What is PMQs?

Prime Minister’s Question Time, also referred to as PMQs, takes place every Wednesday that the House of Commons is sitting and gives MPs the chance to put questions to the Prime Minister.

The House of Commons is currently trialing live British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation of Prime Minister’s Questions starting February 2020.

I am one of a team of interpreters who, with Love Language are involved in testing the viability of providing this segment of the House of Commons business each week.

This builds on previous work with BSL interpreters, including providing live BSL interpretation for Westminster Hall debates and a select committee evidence session in 2019.

Parliamentary Live TV (clip)

Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle: “I am delighted”

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, who championed the use of BSL in Westminster Hall, stated: 

“Everyone deserves to be able to follow our flagship event of the week – so I am delighted that we will have sign language interpreters to make this a reality for deaf people. 

“This initiative chimes with my commitment to make our parliamentary proceedings accessible and as clear as possible to everyone. I would like to thank all those who have worked to make this happen.”  

Give your feedback to the Government on this developing service.

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