This week in the Commons: 14 - 17 December 2015

18 December 2015

This week in the House of Commons MPs debated the European Union (Approvals) Bill, Armed Forces Bill, climate change and flooding and more.

Legislation: Government Bills

European Union (Approvals) Bill

The European Union (Approvals) Bill is a public Bill introduced to parliament by the government. It was considered by a Committee of the whole House on Monday 14 December 2015, followed by the Report and Third Reading stages on the same day.

Armed Forces Bill

The Armed Forces Bill is a public bill introduced to Parliament by the Government. The Bill was considered in a Committee of the whole House on 16 December 2015. The report and third reading stages are scheduled to take place over one day.

Legislation: Private Members Bills

One Private Members Bill was introduced to the House following Ten Minute Rule Motions this week:

One Private Members' Bill was presented under Standing Order 57 (Presentation Bill)

Urgent Questions and Statements

This week Urgent Questions were asked on:

There were five Ministerial Statements this week.

Prime Minister's Questions

On Wednesday 16 December 2015 MPs asked the Prime minister questions about NHS funding, the Paris climate change talks and more.

Watch PMQs from this week:

Opposition day debates

On Tuesday 15 December, MPs debated climate change and flooding in the House of Commons, in the first of two debates to take place on subjects chosen by the Opposition. The second Opposition debate was on the Government's housing record.

Backbench business debates

On Thursday 15 December in the Commons Chamber, MPs took part in two general debates which had been schedules by the Backbench
Business Committee.

Westminster Hall debates

Debates on a variety of different subjects also took place in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 December. See the Parliamentary calendar to find out what subjects were debated.

Select Committees

News from Parliamentary Select Committees, including the publication of reports and details of inquiries and evidence sessions are also available online.


The House rose for the Christmas recess at the end of business on Thursday 17 December 2015 and will return on Tuesday 5 January 2016 at 2.30pm.

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