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Written evidence submitted to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Covid-19 Vaccine Certification Inquiry

Katie Lines, Dr Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott

This written evidence has been re-published on the Bingham Centre website with the kind permission of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on Covid 19 Vaccine Certification Inquiry   

Executive Summary

This written evidence does not seek to address whether a vaccine certification scheme should or should not be introduced. Instead, we discuss why, from a Rule of Law perspective, there is a need for a comprehensive legislative framework governing the use of vaccine certificates, in the event that the Government decides to adopt such a scheme. It is our view that any proposed vaccine certification scheme should be introduced via new primary legislation, rather than delegated legislation. Delegated legislation will not provide Parliament with a sufficient opportunity to scrutinise, debate, and amend Government proposals on this matter

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