Westminster Hall debates: 6 September 2011

07 September 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 6 September 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 Bus industry

Graham Stringer, Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton, moved a debate on competition in the bus industry, which received an answer from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Norman Baker.

11.00-12.30 Care for older people

Tracey Crouch, Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford, moved a debate on care and services for older people, which received an answer from the Minister of State for Care Services, Department of Health, Paul Burstow.

12.30-13.00 Devolution of energy powers to Wales

Jonathan Edwards, Plaid Cymru MP for Carmathen East and Dinefwr, moved a debate on government policy on devolution of energy powers to Wales, which received an answer from the Minister of State for Climate Change, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Gregory Barker.

13.00-13.30 Special needs education

Annette Brooke, Liberal Democrat MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, moved a debate on the provision of special needs education by the independent sector, which received an answer from Minister of State for Children and Families, Department for Education, Sarah Teather.

13.30-14.00 UN membership of a Palestinian state 

Richard Burden, Labour MP for Birmingham, Northfield, moved a debate on UN membership of a Palestinian state, which received an answer from the Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, David Lidington.

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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