The Coronavirus pandemic has presented parliaments with significant technical, procedural and political challenges, at Westminster and around the world. This page brings together our Covid-19 content, covering the UK Parliament’s adaptation to the crisis, UK Coronavirus-related Statutory Instruments, and the responses of other legislatures around the world.
The UK Parliament’s response to the pandemic has been controversial, highlighting longstanding issues around the use of technology, governance structures, differences between the two Houses, the role of MPs, and government control of House of Commons business and procedures.
- Proposals for a ‘virtual’ Parliament: how should parliamentary procedure and practices adapt during the Coronavirus pandemic? (Joint post with Professor Meg Russell, Director, UCL Constitution Unit)
- Procedure under Coronavirus restrictions: written and oral evidence to the House of Commons Procedure Committee
- Remote select committee evidence-taking is a Coronavirus change that should be kept
- How is the Petitions Committee representing the public amid the procedural and practical restrictions of the Covid crisis? – Catherine McKinnell MP, Chair, House of Commons Petitions Committee
The Coronavirus outbreak posed common challenges to parliaments around the world that differ widely in terms of size, procedure, culture and technological capabilities. Our ongoing series of blogposts illuminates how some have responded:
- How are parliaments responding to the Coronavirus pandemic? – Dr Andy Williamson, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
- How Jersey’s legislature has risen to the Covid-19 challenge – Mark Egan, Greffier of the States of Jersey
- Ireland’s new Parliament: Political and physical change coincide amid Covid-19 crisis – Dr Mary C. Murphy, University College Cork
The Coronavirus crisis saw UK ministers being granted and using broad legislative powers to make a large body of Coronavirus-related Statutory Instruments (SIs), often at speed and in ways that highlighted and challenged Parliament’s already-inadequate ability to scrutinise delegated legislation. Our Coronavirus Statutory Instruments Dashboard is the only source that combines the full list of Coronavirus-related SIs laid before the UK Parliament with real-time data on the powers and procedures being used to lay them and the breakdown of departments responsible.