Hybrid Proceedings
 

Most types of business now have speakers' lists. Members who are on a speakers’ list to take part in a hybrid proceeding remotely will be contacted directly with the link to join that proceeding.

In light of the current public health advice and the limited capacity in the Chamber, it will be assumed that Members will take part in hybrid proceedings remotely unless they indicate otherwise. If, after signing up to speak, Members wish to take part in a proceeding from the Chamber, they should email holgovernmentwhips@parliament.uk copying in their own Whips’/Convenor’s office. This must still be in advance of the speakers' list closing for that item of business. If there are more Members wishing to take part physically than there are spaces in the Chamber it will be for each individual party/group to determine which of their Members make the final speakers' list.

Speakers' lists for debates can be found here. Speakers' lists for oral questions, statements, PNQs and UQs can be found here. You can also click on the relevant section of the menu bar towards the top of this page.

The full Procedure Committee Guidance on virtual proceedings can be found here.

The closing times of speakers' lists for differing kinds of business are shown below:

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1: Oral Parliamentary questions; 2: for amending stages; 3: Private Notice Questions; 4: Urgent questions

 

Government Whips in the House of Lords

Lords Whips have the same constitutional position as Departmental Ministers. Their role in the House of Lords is different from that of Whips in the Commons, which is predominantly party management.

A Lords Whip has an active role at the despatch box promoting and defending departmental policy which involves:

  • answering questions
  • responding to debates
  • taking through primary and secondary legislation

If the department concerned does not have a Departmental Minister in the House of Lords, all of that Department’s business will fall to a Whip.

House of Lords Government Whips:

Government Chief Whip and Captain of the Gentlemen at Arms
The Rt Hon. the Lord Ashton of Hyde

Government Deputy Chief Whip and Captain of The Queen's Bodyguard of the
Yeomen of the Guard

The Earl of Courtown

Government Whips (Baronesses and Lords in Waiting)

Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist
Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Baroness Penn

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Viscount Younger of Leckie