This week in the Commons: Friday 2 November

02 November 2018

Four days of debate followed the Chancellor of the Exchequer's delivery of the 2018 Budget on Monday 29 October in the Commons Chamber. MPs also debated Brexit, local authority budgets, and questioned the government on fixed odds betting terminals.

The 2018 Budget

Phillip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, gave the Budget speech on Monday 29 October. Ahead of four days of debate on its contents, the Chancellor announced increased NHS spending, and claimed the UK was entering a 'new chapter in our country’s economic history'. Members of the Opposition criticised proposed tax cuts and the so called "end of austerity" with Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, calling it a 'broken-promise Budget'.

At the end of four days debate, the Commons divided on one amendment and two resolutions, but the 2018 Finance Bill was ultimately tabled without any changes. The Bill will now pass though Parliament.

Legislation: Private Members Bills

This week two Private Members' Bills were introduced to the House following Ten Minute Rule Motions:

Urgent questions and ministerial statements

This week one MP asked an urgent questions to ministers. Tom Watson, Labour MP for East Bromwich, asked the government to make a statement on their "new approach" to fixed odds betting terminals.

There were no ministerial statements this week.

Prime Minister's Questions

On Wednesday 31 October MPs asked the Prime Minister questions on Brexit, cervical smear test age limits, homelessness 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 29, Tuesday 30, Wednesday 21 and Thursday 1 November. 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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