Divisions: Coronavirus

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 8th June 2020.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the evidential basis was for the safety of the Division system introduced on 2 June 2020; and if the Commission will publish that evidence.

Photo of Pete Wishart Pete Wishart Chair, Scottish Affairs Committee, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Constitution), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Chair, Scottish Affairs Committee

Public Health England has provided public health advice to assist the Commission in reducing the risk of coronavirus transmission within the Parliamentary estate, with the specific challenges posed by the building layout and operation taken into account. This included the use of the existing Division system. Proposals for the Division system were developed by the House authorities and commented on by Public Health England.

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