An emergency debate is a debate called at short notice in the House of Commons on a matter that should have urgent consideration. An MP may apply to the Speaker for an emergency debate under the rules of Standing Order No. 24.
Members may seek an emergency debate from the Speaker on Mondays to Thursdays during sitting time. If the Speaker has given the Member leave they will have three minutes to make a speech after question time and any urgent questions or ministerial statements. The Speaker then decides whether to submit the application to the House.
The House will have to agree that the debate takes place. If the House agrees the debate will take place on a future day, it is usually the next sitting day. The motion to be debated will be "That the House has considered the matter of [Topic]"
Applications for emergency debates in the House of Commons since May 2012
||Proposal for debate|
|Sir Richard Ottaway
||Ban by China on the Foreign Affairs Committee visit to Hong Kong
||West Coast Main Line
||The closure of the Ford assembly plant at Swaythling
||Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust special administrator
||Royal Charter on Press Conduct
||UK Coal's proposed closure of Kellingley and Thoresby collieries
You can find a list of all emergency debates going back to 1979 through the following Parliamentary Information List: