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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 take part in an oral statement

These steps are for you as an MP, rather than your staff, because they take place in the Chamber.


  1. Make sure you are seated in the Chamber to hear the start of the oral statement. You can write in advance to the Speaker to say that you have a particular interest in a statement (for example, a constituency connection), but you shouldn’t write with a general request to be called to ask a question.
  2. After the minister has finished the statement, stand to indicate that you want to ask a question. The Speaker chooses who to call, starting with the official Opposition spokesperson. The Speaker will try to call MPs from alternate sides of the House. Keep standing up every time the minister sits down until the Speaker calls you (or the time runs out).
  3. When the Speaker calls your name, ask your question. Questions should be brief and related to the statement. When you’ve finished, sit down and the minister will answer.

You can watch a video of a question being asked during an oral statement:

Read the Hansard transcript of the video.