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Copeland MP, Jamie Reed, opened a House of Commons adjournment debate on the recent severe flooding in west Cumbria. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Huw Irranca-Davies, responded for the Government
An adjournment debate is simply a way of having a general debate without requiring the House to vote.
There is a half-hour adjournment debate at the end of each day’s sitting. Members apply for an adjournment debate to the Speakers Office. Subject matters of adjournment debates are varied; examples include debates on defence issues, pensions and combating benefit fraud.
At the end of the day’s business, which is normally 10pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, 7pm on Wednesdays, 6pm on Thursdays and 2.30pm on Fridays, the Speaker calls a government whip to move ‘That this House do now adjourn’.
The MP who tabled the relevant adjournment debate is called to speak and a Minister will reply. The MP has no right of response, but can intervene in the Minister’s speech if he or she is willing to allow it (called ‘giving way’).
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