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This week in the Commons: Friday 21 December 2018

21 December 2018

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In the last sitting week of 2018, the House of Commons MPs continued to debate Brexit, the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill passed its second reading and Backbench Business debates focused the Chamber's attention on disability support and the Ronhingya refugee crisis.


Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill received its second reading in the Commons on Tuesday 18 December. The Bill aims to amend the 2005 Mental Capacity Act. It would reform the process for the authorisation of care and treatments which deprive a person of their liberty in cases where those persons lack the capacity to give their consent.

The Opposition's reasoned amendment to the Bill was rejected after a division, 304 to 229, after which the second reading passed without division.
The Bill will now proceed to committee stages, and submission of evidence is open.

Statutory Instruments (SIs)

The Commons debated three SIs related to pornography, subsequent to the Digital Economy Act of 2017. All three were approved without division.

Legislation: Private Members Bills

Two Private Members Bills were brought to the house. Geraint Davies presented his Bill on the revocation of Article 50 and Maria Caulfield presented her 10 Minute Rule Motion on defibrillators to the Chamber.

Emergency debates

This week there were two successful applications for an emergency debate, both relating to Brexit.

Urgent questions and ministerial statements

This week in the Commons there were five ministerial statements and two urgent questions.


Urgent questions

Prime Minister's Questions

On Wednesday 19 December MPs asked the Prime Minister questions on no deal Brexit preparations, homelessness and more.

Watch PMQs from this week:

Backbench business debates

On December 19 and 20, MPs took part in two general debates in the commons chamber which were scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee.

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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