Speaker of the House of Commons: A look back
24 - 30 October 2022
On Monday, the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle was presented with a 40th Anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands framed stamped envelope as a thank you for marking the Falkland Islands 40th anniversary this year.
The Speaker also presided over Chamber business including urgent questions and a statement on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: Final Report.
On Tuesday, the Speaker welcomed the Speaker of the Federal Parliament of Nepal, Agni Prasad Sapkota, and HE Mrs Marie Chatardova, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the House of Commons.
The Speaker also shared a message for the International Crimea Platform.
On Wednesday morning the Speaker welcomed the Acting High Commissioner for Australia, HE Ms Lynette Wood.
The Speaker chaired Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's first Prime Minister's Questions, as well as further business in the Chamber.
In the afternoon, the Speaker hosted a Black History Month Reception with special guests and colleagues from across Parliament.
On Thursday, the Speaker met with clockmakers working on the Elizabeth Tower to find out about how they prepare for the clocks changing to GMT.
In the evening, the Anti-Slavery Awards Reception 2022 was held in Speaker's House.
During the week, the following business took place in the Chamber:
- Urgent Question: Great British Railways
- Urgent Question: Doncaster Sheffield Airport
- Statement: Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: Final Report
- Urgent Question: Crisis in Iran
- Urgent Question: Avanti West Coast Contract Renewal
- Urgent Question: Home Secretary: Resignation and Reappointment
- Urgent Question: UK-India Trade Deal
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.
Falkland Islands Representative Richard Hyslop presented the Speaker with a framed envelope to thank the House of Commons for marking the Falkland Islands 40th anniversary this year
Welcoming the Speaker of the Federal Parliament of Nepal
Speaker Hoyle was pleased to welcome the Speaker of the Federal Parliament of Nepal, Agni Prasad Sapkota. It was a great opportunity for the two Speakers to discuss their roles, as well as the longstanding relationship between the United Kingdom and Nepal. The two Speakers also discussed the valued role of the Gurkhas in the Armed Forces, and ensuring that recognition and support for them continues.
Welcoming HE Mrs Marie Chatardova, Ambassador of the Czech Republic
Speaker Hoyle welcomed to the House of Commons, Her Excellency Marie Chatardova, the Czech Ambassador to the UK. It was an opportunity to discuss the deepening relationship between the UK and Czech Republic, as well as standing in solidarity with Ukraine.
Message for the International Crimea Platform
Mr Speaker was unable to attend the International Crimea Platform in person due to House of Commons business, but did share a video message for the very important summit. The Speaker said "I am proud to say we stand shoulder-to-shoulder in support of Ukraine – and in the liberation of Crimea." Watch the full message below.
Welcoming Acting High Commissioner for Australia, HE Ms Lynette Wood
Speaker Hoyle welcomed Acting Australian High Commissioner to UK, Her Excellency Ms Lynette Wood. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss how Australia and the United Kingdom enjoy a historic relationship and modern partnership. Mr Speaker and Ms Wood also discussed the Rugby League World Cup and how well both teams were doing.
Black History Month reception hosted in Speaker's House
The Speaker was honoured to host a Black History Month reception to celebrate, educate and inspire the accomplishments of Black Britons throughout our history. Colleagues across Parliament and special guests including celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott and Olympic athlete Imani-Lara Lansiquot were also in attendance.
Speaker lends a hand as Big Ben is put back to GMT
The Speaker met with clockmaker colleagues working in the Elizabeth Tower to find out more about how the team prepares for putting the Great Clock of Westminster – better known as Big Ben - back to GMT.
Anti-Slavery Awards Reception 2022
The Anti-Slavery Awards Reception 2022 was held in Speaker's House. The Speaker was honoured to speak at the event and meet with Sir Mo Farah who received the Trustees Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Fight Against Modern Slavery from the Human Trafficking Foundation.