Leader of the House

We provide support to the Leader of the House of Commons, who is responsible for planning and supervising the government’s legislative programme (including the Queen’s speech), and managing government business within the House of Commons while also upholding the rights and interests of the backbench members of the House.

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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Tommy Sheppard (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Leader of the House of Commons
Afzal Khan (Labour)
Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons
Valerie Vaz (Labour)
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

3 Jul 2020, 12:55 p.m.
Leader of the House @Jacob_Rees_Mogg talked about support available to the culture sector, such as @ace__london £160m emergency funding, in response to a request from @LizTwistMP for a debate on how we can support creative industries in the UK who have been impacted by covid-19. https://t.co/GEHMmofgrz - Link
3 Jul 2020, 12:25 p.m.
During Business Qs @Jacob_Rees_Mogg joined @joymorrissey in thanking @HouseofCommons staff for their courage and commitment to carrying on the traditions of Parliament during the covid-19 pandemic. https://t.co/4BGTRvXaTp - Link
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Leader of the House Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Oct. 16 Urgent Questions Bullying and Harassment: Cox Report
Dec. 20 Written Statements Government’s Legislative Programme
Oct. 17 Westminster Hall Devolved Powers in Scotland
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Leader of the House has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.

Leader of the House Publications

Leader of the House Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
22 Jun 2020, 4:20 p.m. Electronic Government: Petitions Patrick Grady


To ask the Leader of the House, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward proposals to enable the Petitions Committee to schedule debates based on petitions created on websites other than the UK Parliament e-petition website.

Answer (Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg)

The Government acknowledges the important role that petitions and debates on petitions play in allowing people to scrutinise the government on their own terms. The e-petitions website is jointly owned by Parliament and Government but is overseen by the House of Commons Petitions Committee. It is for the Petitions Committee to bring forward petitions for debate under Standing Order No. 10 (1)(a) and Standing Order No. 145A.

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