Westminster Hall debates: 25 October 2011

26 October 2011

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

Five debates were held in Westminster Hall on 25 October 2011.

Watch and read 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.

09.30-11.00 Business rates in the North East

Julie Elliott, Labour MP for Sunderland Central, moved a debate on business rates in the North East which received an answer from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Andrew Stunell.

11.00-12.30 Sex and relationship education

Andrea Leadsom, Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire, moved a debate on sex and relationship education in primary schools which received an answer from the Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb.

12.30-13.00 Community groups and lottery funding

Barbara Keeley, Labour MP for Worsley and Eccles South, moved a debate on the distribution of lottery funding which received an answer from the Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson.

13.00-13.30 Fire and rescue services in the North West

Tim Farron, Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, moved a debate on the regionalisation of North West fire and rescue service which received an answer from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Robert Neill.

13.30-14.00 Prescription of Ritalin

Pat McFadden, Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East, moved a debate on the use of drugs to treat behavioural problems which received an answer from the Minister of State for Health, Simon Burns.

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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