Speaker of the House of Commons: A look back

4 December - 10 December 2023

On Monday, Chamber business took place, including Questions to the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Secretary.

On Tuesday, the Parliamentary Christmas tree was lit in New Palace Yard.

On Wednesday, the parliamentary community came together for a carol service at St Margaret's Church.

On Thursday, Speaker's House hosted a celebration for the First Night of Chanukkah.

During the week, the other business in the Chamber included:

  • Opposition Day Debate: Keeping town centres safe
  • Opposition Day Debate: Bonuses for water company executives
  • Urgent Question: To the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs
  • Urgent Question: To the Secretary of State for Defence
  • Urgent Question: To the Secretary of State for Transport
  • Questions: PMQs
  • Questions: Business Questions

Unfortunately the Speaker was ill with Covid during this week and was unable to be in the Chamber or attend other meetings. The Deputy Speakers stood in for the Speaker.

Find out more about Chamber business which took place during the week. Find out more about the Speaker's role in the Chamber.

5 December

Christmas tree lighting

To mark the beginning of the Christmas season the lights on the Christmas tree in New Palace Yard were switched during the event. The wonderful tree was provided to Parliament by Forestry England.

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6 December

Christmas carols at St Margaret’s Church

St Margaret's Church opposite Parliament and next to Westminster Abbey, known as ‘the Church on Parliament Square’, hosted the parliamentary community for a carol service to celebrate Christmas.

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7 December

Celebrating Chanukah

The first night of Hanukkah was celebrated in Speaker's House with the lighting of the special menorah, commissioned by Speaker Martin back in 2003. The Speaker sent his wishes to those at Speaker's House for a happy Chanukah despite not being able to attend.

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Prime Ministers Questions took place - Click here to catch up with Wednesday 6 November’s PMQs

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