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Procedure under coronavirus restrictions

Inquiry

The Procedure Committee is monitoring and evaluating the use of the temporary procedures and practices agreed to by the House of Commons on 21 and 22 April. These temporary changes have been introduced in consequence of the public health restrictions on movement and association introduced to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Read an interactive summary of the key points of our Back to the future? Procedure under coronavirus restrictions report.

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Committee receives Government response to key report on procedure after coronavirus restrictions
The Procedure Committee publishes the Government’s response to its report setting out a procedural roadmap for coming out of the current lockdown
4 May 2021
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Committee publishes report on Commons procedures after coronavirus restrictions
Report recommends that the House reverts to all aspects of its pre-pandemic practice and procedure, in a new report by the Procedure Committee on procedure after coronavirus
14 March 2021
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Leader of the House questioned on Commons procedure changes
The Procedure Committee will question Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, as part of its inquiry into procedure under coronavirus restrictions.
29 January 2021
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Government response to reports on procedure under covid-19 published
The Procedure Committee published the Government’s response to its reports scrutinising virtual participation and the use of call lists and time limits on speeches in debates.
29 January 2021
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Committee to step up review of Commons COVID procedures with new sessions
Committee to hear from the Clerk of the House of Commons and the Leader of the House
20 January 2021
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Procedure Committee Chair expresses 'deep regret' over unfinished debate on virtual participation
Procedure Committee Chair expresses 'deep regret' over unfinished debate on virtual participation
18 December 2020
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Committee calls on Government to reschedule debate on virtual participation
The Procedure Committee publishes a detailed report scrutinising the use of call lists and time limits on speeches in debates
7 December 2020
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Procedure Committee calls on Government to listen to MPs and ‘extend virtual participation effectively’
Committee publishes report into virtual participation in debate
18 November 2020
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Committee examines coronavirus impact on participation in Commons debates
Procedure Committee hears from witnesses including all three Deputy Speakers and the Clerk of the House
9 October 2020
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Procedure Committee investigates coronavirus impact on participation in Commons debates
The Committee are now welcoming evidence submissions to this investigation
1 October 2020
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Academics questioned on procedural arrangements under coronavirus restrictions
The House of Commons Procedure Committee hears from leading academics from the Hansard Society, the UCL Constitution Unit and Institute for Government
7 July 2020
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Clerk of the House questioned on procedural arrangements under coronavirus restrictions
Procedure Committee examines House of Commons procedure and practice under coronavirus restrictions
30 June 2020
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Procedure Committee publishes report on the Government's plans to end the ‘virtual Parliament'
Procedure Committee publishes report on the Government's proposal to discontinue arrangements for virtual participation in Commons debates
30 May 2020
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Remote voting report published by the Procedure Committee
The House of Commons Procedure Committee publishes an extensive report regarding remote voting in divisions
8 May 2020
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Inquiry evaluating the temporary changes to Commons procedure launched
Procedure Committee invites submissions to its evaluation of temporary coronavirus procedures
30 April 2020
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Landmark report on changes to House of Commons procedures published
The Procedure Committee publishes a landmark report on adaptations to Commons procedure under coronavirus restrictions
21 April 2020
Total results 16 (page 1 of 1)

Contact us

  • Email: proccom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: 020 7219 3351 (General enquiries) / 0207 219 0969 (Media enquiries) / 18001 020 7219 3351 (text relay)
  • Address: Procedure Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA