All guidance on this site relates to normal proceedings in the House of Commons. Guidance on temporary (Hybrid) arrangements during the current epidemic can be found in the following places:
Anyone can find out more about COVID-19 Hybrid proceedings in the House of Commons on the Parliament.uk website.
Members can find guidance on participating in Hybrid proceedings on the Parliamentary intranet. Please note: this link will only work if you have a parliamentary email account.
The Government use oral or written statements to announce policy developments, provide updates, and respond to events.
You have an opportunity to question the minister after an oral statement. You must be present in the Chamber from the start of the statement. Once it’s finished, you stand in your place every time the minister sits down to show that you want to be called to ask a question.
Other statements include:
- Select committee statements: The Chair of a select committee, or another committee member, can make a statement announcing the publication of a report or launch of an inquiry. You can ask questions about the statement.
- Speaker’s statements: The Speaker can make a statement on any subject, including practical matters relating to House business or ceremonial occasions. There’s no opportunity to ask questions.
- Personal statements: MPs can ask the Speaker to allow them to make a personal statement. These are usually related to conduct. There’s no opportunity to ask questions.