29 November 2021
Bridgen questions Government on scrutiny of Covid-19 restrictions

Andrew Bridgen asks the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care how Parliament will be able to scrutinise the Government's three-week review of the Covid-19 omicron variant restrictions when Parliament is in recess.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

My right hon. Friend has outlined the Government response to the emergence of the omicron variant and the restrictions he wishes to place on the public. This House will quite rightly have a vote on those measures. He has also stated that the measures will be reviewed in three weeks’ time. He knows that in three weeks’ time this House will be in recess. How will there be parliamentary scrutiny of the Government’s review measures, or will we be having Government by diktat?

Sajid Javid (The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care)

The review should take place as soon as possible. That is how the Government determined the three weeks. Unless Parliament was called back from recess or the Government took longer than three weeks, I think the approach the Government have set out is the right one.