An emergency debate is a debate called at short notice in the House of Commons on a matter that should have urgent consideration.
How is an emergency debate arranged?
An MP may apply to the Speaker for an emergency debate on Mondays to Thursdays during sitting time under the rules of Standing Order No. 24.
If the Speaker has given the MP leave they will have three minutes to make a speech after question time and any urgent questions or ministerial statements. The Speaker then decides whether to submit the application to the House.
The House will have to agree that the debate takes place. If the House agrees to the application the emergency debate will take place on a future day, usually the next sitting day. The motion to be debated will be "That the House has considered the matter of [Topic]".
Where can I find a list of emergency debates?
You can find a list of emergency debates since 1979 through the following Parliamentary Information List.
What applications for emergency debates have been made?
The following table gives a list of applications for emergency debates, and whether they were agreed or declined, since May 2012.
Applications for emergency debates in the House of Commons since May 2012
Proposal for debate
|Mr Andrew Mitchell
||Humanitarian Catastrophe in Aleppo and Syria
|Mrs Anne Main
||Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016
|Ms Angela Eagle
||UK steel industry
Dr Eilidh Whiteford
||The Operation of the Wilson Doctrine
||The Refugee Crisis in Europe
|Mr Alistair Carmichael
||Means of delivery of English votes on English laws
|Sir Richard Ottaway
||Ban by China on the Foreign Affairs Committee visit to Hong Kong
||UK Coal's proposed closure of Kellingley and Thoresby collieries
|Mr David Cameron
||Royal Charter on Press Conduct
||Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust special administrator
||The closure of the Ford assembly plant at Swaythling
||West Coast Main Line
|Mr Peter Bone