Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, made a statement to the House of Commons on 5 July 2010 on political and constitutional reform. The statement outlined plans for fixed-term parliaments, holding a referendum on changing the voting system to elect MPs to Westminster and reducing the number of MPs.
Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday). Statements usually relate to matters of policy or government actions.
At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.
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