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Business questions

The business of the House of Commons for the following week is announced by the Leader of the Commons every Thursday.

The announcement is made in response to a question from the shadow leader or his or her deputy.

Then there is a short question and answer session in which backbench MPs ask the Leader of the House to try to find time for debates on particular issues.

Future business

The Leader of the House will normally also provide the draft business for the second succeeding week.

Business statements can be made at any other time by the Leader of the House if circumstances require a change in the parliamentary timetable.

Lords Business

Peers are updated daily about forthcoming business.

After oral questions the government Chief Whip comes to the despatch box to inform members of Business of the House, that is additions or changes to the Order Paper, the way business will be dealt with or marshalled and the possibility of any urgent questions or statements.

The operational way business before the Lords is to be taken is presented for approval.

The Upper House can challenge the decisions made by the Chief Whip and Leader of the Lords.

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