Meaning of PMQs in English:


plural noun

  • (in the UK Parliament) a session, held every Wednesday at midday when the House of Commons is sitting, during which the prime minister answers questions from MPs.

    ‘The chief whip will be annoyed with him for missing PMQs.’
    • ‘Even by PMQs' standards, the noise levels were mad.’
    • ‘He spoke without notes, too: quite brave to do that at PMQs.’
    • ‘Shortly before PMQs, as happens regularly, the latest unemployment statistics were published.’
    • ‘She was not on the Government's frontbenches for PMQs, but standing with other MPs near the door to the Commons chamber.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister was replying to the traditional first question of PMQs in which he is asked to list his official engagements.’
    • ‘While the Commons is seldom full - save for major events such as the Budget - the chamber is standing-room-only for PMQs almost every week.’
    • ‘He faced a chorus of disapproval during PMQs when he stood up to talk about National Carers Week.’
    • ‘His plea during the recent recess for more grown-up behaviour in PMQs was a Speakerly form of naming and shaming.’
    • ‘The Speaker stepped in after the prime minister used the "con man" phrase for a second time during PMQs, telling him it was "frankly unparliamentary".’
    • ‘MPs are not unused to being filmed and PMQs have been broadcast live since 1990.’
    • ‘The report recommended extending PMQs once a month to 45 minutes or an hour, focused on just a few policy areas.’


Abbreviation of Prime Minister’s Questions (the session is announced by the Speaker with the words ‘Questions to the Prime Minister’).