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 20th September 2021 - 10 p.m.
Tram safety
Tabled By: Sarah Jones (Labour - Croydon Central)
Tuesday 21st September 2021 - 7 p.m.
Response to the findings of the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board Review into Cawston Park hospital
Tabled By: Jerome Mayhew (Conservative - Broadland)
Wednesday 22nd September 2021 - 7 p.m.
Government support for Keyham in response to the shootings on 12 August 2021
Tabled By: Luke Pollard (Labour (Co-op) - Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Thursday 23rd September 2021 - 5 p.m.
Contribution of horse racing to the economy
Tabled By: Matt Hancock (Conservative - West Suffolk)

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.

There no Backbench Business debates currently scheduled

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 20th September - 2:30 p.m.

Ministry of Defence

First 5 Oral Questions
Lee Anderson (Conservative - Ashfield)
What assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the additional support for veterans and military charities announced on 6 September 2021.
Andrew Bowie (Conservative - West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)
What steps his Department is taking to ensure the relevance and functionality of the continuous at-sea deterrent.
Jamie Wallis (Conservative - Bridgend)
What steps his Department is taking to support Operation Warm Welcome.
Mark Logan (Conservative - Bolton North East)
What steps his Department is taking to help combat Daesh and its global affiliates including Islamic State Khorasan Province.
Paul Howell (Conservative - Sedgefield)
What assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the additional support for veterans and military charities announced on 6 September 2021.

Tuesday 21st September - 11:30 a.m.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

First 5 Oral Questions
Jason McCartney (Conservative - Colne Valley)
If his Department will increase spending on research into motor neurone disease.
Ben Bradley (Conservative - Mansfield)
What steps his Department is taking to increase private sector investment in innovation.
Ian Lavery (Labour - Wansbeck)
What steps he is taking to help ensure that businesses do not use fire and rehire practices.
Andrew Jones (Conservative - Harrogate and Knaresborough)
What steps his Department is taking to establish the UK’s position as a world-leader in science, research and innovation.
Karl Turner (Labour - Kingston upon Hull East)
If his Department will increase spending on research into motor neurone disease.
Wednesday 22nd September 2021 - 11:30 a.m.
Women and Equalities (including Topical Questions)

Wednesday 22nd September - noon

Prime Minister's Question Time
First 5 Oral Questions
Robert Largan (Conservative - High Peak)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 22 September.
Deidre Brock (Scottish National Party - Edinburgh North and Leith)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 22 September.
Rob Butler (Conservative - Aylesbury)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 22 September.
Chris Loder (Conservative - West Dorset)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 22 September.
Andy Carter (Conservative - Warrington South)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 22 September.

Thursday 23rd September - 9:30 a.m.

Cabinet Office

First 5 Oral Questions
Alistair Carmichael (Liberal Democrat - Orkney and Shetland)
With reference to his Department's COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021, if his Department will publish scientific evidence in support of the efficacy of mandatory vaccine passports.
James Davies (Conservative - Vale of Clwyd)
What steps the Government is taking to improve its use of data to inform policy decisions.
Desmond Swayne (Conservative - New Forest West)
What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on strengthening the Union.
Claire Coutinho (Conservative - East Surrey)
What recent steps the Office for Veterans’ Affairs has taken to promote the interests of veterans.
John Lamont (Conservative - Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk)
What recent discussions the Government has had with the devolved Administrations on tackling covid-19.
Monday 18th October 2021 - 2:30 p.m.
Home Office
Tuesday 19th October 2021 - 11:30 a.m.
Department of Health and Social Care
Wednesday 20th October 2021 - 11:30 a.m.
President of COP26
Wednesday 20th October 2021 - noon
Prime Minister's Question Time
Thursday 21st October 2021 - 9:30 a.m.
Department for International Trade
Monday 25th October 2021 - 2:30 p.m.
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Tuesday 26th October 2021 - 11:30 a.m.
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
Wednesday 27th October 2021 - 11:30 a.m.
Northern Ireland Office
Wednesday 27th October 2021 - noon
Prime Minister's Question Time
Thursday 28th October 2021 - 9:30 a.m.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Thursday 28th October 2021 - 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
Wednesday 3rd November 2021 - noon
Prime Minister's Question Time
Wednesday 17th November 2021 - noon
Prime Minister's Question Time
Wednesday 24th November 2021 - noon
Prime Minister's Question Time
Wednesday 1st December 2021 - noon
Prime Minister's Question Time
Wednesday 8th December 2021 - noon
Prime Minister's Question Time
Wednesday 15th December 2021 - noon
Prime Minister's Question Time

