Update on security strategy and cybersecurity

26 June 2009

Home Office Minister, David Hanson, updated the Commons on national security strategy, including policy on cybersecurity, following an Urgent Question by Crispin Blunt MP, the Conservative Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Counter-terrorism

At times Members may want to put an urgent question to a Minister. Besides being subject to the standard rules for questions, Urgent Questions are also judged against two additional and special criteria laid down in the rules of the House: they must be urgent and of public importance.

It is up to the Speaker to decide whether or not to allow an Urgent Question, and if it is allowed such questions will be taken immediately after Question Time, or at 11am on a Friday.

The procedure on Urgent Questions is similar to ordinary oral questions. The main question will be asked, the Member who has put the question down is then allowed to ask a supplementary. Other Members will then be called to ask further questions on the same subject.

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