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 19th April 2021 - 10 p.m.
Gender pension gap
Tabled By: Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party - North Ayrshire and Arran)
Tuesday 20th April 2021 - 7 p.m.
Service medal for nuclear test veterans
Tabled By: John Hayes (Conservative - South Holland and The Deepings)
Wednesday 21st April 2021 - 7 p.m.
Carbon monoxide safety, testing and awareness
Thursday 22nd April 2021 - 5 p.m.
Future of British wrestling
Tabled By: Mark Fletcher (Conservative - Bolsover)
Monday 26th April 2021 - 10 p.m.
Award for next of kin of emergency services personnel killed on duty
Tabled By: Bob Stewart (Conservative - Beckenham)

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 22nd April 2021
Debate on the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Eighth Report of Session 2019–21, on Government Transparency and Accountability During covid 19: The Data Underpinning Decisions
Tabled By: William Wragg (Conservative - Hazel Grove)
Thursday 22nd April 2021
Debate on a Motion on Mass Human Rights Abuses and Crimes Against Humanity in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Tabled By: Nusrat Ghani (Conservative - Wealden)

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 19th April - 2:30 p.m.

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

First 5 Oral Questions
Janet Daby (Labour - Lewisham East)
What support he plans to provide to (a) leaseholders and (b) tenants living in buildings under 18 metres of height with flammable cladding.
Jessica Morden (Labour - Newport East)
What progress his Department has made on the design of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
Karen Buck (Labour - Westminster North)
What recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of first-time buyers entering the housing market.
Kirsten Oswald (Scottish National Party - East Renfrewshire)
What recent discussions he has had with the devolved Administrations on the (a) Levelling Up Fund and (b) UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
Fleur Anderson (Labour - Putney)
What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the role of his Department in meeting the national target of net zero emissions by 2050.
Tuesday 20th April 2021 - 11:30 a.m.
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Wednesday 21st April - 11:30 a.m.

Northern Ireland Office

First 5 Oral Questions
Patricia Gibson (Scottish National Party - North Ayrshire and Arran)
What recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Northern Ireland protocol on levels of trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Stephen Farry (Alliance - North Down)
What steps the Government is taking to tackle the causes of the recent disorder in Northern Ireland.
Matt Western (Labour - Warwick and Leamington)
What assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of Budget 2021 on police officer numbers in Northern Ireland.
Jamie Stone (Liberal Democrat - Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
What recent assessment he has made of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on peace in Northern Ireland.
Colum Eastwood (Social Democratic & Labour Party - Foyle)
What recent progress has been made on the implementation of the Northern Ireland protocol.

Wednesday 21st April - noon

Prime Minister's Question Time
First 5 Oral Questions
Ronnie Cowan (Scottish National Party - Inverclyde)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21 April.
Kim Johnson (Labour - Liverpool, Riverside)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21 April.
Anna McMorrin (Labour - Cardiff North)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21 April.
Philippa Whitford (Scottish National Party - Central Ayrshire)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21 April.
Luke Evans (Conservative - Bosworth)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 21 April.

Thursday 22nd April - 9:30 a.m.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

First 5 Oral Questions
Nick Smith (Labour - Blaenau Gwent)
What recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on reducing rural crime.
Gavin Newlands (Scottish National Party - Paisley and Renfrewshire North)
What recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of UK exports of food and drink to the EU.
Alex Cunningham (Labour - Stockton North)
What discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on reducing dog thefts.
Christian Matheson (Labour - City of Chester)
What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Coronavirus Zoo Animals Fund.
Wera Hobhouse (Liberal Democrat - Bath)
What steps he is taking to encourage the use of alternatives to neonicotinoids which do not harm pollinators.

Thursday 22nd April - 10:10 a.m.

