MPs to debate a petition relating to Government contracts during the covid-19 outbreak
17 June 2021
On Monday 21 June, MPs will debate a petition relating to Government contracts during the covid-19 outbreak.
- Watch the debate (from 6.15pm, Monday 21 June)
- Read the debate transcript (available shortly after the conclusion of the debate)
- Follow the Committee on Twitter and join the discussion using #CovidContractsDebate
The debate will be led by Petitions Committee member Tonia Antoniazzi MP. MPs from all parties can take part, and Julia Lopez, Minister at the Cabinet Office, will respond on behalf of the Government.
Hold a public inquiry into Government contracts granted during covid-19
The petition, which received more than 126,000 signatures before closing in March, states: “There should be a public inquiry into Government contracts granted during covid-19. Many contracts have been granted without full and open procurement processes. A public inquiry would be able to ascertain whether contracts had been procured fairly and represent value for money for tax payers.”
In response to the petition, the Government said: “The National Audit Office, the public spending watchdog reported on Government procurement during the covid-19 pandemic. The Government has published a statement on GOV.UK.”
What are petitions debates?
Petitions debates are ‘general’ debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one, or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.
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