Houses of Parliament Schedule by Type


Adjournment Debates

An adjournment debate is a half hour debate, on a topic tabled by a backbench MP, that occurs at the conclusion of the Parliamentary Day on Monday through Thursday. No vote is taken at the conclusion of the debate.

In short

Adjournment debates provide backbench MPs with an opportunity to raise an item of interest directly with a Government Minister, and receive a response from the Government on that issue.

The topic for Monday to Wednesday is chosen by ballot, the Thursday debate topic is selected by the Speaker.

The adjournment debate is proposed by a backbench MP, who opens the debate on the tabled issue. Other members may only speak with the permission of both the tabling MP, and the Minister responding. Opposition frontbenchers may not intervene or make speeches.

The debate is concluded by a speech from the Government Minister. No vote is taken at the conclusion of the debate.

Monday 26th February 2024 - 10 p.m.
Access to social media in prisons
Tabled By: Paul Howell (Conservative - Sedgefield)
Tuesday 27th February 2024 - 7 p.m.
Road safety in north Yorkshire
Tabled By: Keir Mather (Labour - Selby and Ainsty)
Wednesday 28th February 2024 - 7 p.m.
British Justice System and international corruption cases
Tabled By: David Davis (Conservative - Haltemprice and Howden)
Thursday 29th February 2024 - 5 p.m.
Young adults with spinal injuries and NHS Continuing Healthcare funding
Tabled By: Helen Hayes (Labour - Dulwich and West Norwood)
Friday 1st March 2024
Improvements to St Helier Hospital and delivery of a new hospital in Sutton
Tabled By: Elliot Colburn (Conservative - Carshalton and Wallington)
Monday 4th March 2024 - 10 p.m.
Development Consent Order for Byers Gill Solar Farm
Tabled By: Matt Vickers (Conservative - Stockton South)

Backbench Business Debates

The Backbench Business Committee is allocated 35 days each sitting for debates of the Committee's choice. Typically two debate topics are chosen for each day used.

In short

Backbench MPs may propose debate topics and motions to the Backbench Business Committee, who hold weekly public sittings with applicants to assess the merit of their proposed debate. Backbenchers are encouraged to to have cross-party support for their application.

Debates may be on topics of general interest or following Select Committee activity.

The debate is opened by the backbench MP in whose name the motion was tabled, and concludes with speeches from Shadow and Government Ministers. Debates may conclude with a vote on the motion.

However, it must be understood that Parliament has no authority to compel the Government to act, legislate or direct the performance of statutory functions. The passage of a successful resolution may lead to an official response from the Government, but the Government are under no obligation to comply with resolutions of the House.

Thursday 29th February 2024
Debate on a Motion on language in politics on International Women’s Day
Tabled By: Maria Miller (Conservative - Basingstoke)
Thursday 29th February 2024
General Debate on Welsh affairs
Tabled By: Stephen Crabb (Conservative - Preseli Pembrokeshire)

Commons Oral Questions

On Monday - Thursday, the first event of the day is for a Government Department attend the Dispatch Box and face oral and topical questions from Shadow Ministers and backbench MPs.

The Prime Minister holds Questions each Wednesday at 12:00, which is typically the most well attended event in the House.

In short

A rota of Government departments is published around a month in advance, that ensures each Department will attend a question time at some point in the near future.

Members who wish to ask oral questions, are permitted to table one oral question for each occasion, which must be given at least 3 days in advance. Members who have a registered interest in the topic must indicate this in advance.

As the number of members who wish to ask questions greatly exceeds the time available, a random ballot is held to determine the order in which the questions appear on the Order Paper.

During the session, members do not recite the question, rather they refer to the question number on the Order Paper, i.e 'Question 5, Mr. Speaker.'

After the Minister has responded to the oral question, members are entitled to follow up supplementary question.

For Prime Minister's Question Time, a standard oral question 'if he will list his/her engagements for the day' is used, with all other questions being supplementary.

Shadow Cabinet and frontbench spokesmen are entitled to a set number of supplementary questions during Questions

The last 15 minutes of each Question session is usually set aside for Topical Questions. These follow the same format of PMQ's, with a standard opening question, all other questions being supplementary and not tabled in advance.

Monday 26th February - 2:30 p.m.

Home Office

First 5 Oral Questions
Afzal Khan (Labour - Manchester, Gorton)
What steps he is taking to tackle knife crime in Greater Manchester.
Tobias Ellwood (Conservative - Bournemouth East)
What steps he is taking to tackle knife crime in Bournemouth.
Nickie Aiken (Conservative - Cities of London and Westminster)
What assessment he has made of the potential impact of the Criminal Justice Bill on policing homelessness and rough sleeping.
David Duguid (Conservative - Banff and Buchan)
What steps he is taking to reduce levels of legal migration.
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Labour - Slough)
What assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Defending Democracy Taskforce.

Tuesday 27th February - 11:30 a.m.

