Chuka Umunna, Labour MP for Streatham, opened an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on youth violence in London. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, James Brokenshire, 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.