Announcements for Tuesday 25 April 2017

 EFFECT OF PROROGATION AND DISSOLUTION ON QUESTIONS AND MOTIONS

Prorogation is expected on Thursday 27 April, in anticipation of the Dissolution of Parliament, which under the provisions of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 will take place on Wednesday 3 May.

All Questions fall at Prorogation. Questions tabled for answer on a named day which falls after Prorogation will not be answered. Questions for ordinary written answer tabled shortly before Prorogation may not receive a substantive answer before Prorogation, and cannot be answered after Prorogation.

If Prorogation takes place on 27 April–

OP buttonthe latest time for tabling a Question for written answer on a named day is 10.30pm or the rise of the House, whichever is earlier, on Monday 24 April (for answer on Thursday 27 April)

OP buttonthe latest time for tabling a Question for ordinary written answer is 7.30pm or the rise of the House, whichever is earlier, on Tuesday 25 April (but please note that such Questions submitted within a week of Prorogation are unlikely to receive an answer).

All Motions fall at Prorogation. The last day on which new Motions (including Early Day Motions) and added names can be submitted by Members is the day before Prorogation takes place. No new Motions (including Early Day Motions) may therefore be tabled on the day of Prorogation nor may any names be added to existing Motions on that day.

 

 TABLING QUESTIONS AND MOTIONS IN THE NEW PARLIAMENT

The date of meeting of the new Parliament has not yet been announced. Members may table Questions and Motions from the Table Office’s opening time of 9.00am on the day of the State Opening. Detailed guidance on arrangements for tabling Questions and Motions will be issued once the new Parliament has met.