Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Good morning. I'm just going to read a quick statement before we kick off with statements by members. I draw your attention to the special arrangements in the Federation Chamber. The most obvious change will be the seating arrangements and the increased space between seats. Seats have been arranged to better satisfy spatial distancing requirements. Please ensure you do not move the seats and kindly observe the capacity limit of the Federation Chamber. Water is available at the usual water tables. Members are asked to collect their own water and are requested to dispose of the empty bottles themselves in the bins. Alternatively, members can bring their own water into the chamber. Hand sanitiser is available at several locations within the chamber. The entry doors to the Federation Chamber will remain open during proceedings. This will reduce the need for members to touch the door handles. However, members should not stand outside the entrances in order to view the proceedings. Finally, you will also note the presence of photographers from the press gallery. Given the historic nature of the current sittings, they've been granted permission to take photos of proceedings in the Federation Chamber for the next two days. I thank all members.