By Andrew Allison
Last week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs that "for significant national [Covid-19] 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." Earlier this week the 'rule of six' was debated, and yesterday Covid restrictions in the North East, North West and the North of England were too. The time allocated for each of the debates was a measly 90 minutes.
After Business Questions this morning, Grahame Morris, Labour MP for Easington, raised a point or order with the Speaker. He commented that backbench MPs yesterday had "150 seconds to hold the Government to account. The Government have endless time at the Dispatch Box and in the media, but MPs had 150 seconds. Mr Speaker, may I refer to your statement of 30 September before Prime Minister’s questions? In your opinion, does the Government’s handling and the opportunities they are giving to Back-Bench Members square with your advice on 30 September?"Read more