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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Find guidance on temporary procedures during the pandemic including voting, questions and statements. Members can find detailed guidance on participating virtually and voting on the Parliamentary intranet (please note: this link will only work if you have a parliamentary email account.)

How to submit a written question online

These steps are for submitting a written question online. You can submit a maximum of 20 written questions a day online. If you prefer to use a hard copy, please read how to submit a written question on paper.

You or your staff can complete these steps, but you will need to register your staff to use the MemberHub.


  1. Go to the online MemberHub:
    • Click ‘submit’ (towards the top of the screen) and choose ‘written question’.
    • Type the name of the department you want into the ‘Answering Bodies’ box and click ‘next’.
    • Click the box to specify whether it is an ordinary or named day written question. There is no set deadline for answers to ordinary questions, although departments usually respond between five and 10 working days after the question has been tabled. You can table up to five named day questions each day and they should receive an answer on the third sitting day after they’re tabled (unless you specify a later named day). A sitting day is a day when the House is meeting.
    • Write the text of your question in the blank space indicated. Check it conforms to the rules for questions.
    • If you have an interest to declare, click the box saying ‘yes’ and explain what the interest is.
    • Click ‘next’. Review the information and click ‘submit’.
    • If you want to ask the same question to several departments, submit the question to the first department, then find that question in the list of questions you have submitted, click ‘actions’ and ‘submit to another answering body’. Choose the additional department you want to ask.
  2. The Table Office will check your question and contact you if there is a problem. Once the Table Office has approved your question, it has been tabled.