Sitting hours of the House of Commons on 17 April

17 April 2013

On Tuesday 16 April 2013 MPs debated and agreed a motion to amend the sitting hours of the House of Commons on Wednesday 17 April

The House of Commons will now sit from 2.30pm on 17 April, with the day's previously scheduled business amended accordingly.

Sittings of the House (Wednesday 17 April) (Motion)

MPs debated the following motion, in the name of Mr Andrew Lansley, Leader of the House of Commons:

That, on Wednesday 17 April:

  1. the House shall meet at 2.30pm and the moment of interruption shall be at 10pm;
  2. notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 21 (Time for taking questions), no questions shall be taken other than questions which are in the Speaker’s opinion of an urgent character and relate either to matters of public importance or to the arrangement of business;
  3. the sitting in Westminster Hall shall begin at 2.30pm and continue for up to four and a half hours; and
  4. in calculating the period of four and a half hours in paragraph (3) no account shall be taken of any period during which the sitting in Westminster Hall may be suspended owing to a division being called in the House or in a committee of the whole House.

Question Time

As the motion has been agreed, Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland and Prime Minister's Questions will not take place on Wednesday 17 April 2013, as previously scheduled.

Westminster Hall

Debates in Westminster Hall originally scheduled to begin at 9.30am on 17 April 2013 will now take place from the later time of 2.30pm.

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