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This week in the Commons: 19-23 October

23 October 2020

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This week in the Commons, ministers made statements on the EU exit and Covid-19. As well as passing the Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) (No. 2) Bill, Opposition day debates and more.

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 six statements and no urgent questions.


On Monday, Michael Gove made a statement on EU exit negotiations and the work of the Joint Committee.

On Thursday, Rishi Suak updated the House on the economy.

Kemi Badenoch also made a statement on Thursday on the disparate impact of Covid-19.

Matt Hancock made statements on Monday and Tuesday on Covid-19.



On Wednesday, Edward Argar made a statement on Covid-19 (South Yorkshire).

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.

On Monday, MPs considered Lords amendments to the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill.

On Tuesday, MPs passed committee and remaining stages of the Non-Domestic Rating (Lists) (No. 2) Bill.

Black History Month

On Tuesday, MPs held a debate on Black History Month.

The breadth, talent and achievements of the Black community in relation to Parliament will be marked with a series of celebratory events and projects for Black History Month.

Opposition day debates

Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons for the discussion of subjects chosen by the opposition (non-government) parties.

On Wednesday, there were Opposition day debates on subjects chosen by Labour MPs:

General debate

General debates give MPs an opportunity to discuss a topic - chosen by the government - in the House of Commons Chamber.

On Thursday, MPs held a general debate on Covid-19.