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Friday sittings

Fridays in the Commons are normally spent dealing with private members' business - either consideration of private members' bills or a debate on a private member's motion.

Attendance on Fridays is normally sparse as the business is of less national significance and MPs will take the opportunity to get away to their constituencies on a Thursday evening.

Occasionally, there will be a government-sponsored debate, technically on a motion for the adjournment of the House but allowing a wide range of issues to be discussed.

Friday sittings start at 0930, and the last half an hour of business is given over (as on other sitting days) to an adjournment debate proposed by a backbencher.

Similarly, private members' business is taken on a Friday in the House of Lords from 1000.

There are no question times on a Friday in either the Commons or the Lords.

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