Emergency debates

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, 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

MP Debate Title Date Decision

Proposal for debate

Dr Eilidh Whiteford Tax Credits 27.10.15 Declined
Chris Bryant The Operation of the Wilson Doctrine 15.10.15 Agreed c515
Yvette Cooper The Refugee Crisis in Europe 07.09.15 Agreed c66
Peter Bone Wellingborough Prison 17.06.12 Declined c854
Tim Farron West Coast Main Line 03.09.12 Declined c69
Caroline Nokes The closure of the Ford assembly plant at Swaythling 29.10.12 Declined c52
Jeremy Lefroy Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust special administrator 05.03.13 Declined c863
David Cameron Royal Charter on Press Conduct 18.03.13 Agreed c630
Nigel Adams UK Coal's proposed closure of Kellingley and Thoresby collieries 08.04.14 Declined c135
Sir Richard Ottaway Ban by China on the Foreign Affairs Committee visit to Hong Kong 01.12.14 Agreed c68
Alistair Carmichael Means of delivery of English votes on English laws 06.07.15 Agreed c55

You can find a list of all emergency debates going back to 1979 through the following Parliamentary Information List: