Oral statements take place in the Chamber. The Government use them to tell MPs about developments in policy or react to an event. Oral statements give you a chance to scrutinise ministers by asking questions about the statement. Examples of subjects include:

  • changes in Government policy and the reasons for them
  • the outcome of an international summit, negotiation or other meeting
  • the publication of a report
  • a terrorist attack
  • a national or overseas natural disaster
  • an international political or security crisis
  • a significant court judgment or the findings of an official inquiry

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