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House of Lords: Coronavirus

Question for The Senior Deputy Speaker

UIN HL4000, tabled on 5 May 2020

To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what plans he has to enable the House to return to functioning in the Palace of Westminster.

Answered on

18 May 2020

On 7 May the Commission agreed to proceed with plans for enabling hybrid sittings. Hybrid proceedings would involve both virtual and physical participants. Any return to members attending the House would need to be staged and in line with guidance from Public Health England, including social distancing measures. The Procedure Committee will need to consider the procedural changes required to enable hybrid sittings to work effectively, and members will be provided with more detail on this in the weeks ahead.