Department for Energy Security & Net Zero

First 5 Oral Questions
Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)
What recent assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a social energy tariff.
Kate Hollern (Labour - Blackburn)
What estimate she has made of the number of households in fuel poverty in winter 2023-24.
Kevin Foster (Conservative - Torbay)
What recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on delivering new nuclear power stations.
Greg Smith (Conservative - Buckingham)
What steps she is taking with Cabinet colleagues to help ensure that land used for food production is not used for solar installations.
Grahame Morris (Labour - Easington)
Whether she has had discussions with energy providers on reducing energy standing charges for charities and businesses.

Wednesday 28th February - 11:30 a.m.

Northern Ireland Office

First 5 Oral Questions
Jeff Smith (Labour - Manchester, Withington)
What his Department’s planned timetable is for when the Independent Commission on Reconciliation and Information Recovery will be operational.
Barry Sheerman (Labour (Co-op) - Huddersfield)
What steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to help improve air and water quality in Northern Ireland.
James Daly (Conservative - Bury North)
What steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to safeguard Northern Ireland’s place in the Union.
Laurence Robertson (Conservative - Tewkesbury)
What steps his Department is taking to help grow the Northern Ireland economy.
Simon Baynes (Conservative - Clwyd South)
What steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to safeguard Northern Ireland’s place in the Union.

Wednesday 28th February - noon

Tabled By: Rishi Sunak (Conservative - Richmond (Yorks))

Cabinet Office

First 5 Oral Questions
Giles Watling (Conservative - Clacton)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 28 February.
James Sunderland (Conservative - Bracknell)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 28 February.
Jamie Wallis (Conservative - Bridgend)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 28 February.
Elliot Colburn (Conservative - Carshalton and Wallington)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 28 February.
Philip Dunne (Conservative - Ludlow)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 28 February.

Thursday 29th February - 9:30 a.m.

Cabinet Office

First 5 Oral Questions
Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Labour (Co-op) - Brighton, Kemptown)
What progress he has made on considering the recommendations of the Second Interim report of the Infected Blood Inquiry.
Alex Davies-Jones (Labour - Pontypridd)
What progress he has made on considering the recommendations of the Second Interim report of the Infected Blood Inquiry.
Kerry McCarthy (Labour - Bristol East)
What progress he has made on considering the recommendations of the Second Interim report of the Infected Blood Inquiry.
Jerome Mayhew (Conservative - Broadland)
What assessment he has made of trends in the level of productivity within the Civil Service.
Diana Johnson (Labour - Kingston upon Hull North)
What progress he has made on responding to the final recommendations on compensation by the Infected Blood Inquiry.
Monday 4th March 2024 - 2:30 p.m.
Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
Tuesday 5th March 2024 - 11:30 a.m.
Department of Health and Social Care
Wednesday 6th March 2024 - 11:30 a.m.
Scotland Office
Wednesday 6th March 2024 - noon
Tabled By: Rishi Sunak (Conservative - Richmond (Yorks)) Cabinet Office
Thursday 7th March 2024 - 9:30 a.m.
Department for Business and Trade
Monday 11th March 2024 - 2:30 p.m.
Department for Education
Tuesday 12th March 2024 - 11:30 a.m.
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Wednesday 13th March 2024 - 11:30 a.m.
Wales Office
Wednesday 13th March 2024 - noon
Tabled By: Rishi Sunak (Conservative - Richmond (Yorks)) Cabinet Office
Thursday 14th March 2024 - 9:30 a.m.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Thursday 14th March 2024 - 10:10 a.m.
Attorney General
Monday 18th March 2024 - 2:30 p.m.
Department for Work and Pensions
Tuesday 19th March 2024 - 11:30 a.m.
HM Treasury
Wednesday 20th March 2024 - 11:30 a.m.
Women and Equalities (including Topical Questions)
Wednesday 20th March 2024 - noon
Tabled By: Rishi Sunak (Conservative - Richmond (Yorks)) Cabinet Office
Thursday 21st March 2024 - 9:30 a.m.
Department for Transport
Monday 25th March 2024 - 2:30 p.m.
Ministry of Defence
Tuesday 26th March 2024 - 11:30 a.m.
Ministry of Justice
Monday 15th April 2024 - 2:30 p.m.
Home Office
Tuesday 16th April 2024 - 11:30 a.m.
Department for Energy Security & Net Zero
Wednesday 17th April 2024 - 11:30 a.m.
Department for Science, Innovation & Technology
Wednesday 17th April 2024 - noon
Tabled By: Rishi Sunak (Conservative - Richmond (Yorks)) Cabinet Office
Thursday 18th April 2024 - 9:30 a.m.
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Thursday 18th April 2024 - 10:10 a.m.
Church Commissioners and House of Commons Commission and Public Accounts Commission and Restoration and Renewal Client Board and Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission
Monday 22nd April 2024 - 2:30 p.m.
Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
Tuesday 23rd April 2024 - 11:30 a.m.
Department of Health and Social Care
Wednesday 24th April 2024 - 11:30 a.m.
Northern Ireland Office
Wednesday 24th April 2024 - noon
Tabled By: Rishi Sunak (Conservative - Richmond (Yorks)) Cabinet Office
Thursday 25th April 2024 - 9:30 a.m.
Cabinet Office
Monday 29th April 2024 - 2:30 p.m.
Department for Education
Tuesday 30th April 2024 - 11:30 a.m.
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Wednesday 1st May 2024 - 11:30 a.m.
Scotland Office
Wednesday 1st May 2024 - noon
Tabled By: Rishi Sunak (Conservative - Richmond (Yorks)) Cabinet Office
Thursday 2nd May 2024 - 9:30 a.m.
Department for Business and Trade
Tuesday 7th May 2024 - 11:30 a.m.
HM Treasury
Wednesday 8th May 2024 - 11:30 a.m.
Wales Office
Wednesday 8th May 2024 - noon
Tabled By: Rishi Sunak (Conservative - Richmond (Yorks)) Cabinet Office
Thursday 9th May 2024 - 9:30 a.m.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Thursday 9th May 2024 - 10:10 a.m.
Attorney General

