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You may have seen a story about the government wanting to go on holiday early and not return to Parliament next week. They found that the move was deeply unpopular and it became clear it didn’t have enough votes to succeed. So the plan was shelved and MPs and back in the Commons next week.
It has to be said, though, that there is not all that much going on. It’s very, very quiet. Buty we’re not going to dwell on that too much. Lst time we said there was going to be a quiet week, David Davis and Boris Johnson resigned from the government.
Also, don’t forget that whenever Parliament is sitting there are Ministerial Statements and Urgent Questions which can always provide some drama. Not sure what they are? Lucky we’re here:
Ministerial Statement: This is when a government department (or the PM ) want to announce something. A new plan to fix a problem, some new figures, reporting back on a conference. That kind of thing. A statement is followed by a response from the opposite number in the Labour Party and then a Q&A from other MPs. The session last 45 mins – 1 hour.
Urgent Questions: If no minister is planning to give a statement on a given subject, any MP can ask the Speaker to grant an Urgent Question. This can be on almost any matter related to government activity and a minister is required to come to the House and answer the question. It doesn’t have to be the most senior minister, so we often see junior ministers being sent out to take the flack. After the response, the MP who asked the question gets to respond with extra questions raised. As with a Ministerial Statement, there is also a Q&A after for 45 mins – 1 hour.
Monday – Barring any statements / questions, Monday is pretty darn quiet. Just a general debate in the Commons about ‘Strengthening the Union’, the Housing Select Committee discussing Brexit and a debate on Brexit in the Lords.
Tuesday – Keep an eye on the news today. It has become a convention recently to release a lot of written statements on the last days of Parliamentary terms. Contained in these written statements is often some bad news the government may try to hide some bad news. There is nothing of interest in the Commons. The Lords are on Private Members Bills.
Don’t switch off quite yet, though… The Brexit Select Committee have Dominic Raab in front of them on Tuesday at 2pm. This committee always get straight to the heart of the matter and has members of all different perspectives on Brexit. Tune in.
What’s happening over the summer?
Well, it will be a slightly busier summer than normal as Brexit negotiations will rumble on. I don’t expect this to happen, but if Brexit falls apart, it is possible that Parliament will be back early.
Thank you to Simple Politics for producing this excellent updates, they will be back for the return of Parliament on 4th September
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