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

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

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal

Earl Howe
Deputy Leader of the House of Lords


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

15 Apr 2021, 11:20 a.m.
The provisional business for the week commencing 26 April will include: https://t.co/EARvruVYbf - Link
15 Apr 2021, 11:20 a.m.
The business for the week commencing 19 April will include: https://t.co/gzjwSszg1e - 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
Apr. 21 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Oct. 16 Urgent Questions Bullying and Harassment: Cox Report
Mar. 30 Written Statements EVEL Standing Orders Update
Oct. 17 Westminster Hall Devolved Powers in Scotland
Dec. 02 Adjournment Debate Civil Service Compensation Scheme
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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
5 Mar 2021, midnight Leader of the House of Commons: Written Questions Kate Osamor (Labour (Co-op) - Edmonton)

Question to the Leader of the House:

To ask the Leader of the House, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the time taken to answer Questions (a) 102133 tabled on 9 October 2020 and (b) 105481 to 105483 tabled on 19 October 2020.

Answered by Jacob Rees-Mogg - Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons

During the height of the pandemic, departments were under significant pressure when replying to written questions and correspondence and I had some sympathy with departments. Nevertheless, members must receive full and timely responses when they request information. I continue to raise the hon. members specific questions with the Department for Health and Social Care and have impressed upon it the need to answer these questions as a matter of urgency.

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