Lords Oral Questions

On Monday - Thursday, the House of Lords holds a 30 minute Oral Questions session, with up to four questions being tabled for Government repsonse.

The first three questions can be tabled up to a month in advance, and the fourth 'topical' question is selected by Ballot.

In short

No Lord may have more than one question scheduled in the Lords at any one time, and may only ask four oral questions during the course of a Parliament.

As in the Commons, supplementary questions may be asked once the answer to the oral question has been given.

Monday 26th February 2024 - 2:30 p.m.
Economic benefits for the UK of the tax haven status of the Overseas Territories
Tabled By: Baroness Chakrabarti (Labour - Life peer)
Monday 26th February 2024
Encouraging businesses to employ people with criminal convictions
Tabled By: Baroness Burt of Solihull (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Monday 26th February 2024
NHS's resourcing and capacity to provide specialist care, in line with that provided to cancer and cardiac patients, for those living with neurological conditions
Tabled By: Lord Londesborough (Crossbench - Excepted Hereditary)
Monday 26th February 2024
Supporting biotech companies starting up and scaling up in the UK
Tabled By: Baroness Jones of Whitchurch (Labour - Life peer)
Tuesday 27th February 2024
Dates when the government exercised their right as the sole shareholder of the Post Office to approve, or disapprove, the executive remuneration policies and amounts
Tabled By: Lord Sikka (Labour - Life peer)
Tuesday 27th February 2024 - 2:30 p.m.
Closing the gender pay gap
Tabled By: Baroness Thornhill (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Tuesday 27th February 2024
Payments made to Avanti Trains under the service quality regime
Tabled By: Lord Snape (Labour - Life peer)
Tuesday 27th February 2024
implications of the Court of Appeal’s judgment on 23 February depriving Shamima Begum of British citizenship
Tabled By: Lord Dubs (Labour - Life peer)
Wednesday 28th February 2024 - 3 p.m.
Assessment of skill shortages affecting business and industry
Tabled By: Lord Storey (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Wednesday 28th February 2024
The UK's position in UNICEF’s Innocenti Report Card 18 'Child Poverty in the Midst of Wealth'
Tabled By: Lord Rooker (Labour - Life peer)
Wednesday 28th February 2024
Adequacy of the Housing Benefit subsidy for temporary accommodation and support for local authorities
Tabled By: Baroness Thornhill (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Thursday 29th February 2024 - 11 a.m.
Bringing about a sustainable peace as the war in Ukraine passes its second anniversary
Tabled By: Lord Skidelsky (Crossbench - Life peer)
Thursday 29th February 2024
Prime Minister of Israel's ruling out a two-state solution with the Palestinians
Tabled By: Lord Hain (Labour - Life peer)
Thursday 29th February 2024
Supporting charities which might struggle to pay salaries following the planned rise in the national minimum wage, particularly those supporting adults with serious learning disabilities, their families and carers.
Tabled By: Lord Faulkner of Worcester (Labour - Life peer)
Monday 4th March 2024 - 2:30 p.m.
Support for charities and local government to provide places of safety for women subject to domestic violence
Tabled By: Baroness Donaghy (Labour - Life peer)
Monday 4th March 2024
Extending visas for Ukrainians which are due to expire after 3 years
Tabled By: Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate (Conservative - Life peer)
Monday 4th March 2024
Recent forecast by the Office of National Statistics that between 2021 and 2036 the UK population will grow by 9.9 per cent, to 73.7 million persons
Tabled By: Lord Moylan (Conservative - Life peer)
Monday 4th March 2024
Ensuring the families of sub-postmasters affected by the Horizon scandal have access to appropriate psychological support services
Tabled By: Lord Dobbs (Conservative - Life peer)
Tuesday 5th March 2024 - 2:30 p.m.
Number of women who have been prosecuted for non-payment of the television licence in the past two years
Tabled By: Baroness Hoey (Non-affiliated - Life peer)
Tuesday 5th March 2024
Current levels of safety, and involvement of patients and carers, when mental health patients are discharged from inpatient settings and emergency departments
Tabled By: Baroness Merron (Labour - Life peer)
Tuesday 5th March 2024
Ensuring War Widows receive the ex gratia pension payment announced by Lord Harlech on 18 May 2023
Tabled By: Baroness Crawley (Labour - Life peer)
Wednesday 6th March 2024 - 3 p.m.
Government's heat pump installation targets
Tabled By: Earl Russell (Liberal Democrat - Excepted Hereditary)
Wednesday 6th March 2024
Small modular nuclear reactors as a low-carbon solution to energy security
Tabled By: Lord Grade of Yarmouth (Non-affiliated - Life peer)
Wednesday 6th March 2024
The benefits leaving the European Union has brought to United Kingdom’s economy and society in the past four years
Tabled By: Lord Wallace of Saltaire (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Wednesday 6th March 2024
