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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 apply for an urgent question

These steps are for you as an MP, rather than your staff, although your staff can help you put the application together.


  1. You can apply to the Speaker's Office to ask an urgent question on a day when the House is meeting, for answer that same day.
  2. Applications must be submitted by:
    • 11.30am on Mondays
    • 10.00am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
    • 8.15am on Thursdays
    • 8.30am on Fridays
  3. The application should set out your question. It should be in a similar form to any other oral question (although you can use the form “If he/she will make a statement on…”, which is not allowed in ordinary oral questions). Your question should be one short sentence, and should be addressed to the relevant Secretary of State. You can look at examples of how to ask effective questions.
  4. Your application should explain why the matter is urgent. To be judged as ‘urgent’, a question should relate to a very recent or imminent event or development.
  5. Your application should include any relevant interests.
  6. Once you have written your application, email it to the Speaker’s Office from your account, or sign it and deliver it by hand, or ask your staff to deliver it.
  7. You can’t apply for more than one urgent question on the same day.