Church Commissioners and House of Commons Commission and Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body and Public Accounts Commission and Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission
First 5 Oral Questions
Miriam Cates (Conservative - Penistone and Stocksbridge)
To ask the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to support and strengthen families and marriages.
Vicky Foxcroft (Labour - Lewisham, Deptford)
To ask the hon. Member for City of Chester, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what steps the Electoral Commission is taking to increase levels of political literacy among young people.
Aaron Bell (Conservative - Newcastle-under-Lyme)
To ask the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what steps the Church of England is taking to support the Government’s plans to ban conversion therapy.
Martin Vickers (Conservative - Cleethorpes)
To ask the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment the Church of England has made of the effect of online worship on church attendance.
Lisa Cameron (Scottish National Party - East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)
To ask the hon. Member for City of Chester, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what steps the Electoral Commission has taken to support candidates with disabilities.
Monday 26th April 2021 - 2:30 p.m.
Department for Education
Tuesday 27th April 2021 - 11:30 a.m.
HM Treasury
Wednesday 28th April 2021 - 11:30 a.m.
Scotland Office
Wednesday 28th April 2021 - noon
Prime Minister's Question Time
Thursday 29th April 2021 - 9:30 a.m.
Department for Transport

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 19th April 2021 - 1 p.m.
Joining-up family policy across government so that it is “fit for the 2020s”
Tabled By: Lord Farmer (Conservative - Life peer)
Monday 19th April 2021
Role of nuclear energy in meeting the UK’s hydrogen production targets
Tabled By: Lord Ravensdale (Crossbench - Excepted Hereditary)
Monday 19th April 2021
Reports that highly skilled migrants from Commonwealth countries who have lived in the UK have been refused indefinite leave to remain
Tabled By: Lord Woolley of Woodford (Crossbench - Life peer)
Monday 19th April 2021
Revising planning rules to ensure all decisions are aligned with the UK’s net zero emissions targets
Tabled By: Baroness Sheehan (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Tuesday 20th April 2021 - noon
Transferring responsibility for gambling policy to the Department of Health and Social Care
Tabled By: Lord Bishop of St Albans (Bishops - Bishops)
Tuesday 20th April 2021
National Marriage Week and the role of marriage in the development of policy
Tabled By: Baroness Eaton (Conservative - Life peer)
Tuesday 20th April 2021
Supporting a 50:50 gender-balanced Parliament and amending male primogeniture
Tabled By: Lord Lucas (Conservative - Excepted Hereditary)
Tuesday 20th April 2021
Reducing domestic air travel in the UK
Tabled By: Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb (Green Party - Life peer)
Wednesday 21st April 2021 - noon
Emergency alert system for users of mobile telephones
Tabled By: Lord Harris of Haringey (Labour - Life peer)
Wednesday 21st April 2021
Engaging with countries in Latin America as part of the UK’s future foreign policy
Tabled By: Baroness Coussins (Crossbench - Life peer)
Wednesday 21st April 2021
World Obesity Federation report: COVID-19 and Obesity: The 2021 Atlas
Tabled By: Lord Robathan (Conservative - Life peer)
Thursday 22nd April 2021 - noon
List of the reductions in Overseas Development Assistance budgets and awards for 2019/20, and 2020/21
Tabled By: Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale (Labour - Life peer)
Thursday 22nd April 2021
The use of e-scooters and the number of offences and casualties caused by them
Tabled By: Baroness McIntosh of Pickering (Conservative - Life peer)
Thursday 22nd April 2021
Government support given to students in Pupil Referral Units during the COVID-19 pandemic
Tabled By: Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon (Labour - Life peer)
Monday 26th April 2021 - 1 p.m.
Industrial Strategy Council annual report which recommended the development of local strategies to deliver sustainable local growth
Tabled By: Baroness Thornhill (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Monday 26th April 2021
