This week in the Commons: 18 - 22 January 2016

22 January 2016

This week in the House of Commons MPs debated the Energy Bill, Psychoactive Substances Bill, student maintenance grants, public transport and more.

Legislation: Government Bills

Energy Bill

The Energy Bill was presented to the House of Lords on 9 July 2015. It completed its Lords stages on 4 November 2015 and was introduced to the Commons with First Reading on 5 November 2015.

The Bill passed Second Reading on Monday 18 January 2016. The Bill will next be considered by a Public Bill Committee which is taking written evidence.

Psychoactive Substances Bill

The Psychoactive Substances Bill passed Third Reading in the Commons on Wednesday 20 January. Commons amendments will now be considered by the House of Lords.

Legislation: Private Members' Bills

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

On Friday 22 January MPs debated the NHS (Charitable Trusts Etc) Bill. The Bill passed its Report and Third Reading. It has now passed to the Lords for consideration.

The Local Area Referendum (Disposal of School Playing Fields) Bill started Second Reading but the debate was adjourned. Debate is expected to resume on Friday 11 March 2016.

Urgent Questions and Statements

This week Urgent Questions were asked on:

There were three Ministerial Statements this week:

Prime Minister's Questions

On Wednesday 20 January, MPs asked the Prime Minister questions about maintenance grants for students, the strategy for flood defences and more.

Watch PMQs from this week:

Opposition day debates

On Tuesday 19 January MPs debated student maintenance grants 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 cost of public transport.

E-petitions debates

On Monday 18 January, in the Westminster Hall Chamber, MPs debated an e-petition relating to the exclusion of Donald Trump from the UK.

Backbench business debates

On Thursday 21 January, in the Commons Chamber, MPs took part in two general debates 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 Monday 18, Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 January. 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.

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