Recognising the work of criminal jurors and introducing an ‘appreciation day’ for them
Tabled By: Baroness Berridge (Conservative - Life peer)
Thursday 7th March 2024 - 11 a.m.
Military national service
Tabled By: Lord Naseby (Conservative - Life peer)
Thursday 7th March 2024
Question to the Senior Deputy Speaker: through-traffic from Old Palace Yard
Tabled By: Lord Berkeley (Labour - Life peer)
Thursday 7th March 2024
The work of the Environment Agency
Tabled By: Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb (Green Party - Life peer)
Monday 11th March 2024
Assessment of Academy of Medical Sciences report: 'Prioritising early childhood to promote the nation’s health, wellbeing and prosperity', published on 5 February, in particular regard to children under five
Tabled By: Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (Labour - Life peer)
Monday 11th March 2024
Timeline for 809 Naval Air Squadron to be fully operational with full complement of aircraft
Tabled By: Lord West of Spithead (Labour - Life peer)
Monday 11th March 2024
Appointment of senior lawyer to review the seven allegations against Sir Edward Heath left unresolved at the end of Operation Conifer in 2017
Tabled By: Lord Lexden (Conservative - Life peer)
Monday 11th March 2024
Adequacy of the powers and resources of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies
Tabled By: Lord Harris of Haringey (Labour - Life peer)
Tuesday 12th March 2024
Developing a national strategy for carers to take account of the needs of unpaid carers
Tabled By: Baroness Pitkeathley (Labour - Life peer)
Tuesday 12th March 2024
Adding forest risk commodity regulations under Schedule 17 to the Environment Act
Tabled By: Baroness Hayman of Ullock (Labour - Life peer)
Tuesday 12th March 2024
Publishing the land use framework for England and plans for consultation
Tabled By: Baroness Young of Old Scone (Labour - Life peer)
Wednesday 13th March 2024 - 3 p.m.
Evidence that power generation from biomass is good value, sustainable, and compatible with reaching net zero emissions by 2050.
Tabled By: Baroness Boycott (Crossbench - Life peer)
Wednesday 13th March 2024
Costs and benefits of the enforced lockdowns during the COVID-19 epidemic from March 2020
Tabled By: Lord Robathan (Conservative - Life peer)
Wednesday 13th March 2024
Discussions with the Scottish Government regarding any activities it is undertaking that fall outwith its devolved competences
Tabled By: Lord Foulkes of Cumnock (Labour - Life peer)
Thursday 14th March 2024
Support to help protect telecommunication cables in the Red Sea
Tabled By: Baroness Rawlings (Conservative - Life peer)
Thursday 14th March 2024
Introducing training for the armed services on climate change
Tabled By: Lord McColl of Dulwich (Conservative - Life peer)
Thursday 14th March 2024
Reported threats to democratic freedoms in India
Tabled By: Baroness D'Souza (Crossbench - Life peer)
Monday 18th March 2024
Human-specific medical research techniques in place of animal testing
Tabled By: Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle (Green Party - Life peer)
Monday 18th March 2024
Impact of the closure of the UK Tradeshow Programme on the ability of small and medium-sized enterprises to export to new markets
Tabled By: Lord Leong (Labour - Life peer)
Monday 18th March 2024
Cost to the public funds of bringing prison officer pension age into line with that of firefighters, the police and armed services
Tabled By: Earl Attlee (Conservative - Excepted Hereditary)
Monday 18th March 2024
The contribution of independent schools to the education sector
Tabled By: Lord Black of Brentwood (Conservative - Life peer)
Tuesday 19th March 2024
Assistance provided to the developers of advanced modular reactors to enable them to conduct criticality tests
Tabled By: Viscount Hanworth (Labour - Excepted Hereditary)
Tuesday 19th March 2024
Reviewing the level of support given in schools to special needs pupils
Tabled By: Lord Touhig (Labour - Life peer)
Tuesday 19th March 2024
Making electronic point-of-sale payment devices accessible for those with a visual impairment, such as via tactile keypad
Tabled By: Lord Blunkett (Labour - Life peer)
Wednesday 20th March 2024 - 3 p.m.
Additional funded childcare provisions
Tabled By: Baroness Twycross (Labour - Life peer)
Wednesday 20th March 2024
The relocation of children’s cancer services away from The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation
Tabled By: Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist (Conservative - Life peer)
Wednesday 20th March 2024
The audit arrangements for the Teesworks project
Tabled By: Baroness Taylor of Stevenage (Labour - Life peer)
Thursday 21st March 2024
Impact of ending the Household Support Fund on children's bed poverty
Tabled By: Lord Bishop of Manchester (Bishops - Bishops)
Thursday 21st March 2024
Improving the enforcement of national minimum wage legislation
Tabled By: Lord Sahota (Labour - Life peer)
Thursday 21st March 2024
Implementing Lord Etherton’s recommendations on financial redress in the LGBT veterans independent review
Tabled By: Lord Cashman (Labour - Life peer)