Findings of the government consultation on the proposal to add folic acid to flour
Tabled By: Lord Rooker (Labour - Life peer)
Monday 26th April 2021
Reviewing the legislation that implemented the EU Habitats Directive in regard to the construction of major infrastructure whilst protecting natural habits
Tabled By: Lord Moylan (Conservative - Life peer)
Monday 26th April 2021
Impact of COVID-19 on the levelling up agenda in relation to the creative industries sector
Tabled By: Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Tuesday 27th April 2021 - noon
Hazards that arise when cyclists fail to make use of bicycle bells
Tabled By: Lord Lexden (Conservative - Life peer)
Tuesday 27th April 2021
Electrical power requirements needed to enable reliable hydrogen, and battery, availability, in order to meet their zero carbon transport sector target
Tabled By: Lord Berkeley (Labour - Life peer)
Tuesday 27th April 2021
Recommendations in the Kalifa Review of UK Fintech
Tabled By: Lord Holmes of Richmond (Conservative - Life peer)
Wednesday 28th April 2021 - noon
Enabling Northern Ireland citizens to have the same rights as citizens of the rest of the UK
Tabled By: Baroness Hoey (Non-affiliated - Life peer)
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Political situation in Zimbabwe
Tabled By: Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick (Non-affiliated - Life peer)
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Care home occupancy rate
Tabled By: Baroness Greengross (Crossbench - Life peer)
Thursday 29th April 2021 - noon
Effectiveness of the law in respect of leaseholders and property management companies responsible for the upkeep of communal areas in blocks of flats
Tabled By: Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour - Life peer)
Thursday 29th April 2021
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the humanitarian situation in Syria
Tabled By: Baroness Cox (Crossbench - Life peer)
Thursday 29th April 2021
Government plans for the new Office for Health Promotion to take over responsibility improving the health of the nation
Tabled By: Lord Moynihan (Conservative - Excepted Hereditary)
Tuesday 4th May 2021 - noon
Government's industrial strategy for the steel sector
Tabled By: Lord Allen of Kensington (Labour - Life peer)
Tuesday 4th May 2021
Lessons learned from curtailing the implementation of the Green Homes Grant and the cancellation of earlier energy efficiency schemes
Tabled By: Baroness Hayman (Crossbench - Life peer)
Tuesday 4th May 2021
Compatibility of government policies with the UK’s net zero by 2050 and carbon Budget targets
Tabled By: Lord Browne of Ladyton (Labour - Life peer)
Wednesday 5th May 2021 - noon
Implementing the recommendations of the Dunlop Review of UK Government Union Capability
Tabled By: Lord Hay of Ballyore (Democratic Unionist Party - Life peer)
Wednesday 5th May 2021
Youth Justice Statistics: 2019-2020 showing more than half of children and young people in custody are from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background
Tabled By: Baroness Hussein-Ece (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Wednesday 5th May 2021
Training for Personal Independence Payment assessors
Tabled By: Baroness Thomas of Winchester (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Thursday 6th May 2021 - noon
GP surgeries and appointments back to normal capacity
Tabled By: Lord Balfe (Conservative - Life peer)
Thursday 6th May 2021
Youth employment after COVID-19 pandemic
Tabled By: Lord Rose of Monewden (Conservative - Life peer)
Thursday 6th May 2021
Funding for Overseas Development Assistance
Tabled By: Baroness Sugg (Conservative - 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 20th April 2021
Planning (Local Authority Housing Developments)
Tabled By: Paul Holmes (Conservative - Eastleigh)
Wednesday 21st April 2021
Fur Trade (Prohibition)
Tabled By: Taiwo Owatemi (Labour - Coventry North West)
Tuesday 27th April 2021
Tool Theft (Prevention)
Tabled By: Greg Smith (Conservative - Buckingham)
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Environment (Regulation)
Tabled By: Tim Farron (Liberal Democrat - Westmorland and Lonsdale)
Tuesday 4th May 2021
Details to be provided
Tabled By: Rob Roberts (Conservative - Delyn)

