Environment Bill scrutiny pulled in coronavirus shut-down

The House of Commons committee examining amendments to the Environment Bill will not meet today to finish its scrutiny of the legislation as Westminster responds to the spread of Covid-19.

Environment minister Rebecca Pow moved to adjourn this morning, saying that “following cross party discussions and in light of recent events, it’s appropriate that proceedings in the committee are postponed”. 

Pow thanked committee members from across all parties “for the really wonderful way they’ve approached the bill so far with their scrutiny” and said proceedings would resume “at the appropriate point”. 

Westminster is a known hotspot for the novel coronavirus, with several MPs testing positive for it and others self-isolating to try and contain its spread.

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