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)

19 Jan 2021, 9:04 a.m.
A #CommonsMention for the @valnevaSE team in Livingston who are working tremendously hard, alongside the Oxford-AstraZeneca team, in doing their bit to develop a vaccine. As mentioned by @HannahB4LiviMP in the Commons last week. https://t.co/46HSkFDp2p - Link
18 Jan 2021, 11 a.m.
All the best to everyone at @NMandDVC, @ConnexCommSupp and @Glossop_Bureau! - 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. 17 Westminster Hall Devolved Powers in Scotland
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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
14 Jan 2021, 1:33 p.m. Rachael Maskell (Labour (Co-op) - York Central) Rachael Maskell (Labour (Co-op) - York Central)

Question to the Leader of the House:

To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions he has had with the House authorities on enabling full virtual participation in Westminster Hall debates.

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

On 13 January, the House agreed a motion to suspend sittings in Westminster Hall. I refer the Hon. lady to my words during the debate on the question of virtual participation in Westminster Hall.

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