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Government business

This is the name given to the time Parliament spends on public bills, ministerial statements and debates held in government time.

Roughly three quarters of the days on which Parliament sits are reserved for government business.

The remaining days are allocated to opposition parties, select committees and backbenchers.

The organisation of government business is the responsibility of the government Chief Whip in conjunction with the Leader of the House.

Together they oversee the running of the business in both the Commons and the Lords.

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