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Committee calls for evidence into COVID-19's impact on Parliament

12 June 2020

The Constitution Committee would like your views on the workings of Parliament and Government in response to the pandemic and what the future of Parliamentary scrutiny might look like as a result.

Inquiry background

The House of Lords Constitution Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the constitutional implications of COVID-19. It is exploring the impact of the pandemic, and the Government's response to it, in relation to the operation of the courts and tribunals.


These are some of the questions we would like your views on, but the Committee welcomes written submissions on any aspect of this topic, and particularly on the issues and questions set out in the call for evidence.

  • What effect have virtual proceedings had on different types of parliamentary business? Have some things worked better than others? E.g. Oral questions, statements and debates, bills and statutory instruments, committees.
  • If the ability of Parliament to operate normally is compromised for an extended period, what are the core tasks that are required to maintain (a) the business of government, and (b) effective democratic scrutiny?
  • What lessons can be learned from the parliamentary scrutiny of the Coronavirus Bill, as a substantial and complex piece of emergency legislation? 
  • What does Parliament need to do to operate effectively in the short-term? What further procedural or practical changes should be considered?


The deadline for submissions is 12pm on Thursday 20 August 2020.

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