Commons Speaker calls for ‘virtual Parliament’ to be introduced

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The House of Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, has today stated that MPs should be able to take part in Prime Minister’s Questions and debates via video if they are unable to return to Parliament.

The Commons was shut down earlier in March, and will not be re-opened until 21 April at the earliest. However, Sir Hoyle believes that Parliament should operate via video link due to the UK still unsure about the future spread and impact of the coronavirus.

Hoyle said a trial of virtual committee hearings had been successful and that the technology should be made available as soon as possible to MPs.

He revealed his ideas on the matter to Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg, who revealed that every technological solution is currently being considered.

Rees-Mogg commented: “We are exploring options with the parliamentary authorities in readiness for Parliament’s return.”

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