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 11th October 2021 - 2:30 p.m.
Home Office hiring the Black Dog crisis management company
Tabled By: Baroness Chakrabarti (Labour - Life peer)
Monday 11th October 2021
Government consultation on access to Child Trust Funds by adults with a learning disability
Tabled By: Lord Young of Cookham (Conservative - Life peer)
Monday 11th October 2021
Fiscal measures in pursuit of the government's net zero emissions target
Tabled By: Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick (Non-affiliated - Life peer)
Monday 11th October 2021
Expanding the UK’s Emissions Trading Scheme to include all forms of transport
Tabled By: Lord Oates (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Tuesday 12th October 2021 - 2:30 p.m.
The credibility and integrity of the assessment processes in schools for this summer’s A levels and GCSE examinations
Tabled By: Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (Labour - Life peer)
Tuesday 12th October 2021
Government discussions with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence about myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome
Tabled By: Baroness Thornton (Labour - Life peer)
Tuesday 12th October 2021
Making virginity testing illegal
Tabled By: Baroness Sugg (Conservative - Life peer)
Wednesday 13th October 2021
Rising costs of wholesale energy prices and their impact on household electricity bills
Tabled By: Baroness McIntosh of Pickering (Conservative - Life peer)
Wednesday 13th October 2021
Government strategy for the Nutrition for Growth Summit in Tokyo in December
Tabled By: Lord Collins of Highbury (Labour - Life peer)
Wednesday 13th October 2021
Support for the fashion industry
Tabled By: Earl of Clancarty (Crossbench - Excepted Hereditary)
Thursday 14th October 2021
Government orders for the remaining five Type 26 frigates, the three Fleet Solid Support Ships, the new flagship, the underwater research vessel and the Type 32 frigates
Tabled By: Lord West of Spithead (Labour - Life peer)
Thursday 14th October 2021
Government funding for the National Infrastructure Crime Reduction Partnership to combat the incidence of metal theft
Tabled By: Lord Faulkner of Worcester (Labour - Life peer)
Thursday 14th October 2021 - 11 a.m.
Granting visas to Iraqi interpreters who worked with British armed forces
Tabled By: Baroness Coussins (Crossbench - Life peer)
Thursday 14th October 2021
Challenges facing social care in England following the pandemic, and effect of the Health and Social Care Levy on government social care plans
Tabled By: Baroness Pitkeathley (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 21st September 2021
Unauthorised Development (Offences)
Tabled By: Gareth Bacon (Conservative - Orpington)
Wednesday 22nd September 2021
Hen Caging (Prohibition)
Tabled By: Henry Smith (Conservative - Crawley)
Tuesday 19th October 2021
Bereavement Leave and Pay (stillborn and miscarried babies)
Tabled By: Sarah Owen (Labour - Luton North)
Wednesday 20th October 2021
Decarbonisation and Economic Strategy
Tabled By: Caroline Lucas (Green Party - Brighton, Pavilion)
Tuesday 26th October 2021
Details to be provided
Tabled By: Owen Thompson (Scottish National Party - Midlothian)

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 20th September 2021
Tuesday 21st September 2021
Wednesday 22nd September 2021
Thursday 23rd September 2021
Monday 18th October 2021
Thursday 21st October 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.

