What’s on in our Parliaments this week? 12-16 September 2016

Scottish Parliament 3What are our MPs, MSPs, MEPs and AM’s going to be talking about this coming week?


On Tuesday, MSPs hear a statement on how the SNP government intends to resolve the mess they’ve made on agricultural payments.

There is also a debate on housing. Given that the government moved the goalposts on house building and the number of houses built for social rent has fallen well below both need and target, there is a great deal of jelly to be nailed to the wall.

On Wednesday there is a debate on Brexit and the UK’s negotiating position.

Domestic abuse law comes under scrutiny on Thursday

The Senedd

The Welsh Assembly is back this week.

On Tuesday they will debate substance misuse, implications of Brexit and First Minister Carwyn Jones will face his first question session.

Wednesday is an opposition day, with Plaid, UKIP and the Tories each having an hour for debate on a subject of their choice.


House of Commons

Monday sees Defence questions and the Wales Bill

Tuesday has Business Questions and the Digital Economy Bill

Wednesday has International Development questions, PMQs and an opposition debate on the NHS

Thursday, after Transport questions, has backbench business on domestic abuse victims in the family courts and quantitative easing.

And then it’s recess until 10th October for party conference season.

House of Lords

Lots of Lib Dem action in the House on Monday from questions on the South China Sea to the government’s plans for electoral registration. Mike Storey leads a debate on qualified teachers. Sue Garden follows up with one on learning opportunities.

The awful Investigatory Powers Bill continues its committee stage through the Lords.

On Tuesday, the Finance Bill takes centre stage.

We find out who our new leader in the Lords will be. Will Dick Newby or Robin Teverson triumph?

On Wednesday, DIck Taverne tries to find out the Government’s plans on the single market. Good luck with that?

Shas Sheehan puts pressure on the Government to do more to help the refugees in Calais.

The main debate is around the Police and Crime Bill.

Thursday has a number of backbench debates, including one by our Raj Loomba. He explores the issue of conflict and its effect on human rights abuses and the number of widows.

European Parliament

MEPs head to Strasbourg this week.

On Monday energy markets will be debated.

They will also be looking at creating conditions favourable to work/life balance. This is in response to a report by the employment and equalities committees.

On Tuesday they discuss the outcome of the G20 summit. They will also discuss the situation with refugees.

They also discuss the Budget.

Wednesday’s highlights include motions relating to Croatia’s accession to the EU, debates ons objects such as social dumping,

There’s a Commission statement on that Apple judgement.

On Thursday, the Parliament discusses human rights in the Philippines, Somalia and Zimbabwe.

There’s a debate on minimum income systems in the EU which may inform our discussions at Conference

The full agenda has a massive amount of business and you can read it here.



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  • The Northern Ireland Assembly is also sitting this week. Why have you not included it?

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