Jacob Rees-Mogg (above), the Leader of the House of Commons, has rejected calls from across parties for Parliament to be recalled. Keir Starmer, the Leader of the Opposition, has written to Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the House of Commons, saying that there is “no substitute for Parliamentary scrutiny”. Parliament is set to return on 21 April, although this is likely to be in some form of virtual form, given the dangers of the Coronavirus.
David Davis, a former candidate for the Conservative leadership, also called for Parliament to sit again, saying:
“The House of Commons met when air raids were going on in the war. I think it needs to be reconstituted even if it means MPs being tested every day”.
Jacob Rees-Mogg refused to allow Parliamentary to scrutinise the Government’s actions at this stage, but said that:
“Parliament will return on April 21 to fulfil its essential constitutional functions of conducting scrutiny, authorising spending and making laws. In these unprecedented times, technological solutions have already been implemented for select committees and options are being prepared for the Speaker, the Government and other parties to consider next week.”