Thursday debates

25.40Although procedurally the Government's business has no priority over other business, in practice much of the time of the House is spent debating Government bills or motions tabled by the Government. By modern practice the interests of the other parties and backbenchers are protected by the setting aside of every Thursday from the beginning of a typical session until the end of January1 for debates on motions not tabled by the Government. These debates fall into two classes.


  1. 1. Formerly June. The scheduling of Thursday debates was changed in December 2010 to reflect the new sessional cycle: HL Deb (16 December 2010) 723, c 731.