Tuesday 21st September 2021
Opposition Day (6th allotted day) There will be a debate on a motion in the name of the Official Opposition. Subject to be announced

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 20th September 2021
    First Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate
    Motion in the name of Paul Scully relating to Financial Assistance to Industry
    4:30 p.m. - Room 11, Palace of Westminster
Tuesday 21st September 2021
    Third Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate
    The Safeguarding (Code of Practice) Measure (HC 689)
    2:30 p.m. - Room 11, Palace of Westminster
Wednesday 22nd September 2021

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 20th September 2021
    2 p.m. - The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
      Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Green homes grant voucher programme
      At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
      Sarah Munby - Permanent Secretary at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
      Ben Golding - Director General Net zero and Building Industry at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
      Selvin Brown - Director, Energy efficiency and local SRO for Net Zero Building Delivery at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


    2:30 p.m. - Room 16, Palace of Westminster
      Scottish Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Public broadcasting in Scotland
      At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
      Alex Mahon - Chief Executive at Channel 4
      Deborah Dunnett - Commissioning Editor at Channel 4
      At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
      Alan Clements - Managing Director at Two Rivers Media
      Jane Muirhead - Managing Director at Raise the Roof Productions
      Nicole Kleeman - Managing Director at Firecrest Films


    3 p.m. - Room 15, Palace of Westminster
      Treasury Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Jobs, growth, and productivity after coronavirus
      At 3.15pm: Oral evidence
      Rain Newton-Smith - Chief Economist at Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
      Paul Nowak - Deputy General Secretary at The TUC
      Alan Manning - Professor of Economics at London School of Economics


    3:45 p.m. - Room 8, Palace of Westminster
      Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Local government and the path to net zero
      At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
      Eddie Hughes MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Rough Sleeping & Housing) at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
      Emma Fraser - Director, Housing Markets & Strategy at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
      Siobhan Jones - Director, Local Government & Communities at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
      The Lord Callanan - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Business, Energy and Corporate Responsibility) at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
      Ffiona Hesketh - Deputy Director for Home Decarbonisation Policy and Strategy at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy


Tuesday 21st September 2021
    9 a.m. - Room 15, Palace of Westminster
      International Trade Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: COP26 and international trade
      At 9.30am: Oral evidence
      Dr Carolyn Deere Birkbeck - Director at Forum on Trade, Environment and the SDGs, and Associate Fellow at Chatham House
      Gwen Buck - Senior Policy Adviser at Greener UK
      Dr Emily Lydgate - Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law and Deputy Director at UK Trade Policy Observatory (University of Sussex)


    9 a.m. - Room 6, Palace of Westminster
      Health and Social Care Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic
      At 9.30am: Oral evidence
      Helen Lunt Davies, Expert by experience
      Lere Fisher, Expert by experience
      At 10.00am: Oral evidence
      Dr Adrian James - President at The Royal College of Psychiatrists
      Professor Martin Marshall CBE - Chair at Royal College of General Practitioners
      Ondine Sherwood - Co-Founder at LongCovidSOS
      Dr Melissa Heightman - Clinical lead, Post-COVID assessment service at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


    9:30 a.m. - Room 16, Palace of Westminster
      Education Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Prison Education
      At 10.00am: Oral evidence
      Matthew Coffey - Chief Operating Officer at Ofsted
      Paul Joyce - Deputy Director for Further Education and Skills at Ofsted
      At 10.45am: Oral evidence
      Peter Cox - Managing Director at Novus
      Sally Alexander - Principal at Milton Keynes College
      Andrea Greer - Deputy Principal at Weston College
      Sophie Sterling - Business Development and Partnerships Director at People Plus


    2 p.m. - Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Wednesday 22nd September 2021
    9:25 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. - Room 11, Palace of Westminster
    9 a.m. - Room 16, Palace of Westminster
      Home Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: The work of the Home Office
      At 9.30am: Oral evidence
      Matthew Rycroft CBE - Permanent Secretary at Home Office
      Tricia Hayes CB - Second Permanent Secretary at Home Office


    9:30 a.m. - The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
      Transport Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Work of the Secretary of State for Transport
      At 9.30am: Oral evidence
      Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP - Secretary of State at Department for Transport


    1:45 p.m. - Room 16, Palace of Westminster
      Education Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: COVID-19 and the vaccination of children
      At 2.00pm: Oral evidence
      Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England
      Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England
      Dr Camilla Kingdon - President at Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)
      Professor Wei Shen Lim - Chair at JCVI COVID-19 sub-committee


