go into work to do their jobs, and whether they have to wear masks or not, I’m not entirely sure, I haven’t yet found out.

“But I think we should no doubt have an adjournment debate on this important subject.

“But we can be pleased that Christmas is coming, presents will be delivered and we will be able to see members of our families over Christmas. So I think that is reassuring for one and all.”