This week in the Commons: 12 April 2019

12 April 2019

This week in the House of Commons MPs debated a number of Brexit statutory instruments as well as racism in football and the 2019 Loan Charge. The House of Commons rose for recess on Thursday 11 April and will return for business on Tuesday 23 April.

Debate on Section 1 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019

On Tuesday 9 April, MPs debated a motion required by the passage of the European Union (Withdrawal)(No. 5) Act 2019, instructing the Prime Minister to seek an extension of Article 50 from the European Union, until 30 June 2019 

Legislation: Private Members' Bills

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill

On Monday 8 April 2019, the House of Lords returned the Bill to the House of Commons with five amendments. The House of Commons debated these amendments for an hour before accepting them all, and rejecting amendments to the amendments at division.

Ten Minute Rule Motions

Two Private Members Bills were introduced to the House following Ten Minute Rule Motions this week:

Statutory Instruments (SIs)

This week, MPs approved the draft Trade in Torture etc. Goods (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, the draft Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2019 and four Brexit SIs related to international sanctions.

Urgent questions and ministerial statements

This week seven urgent questions were asked: 

There were also four oral ministerial statements.

Prime Minister's Questions

In PMQs this week MPs asked the Prime Minister about local government funding, Universal Credit, drug availability, climate change and more.

Watch PMQs from this week:

Backbench business debates

This week in the Commons Chamber, MPs resumed the debate on the 2019 Loan Charge.

Westminster Hall debates

Debates on a variety of different subjects also took place in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 9,  Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 April. 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.

Easter Recess

Following a motion passed by the House on Thursday 11 April, the House of Commons rose for recess following the adjournment on the same day, and will return on Tuesday 23 April.

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