Government Response to Covid-19: Public Inquiry

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:37 pm on 22nd July 2021.

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Photo of Bernard Jenkin Bernard Jenkin Chair, Liaison Committee (Commons) 2:37 pm, 22nd July 2021

I thoroughly endorse the hon. Gentleman’s remarks, which underline the importance of giving settlement to the aggrieved and bereaved. That is an important role for a public inquiry. Does he also agree that the vast task that the public inquiry will represent means that it needs to be segmented, and that there are urgent bits that need to be done now and other bits that could be done later? Will he join me, and perhaps work with some Select Committees, to come up with some terms of reference for which parts of the inquiry should start now and would not disrupt what the Government need to carry on doing at this very pressured time, but would enable us to start the learning process on the urgent matters?