Responding to the news that the Leader of the House has confirmed that Parliament will be recalled as planned on 21 April, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
"The Government's failure to deliver on key promises to NHS and social care workers, especially over supplies of protective equipment, has become a national scandal. On top of this, we are now hearing reports of shortages of critical medicines for treating Covid-19 patients in some hospitals.
"Jacob Rees-Mogg's confirmation that Parliament will be recalled on 21 April - nearly ten days from now - is not good enough. MPs from across the House must have the opportunity to ask Ministers the urgent questions at the earliest opportunity, particularly on life or death issues like the supply of protective kit and essential medicine.
"Jacob Rees-Mogg must also clarify exactly what form any recalled Parliament will take, given that the ongoing need for social distancing and minimising travel means meeting in Westminster would be impossible.
"The Liberal Democrats continue to call for the immediate recall of Parliament using online technology to enable MPs to ask the questions people need answers to. I am pleased that other opposition parties have now added their voices to this call.
"For the Government to maintain the support of the opposition, we must have complete transparency. That is the only way we can all play our part to protect our frontline workers and beat the coronavirus.”