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 19th April 2021
Tuesday 20th April 2021
Wednesday 21st April 2021
Thursday 22nd April 2021
Monday 26th April 2021
Tuesday 27th April 2021

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 19th April 2021
    First Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate
    The Common Organisation of the Markets in Agricultural Products (Wine) (Amendment, etc.) Regulations 2021 (S.I., 2021, No. 279)
    4:30 p.m. - Room 14, Palace of Westminster
Tuesday 20th April 2021
Wednesday 21st April 2021
Thursday 22nd April 2021
    Sixth Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate
    The draft Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) (Amendment) Order 2021
    11:30 a.m. - Room 9, Palace of Westminster

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 19th April 2021
    1:45 p.m. - The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
      Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Adult social care markets
      At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
      Sir Chris Wormald - Permanent Secretary at Department of Health and Social Care
      Michelle Dyson - Director General, Adult Social Care at Department of Health and Social Care
      Professor Deborah Sturdy OBE - Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care at Department of Health and Social Care
      Catherine Frances - Director General at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
      Ian Trenholm - Chief Executive at Care Quality Commission


    4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Room 14, Palace of Westminster
    3 p.m. - Virtual meeting
      Treasury Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Economic impact of coronavirus
      At 3.45pm: Oral evidence
      Gareth Davies - Comptroller and Auditor General at National Audit Office
      Darren Stewart - Audit Director at National Audit Office
      Andy Morrison - Director, HMRC at National Audit Office
      Joshua Reddaway - Director, DWP at National Audit Office


Tuesday 20th April 2021
    9 a.m. - Room 16, Palace of Westminster
      Health and Social Care Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Children and young people's mental health
      At 9.30am: Oral evidence
      Lucas - Activist at Young Minds
      Hope, Easting Disorder advocate
      At 10.00am: Oral evidence
      Professor Pat McGorry - Professor of Youth and Mental Health at University of Melbourne, and Director of Orygen Youth Health at Oregen Youth Health Research Centre in Victoria, Australia
      Cassandra Harrison - Chief Executive Officer at Youth Access
      At 10.30am: Oral evidence
      Professor Peter Fonagy - Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London
      Dr Aleisha Clarke - Head of Child Mental Health and Wellbeing at Early Intervention Foundation
      Tim Bowen - Head at Maple Primary School, St Albans
      Shanti Johnson - Deputy Head at Maple Primary School, St Albans


    9:30 a.m. - Room 8, Palace of Westminster
    9:30 a.m. - Virtual meeting
      Education Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Prison Education
      At 10.00am: Oral evidence
      Dame Sally Coates DBE
      Rod Clark - former Chief Executive Officer, Prisoners’ Education Trust and panel member at Coates Review
      Peter Stanford - Director, Longford Trust, and panel member at Coates Review


    1:45 p.m. - Virtual meeting
      International Development Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Humanitarian crises monitoring: UK aid to Yemen
      At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
      Salvatore Vicari - Regional Humanitarian Affairs Advisor at University of Central Lancashire
      Sultana Begum - Advocacy Manager Yemen at University of Central Lancashire
      Gillian Moyes - Deputy Yemen Director at Save the Children
      At 3.15pm: Oral evidence
      Rt Hon James Cleverly MP - Minister for the Middle East and North Africa at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
      Michael Aron - Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Yemen at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
      Chris Bold - Development Director Yemen at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office


    1:45 p.m. - Virtual meeting
      Foreign Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Global health security
      At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
      Dr John N. Nkengasong - Director at African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
      Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw - Executive Chairperson at Biocon Limited
      Dr Mark Eccleston-Turner - Lecturer in Law at Keele University
      At 3.30pm: Oral evidence
      Dr Yanzhong Huang - Senior Fellow for Global Health at Council on Foreign Relations
      Mark Galeotti - Senior Associate Fellow at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)


    2 p.m. - Room 15, Palace of Westminster
      Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Moving animals across borders
      At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
      James Russell - President at British Veterinary Association (BVA)
      Stuart Roberts - Deputy President at National Farmers Union
      Victor Chestnutt - President at Ulster Farmers' Union
      At 3.30pm: Oral evidence
      Professor Tim Morris
      Mr James West - Senior Policy Manager UK at Compassion in World Farming
      Malcolm Mitchell - Professor of Physiology and Animal Welfare at Scottish Rural College


Wednesday 21st April 2021
    9:15 a.m. - Room 15, Palace of Westminster
    9:30 a.m. - Room 8, Palace of Westminster
      Transport Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: National Bus Strategy
      At 9.30am: Oral evidence
      The Baroness Vere of Norbiton - Minister for Roads at Department for Transport
      Stephen Fidler - Director for Local Transport at Department for Transport


    2 p.m. - Virtual meeting
      International Trade Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Digital trade and data
      At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
      Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP - Minister of State for Media and Data at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
      Rt Hon Greg Hands MP - Minister of State for Trade Policy at Department for International Trade
      Graham Floater - Director of Trade Policy at Department for International Trade
      Nick Russell - Deputy Director of the Digital Trade Team at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


    2 p.m. - Virtual meeting
      Environmental Audit Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Water Quality in Rivers
      At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
      Professor Peter Hammond - (retired) Professor of Computational Biology at University College London (UCL), and Senior Fellow in Medical Image Analysis at University of Oxford Big Data Institute
      Professor Rebecca Malby - Co-founder at Ilkley Clean River Group
      Pete Lloyd - Retired water quality expert at Environment Agency
      At 3.30pm: Oral evidence
      Mr Ben Seal - Places to Paddle Manager at British Canoeing
      Feargal Sharkey - Chairman at Amwell Magna Fishery
      Jane Nickerson - Chief Executive at Swim England


    2 p.m. - Virtual meeting
      Treasury Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: The Financial Conduct Authority’s Regulation of London Capital & Finance plc
      At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
      John Glen MP - Economic Secretary to the Treasury at HM Treasury
      Katharine Braddick - Director General for Financial Services at HM Treasury


Thursday 22nd April 2021
    9 a.m. - Virtual meeting
      International Development Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Future of UK aid
      At 9.30am: Oral evidence
      The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP - First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
      Sir Philip Barton KCMG OBE - Permanent Under-Secretary at Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office


    9:15 a.m. - The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
      Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Public sector pensions
      At 10.00am: Oral evidence
      Sir Tom Scholar - Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury
      Martin Clarke - Government Actuary at Government Actuary’s Department
      Cat Little - Director General, Public Spending at HM Treasury
      Charles Roxburgh - Second Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury
      At 10.15am: Oral evidence
      Sir Tom Scholar - Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury
      Martin Clarke - Government Actuary at Government Actuary’s Department
      Cat Little - Director General, Public Spending at HM Treasury
      Charles Roxburgh - Second Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury
      At 10.30am: Oral evidence
      Sir Tom Scholar - Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury
      Martin Clarke - Government Actuary at Government Actuary’s Department
      Cat Little - Director General, Public Spending at HM Treasury


    11 a.m. - Room 5, Palace of Westminster
      Scottish Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Fisheries and Scotland
      At 11.30am: Oral evidence
      Donna Fordyce - Chief Executive at Seafood Scotland
      Elspeth Macdonald - Chief Executive at Scottish Fisherman's Federation
      Hamish MacDonell - Director of Strategic Engagement at Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation
      At 12.30pm: Oral evidence
      David Duguid MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Scotland Office
      Nick Leake - Deputy Director and Head of Policy Division at Scotland Office


Monday 26th April 2021
    1:45 p.m. - Virtual meeting
      Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: COVID-19: Culture Recovery Fund
      At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
      Sarah Healey - Permanent Secretary at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
      Emma Squire - Acting Director General at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
      Darren Henley - Chief Executive at Arts Council England
      Sir Damon Buffini - Chair at Culture Recovery Fund


