Political News W/C 8th January

Future parliamentary business from Monday 8 January 2024 

Provisional parliamentary business has now been announced for this period, including the following that may be of relevance to you. The Commons rises for February Recess on Thursday 8 February and returns on Monday 19 February, while the Lords rises on Wednesday 14 February and returns on Monday 19 February. Please note, the following may change at short notice. 


House of Commons 

Monday 8 January 

No relevant business currently scheduled 

Tuesday 9 January 

Justice Questions (11:30am) 

Justice Committee: Future prison population and estate capacity. Witnesses: Professor Nicholas Hardwick, Professor of Criminal Justice at Royal Holloway University of London; Rob Allen, Independent Consultant on Prisons, Probation and Youth Justice; Richard Garside, Director at The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies; Mark Day, Deputy Director at Prison Reform Trust; Sonya Ruparel, CEO at Women in Prison; Anne Fox, CEO at Clinks. Location: Room 8, Palace of Westminster (2:30pm) 

Opposition Day Debate – second topic: the cost of the Government’s Rwanda plan (est. 4pm) 

Deadline for Home Office Questions (on Monday 15 January) 

Wednesday 10 January 

Home Affairs Committee: Police and Crime Commissioners: 10 years on. Witnesses: Roger Hirst, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Lead on Funding Formula, CSR and Grants and Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex at Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex; Mark Hardingham, Chair at National Fire Chiefs Council; Rt Hon Chris Philp MP, Minister of State (Minister for Crime, Policing and Fire) at Home Office. Location: The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (9:30am) 

Prime Minister’s Questions (12pm) 

Ten Minute Rule Motion: Scottish Law Officers (Devolution) – Joanna Cherry (12:30pm) 

Legislation: Finance Bill: Committee Of The Whole House (from 12:45pm) 

Legislation: Economic Activity Of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill: Third Reading 

Thursday 11 January 

Business Questions (from 10:30am) 

Criminal Justice Bill Committee: Further to consider the Bill. Location: Room 10, Palace of Westminster (11:30am, 2pm) 

Deadline for Prime Minister’s Questions (on Wednesday 17 January), Cabinet Office Questions (on Thursday 18 January) 

House of Peers 

Wednesday 10 January 

Grand Committee orders and regulation: Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal (Composition of Tribunal) Regulations 2023 

Thursday 11 January 

Oral question: Findings of the Brook House Inquiry, published in September 2023, in particular its recommendation for a 28-day time limit on immigration detention – Lord German (11:20am) 

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