This week in the Commons: 1 February 2019

01 February 2019

This week in the Commons, MPs implemented a trial of proxy voting and voted on the next steps in the Brexit process.


Proxy voting

On Monday 28 January, MPs made the decision to trial proxy voting for Members who are pregnant, new mothers, new fathers or adoptive parents. The first ever proxy vote was cast - by Vicky Foxcroft on behalf of Tulip Siddiq - the following evening.

Brexit next steps

Following the Government's defeat in the 'meaningful vote' on Tuesday 15 January, the Prime Minister tabled a motion in neutral terms, which MPs had the opportunity to put forward amendments to.

On Tuesday 29 January, MPs voted to approve two amendments. One in the name of Dame Caroline Spelman called on the Government to reject a 'no deal' Brexit, and the other from Sir Graham Brady called for the Government to agree "alternative arrangements" to the issue of the Northern Ireland backstop.

Legislation: Government Bills

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill

The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill received its second reading in the Commons on Monday 28 January.

The Bill passed second reading without a division and now will be considered by a committee.

Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill

On Wednesday 30 January, the Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill went through its remaining Commons stages.

A number of amendments were made to the Bill, after which it passed third reading. The Bill will now return to the Lords.

Legislation: Private Members' Bills

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

Urgent questions and statements

This week there were three urgent questions:

There was also one oral ministerial statement:

Prime Minister's Questions

On Wednesday 30 January MPs asked the Prime Minister about Brexit, public services and more.

Watch PMQs from this week:

Backbench business debates

In the Commons Chamber on Thursday 31 January, MPs took part in two general debates which had been scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee.

Westminster Hall debates

Debates on a variety of different subjects also took place in Westminster Hall on Monday 28, Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30 January. 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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