Michael Fallon, Conservative MP for Sevenoaks, opened an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on the issue of secondary schooling in his constituency. The Minister of State, Department for Education, Nick Gibb, responded 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 are several different types of adjournment debate. Some allow the Commons to hold a general open-ended debate on a subject or a government policy without reaching a formal decision about it.
Others provide an opportunity for backbench MPs to raise constituency issues or other matters relating to government administration or policy - and to obtain a response from a government minister.