May 13, 2020 / 1:53 PM / 20 days ago

Work under way to return UK parliament to more 'ordinary' business

General view during the weekly question time debate at the Parliament, during the hybrid parliament session amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, April 22, 2020. ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

LONDON (Reuters) - Work is ongoing to get Britain’s parliament working in a more “ordinary” way, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday, adding that passing laws to tackle the coronavirus outbreak was difficult in a more virtual chamber.

“It’s vital that parliament can continue to scrutinise the government and legislate to support the coronavirus response,” the spokesman told reporters. “As you know the existing temporary arrangements limit some of these functions, that’s why work is ongoing by the house authorities in step with the public health advice to carefully move back to more ordinary business.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Alistair Smout

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