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Call for Evidence

Procedure under coronavirus restrictions: participation in debate

As part of its inquiry into Procedure under coronavirus restrictions, the Procedure Committee is conducting a short study of how the present restrictions on the use of the Commons Chamber are affecting participation in debate on motions and legislation.

Issues the Committee will be examining include:

• The effect which current rules on time limits on speeches have on participation in debate

• The process whereby MPs currently apply to participate, and are able to participate, in debate, including seating arrangements in the Chamber

• Whether the temporary system of call lists adequately facilitates debate management in the current situation

Members of Parliament are invited to contribute their views in writing not later than 6pm Friday 9 October, preferably by making a submission for publication through the Committee’s online portal.

The Committee will wish to invite Members to give oral evidence in the weeks of 5 and 12 October: priority will be given to MPs who have made a formal submission.

This call for written evidence has now closed.

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