This week in the Commons: 23 to 27 November 2015

27 November 2015

This week in the House of Commons MPs debated the Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill, the 2015 Autumn Statement and Spending Review and more.

Legislation: Government Bills

Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill

The Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill had all its Commons stages on Monday 23 November and received Royal Assent on 25 November 2015.

Childcare Bill

The Childcare Bill had its second reading in the Commons on Wednesday 25 October and has been sent to a Public Bill Committee for detailed examination and evidence gathering.

Legislation: Private Members Bills

Two Private Members Bills were introduced to the House following Ten Minute Rule Motions this week:

Urgent Questions

This week no Urgent Questions were asked.


There were two statements this week.

Prime Minister's Questions

On Wednesday 25 November MPs asked the Prime Minister questions on renewable energy, Syria and more.

Watch PMQs from this week:

Opposition Day debates

On Tuesday 24 November 2015 MPs debated Trident in the House of Commons, in the first of two debates to take place on subjects chosen by the Scottish National Party. The second Opposition debate was on HMRC office closures.

Backbench Business debates

On Thursday 26 November in the Commons Chamber, MPs took part in a general debate which had been scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee.

Westminster Hall debates

Debates on a variety of different subjects also took place in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 October. Subjects included support for children of alcoholics, the introduction of low emission zones and the North East devolution deal.

See the Parliamentary calendar to find out all of the subjects that 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.

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