Government Response to Covid-19: Public Inquiry

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:52 pm on 22nd July 2021.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Bernard Jenkin Bernard Jenkin Chair, Liaison Committee (Commons) 2:52 pm, 22nd July 2021

I am fully aware that the Government are learning lessons as quickly as possible, but they are underpowering their ability to strengthen public confidence. This just looks too much like the ordinary activity of Government. For example, if the call for evidence was going to be independently assessed—not by a statutory inquiry but at least by an independent chair, supported by a panel of independent people—and a report more independent than just a Government White Paper was going to be compiled, and if the panel was going to be able to take evidence from victims and others who have participated in the crisis, not necessarily Ministers and Government scientists, would that not strengthen public confidence that there was an element of independence injected into the process and that things were being done that they were not aware of?