Before we move on to the members’ business debate, I want to let members know about Parliament’s plans to meet over the recess. In the past few days, the Parliamentary Bureau has been considering that matter and Parliament’s response in the event of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union on Friday 12 April without a negotiated deal. I can confirm that my intention is to recall Parliament next week to meet at 1 pm on Thursday 11 April in the circumstance that the UK is due to leave the EU without a deal on the following day. Last week, I indicated that I would try to give members at least two days’ notice of the decision on whether to recall. It is clear that there is an on-going and developing situation, so I may not be in a position to confirm a recall to members until after decisions are taken at the EU summit on Wednesday 10 April.
The decision to recall or not to recall will be communicated to you through the Parliament’s alert system and, of course, your business managers will keep you updated. The parliamentary business team is also happy to advise members throughout the week.