Why is there no PMQs today?
There will be no Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) today as the House of Commons is on recess for party conference season.
When is the next PMQs
The party conferences mean there won’t be another PMQs for nearly a month. Parliament broke up on Tuesday 19 September ahead of the conferences and will return on Monday 16 October.
This means the next PMQs will be on Wednesday 18 October at its normal time of midday.
The Commons has a number of recesses throughout the year. Following the party conference recess, the next one will begin on Tuesday 19 December for Christmas. Parliament will return on Monday 9 January.
When are the party conferences?
Labour’s conference starts the following weekend, from 8-11 October in Liverpool.
The Greens are having their conference in Brighton from 6-8 October.
The Liberal Democrats’ annual conference took place in Bournemouth and finished on Tuesday.
The Conservative Party conference will be from 1-4 October in Manchester.
What’s the latest UK politics news?
Despite Parliament being in recess, politics never stops.
Ministers could be prevented from making major policy announcements when the House of Commons is not sitting. It comes after the PM made a controversial U-turn on net zero and reports of potential scrapping of the northern leg of HS2.
Commons Speaker Sir Lindsey Hoyle criticised the PM last week when he revealed, during parliamentary recess, that his government was rolling back on important climate pledges.
The Speaker wrote to the PM expressing dismay that MPs had not had the opportunity to debate the net-zero U-turn.
He is expected to issue a similar rebuke if the PM scraps or delays the HS2 Birmingham to Manchester leg after growing concerns about spiralling costs.
A spokesperson for the Speaker’s Office said: “If the Government doesn’t proactively explain its policy on HS2, Mr Speaker will do what he can to ensure the House gets to consider it at the earliest opportunity.”