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How to submit an oral question online

These steps are for submitting an oral question online. Any oral questions you submit do not count towards your limit of 20 written questions a day online. If you prefer to use a hard copy, please read how to submit an oral question on paper.

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


  1. Use the Question Time rota (PDF, 45 KB) to find out which departments are due to answer questions. The deadline for submitting oral questions is 12.30pm three sitting days before the Question Time takes place (or five sitting days for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales questions). A sitting day is a day when the House is meeting.
  2. Go to the online MemberHub:
    • Click ‘submit’ (towards the top of the screen) and choose ‘oral question’.
    • Choose the department you want (by date, answering body or upcoming deadline) and click ‘select’.
    • Choose whether to ask a substantive or topical question, or both. A substantive question means you submit the text of the question in advance. A topical question means there is no need to submit the text in advance. You can table one substantive and one topical question for each departmental Question Time.
    • If you are asking a substantive question, write the text of your question in the blank space indicated. Check it conforms to the rules for questions.
    • If you are asking a substantive question and have an interest to declare, click the box saying ‘yes’ and explain what it is.
    • Click ‘next’. Review the information and click ‘submit’.
  3. 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.