Private notice question
A private notice question (PNQ) gives a member of the House of Lords the opportunity to ask a topical question to the government on any sitting day. A member of the Lords can apply to the Lord Speaker for a PNQ. If the Lord Speaker agrees, a government minister or spokesperson must come to the House of Lords Chamber and give an immediate answer without prior notice.
PNQs are asked immediately after oral questions on Monday to Thursday, or at an agreed time if on a Friday.
- Related glossary term: Oral questions
- Related glossary term: Parliamentary questions
- Related glossary term: Urgent questions
- Related glossary term: Lord Speaker