Scottish Labour MSP Neil Findlay has today called on the Scottish Parliament’s Standards Committee to hold an inquiry into the readiness of the Scottish Parliament to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and how the parliament is currently dealing with the crisis.
Using the limited number of parliamentary sittings that have taken place as evidence of the parliament’s ill preparedness to deal with a crisis, Mr Findlay states:
“It is self-evident that the Parliament was and is ill prepared to deal with situations where large numbers of MSPs and staff for whatever reason are unable to attend the Parliament building and take part in its business”
Highlighting the lack of parliamentary scrutiny that has been able to take place, Mr Findlay describes the current situation as “very difficult” and “unsatisfactory”.
Concluding, Mr Findlay explicitly calls for an inquiry stating:
“I therefore think it is incumbent upon the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee all to hold an inquiry into what emergency planning was in place, what we can learn from the current crisis and how we can ensure, should anything like this every occur again, that we are able to keep Parliament open and functioning.”
Scottish Labour has continually pushed the Scottish Parliament to put in place measures that will allow parliamentary scrutiny to continue while keeping staff and representatives safe.