This week in the Commons: Friday 18 January 2019
18 January 2019 (updated on 18 January 2019)
A historic week saw the Government defeated in the 'meaningful vote', a no confidence motion fall and the future of Brexit continue to divide the House.
EU Withdrawal debates
'Meaningful vote' debates and defeat
Parliament continued to debate the 'meaningful vote' on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 January following its postponement in December 2018. The vote took place on Tuesday and the Government was defeated, with MPs voting against the deal by 432 to 202, a majority of 230 votes.
No Confidence Motion
Following the Government's defeat in the 'meaningful vote', The Prime Minister indicated that the Government would be willing to schedule time for debate of a no confidence motion on Wednesday 16 January. The Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, tabled a motion of no confidence in her Majesty's Government directly afterwards, and the motion was debated for six hours on Wednesday afternoon.
Voting at 7pm, MPs expressed that they had confidence in HM Government, voting against the motion by 325 to 306.
Legislation: Private Members Bills
Two Private Members Bills were brought to the house via Ten Minute Rule Motions.
- Ten Minute Rule: Public Sector Supply Chains (Project Bank Accounts)
- Ten Minute Rule: Low-Level Letter Boxes (Prohibition)
Urgent questions and ministerial statements
This week in the Commons there were two ministerial statements and one urgent question.
- Parliament news: Leaving the European Union - Prime Minister
- Parliament news: Nuclear update - Greg Clark
Prime Minister's Questions
On Wednesday 16 January, Prime Minister Theresa May answered MPs' questions on the Government's Brexit deal, public sector funding and the Government's 'red lines' on Brexit.
Watch PMQs from this week:
Backbench Business debates
- Read Commons Hansard: Motion on Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace
- Read Commons Hansard: Motion on Children's Social Care in England
Westminster Hall debates
Debates on a variety of different subjects also took place in Westminster Hall on Monday 14, Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 January. See the Parliamentary calendar to find out what subjects were debated.
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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