Tuesday 27th April 2021
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Thursday 29th April 2021
    9:15 a.m. - Virtual meeting
      Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Fraud and Error
      At 10.00am: Oral evidence
      Jim Harra - First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive at HM Revenue and Customs
      Peter Schofield - Permanent Secretary at Department for Work and Pensions
      Sarah Munby - Permanent Secretary at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
      Cat Little - Director General, Public Spending and Head of the Government Finance Function at HM Treasury
      Mark Cheeseman - Deputy Director, Counter fraud function at Cabinet Office


Tuesday 18th May 2021
Monday 24th May 2021
Tuesday 8th June 2021

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.

Monday 19th April 2021
Tuesday 20th April 2021
    10 a.m. - virtual meeting (webcast)
      Science and Technology Committee (Lords) - Oral evidence
      Subject: Role of batteries and fuel cells in achieving Net Zero
      At 10.00am: Oral evidence
      Professor Patrick Grant - Vesuvius Chair of Materials and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at University of Oxford
      Professor Emma Kendrick - Chair of Energy Materials at University of Birmingham
      Jeff Pratt - Managing Director at UK Battery Industrialisation Centre
      At 11.00am: Oral evidence
      Isobel Sheldon OBE - Chief Strategy Officer at Britishvolt
      Chris Pennison - Chief Executive Officer at Hyperdrive Innovation
      Dr Colin Herron CBE - Managing Director at Zero Carbon Futures


    2:45 p.m. - Virtual meeting
      Communications and Digital Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Freedom of expression online
      At 2.45pm: Oral evidence
      David Tucker - Faculty Lead for Crime and Criminal Justice at College of Policing
      At 3.30pm: Oral evidence
      Senator Marsha Blackburn - Senator for Tennessee at US Senate
      At 4.30pm: Oral evidence
      Chi Onwurah MP - Shadow Minister for Digital, Science and Technology at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
      Robert Colvile - Director at Centre for Policy Studies


    3 p.m. - Virtual meeting
      Economic Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Quantitative Easing
      At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
      Masaaki Shirakawa - former Governor (2008-2013) at Bank of Japan
      At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
      Lee Buchheit - Visiting Professorial Fellow at Queen Mary University of London
      William Allen - Visitor at National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)


Wednesday 21st April 2021
    10 a.m. - Virtual meeting
      International Relations and Defence Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: The UK’s security and trade relationship with China
      At 10.00am: Oral evidence
      Dr Tanvi Madan - Director of the India Project, Senior Fellow on Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution
      Dr Garima Mohan - Fellow, Asia Program at The German Marshall Fund of the United States
      Professor Akio Takahara - Professor of Contemporary Chinese Politics at University of Tokyo
      At 11.00am: Oral evidence
      Professor Katherine Morton - Professor of Global Affairs at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, and Associate, China Centre at University of Oxford
      Professor Yongjin Zhang - Professor of International Politics at University of Bristol
      Professor Shaun Breslin - Professor of Politics and International Studies at University of Warwick


    3:30 p.m. - Virtual meeting (webcast)
Thursday 22nd April 2021
Tuesday 27th April 2021
    9:45 a.m. - Virtual meeting (webcast)
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Thursday 29th April 2021
Tuesday 18th May 2021
Friday 28th May 2021

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.

Wednesday 21st April 2021
Monday 26th April 2021
Monday 17th May 2021

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 19th April 2021
Committee stage (Commons) - Finance (No. 2) Bill 2019-21
Tuesday 20th April 2021
Consideration of Commons amendments (Lords) - Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [HL] 2019-21
Consideration of Commons amendments (Lords) - Fire Safety Bill 2019-21
Wednesday 21st April 2021
Consideration of Commons amendments (Lords) - Domestic Abuse Bill 2019-21

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

There are no Private Members' Bill debates currently scheduled