John Healey opened an adjournment debate in the Commons on the work of the Coalfield Regeneration Trust in his constituency, Wentworth and Dearne, in South Yorkshire. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Andrew Stunell, replied on behalf of the Government
An adjournment debate is a way in the Commons 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. Subject matters of adjournment debates are varied; examples include debates on defence issues, pensions and combating benefit fraud.
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').