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MPs to debate Coronavirus e-petitions in the Commons Chamber

House of Commons Chamber
18 June 2020

On Thursday 25 June, the Petitions Committee will hold its first ever e-petition debates in the main Chamber of the House of Commons.

 

These will be the first debates on e-petitions in Parliament since the Coronavirus outbreak began. In place of debates, the Petitions Committee has taken an innovative approach to scrutinising and holding the Government to account, from extensive written correspondence and virtual evidence sessions to wide-ranging digital engagement and surveys of petitioners.

 

MPs will debate petitions on:

  • recognising and rewarding health and social care workers, led by Committee Chair Catherine McKinnell MP
  • support for UK industries in response to Covid-19, led by Committee member Theresa Villiers

These debates will be available to watch live after the conclusion of Business Questions and any Ministerial Statements on Thursday 25 June.

 

More than 200,000 petitioners have signed parliamentary petitions relating to recognising our health and social care workers, while more than 500,000 British citizens and UK residents have signed parliamentary petitions calling for greater support for UK industries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Committee have continued to investigate the Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

 

This will be the first time the Committee has scheduled debates on e-petitions in the main House of Commons Chamber. The unprecedented move comes as the House of Commons adapts to restrictions imposed by the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. Ordinarily, the Committee holds debates in Westminster Hall, Parliament's second debating chamber. However, the Government suspended Westminster Hall debates in March as part of Parliament’s plans to ensure staff safety.

 

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