Ministers must urgently request that the Speaker recall Parliament, due to the overwhelming public interest in MPs scrutinising, debating and voting on the Government's new coronavirus restrictions that criminalise family contact over the Christmas period.
1. Recall Parliament now to scrutinise new Christmas coronavirus restrictions
20/12/2020 - Petitions
Found: Ministers must urgently request that the Speaker recall Parliament, due to the overwhelming public interest
2. Joint Committee on Human Rights: Background Paper: COVID-19
19/03/2020 - Inquiry: Joint Committee on Human Rights: Background Paper: COVID-19 - Human Rights (Joint Committee)
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Found: The Joint Committee on Human Rights will be scrutinising the measures taken to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak
Found: As part of this, we work to help Parliament effectively scrutinise government and hold it to account
Found: to deteriorate when a change in trajectory is urgently required. Water companies and our customers already
5. Letter to Speaker and Leader of the House - the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the Petitions Committee - 19 March 2020
19/03/2020 - Inquiry: Letter to Speaker and Leader of the House - the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the Petitions Committee - 19 March 2020 - Petitions Committee
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Found: about the urgent need for Parliament
continue to provide an outlet for public debate and effective scrutiny
1. Public Health
30/12/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: instruments on today’s Order Paper, each relating to public health, to be debated together for up to three - Speech Link
2: move, That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation and Linked Households) - Speech Link
3: motions: That the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations - Speech Link
2. Coronavirus Act 2020: Temporary Provisions
28/09/2020 - Lords Chamber
1: takes note of the temporary provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 six months after the Act received Royal - Speech Link
2: co-operation and collegiality displayed then showed Parliament at its best, and I hope that today we can debate - Speech Link
25/03/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: 313310, Repeal the Coronavirus Act 2020, and e-petition 561995, Repeal Coronavirus Act and end all Covid-19 - Speech Link
2: speak to the other motions, I can confirm that Mr Speaker has not selected any of the amendments. I should - Speech Link
3: shall discuss the following:Motion 3—Coronavirus Act 2020 (Review of Temporary Provisions) (No - Speech Link
4. House Business during the Pandemic
08/06/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: the Procedure Committee, Procedure under coronavirus restrictions: proposals for remote participation, HC - Speech Link
2: would like to place on record my gratitude to Mr Speaker for allowing this debate. I am acutely aware that - Speech Link
3: reaction to that among us all and among the watching public, should have been a wake-up call to the Leader - Speech Link
5. Contingencies Fund (No. 2) Bill
11/03/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: be clear that the House will still be able to scrutinise and debate where resources have been allocated - Speech Link
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The Prime Minister's diktat, delivered via a press conference, has put 20 million people under house arrest just days before Christmas, and millions more under heightened restrictions, in direct contradiction to statements he made days earlier in the House of Commons before MPs went on recess.
This historic infringement on citizens’ right to a private and family life at Christmas - termed 'inhuman' just days ago by the Prime Minister - must be urgently scrutinised, debated and voted on by MPs.
At the Government's request, Parliament was recalled on 30 December and 6 January. Regulations relating to covid-19 restrictions and measures for a national lockdown were debated respectively by MPs.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for the UK Government, the devolved administrations and for the public bodies of the UK. Throughout, it has been vital to take urgent action to stop the virus spreading, protect the NHS and save lives. On Saturday 19 December the Prime Minister announced the introduction of Tier 4 restrictions in London, and the South East and East of England, as well as amended rules across England for mixing households over the Christmas period. This was a very difficult decision, taken swiftly in light of the latest data on the spread of the newly identified variant of Covid-19.
The Government has committed to, where possible, make time for parliamentary debate and approval of significant national measures with effect in the whole of England or UK-wide before they come into force. However, the necessity of acting quickly in response to the virus means that the Government must act speedily when required, including sometimes during parliamentary recesses. Such decisions are not taken lightly and there remain opportunities for parliamentarians to debate measures once both Houses return.
In this instance, Members were kept up to date on the new regulations through briefing sessions from the Health Secretary and the Minister for the Cabinet Office over the weekend of 19 and 20 December, as well as via a letter from the Prime Minister.
The Speaker granted a recall of Parliament on 30 December. The Health Secretary came to the House to make a statement updating members on the new restrictions and public health regulations relating to these restrictions were debated and scrutinsed by MPs.
Further to this, Parliament was recalled again on 6 January to allow the Prime Minister to make a statement to the House and for MPs to consider further public health measures in England.