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.

Secretary of State

Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

27 Jul 2019, 6:33 p.m.
Some outlets have noted the Leader of the House's commitment to the proper use of language. As @Jacob_Rees_Mogg told the Commons in reply to @KateGreenSU: "The general tone should be one of generosity and kindliness, and I would always encourage that." https://t.co/MKKXY8GZmV - Link
25 Jul 2019, 3:30 p.m.
Earlier @Jacob_Rees_Mogg told the @HouseofCommons it is appalling that online abuse could be deterring people from entering politics - and agreed with @vickyford that urgent action is needed to address this problem https://t.co/Tg6XkpnBvr - 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
May. 07 Written Statements Restoration and Renewal
Oct. 17 Westminster Hall Devolved Powers in Scotland
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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
1 Jul 2019, 3:59 p.m. Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund Seema Malhotra


To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions he has had with the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund on the (a) financial and (b) practical feasibility of divesting its funds from (i) fossil fuel and (ii) carbon-intensive industries.

Answer (Mel Stride)

The Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund (PCPF) is a separate entity with its own trustees. The Leader of the House has no role in the administration or investment management of the fund and I have therefore had no discussions with the PCPF’s trustees.

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