Westminster Hall debates: 9 November 2011

10 November 2011

Westminster Hall debates provide MPs with an opportunity to debate local or national issues and to receive a response from a government Minister

Westminster Hall debates

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays there are two one and a half hour debates and three half hour debates. The longer debates are intended for broader subjects where a number of MPs will want to speak. The shorter debates may focus on an issue that an MP may want to raise about their constituency.

Two ballots are held on the Wednesday of the previous week for each type of debate; MPs may enter into both ballots but can only be successful in one.

Each government department responds to the debates every other week according to a rota.

The Chair is taken by a member of the Panel of Chairs, with the same duties and powers conferred on Deputy Speakers.

Westminster Hall debates for 9 November 2011

Watch and read the five debates and the views expressed by MPs during the debates via the links to Parliament TV and Commons Hansard.

Also, find more information about current parliamentary material in the Topics section on the Parliament website.

09.30-11.00am Adoption

Jessica Lee, Conservative MP for Erewash, moved a debate on adoption rates which received an answer from the Minister of State for Children and Families, Sarah Teather.

11.00-11:30am Organ donation

Paul Uppal, Conservative MP for Wolverhampton South West, moved a debate on organ donation and transplatation which received an answer from the Minister of State for Care Services, Paul Burstow.

2.30-4.00pm Obesity 

Gregory Campbell, Demoractic Unionist Party MP for East Londonderry, moved a debate on Government policy on obesity which received an answer from the Minister of State for Health, Simon Burns.

4-4.30pm Support for British artists

Chris Bryant, Labour MP for Rhodda, withdrew his debate on support for British artists.

4.30-5.00pm Fire services in Halesowen and Rowley Regis

James Morris, Conservative MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, moved a debate on fire services in Halesowen and Rowley Regis which received an answer from the Parliamentary Under-Secreatary of State for Communities and Local Government, Robert Neill.

Westminster Hall debates

Westminster Hall adjournment debates allow MPs to discuss issues of local or personal interest which rarely have time to be debated in the main Chamber of the House of Commons. MPs can discuss a variety of issues and receive a response from a government Minister.

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