The Week Ahead – 22nd October

This week in Parliament is expected to kick off with a statement from the Prime Minister on Brexit. There will be a petition debate on the topic of making autism/learning disability training mandatory for NHS staff, following the tragic case of Bristol resident Oliver McGowan who sadly died whilst receiving treatment at Southmead Hospital.

Monday will also see the second reading of the Offensive Weapons Bill, which was due to take place last week but was postponed because some Tory MPs were threatening to be rebel over measures to ban “high-energy” rifles. Others Bills to be debated in the Commons this week include the Civil Liabilities Bill and the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill.

In addition to the usual Prime Minister’s questions, there will be oral questions for the Ministry of Defence, the Department of Health and Social Care, the Wales Office and the Department for Exiting the EU.

Much of Kerry’s time this week will be taken up by the Agriculture Bill Committee, which she has been asked to join – it will sit four times a week between now and mid-November. This is in addition to her usual commitments with the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, which will also be scrutinising the Agriculture Bill, and the Environmental Audit Committee, which will hear evidence from Ministers regarding the Government’s domestic progress against the Sustainable Development Goals.

This Friday is a sitting Friday, which means Kerry will remain in Parliament for a number of important Private Members Bills, including the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, the Civil Partnership, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill, and the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill.

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