Hybrid proceedings mean that all MPs are able to participate in House of Commons proceedings either physically in the Chamber or remotely via video-link.
Temporary arrangements to enable hybrid proceedings in the House of Commons were agreed by the House of Commons on 21 and 22 April 2020. They were extended on 12 May and had effect until 20 May 2020.
They allow parliamentary business in the House of Commons to operate differently during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, the House of Commons will met only on Mondays (from 2.30pm), Tuesdays (from 11.30am) and Wednesdays (from 11.30am).
Physical participation - when an MP is physically in the Chamber to speak. Up to 50 Members will be permitted in the Chamber at once, and all must observe social distancing measures.
Virtual participation - when an MP is not physically present in the Chamber but participates remotely via video-link. Up to 120 MPs may participate in this way at any one time. All MPs joining proceedings virtually will be on a call list. MPs who are not listed on the call list should watch proceedings on Parliament TV.
All MPs should also follow guidance on the courtesies and rules of the House, such as abiding by a formal dress code.
What types of business can take place under hybrid proceedings?
The temporary arrangements that came into force in the House of Commons on 21 and 22 April 2020 mean that only certain types of business may take place.
The types of business conducted as hybrid proceedings in the House of Commons are: