Urgent Question on the Privy Council and the EU referendum

14 March 2016

Leader of the House, Chris Grayling, responded to an Urgent Question asked by the Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, Tom Watson, in the House of Commons on adherence of the rules and conventions of the Privy Council in light of the suspension of collective responsibility in connection with the EU referendum.

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About Urgent Questions

At times MPs may want to put an urgent question to a Minister. If a matter of public importance has arisen, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to put forward such a question.

The relevant government department would be informed at once. If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked after that day’s Question Time.

Once the MP has asked the main question, they are allowed to ask a supplementary question. Other MPs will then be called to ask further questions on the same subject.

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