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Chair calls on Government to publish Covid-19 analysis ahead of six-month review

22 September 2020

The Chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee has written to Michael Gove, calling on the Government to publish its analysis of the Covid-19 restrictions to allow proper Parliamentary debate on the renewal of the provisions of the Coronavirus Act.

The call follows the announcement by the Leader of the House that the debate to provide a six-month review of the Coronavirus Act is provisionally scheduled to take place on 30th September. Giving evidence to PACAC earlier this month, Michael Gove pledged to publish analysis of the temporary provisions in the Act and why they remain necessary.

The letter asks the Government to confirm its intention to provide the information in good time for the debate and indicate the date for publication. It further requests that the Government ensure that up to date information is available on the status of the temporary provisions in the Act.

The Committee has previously highlighted the critical importance of allowing Parliament sufficient time and information to undertake detailed scrutiny of coronavirus legislation in its report: Parliamentary Scrutiny of the Government’s handling of Covid-19.

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