PACAC plan to question Government on Coronavirus Act

03 April 2020

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee will invite the Government to give evidence on the Coronavirus Act when Parliament resumes in the week beginning 20 April.

The Committee intends to question ministers in the Cabinet Office, including the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, on the quality of the Coronavirus Act and associated legislation and its effectiveness in implementing Government policy to combat the disease. The session will examine the quality of Government preparations for major crises, including what lessons were learnt from emergency planning exercises and the scope for greater planning and scrutiny of draft emergency legislation.

The Committee is also likely to investigate the Civil Contingencies Act, including whether the Government should have made greater use of the existing legislation and whether it may be in need of reform based on lessons being learnt during the current crisis.

Further details will be announced in due course.

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