Ten Minute Bills

Ten Minute Bills are an opportunity for backbenchers to give a 10 minute speech as the First Reading for a proposed Bill.

They are scheduled for immediately after Question Time to give the largest possible attendence.

In short

The first reading of a Bill marks the formal introduction of a bill before the house (though a detailed text is not required). Typically, this is a brief formality without any speeches being made.

However, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, backbench MPs are allocated 10 minutes to make a speech outlining the reasons for their proposed legislation. The relevant Minister is expected to be present.

This event typically occurs immediately after Questions, to ensure as great an audience as possible.

However, Ten Minute Bill's no not receive any legislative priority, and are unlikely to become enacted into law as primary legislation.

Tuesday 27th February 2024
Higher Education (Student Finance and Skills Shortages)
Tabled By: Lia Nici (Conservative - Great Grimsby)
Wednesday 28th February 2024
Brain tumours
Tabled By: Siobhain McDonagh (Labour - Mitcham and Morden)
Tuesday 5th March 2024
(Details to be provided)
Tabled By: Giles Watling (Conservative - Clacton)
Monday 11th March 2024
Details to be provided
Tabled By: Martin Docherty-Hughes (Scottish National Party - West Dunbartonshire)
Tuesday 12th March 2024
Details to be provided
Tabled By: Simon Lightwood (Labour (Co-op) - Wakefield)
Wednesday 13th March 2024
Details to be provided
Tabled By: Derek Thomas (Conservative - St Ives)

Westminster Hall Debates

Westminster Hall is a forum for Parliamentary debates to occur outside the Main Chamber.

As with Adjournment Debates, issues are tabled by backbench MPs, and a Government Minister will respond without a vote being taken.

In short

Monday - A 3 hour debate begins at 4.30pm, and relating to Petitions or e-Petitions.

Tuesday and Wednesday - Debates occur throughout the day, and are selected by Ballot

Thursday - A 3 hour debate determined by the Backbench Business Committee or Liason Committee

The Westminster Hall debates are Chaired by members of the Panel of Chairs (a group of experienced MPs), rather than the Speaker or a Deputy Speaker.

Monday 26th February 2024
Tuesday 27th February 2024
Wednesday 28th February 2024
Thursday 29th February 2024
Tuesday 5th March 2024
Thursday 7th March 2024
Monday 11th March 2024
Thursday 14th March 2024

Opposition Day Debates

Opposition Days are 20 designated days each session, where Opposition parties (rather than the Government) can table a motion for debate.

In short

Opposition Days typically consist of two debates selected by either the Official Opposition (17 days allocated) or minor parties (3 days allocated).

Opposition Day debates are usually led by a motion expressing criticism of the Government on a particular topic, to which the Government tables an amendment expressing support of the Government.

However, it must be understood that Parliament has no authority to compel the Government to act, legislate or direct the performance of statutory functions. The passage of a successful resolution may lead to an official response from the Government, but the Government are under no obligation to comply with resolutions of the House.

Since 2017, the Government has taken the position of abstention from voting on Opposition Day debates, so as to prevent MPs being recorded as officially objecting to politically popular motions.

There no Opposition Day debates currently scheduled

Secondary Legislation Debates

Secondary (or Delegated) Legislation under the affirmative procedure requires Parliamentary approval before it can be made (enacted) into law.

This requirement for approval is frequently discharged by a Delegated Legislation Committee, who consider the legislation and vote to approve it.

In short

Certain secondary legislation requires the assessment and approval of Parliament, which is performed by Delegated Legislation Committees.

