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

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

5 Nov 2019, 7:27 p.m.
🗣️ The Leader of the House paid tribute to those Members of Parliament standing down prior to the General Election on 12 December. 👇 @HouseofCommons | @Jacob_Rees_Mogg https://t.co/MkBmtFLaG3 - Link
5 Nov 2019, 10:13 a.m.
💬 There will be one Oral Statement today. ➡️ Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Update on Government’s actions to support Thomas Cook customers @HouseofCommons | @beisgovuk - 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
Oct. 15 Written Statements Legislative Programme
Oct. 17 Westminster Hall Devolved Powers in Scotland
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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
8 Oct 2019, 4:02 p.m. Social Media: Harassment Ian Austin

Question

To ask the Leader of the House, what assessment he has made of the effect on political debate and discussion of anonymous abuse and threats on social media.

Answer (Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg)

Democracy is a cornerstone of British values and key to a healthy democracy is having respectful, vibrant and open debate. However, this freedom cannot be an excuse to cause harm or spread hatred and a line is crossed when disagreement mutates into intimidation, violence or abuse. The Government recognises that rising levels of intimidation in public life can stop talented people, particularly women and those from minority backgrounds, from standing for public office. In April this year, the Government published the Online Harms White Paper, which sets out our plans for world-leading legislation to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online.

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