    2 p.m. - Room 5, Palace of Westminster
      International Trade Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: UK trade negotiations
      At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
      Henry Dimbleby MBE - Chair at National Food Strategy (NFS)
      Nick von Westenholz - former TAC member and Director of Trade and Businesses Strategy at National Farmers' Union


    2 p.m. - Room 6, Palace of Westminster
      Treasury Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Economic crime
      At 2.15pm: Oral evidence
      Amanda Storey - Director of Trust and Safety at Google
      Will Semple - Director, Global Information Security Team at eBay
      Allison Lucas - Content Policy Director at Facebook
      Gaon Hart - Head of Public Policy, Customer Trust, UK & Ireland at Amazon


    2:15 p.m. - Room 15, Palace of Westminster
      Environmental Audit Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Mapping the path to net zero
      At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
      Eddie Hughes MP - Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
      Siobhan Jones - Director of Local Government and Communities at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
      The Lord Callanan - Minister for Business, Energy and Corporate Responsibility at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
      Selvin Brown - Director of Energy Efficiency and Local at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


Thursday 23rd September 2021
    8:45 a.m. - Room 6, Palace of Westminster
      Welsh Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: One-off session on Wylfa Newydd
      At 9.30am: Oral evidence
      Tom Greatrex - CEO at Nuclear Industry Association
      Professor Laurence Williams OBE - Ser Cymru Professor of Nuclear Policy and Regulation at Bangor University
      Dr Paul Howarth - Chief Executive at National Nuclear Laboratory
      Mark Salisbury - Head of Reactors Strategy at National Nuclear Laboratory
      At 10.15am: Oral evidence
      Barbara Rusinko - President, Nuclear Security and Environmental Division at Bechtel
      Ivan Baldwin - Business Development Director at Bechtel
      David Durham - President, Energy Systems at Westinghouse UK
      Lindsay Roche - Director, Government Affairs at Westinghouse UK
      At 10.45am: Oral evidence
      Simon Forster - Director at Shearwater Energy
      At 11.15am: Oral evidence
      Declan Burke - Director of Nuclear Projects and Development at Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


    9:30 a.m. - The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
      Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Challenges in implementing digital change
      At 10.00am: Oral evidence
      Alex Chisholm - Permanent Secretary at Cabinet Office
      Joanna Davinson - Executive Director at Central Digital and Data Office
      Tom Read - Chief Executive Officer at Government Digital Service
      Angela MacDonald - Second Permanent Secretary and Deputy Chief Executive at HMRC


    1:30 p.m. - University of Manchester
      Science and Technology Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: The role of technology, research and innovation in the COVID-19 recovery
      At 1.30pm: Oral evidence
      Professor Richard Jones - Vice-President for Regional Innovation and Civic Engagement at University of Manchester
      Professor Luke Gheorgiou - Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at University of Manchester
      At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
      Simon Cohen - CEO at Innovate Pharmaceuticals
      Richard Jeffery - National Director at The Growth Company
      Chris Oglesby - CEO at Bruntwood
      At 3.30pm: Oral evidence
      Dr Charles Knight - Associate Dean at University of Salford
      Dr Marianne Sensier - Research Fellow at University of Manchester


Monday 18th October 2021
    1:45 p.m. - Virtual meeting
      Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Environmental Land Management Scheme
      At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
      Lynette Steel - Farm Policy Adviser at Tenants Farmers Association
      Caroline Ayre - England National Manager at Confederation of Forest Industries
      Tom Bradshaw - Vice President at National Farmers Union (NFU)
      Jenna Hegarty - Deputy Director Policy and Advocacy at Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)


Tuesday 19th October 2021
Wednesday 20th October 2021
Thursday 21st October 2021
    9:15 a.m. - Virtual meeting
      Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Environmental Land Management Scheme
      At 10.00am: Oral evidence
      Tamara Finkelstein - Permanent Secretary at Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
      David Kennedy - Director General, Food, farming and biodiversity at Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
      Paul Caldwell - Chief Executive at Rural Payments Agency


Tuesday 2nd November 2021
Tuesday 23rd November 2021
Tuesday 30th November 2021
Tuesday 7th December 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.

Tuesday 5th October 2021
Monday 11th October 2021
Tuesday 12th October 2021
Wednesday 13th October 2021
Thursday 14th October 2021
Monday 18th October 2021
Tuesday 19th October 2021
Thursday 28th October 2021
Tuesday 2nd November 2021
Tuesday 16th November 2021
Tuesday 14th December 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.

Monday 20th September 2021
Thursday 23rd September 2021
    9:30 a.m. - Room 16, Palace of Westminster
      Draft Online Safety Bill (Joint Committee) - Oral evidence
      Subject: Draft Online Safety Bill
      At 9.45am: Oral evidence
      William Perrin - Trustee at Carnegie Trust UK
      Dr Edina Harbinja - Senior Lecturer in Media and Privacy Law at Aston University
      Professor Sonia Livingstone - Professor of Social Psychology at LSE Department of Media and Communications
      Professor Clare McGlynn - Professor of Law at Durham University
      At 11.00am: Oral evidence
      Jimmy Wales - Founder at Wikipedia
      At 11.45am: Oral evidence
      Elizabeth Denham CBE - Information Commissioner at Information Commissioner's Office


Thursday 14th October 2021
Monday 18th October 2021
Thursday 21st October 2021
Monday 25th October 2021
Thursday 28th October 2021
Monday 1st November 2021
Thursday 4th November 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 20th September 2021
2nd reading (Commons) - Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill 2021-22
Wednesday 22nd September 2021
3rd reading (Commons) - Compensation (London Capital & Finance plc and Fraud Compensation Fund) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Subsidy Control Bill 2021-22
Monday 11th October 2021
Committee stage (Lords) - Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill [HL] 2021-22
2nd reading (Lords) - Health and Social Care Levy Bill 2021-22
Tuesday 12th October 2021
Report stage (Lords) - Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL] 2021-22
Wednesday 13th October 2021
3rd reading (Lords) - Environment Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Lords) - Critical Benchmarks (References and Administrators' Liability) Bill [HL] 2021-22
Monday 18th October 2021
2nd reading (Commons) - Judicial Review and Courts Bill 2021-22
Tuesday 19th October 2021
Report stage (Lords) - Telecommunications (Security) Bill 2021-22
Wednesday 20th October 2021
Committee stage (Lords) - Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021-22
Tuesday 26th October 2021
2nd reading (Lords) - Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill 2021-22

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

Friday 22nd October 2021
2nd reading (Lords) - Assisted Dying Bill [HL] 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Local Government (Disqualification) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Energy Pricing Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Education Employment (Accompaniment to Hearings) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Wellbeing of Future Generations (No. 2) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Electric Vehicle Charging Points (New Buildings) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Hospitals (Parking Charges and Business Rates) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - General Election (Leaders’ Debates) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Homeless People (Current Accounts) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Electoral Candidates (Age) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Voter Registration Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Insurance) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Asylum Seekers (Return to Safe Countries) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Corporate Homicide Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Covid-19 Vaccine Damage Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - British Broadcasting Corporation (Privatisation) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Channel 4 (Privatisation) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Workers (Rights and Definition) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Public Sector Exit Payments (Limitation) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Workers (Rights) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Immigration (Health and Social Care Staff) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Public Advocate Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Planning and Local Representation Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings (No. 2) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Planning (Street Plans) Bill 2021-22
Friday 29th October 2021
2nd reading (Commons) - Menopause (Support and Services) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Animals (Penalty Notices) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Childcare Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Climate and Ecology Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Crown Estate (Devolution to Wales) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Education (16 to 19 Academies) (Religious Character) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - BBC Licence Fee (Abolition) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Caravan Site Licensing (Exemptions of Motor Homes) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 (Amendment) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - BBC Licence Fee Non-Payment (Decriminalisation for Over-75s) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Green Belt (Protection) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Caravan Sites Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Paternity (Leave and Pay) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill 2021-22
Friday 19th November 2021
2nd reading (Commons) - Glue Traps (Offences) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Planning (Enforcement) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Pedicabs (London) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Leader of the House of Commons (Election) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - NHS England (Alternative Treatment) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Domestic Building Works (Consumer Protection) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Children's Clothing (Value Added Tax) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Flexible Working Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Children (Access to Treatment) Bill 2021-22
Friday 26th November 2021
2nd reading (Commons) - Down Syndrome Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Public Bodies (Representation from Devolved Nations) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Electoral Commission (Abolition) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Illegal Immigration (Offences) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Full Employment Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Health and Safety at Work Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Registers of Births and Deaths Bill 2021-22
Friday 3rd December 2021
2nd reading (Commons) - Acquired Brain Injury Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Copyright (Rights and Remuneration of Musicians, Etc.) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Non-Disclosure Agreements Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Asylum Seekers (Permission to Work) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Miscarriage Leave Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Disability Benefit Assessments (Recording) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Asylum Seekers (Accommodation Eviction Procedures) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Workers (Rights and Definition) (No. 2) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Pregnancy and Maternity (Redundancy Protection) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Intimate Images (Offences) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Transport (Disabled Passenger Charter) Bill 2021-22
Friday 10th December 2021
2nd reading (Commons) - Climate Change Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Medical Cannabis (Access) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Clean Air Targets (World Health Organization Guidelines) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - British Goods (Public Sector Purchasing Duty) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Puppy Import (Prohibition) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Consumer Pricing Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Broadcasting (Listed Sporting Events) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) (No. 2) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Armenian Genocide (Recognition) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Public Sector Website Impersonation Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Hunting Trophy Import (Prohibition) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Employment (Application Requirements) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Universal Credit Sanctions (Zero Hours Contracts) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Benefit Sanctions (Warnings) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Automated External Defibrillators (Public Access) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Israel Arms Trade (Prohibition) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Local Electricity Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Pension Transfers (Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Investigation) Bill Bill 2021-22
Friday 14th January 2022
2nd reading (Commons) - Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Kinship Care (Parental Leave) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Tips Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Regulatory Impact Assessments Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Social Security Benefits (Healthy Eating) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Under-Occupancy Penalty (Report) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (Powers) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Planning (Proper Maintenance of Land) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Workers (Rights) (No. 2) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Prime Minister (Temporary Replacement) Bill 2021-22
Friday 21st January 2022
2nd reading (Commons) - Hare Coursing Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Human Trafficking (Child Protection) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Barnett Formula (Replacement) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Asylum Seekers (Permission to Work) (No. 2) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Housing Standards (Refugees and Asylum Seekers) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Misuse of Fireworks Bill 2021-22
Friday 28th January 2022
2nd reading (Commons) - British Sign Language Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Business of the House Commission Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Mobile Homes Act 1983 (Amendment) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Evictions (Universal Credit) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Miniature Mobile Phones (Prohibition of Sale) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Multi-Academy Trusts (Ofsted Inspection) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Abuse of Public-facing Workers (Offences) Bill 2021-22
Friday 4th February 2022
2nd reading (Commons) - Employment (Caring Leave) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Prime Minister (Accountability to House of Commons) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - National Health Service Co-Funding and Co-Payment Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - NHS (Prohibition of Data Transfer) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Plastic Pollution Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Unsolicited Explicit Images and Deepfake Pornography Bill 2021-22
Friday 25th February 2022
2nd reading (Commons) - City of Bradford (Referendum on Shipley and Keighley) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Human Trafficking (Sentencing) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Rule of Law (Enforcement by Public Authorities) Bill 2021-22
Friday 18th March 2022
2nd reading (Commons) - Goods Delivery Services Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Commercial Rent (Prohibition of Upward-Only Reviews) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Palestine Statehood (Recognition) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Conversion Therapy (Prohibition) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - North Northamptonshire (Urgent Care Facilities) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Employment Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Workers (Employment Security and Definition) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Mental Health Provision (Children and Young People) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Fire and Building Safety (Public Inquiry) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Dogs (DNA Databases) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Tibet and Xinjiang (Reciprocal Access) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Button Batteries (Safety) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Non-Disclosure Agreements (No. 2) Bill 2021-22