For more details on this complex topic, read our glossary article: Secondary Legislation

Monday 26th February 2024
Tuesday 27th February 2024
Wednesday 28th February 2024

Commons Select Committee Meetings

Select Committees are groups of backbench MPs tasked with oversight of the Government Departments, or areas of constitutional concern.

In short

Select Committees typically undertake a programme of inquiries through the duration of a Parliament. Committees hold regular public evidence sessions with Ministers and senior Civil Servants to scrutinise each Department, or members of the public relevant to a particular inquiry.

Inquiries typically conclude with the publication of a report, to which the Government may publish a response.

Monday 26th February 2024
Tuesday 27th February 2024
Wednesday 28th February 2024
Thursday 29th February 2024
Monday 4th March 2024
    3:30 p.m. - Fully physical meeting
      Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Investigation into whistleblowing in the civil service
      At 4:00pm: Oral evidence
      Fiona Ryland - Government Chief People Officer at Cabinet Office
      Matthew Davies - HR Deputy Director at Cabinet Office


Tuesday 5th March 2024
Wednesday 6th March 2024
Monday 11th March 2024
    3:30 p.m. - Fully physical meeting
      Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Progress in implementing Universal Credit
      At 4:00pm: Oral evidence
      Peter Schofield CB - Permanent Secretary at Department for Work and Pensions
      Neil Couling CBE - Change and Resilience Director General and Senior Responsible Owner for Universal Credit at Department for Work and Pensions
      Helga Swidenbank - Director of Disability Services, Working Age and Move to UC at Department for Work and Pensions


Wednesday 13th March 2024
    1 p.m. - Fully physical meeting
      Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: DHSC Annual Report & Accounts 2022-23
      At 1:30pm: Oral evidence
      Sir Chris Wormald - Permanent Secretary at Department of Health and Social Care
      Shona Dunn - Second Permanent Secretary at Department of Health and Social Care
      Andy Brittain - Director General, Finance at Department of Health and Social Care


    1:45 p.m. - Room 19, Palace of Westminster
Monday 18th March 2024
    3:30 p.m. - Fully physical meeting
      Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Non-executive director appointments
      At 4:00pm: Oral evidence
      Sir Alex Chisholm - Permanent Secretary at Cabinet Office
      Michael Jary - Government Lead Non-Executive at Cabinet Office
      Sam Lister - DG (Strategy and Operations) at Department for Culture, Media and Sport


Tuesday 19th March 2024
Wednesday 20th March 2024
    1 p.m. - Fully physical meeting
      Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Lessons learned: Delivering value from government investment in major programmes
      At 1:30pm: Oral evidence
      Conrad Smewing - Director General Public Spending at HM Treasury
      Nick Smallwood - CEO at Infrastructure and Projects Authority


Monday 25th March 2024
    3:30 p.m. - Fully physical meeting
      Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Value for Money from Legal Aid
      At 4:00pm: Oral evidence
      Antonia Romeo - Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Justice
      Jane Harbottle - CEO at Legal Aid Agency
      Jason Latham - Development Director at HM Courts and Tribunals Service
      Jerome Glass - Director General Policy and Strategy Group at Ministry of Justice


Tuesday 26th March 2024
Tuesday 2nd April 2024
Tuesday 23rd April 2024

Lords Select Committee Meetings

Select Committees are groups of Lordstasked with oversight of the Government Departments, or areas of constitutional concern.

In short

Select Committees typically undertake a programme of inquiries through the duration of a Parliament. Committees hold regular public evidence sessions with Ministers and senior Civil Servants to scrutinise each Department, or members of the public relevant to a particular inquiry.

Inquiries typically conclude with the publication of a report, to which the Government may publish a response.

Thursday 29th February 2024
Monday 4th March 2024
Tuesday 5th March 2024
Wednesday 6th March 2024
Thursday 7th March 2024
Monday 11th March 2024
Tuesday 12th March 2024
Wednesday 13th March 2024
Wednesday 20th March 2024
Thursday 21st March 2024
Wednesday 17th April 2024
    3 p.m. - To be confirmed
      Public Services Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: The transition from education to employment for young disabled people
      At 3:00pm: Oral evidence
      David Johnston OBE MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Children, Families and Wellbeing) at Department for Education
      At 4:00pm: Oral evidence
      Mims Davies MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work) at Department for Work and Pensions


Tuesday 30th April 2024
Wednesday 1st May 2024

Joint Committee Meetings

Joint Committees comprise members of both the House of Commons, and the House of Lords

In short

Select Committees typically undertake a programme of inquiries through the duration of a Parliament. Committees hold regular public evidence sessions with Ministers and senior Civil Servants to scrutinise each Department, or members of the public relevant to a particular inquiry.

Inquiries typically conclude with the publication of a report, to which the Government may publish a response.


General Committee Meetings

General Committees typically meet to consider legislation currently at the Committee Stages.

