This Week in the Commons: 12 July 2019

12 July 2019

This week the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill passed all its Commons stages, and MPs debated climate change, leasehold rent and more.

Legislation: Government Bills

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill

The Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill passed its Second Reading on Monday 8 July 2019. It was debated in a Committee of the Whole House on Tuesday 9 July, where MPs later approved the remaining Commons stages.

Several significant amendments were made to the Bill, including clauses related to same sex marriage and abortion, which will come into effect if a Northern Irish Executive cannot be formed by 21 October 2019.

Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill

The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill had its Second Reading in the Commons on Wednesday 10 July and has been sent to Public Bill Committee for detailed examination and evidence gathering.

This Bill would increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty offences from six months to five years in England and Wales.

Legislation: Private Members Bills

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

Urgent questions and ministerial statements

This week four urgent questions were asked on: 

The Government made one oral ministerial statement:

Prime Minister's Questions

On Wednesday 10 July, MPs asked the Prime Minister about climate change, health services and more.

Watch PMQs from this week:

E-petitions debates

On Monday 8 July, in the Westminster Hall Chamber, MPs debated dangerous driving and Violet-Grace's Law.

Backbench business debates

On Thursday 11 July 2019 in the Commons Chamber, 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 Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 July. 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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