Peter Aldous, Conservative MP for Waveney, opened an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on the future of the east coast inshore fishing fleet. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Richard Benyon MP, 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.