There are no General Committee meetings currently scheduled

Grand Committee Meetings

Grand Committees in the House of Lords consider legislation outside the main chamber, for which there will be no contested divisions.

Grand Committees in the House of Commons debate issues or legislation relating to a devolved administrative region of the United Kingdom (Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland).

There are no Grand Committee meetings currently scheduled

Government Bill Debate Schedule

Government Bills currently scheduled for debate before Parliament.

In short

For more information on Bill Process and Government Bills, read our glossary articles: Process of a Bill and Government Bills

Monday 26th February 2024
Committee stage - Victims and Prisoners Bill 2022-23
Tuesday 27th February 2024
Report stage - Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill 2023-24
Wednesday 28th February 2024
2nd reading - Media Bill 2023-24
2nd reading - Pedicabs (London) Bill [HL] 2023-24
Monday 4th March 2024
Report stage - Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill 2023-24
Tuesday 5th March 2024
2nd reading - Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] 2023-24
Monday 11th March 2024
Report stage - Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill 2022-23

Private Members Bill Debate Schedule

Dates have been set for the following Private Members Bill debates

In short

Private Members Bills are proposed items of legislation tabled by backbench MPs. Only around 7 will become law each Session, and most will not progress beyond the initial stages.

For more information, read our glossary articles: Process of a Bill and Private Members Bills

