Topical questions in the House of Commons are questions that may be asked by MPs during the last 15 minutes of most ministerial question sessions. They allow MPs to ask a minister about anything they have responsibility for without having to give them advance notice of the question.
In the House of Lords one topical question is asked at the end of most daily question sessions. Time is also allocated each Thursday for a topical question for short debate in the Lords.
- About Parliament: Question Time
- Companion to Lords Standing Orders
- Related glossary term: Supplementary questions
- Related glossary term: Questions for Short Debate