This week in the Commons: Friday 11 January 2019

11 January 2019

In the first sitting week of 2019, the House of Commons approved the third reading of the Finance (No.3) Bill and resumed the debate prior to next weeks 'meaningful vote'.


Finance (No. 3) Bill

The House of Commons approved the third reading of the Finance (No.3) Bill. The debate focused on austerity and Brexit, and an Opposition amendment pertaining to Brexit was approved by division  303 to 296. Amendment 7, tabled by Yvette Cooper, limits the ability of the Government to levy taxes without Parliamentary approval in the instance of a no-deal Brexit.

Following the approval of this amendment, the Opposition opted not to oppose the third reading of the Finance (No.3) Bill and it passed without division.

'Meaningful vote' debates

Parliament returned this week to debate the 'meaningful vote' which is scheduled to take place next Tuesday 15 January following its postponement in December 2018. Three days debate have taken place, with MPs speaking in support of and against the Prime Minister's deal.

Legislation: Private Members Bills

Two Private Members Bills were brought to the house via Ten Minute Rule Motions. Dame Louise Ellman presented a Bill on International Development Assistance (Palestinian National Authority Schools) and Leo Docherty presented his 10 Minute Rule Motion on Armed Forces (Derogation from European Convention on Human Rights).

Urgent questions and ministerial statements

This week in the Commons there were three ministerial statements and two urgent questions.


Urgent questions

Prime Minister's Questions

On Wednesday 9 January 2019, MPs asked the Prime Minister questions on no deal Brexit preparations, EU negotiations and the NHS.

Watch PMQs from this week:

Westminster Hall debates

Debates on a variety of different subjects also took place in Westminster Hall on Monday 7, Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 December. 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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