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Leader of Lords to be quizzed by Peers on COVID-19's impact on Parliament


The House of Lords Constitution Committee will hear from the Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, and Lord Ashton of Hyde, Chief Whip, House of Lords, tomorrow (Wednesday 29 July at 10.30 a.m.) when it continues its inquiry into the implications of COVID-19 for Parliament.

Possible questions and topics of discussion include:

  • How well has the House of Lords adapted to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Has Parliament been able to scrutinise the Government's use of emergency powers adequately during the pandemic?
  • What are the benefits, drawbacks and challenges of virtual and hybrid proceedings for the House of Lords?
  •  Do ministers miss being able to sense the mood of the House and respond to it?
  • Should the Lords retain online voting after the end of the pandemic and social distancing?

The session will be broadcast live on Parliament TV.

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