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MPs will now be consulted over coronavirus laws

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
30th Sep 20 3:50 pm

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said in the House of Commons that MPs will now be consulted on national coronavirus laws.

Hancock said that “scrutinised decisions are better decisions” as the “cockpit of the nation,” and that MPs will be allowed to vote on measures in England.

He said, “Today I can confirm to the House that for significant national measures with effect in the whole of England, or UK-wide, we will consult Parliament, wherever possible we will hold votes before such regulations come into force.”

Hancock warned that “responding to the virus means the government must act with speed when required and we cannot hold up urgent regulations which are needed to control the virus and save lives.”

Sir Graham Brady the chairman of the influential 1922 Committee of Conservative back benchers thanked Hancock for the “constructive conversations” between the government and his group.

Sir Graham added, “We are grateful that he and other members of the government have understood the importance of proper scrutiny in this place and the benefits that can bring to better government as well.”

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