The government uses oral statements to announce significant policy developments, provide updates, and respond to events. These may still take place under the temporary arrangements for hybrid proceedings.
Often the government do not announce that they are going to make an oral statement until the day itself. However, under the temporary arrangements for hybrid proceedings, the government are required to give the same amount of notice as MPs seeking to ask an urgent question.
Ministerial statements are part of hybrid scrutiny proceedings. The temporary arrangements state that the first two hours of each sitting are for scrutiny proceedings. Oral questions and urgent questions are also part of scrutiny proceedings and the Speaker shall decide in which order they are taken.
The deadlines relating to oral statements, including the government giving advance notice are:
||Government gives notice of an oral statement
||Speaker announces oral statement, of there are any
||MP submits request to speak|
||5pm on Thursday
||6pm on Thursday
||12pm on Friday|
||1pm on Monday
||2pm on Monday
||5pm on Monday|
||1pm on Tuesday
||2pm on Tuesday
||5pm on Tuesday|
Notice to speak
Under the temporary arrangements for hybrid proceedings, all MPs who wish to speak in a debate on a ministerial statement must do so online in advance using MemberHub.
The Speaker's Office will run a shuffle to produce a random list of up to 100 MPs from which they will organise a call list. Not all MPs who came out in the shuffle will necessarily appear on the call list. MPs will be notified if they are on the call list.
Participating in a statement
Only MPs who are on the call list to speak on the debate on a ministerial statement will be able to participate. MPs taking part from within the Chamber should be present from the beginning of the statement. MPs participating virtually should join the conference call in good time before the statement is due to begin.
All MPs, whether attending physically or remotely, should wait to be called by the Speaker. Those who are physically in the Chamber should rise in their place to make their contribution when they are called. The broadcasting team will unmute the microphones of MPs who are participating remotely when they are called to speak.
If there are technological problems which prevent an MP from participating, they may be called to speak later in the debate.