Westminster Hall debate on the Licensing Act

23 October 2009

MPs debated the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee's report on the Licensing Act 2003. Chair of the Committee, John Whittingdale, opened the adjournment debate in Westminster Hall.

An adjournment debate is simply a way of having a general debate without requiring the House to vote.

At sittings in Westminster Hall on Tuesdays and Wednesdays there are two one-and-a-half hour debates and three half-hour debates. The one-and-a-half hour debates are intended to be more general involving a number of MPs.

Each government department is available to respond to debates only every other week, according to a rota.

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