On Tuesday, the State Opening of Parliament took place, marking the start of the 2022-23 session of Parliament.
Following the State Opening, MPs began debating the Government’s proposals outlined in the Queen's Speech.
On Wednesday, the Speaker welcomed His Excellency Fernand Etgen, President of the Luxembourg Parliament, and his delegation to the House of Commons.
During the day, the Speaker met with young conservationist and wildlife ambassador, Henry who has been raising awareness for local nature reserves and global conservation projects, including the Tristan da Cunha Marine Protection Zone.
In the afternoon the Speaker attended a graduation ceremony for the Speaker's House of Commons Internship Scheme.
Speaker Hoyle also welcomed the Speaker of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament.
A number of Channel Islands celebrated their national days. The Speaker marked these days by flying the flags of Jersey, Guernsey and Sark outside the Palace of Westminster.
During the week, the following business took place in the Chamber which the Speaker presided over:
- Queen's Speech: Debate on the Address
- Urgent Question: Ukraine: UK Military Support
- Urgent Question: Jim Fitton: Detention in Iraq
- Urgent Question: HM Passport Office Backlogs
- Urgent Question: Hong Kong Arrests Under National Security Law
The Speaker also presided over further business in the Chamber. Find out more about Chamber business which took place during the week.
Find out more about the Speaker's role in the Chamber.
State Opening of Parliament
Debate on the Queen's Speech
Meeting with the President of the Luxembourg Parliament
The Speakers of the UK House of Commons and Luxembourg have hosted the first parliamentary meeting between their two nations in 73 years.
Since NATO was founded in 1949, and more latterly through friendships and partnerships within the European Union, neither side felt the need for separate meetings.
But Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle felt it was important to extend the hand of friendship to His Excellency Fernand Etgen, President of the Luxembourg Parliament, and his delegation as soon as Covid restrictions allowed.
Sir Lindsay hailed the meeting at Speaker’s House as "the beginning of a new era post-Brexit for our two parliaments."
"This is about opening up the UK – making sure there are no barriers between us," he said.
"We can build a roadmap across Europe that will allow our great countries to support each other and to work as partners and friends."
He made the comments during the meeting, hosted by Sir Lindsay as part of his Speaker-led diplomacy to establish enduring ties between countries and parliamentarians.
Mr Speaker and His Excellency used the opportunity to highlight their countries’ efforts to support Ukraine - and stressed the importance of exchange programmes for students.
They also agreed that legislatures must work harder to regain the trust of the public, and to focus on making language and debates within the Chamber, calmer and more respectful.
Reception for the Tristan Da Cunha Marine Protection Zone
The Speaker met with young conservationist and wildlife ambassador, Henry, who has been raising awareness for local nature reserves and global conservation projects, including the Tristan da Cunha Marine Protection Zone, one of the world’s most pristine marine environments.
Speaker's House of Commons Internship Scheme Graduation Ceremony
Meeting with Western Cape delegation
The Speaker met with the Speaker of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament.
Celebrating the national days of Jersey, Guernsey and Sark
A number of Channel Islands celebrated their national days. These are their Liberation Days, which mark the end of their occupation during the Second World War.