Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 9th March 2020.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Labour, Rhondda 3:31 pm, 9th March 2020

It is not just coronavirus and dealing with it that needs parliamentary scrutiny. The Government cannot continue levying income tax unless we have another Finance Act, and they will not be able to use emergency powers under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 for longer than 28 days, so Parliament will have to keep on sitting, won’t it? The Secretary of State is wrong, as it is not for the House authorities to decide whether this House sits. The only person who can table a suspension of Parliament is a Government Minister, so will he just rule it out now?