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How to apply for an adjournment debate

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


  1. Decide when you’d like to hold your debate. The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday at 7pm (or the time the House finishes, if that’s earlier) for adjournment debates on the following Tuesday to the Monday after that.
  2. Fill in an application form (download an application form (Word doc, 42KB) from the intranet or get a hard copy from the Table Office). Tick the box to specify that you want to apply for an adjournment debate (the same form is used for Westminster Hall debates). The form asks:
    • which week’s ballot you want to enter and whether there are any dates to avoid
    • for the debate’s title (which should make it clear what the debate is about and be neutrally worded)
    • which department you propose should answer the debate (the Table Office can help if you’re not sure)
    • whether you intend to raise individual cases where legal proceedings, including inquests, might be active
  3. Take your application form to the Table Office in person, or ask another MP to take it for you. Or email it from your parliamentary email account to Or sign the application form and post it or ask your staff to take it to the Table Office (photocopied, stamped or faxed signatures can't be accepted).
  4. The Table Office will contact you if there’s a problem with your application. If you don’t hear, you can assume your application has been entered into the ballot held by the Speaker’s Office.
  5. The Speaker’s Office will contact you after noon on Thursday if you’re successful in the ballot. If you’re not, you may want to resubmit your application for a subsequent week.