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Oral Statements

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

Following agreement within Government, this is to inform Members of improvements to the process by which notice is given to the House when Ministers plan to make an oral statement.

Wherever notice has already been given to the House via a written ministerial statement, oral or written questions, or elsewhere on the Floor of the House (that is, in debate or at business questions) that an oral statement will be made on a certain date, then it would be helpful to the House for this to be recorded in the House’s business papers. Accordingly, from today I have asked for a written notice in such cases to be printed in the “Future Business” section of the Order Paper; and again on the “Order of Business” on the day of the statement.

The Government would retain the current freedom to make statements without prior notice having been given in this way and, if necessary, not to proceed with a statement of which prior notice had been given.

I am grateful to Mr. Speaker, for agreeing to the Order Paper being changed in this way.