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How to submit a Prime Minister’s question on paper

These steps are for submitting a Prime Minister’s question on paper. You can also submit a Prime Minister’s question online.

You or your staff can complete these steps, but your handwritten signature is required for step 3.


  1. The deadline for tabling an oral question to the Prime Minister is usually 12.30 pm on the preceding sitting Thursday (if a recess is approaching, check the Question Time rota (PDF, 45 KB) for the deadline). A sitting day is a day the House is meeting.
  2. Fill in a question form (download a question form (Word doc, 39 KB) from the intranet or get one from the Table Office).
    • Tick the box to specify that it is an oral question.
    • Fill in your name and constituency, and specify that the question is to the Prime Minister.
    • Most people write “Engagements” or “E” on the form, meaning they don’t have to submit the text of their question. If you do want the text of your question to be known in advance, write it on the form. Check it conforms to the rules for questions. If you are submitting the text of your question and you have an interest to declare, tick the box and email to say what the interest is.
  3. Take your question form to the Table Office in person, or ask another MP to take it for you. Or sign the question form and post it or ask your staff to take it to the Table Office (faxed, stamped or photocopied signatures cannot be accepted).
  4. The Table Office will check your question and contact you if they have a problem. Once the Table Office has approved your question, it has been tabled.