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This week in the Commons: 12-16 October 2020

16 October 2020

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This week in the Commons, MPs debated Covid-19, the Agriculture and Fisheries Bills and bills introduced by backbench MPs.

Prime Minister’s Questions

The Prime Minister answers questions from MPs in the House of Commons every sitting Wednesday from 12.00pm until the end of Question Time at 12.30pm.

To catch up on this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions:

Urgent questions and statements

This week there were two statements and one urgent question.


Ministerial statements are a way for Ministers to bring an important matter to the attention of the House.

This week the Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement providing an update on Covid-19.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock also made a statement on Covid-19.

Urgent questions

If an urgent or important matter arises which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to ask an urgent question.

This week there was one urgent question from Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds MP on economic support in areas subject to additional public health restrictions.

Bills and legislation

A Bill is a proposal for a new law, or a proposal to change an existing law that is presented for debate before Parliament.

This week MPs debated the following Bills:

Agriculture Bill

Amendments were proposed by the House of Lords to the Agriculture Bill. All of these amendments were rejected in the Commons this week.

Fisheries Bill

The remaining stages of the Fisheries Bill were approved.

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill

The remaining stages of the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill were approved.

Friday Sitting

This week was a sitting Friday, with MPs debating Private Members' Bills. The House generally only sits on thirteen Fridays in a session.

Westminster Hall debates

Westminster Hall debates give MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a government minister.

Debates take place in Westminster Hall on Mondays if agreed by the Petitions Committee, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.





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