MPs debate pensioners and winter fuel payments

23 November 2011

Nigel Dodds, Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), moved an Opposition day debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday 22 November on pensioners and winter fuel payments.

Pensioners and winter fuel payments

Minister of State, Department of Work and Pensions, Steve Webb, responded on behalf of the Government. Watch and read the views expressed by MPs during the debate on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. Find further information on Energy in the Topics and News sections.

NB: The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is a political party in Northern Ireland.

Opposition day debates

Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition. Seventeen days are at the disposal of the leader of the largest opposition party to decide which topics are debated. Three days are also allocated to the other smaller opposition parties, including the the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.

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