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This week in the Commons: Friday 14 December 2018

14 December 2018

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This week in the House of Commons MPs debated Brexit, the Ivory Bill, the Courts and Tribunals Bill and more.


Ivory Bill

Debate on the Lords amendments to the Ivory Bill was opened by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Dr Thérèse Coffey.

The House of Commons agreed to all Lords amendments to this Bill, 1 - 78, without division. The Bill is now awaiting Royal Assent.

Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary Functions of Staff) Bill

The Commons debated the remaining stages of the Courts and Tribunals Bill, with scrutiny focused on amendments concerned with the minimum legal qualifications for court and tribunal staff and the statutory right to judicial reconsideration.

The Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill passed its third reading, 302 to 233 and will now return to the Lords.

Legislation: Private Members Bills

Two Private Members Bills were brought to the house as Ten Minute Rule Motions this week. Both were divided on, defeated and will not be introduced to the house.

'Meaningful Vote' debates

This week MPs were scheduled to have two days of debate on the 'Meaningful Vote', but following a Statement from the Prime Minister on Monday 10 December, the vote was deferred.

The Leader of the Official Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, was granted an emergency debate by the Speaker on Tuesday 11 December.

Urgent questions and ministerial statements

This week in the Commons their were four ministerial statements and two urgent questions.


Urgent questions

Prime Minister's Questions

On Wednesday 12 December MPs asked the Prime Minister questions on the withdrawal agreement, policing, cyber bullying and more.

Watch PMQs from this week:

Westminster Hall debates

Debates on a variety of different subjects also took place in Westminster Hall on Monday 10, Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 December. See the Parliamentary calendar to find out what subjects were debated.

Select Committees

News from Parliamentary Select Committees, including the publication of reports and details of inquiries and evidence sessions are also available online.

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