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This week in the Commons: 5-9 October

9 October 2020

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This week in the Commons, MPs debated the second reading of the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill, as well as the remaining stages of the Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill [HL], 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 was one statement and two urgent questions.


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

This week the following statement was made:

Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock made a statement on a Covid-19 update.

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 ask an urgent question.

This week the following urgent question were asked:

Urgent question from Kevan Jones MP on the 44 Post Office prosecutions overturned by the CCRC.

Urgent question from  Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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 scrutinised the following Bills:

The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill passed its second reading on Monday 5 October.

MPs considered Lords amendments to the Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill.

The Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill [HL] passed its remaining stages in the Commons.

The Pension Schemes Bill [HL] passed its second reading in the Commons.

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.





The House did not sit on Friday 9 October.

Image credit: ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor