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Constitutional implications of COVID-19

Inquiry

The Covid-19 pandemic and the Government’s measures to respond to it have significant constitutional implications, as well as health, social and economic ones. These include:

  • The ability of Parliament to hold the Government to account 
  • Scrutiny of emergency powers
  • The operation of the courts 

The Constitution Committee is considering these issues and exploring questions such as:

  • What can Parliament do to maximise its scrutiny of the emergency regulations and to hold the Government to account effectively during lockdown? How are adjustments to procedures and processes working in the House of Lords?
  • What emergency powers has the Government sought during the pandemic and what powers has it used and how? What lessons are there for future uses of emergency powers, their safeguards and the processes for scrutinising them?
  • How is the court system operating during the pandemic? What has been the impact of virtual proceedings on access to justice, participation in proceedings, transparency and media reporting?

The Committee has so far published calls for written evidence for the courts and the Parliament strands of the inquiry and is taking oral evidence from experts, stakeholders, ministers and others.

Reports and government responses

No reports or government responses published

Oral evidence transcripts

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29 July 2020
Inquiry Constitutional implications of COVID-19
Witnesses The Rt Hon. the Baroness Evans of Bowes Park (Leader at House of Lords), and The Rt Hon. the Lord Ashton of Hyde (Chief Whip at House of Lords)
Committees Constitution Committee
Oral Evidence
22 July 2020
Inquiry Constitutional implications of COVID-19
Witnesses Susan Acland-Hood (Chief Executive at HM Courts and Tribunals Service), and Rt Hon Robert Buckland MP (Secretary of State for Justice & Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain at Ministry of Justice)
Committees Constitution Committee
Oral Evidence
15 July 2020
Inquiry Constitutional implications of COVID-19
Witnesses The Rt Hon. the Lord McFall of Alcluith (Senior Deputy Speaker)
Committees Constitution Committee
Oral Evidence
Witnesses Junade Ali
Committees Constitution Committee
Written Evidence
Witnesses The Rt Hon Lord Justice Lindblom (Senior President of Tribunals at Judiciary of England and Wales)
Committees Constitution Committee
Written Evidence
Witnesses Rt Hon The Lord Burnett of Maldon (Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales at Judiciary of England and Wales)
Committees Constitution Committee
Written Evidence

Other publications

No other publications published

Contact us

  • Email: constitution@parliament.uk
  • Phone: 020 7219 5960 (committee staff) | 020 7219 5986 (Press Officer)
  • Address: Constitution Committee, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW