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.

Wednesday 1st December 2021 - 7 p.m.
125th anniversary of Shotton steelworks
Tabled By: Mark Tami (Labour - Alyn and Deeside)
Thursday 2nd December 2021 - 5 p.m.
Deepfake and nudification image abuse
Tabled By: Maria Miller (Conservative - Basingstoke)
Friday 3rd December 2021
King's College Hospital and the recovery from the covid-19 outbreak
Tabled By: Helen Hayes (Labour - Dulwich and West Norwood)
Monday 6th December 2021 - 10 p.m.
UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Tabled By: Lisa Cameron (Scottish National Party - East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)

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 2nd December 2021
Debate on a Motion on Economic crime
Tabled By: Margaret Hodge (Labour - Barking)
Thursday 2nd December 2021
Stability and peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tabled By: Alicia Kearns (Conservative - Rutland and Melton)
Thursday 9th December 2021
Business to be Determined by the Backbench Business Committee

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.

Wednesday 1st December 2021 - 11:30 a.m.
President of COP26 (including Topical Questions)

Wednesday 1st December - noon

Prime Minister's Question Time
First 5 Oral Questions
Bim Afolami (Conservative - Hitchin and Harpenden)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 1 December.
Emma Hardy (Labour - Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 1 December.
Colleen Fletcher (Labour - Coventry North East)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 1 December.
Andrew Rosindell (Conservative - Romford)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 1 December.
John Penrose (Conservative - Weston-super-Mare)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 1 December.

Thursday 2nd December - 9:30 a.m.

Department for International Trade

First 5 Oral Questions
Scott Benton (Conservative - Blackpool South)
What progress she has made in discussions with her Israeli counterpart on an agreement for further trade co-operation beyond the trade continuity deal.
Fay Jones (Conservative - Brecon and Radnorshire)
What steps her Department is taking to increase exports of British agricultural produce.
Philip Hollobone (Conservative - Kettering)
How many free trade agreements her Department is negotiating.
Kate Osborne (Labour - Jarrow)
What recent discussions she has had with UK trade partners on inserting clauses on environmental standards into future trade deals.
James Wild (Conservative - North West Norfolk)
What steps her Department is taking to increase British exports.

Monday 6th December - 2:30 p.m.

Department for Education

First 5 Oral Questions
Nick Gibb (Conservative - Bognor Regis and Littlehampton)
If he will make an assessment of the contribution of the introduction of the EBacc to social (a) mobility and (b) justice.
Andrew Bowie (Conservative - West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)
What plans the Government has to change the threshold for student loan repayments.
James Daly (Conservative - Bury North)
What steps his Department is taking to support young people into high quality jobs.
Martyn Day (Scottish National Party - Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on immigration rules for (a) international students and (b) researchers participating in education in the UK.
Wera Hobhouse (Liberal Democrat - Bath)
What steps is he taking to support the professional development of disabled school leavers.

Tuesday 7th December - 11:30 a.m.

HM Treasury

First 5 Oral Questions
Chris Elmore (Labour - Ogmore)
What recent steps he has taken with HMRC to help prevent disruption at UK ports during the Christmas 2021 period.
Rachel Hopkins (Labour - Luton South)
What recent steps he has taken to help reduce economic inequality.
Kate Osamor (Labour (Co-op) - Edmonton)
What recent steps he has taken to help reduce economic inequality.
Emma Lewell-Buck (Labour - South Shields)
What recent steps he has taken to help reduce economic inequality.
Saqib Bhatti (Conservative - Meriden)
What progress his Department has made on supporting young people into high-skilled jobs.

Wednesday 8th December - 11:30 a.m.

Northern Ireland Office

First 5 Oral Questions
Fay Jones (Conservative - Brecon and Radnorshire)
What steps the Government is taking to strengthen Northern Ireland’s place in the UK.
Robin Millar (Conservative - Aberconwy)
What steps the Government is taking to strengthen Northern Ireland’s place in the UK.
Gregory Campbell (Democratic Unionist Party - East Londonderry)
What recent representations he has received from victims groups on consultations on addressing the legacy of Northern Ireland's past.
Rob Butler (Conservative - Aylesbury)
What steps the Government is taking to strengthen Northern Ireland’s place in the UK.
Andrea Leadsom (Conservative - South Northamptonshire)
What steps his Department is taking to strengthen the Union.
Wednesday 8th December 2021 - noon
Prime Minister's Question Time
Thursday 9th December 2021 - 9:30 a.m.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Thursday 9th December 2021 - 10:10 a.m.
Church Commissioners, House of Commons Commission, Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body, Public Accounts Commission, Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission
Monday 13th December 2021 - 2:30 p.m.
Department for Work and Pensions
Tuesday 14th December 2021 - 11:30 a.m.
Ministry of Justice
Wednesday 15th December 2021 - 11:30 a.m.
Scotland Office
Wednesday 15th December 2021 - noon
Prime Minister's Question Time
Thursday 16th December 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.

Wednesday 1st December 2021 - 3 p.m.
When water companies will be required to deliver the first stage of reductions in the level of sewage discharged into rivers and the sea
Tabled By: Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb (Green Party - Life peer)
Wednesday 1st December 2021
Benefits of early years interventions on peoples’ welfare and social mobility
Tabled By: Lord Bishop of Gloucester (Bishops - Bishops)
Wednesday 1st December 2021
Amending the requirements of the driving test for HGV drivers
Tabled By: Baroness Randerson (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Wednesday 1st December 2021
Current ambulance response times
Tabled By: Baroness Brinton (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Thursday 2nd December 2021 - 11 a.m.
Process to appoint the Patient Safety Commissioner
Tabled By: Baroness Cumberlege (Conservative - Life peer)
Thursday 2nd December 2021
Aligning the remit of the Oil and Gas Authority from seeking the “maximum economic recovery” of North Sea oil and gas, to meeting the UK’s net-zero commitments
Tabled By: Baroness Sheehan (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Thursday 2nd December 2021
Guidance to home owners and landlords to ensure homes are improved to the highest environmental standards
Tabled By: Lord Dubs (Labour - Life peer)
Thursday 2nd December 2021
Support for COVID-19 vaccination programmes in developing countries following the emergence of the Omicron variant
Tabled By: Lord Bishop of St Albans (Bishops - Bishops)
Monday 6th December 2021 - 2:30 p.m.
Making misogyny a hate crime
Tabled By: Baroness Donaghy (Labour - Life peer)
Monday 6th December 2021
Research by Dr Raffaello Rossi and Prof Agnes Nairn 'What are the odds? The appeal of gambling adverts to children and young persons on Twitter'
Tabled By: Lord Foster of Bath (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Monday 6th December 2021
Strategic importance to the UK of Newport Wafer Fab prior its takeover by a Chinese-owned company
Tabled By: Lord Alton of Liverpool (Crossbench - Life peer)
Monday 6th December 2021
Publication of an updated version of the Ministerial Code
Tabled By: Lord Wallace of Saltaire (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Tuesday 7th December 2021 - 2:30 p.m.
Extending the powers of the Small Business Commissioner to deal with late payments for small businesses and freelancers by allowing the Commissioner to deal with complaints against companies with fewer than 50 employees, and requiring the chief executive officers and chairs of offending companies to respond to the Commissioner
Tabled By: Viscount Colville of Culross (Crossbench - Excepted Hereditary)
Tuesday 7th December 2021
Smuggling of kittens and puppies into the UK
Tabled By: Lord Black of Brentwood (Conservative - Life peer)
Tuesday 7th December 2021
Contribution of the policies in the Heat and Buildings Strategy towards the UK's net zero emissions target and carbon budgets, and the co-benefits of the transition to net zero
Tabled By: Lord Ravensdale (Crossbench - Excepted Hereditary)
Wednesday 8th December 2021
Creation of a permanent national memorial to those who lost their lives as a result of COVID-19
Tabled By: Lord Selkirk of Douglas (Conservative - Life peer)
Wednesday 8th December 2021
Amending the Children and Families Act 2014 and the eligibility requirements for obtaining an Education, Health and Care plan
Tabled By: Lord Blunkett (Labour - Life peer)
Wednesday 8th December 2021 - 3 p.m.
Government criteria for allocating money from the UK Community Renewal Fund; and the analysis by the Centre for Inequality and Levelling Up at the University of West London
Tabled By: Baroness Garden of Frognal (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Thursday 9th December 2021 - 11 a.m.
Operation of the disabled student’s allowance scheme to ensure it is working in a timely manner and in the best interests of those it is set up to support
Tabled By: Lord Holmes of Richmond (Conservative - Life peer)
Thursday 9th December 2021
UK’s contribution to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) in the current year and next year steps to ensure that UNWRA does not run out of funds
Tabled By: Lord Hannay of Chiswick (Crossbench - Life peer)
Thursday 9th December 2021
Ensuring small family farms remain economically viable during the transition to the Future Farming Programme for England
Tabled By: Baroness Jones of Whitchurch (Labour - Life peer)
Monday 13th December 2021 - 2:30 p.m.
Sustainability and biodiversity impact of the wood pellets used by Drax for electricity generation
Tabled By: Baroness Boycott (Crossbench - Life peer)
Monday 13th December 2021
Number of training places for new doctors in medical schools and other institutions in 2000-01 and 2021-22, and planned increase in places for 2022-23
Tabled By: Lord Robathan (Conservative - Life peer)
Monday 13th December 2021
When the NHS app will include information about third vaccinations against COVID-19, and the cost of redesign to display this data
Tabled By: Lord Scriven (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Monday 13th December 2021
Provision of health services, water, sanitation and access to justice for marginalised communities in Nepal, including Dalits and Adivasis
Tabled By: Lord Harries of Pentregarth (Crossbench - Life peer)
Tuesday 14th December 2021 - 2:30 p.m.
Lowering the tariffs on tuna imported from the Maldives
Tabled By: Baroness Mobarik (Conservative - Life peer)
Tuesday 14th December 2021
How many of the 100 million COVID-19 vaccines being donated to the rest of the world have been distributed and where they have been sent
Tabled By: Baroness Sugg (Conservative - Life peer)
Tuesday 14th December 2021
Plans to screen the estimated 1.2 million women in England who missed breast screening during the COVID-19 pandemic and assessment of the extent to which health disparities may have been exacerbated due to the reduction in screening attendance
Tabled By: Baroness Morgan of Drefelin (Crossbench - Life peer)
Wednesday 15th December 2021 - 3 p.m.
Implementation of the Build UK roadmap to eliminate cash retentions in the construction sector by 2025
Tabled By: Lord Aberdare (Crossbench - Excepted Hereditary)
Wednesday 15th December 2021
Number of young people in alternative education
Tabled By: Lord Storey (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Wednesday 15th December 2021
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on armed conflict worldwide and the forced displacement of people
Tabled By: Baroness Anelay of St Johns (Conservative - Life peer)
Thursday 16th December 2021 - 11 a.m.
Inclusion of first aid training and home nursing as core parts of the school curriculum
Tabled By: Baroness Rawlings (Conservative - Life peer)
Thursday 16th December 2021
How new Environmental Land Management schemes will deliver the “very clear access commitment, backed by funding” referred to by Lord Benyon on 27 May
Tabled By: Baroness Scott of Needham Market (Liberal Democrat - Life peer)
Thursday 16th December 2021
Safe and appropriate accommodation for children and young people in care
Tabled By: Lord Laming (Crossbench - 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.

Wednesday 1st December 2021
Quarries (Planning)
Tabled By: Matt Western (Labour - Warwick and Leamington)
Tuesday 7th December 2021
Dyslexia Screening
Tabled By: Matt Hancock (Conservative - West Suffolk)
Wednesday 8th December 2021
Community Wealth Fund
Tabled By: Paul Howell (Conservative - Sedgefield)
Tuesday 14th December 2021
Details to be provided.
Tabled By: Neale Hanvey (Alba Party - Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)
Wednesday 15th December 2021
Details to be provided.
Tabled By: Lyn Brown (Labour - West Ham)
Wednesday 5th January 2022
Pensions (Extension of Automatic Enrolment)
Tabled By: Richard Holden (Conservative - North West Durham)

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.

Wednesday 1st December 2021
Thursday 2nd December 2021
Monday 6th December 2021
Tuesday 7th December 2021
Wednesday 8th December 2021
Thursday 9th December 2021
Monday 13th December 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.

Wednesday 8th December 2021
Opposition Day (7th allotted day - 2nd part) 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

Wednesday 1st December 2021
    First Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate
    The Heavy Commercial Vehicles in Kent (No. 2) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2021, (SI, 2021, No. 0000)
    4:30 p.m. - Room 12, Palace of Westminster
Tuesday 7th December 2021
Wednesday 8th December 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.

Wednesday 1st December 2021
    9 a.m. - Room 6, Palace of Westminster
    2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Room 12, Palace of Westminster
      Sixth Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate
      Subject: The draft Financial Services Act 2021 (Prudential Regulation of Credit Institutions and Investment Firms) (Consequential Amendments and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2021

    9:30 a.m. - The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
      Transport Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Airlines and airports: supporting recovery in the UK aviation sector
      At 9.30am: Oral evidence
      Kay Ryan - Chief Commercial Officer at Loganair Limited
      Clive Coleman - Director at Regional and City Airports
      Brian McClean - Director of Communications and Sustainability at AGS Airports
      At 10.45am: Oral evidence
      Dr Andy Jefferson - Programme Director at Sustainable Aviation
      Helena Bennett - Senior Policy Advisor at Green Alliance
      Cait Hewitt - Policy Director at Aviation Environment Federation (AEF)


    9:30 a.m. - Room 15, Palace of Westminster
    9:30 a.m. - Room 16, Palace of Westminster
    9:45 a.m. - The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
      International Trade Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: UK trade negotiations
      At 10.00am: Oral evidence
      Michelle Wiese Bockmann - Markets Editor at Lloyd’s List
      Andrew Goodacre - Chief Executive at British Independent Retailers Association
      Tim Morris - Chief Executive at UK Major Ports Group
      Gavin Simmonds - Policy Director Commercial at UK Chamber of Shipping


    1:30 p.m. - The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
    1:45 p.m. - Room 15, Palace of Westminster
      Environmental Audit Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Net zero aviation and shipping
      At 2.00pm: Oral evidence
      Matt Gorman - Director of Carbon Strategy at Heathrow Airport
      Glenn Llewellyn - Vice President, Zero Emission Aircraft at Airbus
      Val Miftakhov - Founder & CEO at ZeroAvia
      Hannah Tew - Director of Air Mobility at Connected Places Catapult
      At 3.10pm: Oral evidence
      Leo Murray - Director of Innovation at Possible
      Tim Johnson - Director at Aviation Environment Federation


    2 p.m. - Room 5, Palace of Westminster
      Northern Ireland Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: The experiences of minority ethnic and migrant people in Northern Ireland
      At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
      Cllr Martin Reilly - Councillor at Derry and Strabane District Council
      Godfrey McCartney - Community Development Manager at Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
      Dolores Donnelly - Good Relations Officer at Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
      Cllr Shaun Harkin - Councillor at Derry and Strabane District Council
      At 3.30pm: Oral evidence
      Gareth Johnston - Acting Deputy Secretary, Good Relations and Inclusion Directorate at Northern Ireland Executive
      Orla McStravick - Acting Head of Infrastructure and Racial Equality Division at Northern Ireland Executive


    2 p.m. - The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
      Women and Equalities Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: The Rights of Cohabiting Partners
      At 2.15pm: Oral evidence
      Elizabeth Darlington - Barrister at Parklane Plowden Chambers, Leeds; Member of the Family Law Bar Association National Committee
      Michael Horton QC - Queen's Counsel at Coram Chambers and Member of the Family Law Bar Association National Committee
      At 3.15pm: Oral evidence
      Mr Harry Benson - Research Director at Marriage Foundation
      Baroness Ruth Deech


    2 p.m. - Room 8, Palace of Westminster
      Treasury Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: The work of the Treasury
      At 2.15pm: Oral evidence
      Sir Tom Scholar - Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury
      Charles Roxburgh - Second Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury
      Cat Little - Director General, Public Spending at HM Treasury
      Anna Caffyn - Finance Director at HM Treasury


    3 p.m. - Room 6, Palace of Westminster
      Petitions Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Tackling Online Abuse
      At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
      Chris Philp MP - Minister for Tech and Digital Economy at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
      Orla MacRae - Deputy Director for Online Harms Regulation at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


Thursday 2nd December 2021
    8:45 a.m. - Room 8, Palace of Westminster
      Welsh Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: The Benefits System in Wales
      At 9.30am: Oral evidence
      Jane Hutt MS - Minister for Social Justice at Welsh Government
      Paul Neave - Head of Social Welfare Advice and DWP Policy at Welsh Government
      At 10.30am: Oral evidence
      Gwennan Hardy - Senior Policy Officer at Citizens Advice Cymru
      Alison Corriea - Welfare Adviser at Cartrefi Conwy Housing Association
      Cordelia Deady - Welfare Rights Supervisor at Wrexham County Borough Council
      Megan Thomas - Policy and Research Officer at Disability Wales


Monday 6th December 2021
    2:30 p.m. - Room 8, Palace of Westminster
      Scottish Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Secretary of State for Scotland 6 December 2021
      At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
      Rt Hon Alister Jack MP - Secretary of State for Scotland at Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland
      Iain Stewart MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Scotland) at Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland
      The Lord Offord of Garvel - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland
      Laurence Rockey - Director at Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland


    3 p.m. - Room 16, Palace of Westminster
      Treasury Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Future of Financial Services
      At 3.15pm: Oral evidence
      Christian Faes - Chair at Fintech Founders, and Executive Chairman and co-founder at LendInvest
      Michael Moore - Director General at British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA)
      Stuart Williams - President at ICE Futures Europe


    3:30 p.m. - The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Tuesday 7th December 2021
    9:30 a.m. - The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
      Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Sport governance
      At 10.00am: Oral evidence
      Gulfraz Riaz - Chair at National Asian Cricket Council
      Basharat Hussain - Executive Chairperson at Quaid e Azam Premier Cricket League
      At 11.00am: Oral evidence
      Tracey Crouch MP - Chair, Independent Fan Led Review of Football Governance


    9:45 a.m. - Room 8, Palace of Westminster
      Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Energy National Policy Statements
      At 10.30am: Oral evidence
      Aled Rowlands - Head of Corporate Affairs - Electricity Transmission at National Grid
      Danielle Lane - Chair at Offshore Wind Industry Council
      Paul McGimpsey - Director of Regulation at Energy Networks Associaiton
      Emma Pinchbeck - Chief Executive Officer at Energy UK
      At 11.30am: Oral evidence
      James Richardson - Chief Economist at National Infrastructure Commission
      At 12.15pm: Oral evidence
      Dr. Nick Hughes - Senior Research Fellow at Bartlett School, University College London
      Joan Edwards - Director of Policy and Public Affairs at The Wildlife Trusts


    2 p.m. - Room 6, Palace of Westminster
      Justice Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences
      At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
      The Rt Hon. the Lord Blunkett
      The Rt Hon. the Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd
      At 3.15pm: Oral evidence
      Professor Nick Hardwick - Professor of Criminal Justice, Department of Law and Criminology at Royal Holloway, University of London
      Professor Graham Towl - Professor of Psychology at Durham University, and visiting clinical professor at Newcastle University
      Dr Jonathan Bild - Deputy Director at Sentencing Academy


    2 p.m. - Room 16, Palace of Westminster
      Foreign Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Government policy on Afghanistan
      At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
      Sir Philip Barton KCMG OBE - Permanent Under-Secretary at Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
      Sir Laurie Bristow KCMG - Former British Ambassador to Afghanistan
      Nigel Casey MVO - Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and Director for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran Directorate (APID) at Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office


    2 p.m. - Room 5, Palace of Westminster
      International Development Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Afghanistan
      At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
      Alain Délétroz - Director General at Geneva Call
      James Cowan - Chief Executive Officer at The HALO Trust
      Elizabeth Winter - Executive Director at British & Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group (BAAG)


    2:30 p.m. - Room 8, Palace of Westminster
      Defence Sub-Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: The Treatment of Contracted Staff for The MoD’s Ancillary Services
      At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
      Richard Holroyd - Managing Director at Capita Defence Fire and Security
      Alex Clark - Chief Fire Officer at Capita Fire and Rescue


    3:15 p.m. - The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
      Environmental Audit Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Outcomes of COP26
      At 3.30pm: Oral evidence
      Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP - COP26 President at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
      Peter Hill - Chief Executive Officer at 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)
      Archie Young - Lead Climate Negotiator at Cabinet Office


Wednesday 8th December 2021
    9 a.m. - The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
      Work and Pensions Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: The work of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
      At 9.15am: Oral evidence
      Rt Hon Dr Thérèse Coffey - Secretary of State for Work and Pensions at Department for Work and Pensions
      Peter Schofield - Permanent Secretary at Department for Work & Pensions


    9:30 a.m. - Room 6, Palace of Westminster
    9:45 a.m. - Room 16, Palace of Westminster
      International Trade Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: UK-EU trading relationship
      At 10.00am: Oral evidence
      Stephen Kelly - CEO at Manufacturing NI
      Aodhán Connolly - Director at Northern Ireland Retail Consortium
      At 11.00am: Oral evidence
      Professor Katy Hayward, Professor of Political Sociology, Queen’s University Belfast - Professor at Queen's University Belfast
      Dr Esmond Birnie - Senior Economist at Ulster University


    2 p.m. - Room 15, Palace of Westminster
      Environmental Audit Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Carbon border adjustment mechanisms
      At 2.15pm: Oral evidence
      Paul Dawson - Head of Regulatory Affairs at RWE Supply & Trading GmbH
      Dr Richard Leese - Director, Cement, Industrial Policy, Energy & Climate Change at Mineral Products Association
      Richard Warren - Head of Policy and External Affairs at UK Steel
      Richard Woolley - Head of Energy and Climate Change at Chemical Industries Association
      At 3.30pm: Oral evidence
      Mr Pawel Kisielewski - Chief Executive Officer at CCm Technologies
      Fergus McReynolds - Director of EU & International Affairs at Make UK
      Dr Scott Steedman - Director-General, Standards at British Standards Institution


Thursday 9th December 2021
Tuesday 14th December 2021
    2 p.m. - The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Wednesday 15th December 2021
Tuesday 18th January 2022
Tuesday 1st February 2022

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.

Wednesday 1st December 2021
    3 p.m. - Virtual meeting (webcast)
Thursday 2nd December 2021
Monday 6th December 2021
    3:30 p.m. - Room 4A, Palace of Westminster
      Finance Bill Sub-Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Off-payroll working: follow-up
      At 4.15pm: Oral evidence
      Andrew Chamberlain - Director of Policy at Association of Independent Professionals & the Self-Employed (IPSE)
      Phil Pluck - Chief Executive at Freelancer and Contractor Services Association
      Martin McTague - Policy and Advocacy Vice-Chair at Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
      At 5.15pm: Oral evidence
      Alice Jeffries - Lead Tax Advisor at Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
      Colin Ben-Nathan - Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee at Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT)
      Meredith McCammond - Technical Officer at Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG)
      Stephen Ratcliffe - Partner, Employment and Compensation at Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)


Tuesday 7th December 2021
    9:30 a.m. - Virtual meeting (webcast)
      Environment and Climate Change Committee - Oral evidence
      Subject: Mobilising action on climate change and environment: behaviour change
      At 10.00am: Oral evidence
      Rob Hopkins - Co-founder at Transition Town Totnes and of the Transition Network
      Pam Warhurst CBE - Founder at Incredible Edible
      Shanon Shah - Director at Faith for the Climate
      At 11.00am: Oral evidence
      Sally Copley - Executive Director for External Affairs at Sustrans
      Fiona Richards - Operations Director England at The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)
      Ugo Vallauri - Co-founder and Policy Lead at The Restart Project
      Gareth Ellis - Project Director at The Green Valleys


Wednesday 8th December 2021
Monday 13th December 2021
Tuesday 14th December 2021
Wednesday 15th December 2021
Monday 17th January 2022
Wednesday 19th January 2022
Wednesday 26th January 2022
Wednesday 2nd February 2022
Monday 21st February 2022

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 1st December 2021
    2:40 p.m. - Room 16, Palace of Westminster
      Human Rights (Joint Committee) - Oral evidence
      Subject: Legislative Scrutiny: Nationality and Borders Bill
      At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
      Tom Pursglove MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Home Office
      Dan Hobbs - Director, Asylum, Protection and Enforcement at Home Office
      Dan O’Mahoney - Clandestine Channel Threat Commander at Home Office


Thursday 2nd December 2021
Monday 6th December 2021
Tuesday 7th December 2021
Wednesday 8th December 2021
Thursday 9th December 2021
Monday 13th December 2021
Wednesday 15th December 2021
Wednesday 26th January 2022

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

Wednesday 1st December 2021
2nd reading (Lords) - National Insurance Contributions Bill 2021-22
Report stage (Lords) - Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill 2021-22
Committee stage (Commons) - Finance (No. 2) Bill 2021-22
Monday 6th December 2021
Consideration of Lords amendments (Commons) - Armed Forces Bill 2021-22
Report stage (Lords) - Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [HL] 2021-22
3rd reading (Lords) - Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill [HL] 2021-22
Tuesday 7th December 2021
2nd reading (Lords) - Health and Care Bill 2021-22
Wednesday 8th December 2021
Report stage (Lords) - Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021-22
Monday 13th December 2021
Committee stage (Lords) - Northern Ireland (Ministers, Elections and Petitions of Concern) Bill 2021-22
Tuesday 14th December 2021
Report stage (Lords) - Advanced Research and Invention Agency 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

Wednesday 1st December 2021
Committee stage (Commons) - Local Government (Disqualification) Bill 2021-22
Friday 3rd December 2021
Committee stage (Lords) - Education (Environment and Sustainable Citizenship) Bill [HL] 2021-22
2nd reading (Lords) - House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL] 2021-22
2nd reading (Lords) - Cigarette Stick Health Warnings Bill [HL] 2021-22
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) - Asylum Seekers (Permission to Work) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Miscarriage Leave Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Hospitals (Parking Charges and Business Rates) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Electoral Commission (Abolition) 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) - Leader of the House of Commons (Election) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - BBC Licence Fee (Abolition) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Asylum Seekers (Return to Safe Countries) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - NHS England (Alternative Treatment) 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) - Corporate Homicide Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Covid-19 Vaccine Damage Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Illegal Immigration (Offences) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - BBC Licence Fee Non-Payment (Decriminalisation for Over-75s) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Children's Clothing (Value Added Tax) 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) - Full Employment Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Workers (Rights and Definition) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Green Belt Protection Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Public Sector Exit Payments (Limitation) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Caravan Sites 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) - Health and Safety at Work Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Planning (Street Plans) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Company Transparency (Carbon in Supply Chains) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Plastics (Wet Wipes) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Members of Parliament (Prohibition of Second Jobs) (Motion) 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) - Wellbeing of Future Generations (No. 2) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Climate and Ecology 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) - Public Advocate 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
Report stage (Commons) - Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Public Bodies (Representation from Devolved Nations) 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
2nd reading (Commons) - Social Media Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Flooding (Prevention and Insurance) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Disposable Barbecues Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - House of Lords (Elected Senate) Bill 2021-22
Friday 21st January 2022
2nd reading (Commons) - Hare Coursing Bill 2021-22
3rd reading (Commons) - Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) 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) - Immigration (Health and Social Care Staff) 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) - Planning and Local Representation Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Misuse of Fireworks Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Public Houses (Electrical Safety) Bill 2021-22
Friday 28th January 2022
2nd reading (Commons) - British Sign Language Bill 2021-22
Report stage (Commons) - Cultural Objects (Protection from Seizure) 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
2nd reading (Commons) - Electricity Grid (Review) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Climate Education 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
2nd reading (Commons) - Schools and Educational Settings (Essential Infrastructure and Opening During Emergencies) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Peerage Nominations (Disqualification of Party Donors) Bill 2021-22
Friday 25th February 2022
2nd reading (Commons) - Energy Pricing Bill 2021-22
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
2nd reading (Commons) - Bereavement Leave and Pay (Stillborn and Miscarried Babies) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Devolution (Employment) (Scotland) Bill 2021-22
Friday 18th March 2022
2nd reading (Commons) - Education Employment (Accompaniment to Hearings) Bill 2021-22
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) - Crown Estate (Devolution to Wales) 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) - Pregnancy and Maternity (Redundancy Protection) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Intimate Images (Offences) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Mental Health Provision (Children and Young People) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Paternity (Leave and Pay) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Flexible Working 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) - Minimum Energy Performance of Buildings (No. 2) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Non-Disclosure Agreements (No. 2) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Hen Caging (Prohibition) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Decarbonisation and Economic Strategy Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Recognition of Armenian Genocide Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Social Media Platforms (Identity Verification) Bill 2021-22
2nd reading (Commons) - Hate Crime (Misogyny) Bill 2021-22