Thursday, 19 November 2020

Constitution Committee ~ Constitutional implications of Covid-19

Parliament's Constitution Committee is examining the "Constitutional implications of Covid-19".


See the Committee's webpage

The 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 evidence session

held on 18 November 2020 may be viewed here.  Witnesses were - 

  •  Kirsty Brimelow QC, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers; Lord Sandhurst QC, Former Barrister, One Crown Office Row; Tom Hickman QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers

  •  Professor Alison Young, Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law, University of Cambridge; Dr Joe Tomlinson, Research Director, Public Law Project, Senior Lecturer in Public Law, University of York; Dr Joelle Grogan, Senior Lecturer in Law, Middlesex University

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