A select committee can apply to the Backbench Business Committee to make a statement in the Chamber about the publication of a report or launch of an inquiry. You then have a chance to ask questions about the statement.

Ministers and shadow ministers can also take part in the questioning.

If there’s a select committee statement, it will be listed on the front page of the Order Paper.

Select committee statements can only be made in the Chamber on days that the Government sets aside for backbench business (and only on full days set aside for this purpose, not half days). They take place after Question Time and any urgent questions or oral statements.

The Liaison Committee can also allocate time for select committee statements on some Thursdays in Westminster Hall, at 1.30 pm.

Statements must not take place more than five sitting days after the day the report has been published or inquiry launched. A sitting day is a day when the House is meeting.

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