Tuesday 27th February 2024
2nd reading - Ministerial Severance (Reform) Bill 2023-24
Wednesday 28th February 2024
Committee stage - Zoological Society of London (Leases) Bill 2023-24
Friday 1st March 2024
1 - 2nd reading - Conversion Practices (Prohibition) Bill 2023-24
1 - 2nd reading - Alternative Investment Fund Designation Bill [HL] 2023-24
2 - 2nd reading - Consular Assistance Bill 2023-24
3 - 2nd reading - Schools (Mental Health Professionals) Bill [HL] 2023-24
3 - 2nd reading - Courts (Remote Hearings) Bill 2023-24
4 - 2nd reading - Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity (Ratification of Treaty) Bill 2023-24
5 - 2nd reading - Fertility Treatment (Employment Rights) Bill 2023-24
6 - 2nd reading - Deductions from Universal Credit (Report) Bill 2023-24
7 - 2nd reading - Evictions (Universal Credit) Bill 2023-24
8 - 2nd reading - Arms Trade (Inquiry and Suspension) Bill 2023-24
9 - 2nd reading - Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (Amendment) Bill 2023-24
10 - 2nd reading - Welfare Benefits (Adequacy, Debt and Deductions) Bill 2023-24
12 - 2nd reading - Whistleblowing Bill 2023-24
13 - 2nd reading - Food Poverty Strategy Bill 2023-24
14 - 2nd reading - Under-Occupancy Penalty (Report) Bill 2023-24
15 - 2nd reading - Devolution (Employment) (Scotland) Bill 2023-24
16 - 2nd reading - Social Security Benefits (Healthy Eating) Bill 2023-24
17 - 2nd reading - Universal Credit Sanctions (Zero Hours Contracts) Bill 2023-24
2nd reading - Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill [HL] 2023-24
2nd reading - Police (declaration) Bill 2023-24
Friday 15th March 2024
1 - 2nd reading - Animal Welfare (Import of Dogs, Cats and Ferrets) Bill 2023-24
2 - 2nd reading - Public Procurement (British Goods and Services) Bill 2023-24
3 - 2nd reading - Health and Equality Acts (Amendment) Bill 2023-24
4 - 2nd reading - Children Not in School (Registers, Support and Orders) Bill 2023-24
5 - 2nd reading - Members of Parliament (Oil and Gas Companies) Bill 2023-24
6 - 2nd reading - Telecommunications Infrastructure (Consultation) Bill 2023-24
7 - 2nd reading - Public Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Bill 2023-24
8 - 2nd reading - Corporate Homicide Bill 2023-24
9 - 2nd reading - Asylum Seekers (Permission to Work) Bill 2023-24
10 - 2nd reading - Unpaid Trial Work Periods (Prohibition) Bill 2023-24
11 - 2nd reading - Pets (Microchips) Bill 2023-24
12 - 2nd reading - Employment Equality (Insurance etc) Bill 2023-24
13 - 2nd reading - Support for Infants and Parents etc (Information) Bill 2023-24
15 - 2nd reading - Veterans (Non-custodial Sentences) Bill 2023-24
16 - 2nd reading - Nuclear Veterans (Compensation) Bill 2023-24
17 - 2nd reading - Miners’ Strike (Pardons) Bill 2023-24
18 - Report stage - Licensing Hours Extensions Bill 2023-24
2nd reading - Social energy tariff Bill 2023-24
Friday 22nd March 2024
1 - 2nd reading - Hunting Trophies (Import Prohibition) Bill 2023-24
2 - 2nd reading - Greater London Low Emission Zone Charging (Amendment) Bill 2023-24
3 - 2nd reading - Puppy Import (Prohibition) Bill 2023-24
4 - 2nd reading - Chalk Streams (Protection) Bill 2023-24
5 - 2nd reading - British Goods (Public Sector Purchasing Duty) Bill 2023-24
6 - 2nd reading - Consumer Pricing Bill 2023-24
7 - 2nd reading - Broadcasting (Listed Sporting Events) Bill 2023-24
8 - 2nd reading - Employment (Application Requirements) Bill 2023-24
9 - 2nd reading - Public Sector Website Impersonation Bill 2023-24
10 - 2nd reading - Armenian Genocide (Recognition) Bill 2023-24
12 - 2nd reading - Asylum Seekers (Accommodation Eviction Procedures) Bill 2023-24
13 - 2nd reading - Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (Powers) Bill 2023-24
14 - 2nd reading - Scottish Law Officers (Devolution) Bill 2023-24
15 - 2nd reading - Health and Social Care (Recruitment and Retention of Staff in Rural Areas) Bill 2023-24
16 - 2nd reading - Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (Sentencing Guidelines) Bill 2023-24
17 - 2nd reading - Offensive Weapons Bill 2023-24
2nd reading - House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) (No. 2) Bill 2023-24
Friday 19th April 2024
1 - Report stage - Pet Abduction Bill 2023-24
2 - 2nd reading - Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill 2023-24
3 - 2nd reading - Online Services (Cancellation) Bill 2023-24
4 - 2nd reading - Health and Safety at Work Bill 2023-24
5 - 2nd reading - Public Sector Exit Payments (Limitation) Bill 2023-24
6 - 2nd reading - Green Belt (Protection) Bill 2023-24
8 - 2nd reading - State Pension Age (Compensation) Bill 2023-24
10 - 2nd reading - Affordable Housing (Conversion of Commercial Property) Bill 2023-24
2nd reading - Autism (early identification) Bill 2023-24
Friday 26th April 2024
1 - 2nd reading - Workers (Rights and Definition) Bill 2023-24
2 - 2nd reading - Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 (Amendment) Bill 2023-24
3 - 2nd reading - BBC Licence Fee Non-Payment (Decriminalisation for Over-75s) Bill 2023-24
4 - 2nd reading - General Medical Council (Fitness to Practise) Rules (Amendment) Bill 2023-24
2nd reading - Road traffic and street works Bill 2023-24
Friday 17th May 2024
1 - 2nd reading - Animal Welfare (Responsibility for Dog Attacks) Bill 2023-24
2 - 2nd reading - Benefit Sanctions (Warnings) Bill 2023-24
3 - 2nd reading - Arm’s-length Bodies (Accountability to Parliament) Bill 2023-24
4 - 2nd reading - Anonymity of Suspects Bill 2023-24
5 - 2nd reading - Government of Wales (Referendum on Devolution) Bill 2023-24
6 - 2nd reading - Immigration and Nationality Fees (Exemption for NHS Clinical Staff) Bill 2023-24
Friday 7th June 2024
1 - 2nd reading - Bullying and Respect at Work Bill 2023-24
2 - 2nd reading - Housing Standards (Refugees and Asylum Seekers) Bill 2023-24
3 - 2nd reading - Dangerous Dogs (Licensing) Bill 2023-24
4 - 2nd reading - Mobile Homes Act 1983 (Amendment) Bill 2023-24
Friday 14th June 2024
1 - 2nd reading - Titles Deprivation Act 1917 Amendment Bill 2023-24
2 - 2nd reading - Vaccine Damage Payments Act (Review) Bill 2023-24
3 - 2nd reading - Disability Benefit Assessments (Recording) Bill 2023-24
4 - 2nd reading - Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill 2023-24
Friday 21st June 2024
1 - 2nd reading - Groceries Code Adjudicator (Powers and Duties) Bill 2023-24
2 - 2nd reading - Palestine Statehood (Recognition) Bill 2023-24
3 - 2nd reading - Full Employment Bill 2023-24
4 - 2nd reading - Covid-19 Vaccine Damage Bill 2023-24
6 - 2nd reading - Airports (Prohibition of Night Flights) Bill 2023-24
7 - 2nd reading - Outdoor Education Bill 2023-24
8 - 2nd reading - Access to Telecommunications Networks Bill 2023-24
9 - 2nd reading - Bus Services Bill 2023-24
10 - 2nd reading - Public Transport (Rural Areas) Bill 2023-24
11 - 2nd reading - Cancer Research Funding (Report to Parliament) Bill 2023-24
12 - 2nd reading - Joint Enterprise (Significant Contribution) Bill 2023-24
13 - 2nd reading - Family Visas (Minimum Income) Bill 2023-24
14 - 2nd reading - Broadcasting (Listed Sporting Events) (Scotland) Bill 2023-24
2nd reading - Schools (Mental Health Professionals) (No. 2) Bill 2023-24