This week in the Commons: 28 October 2019

01 November 2019

This week in the Commons saw MPs vote in favour of an early general election, the Speaker's last ever day in the Chair and the announcement of the new Speaker's Chaplain. At PMQs the Prime Minister faced questions on the NHS, ocean conservation and fracking.

Legislation: Government Bills

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill

On Tuesday 29 October 2019, MPs voted 438 to 20 in favour of the Early Parliamentary General Election Bill, which allows a parliamentary general election to be held on 12 December 2019. The Bill was given Royal Assent on 31 October.

Northern Ireland Budget Bill

The Northern Ireland Budget Bill passed all of its Commons stages on 30 October 2019 and was given Royal Assent on 31 October.

Prime Minister's Questions

Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced questions from Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn on Brexit, general election strategy and the NHS. Other MPs asked about issues such as fracking, thalidomide victims and police funding.

Urgent questions and ministerial statements

This week the Speaker granted one urgent question:  

And two oral ministerial statements:

Speaker Bercow's departure

This week marked the end of John Bercow MP's role as Speaker, which he has held since 2009. MPs paid tribute to Mr Bercow, who thanked his family and his colleagues.

Speaker's Chaplain

Rev Canon Patricia Hillas was announced as the new Speaker's Chaplain. Tricia joins the House of Commons from St Paul's Cathedral, where she was Canon Pastor, and has an extensive background in youth and social work.

Westminster Hall Debates

Debates on a variety of different subjects also took place in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 October. 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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