PTI, London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday confirmed an independent inquiry into the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, some time in the future. Pressed on the issue during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) session in the House of Commons, Johnson made the commitment to hold a probe for the first time, having previously dismissed Opposition demands for an immediate investigation. “I do not believe now, in the middle of combating the pandemic, is the right moment to devote huge amounts of official time to an inquiry,” he said in Parliament. "But of course we will seek to learn the lessons of this pandemic in the future and certainly we will have an independent inquiry into what happened," he said. Johnson went on to commit himself to an independent inquiry in his reply, but did not mention that it would essentially be a public inquiry, which would be much wider and involve public hearings and witnesses giving evidence under oath.