Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Liam Byrne, asked an urgent question in the House of Commons on Monday 10 December 2012 on the end of Remploy.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Disabled People), Esther McVey, responded to the question on behalf of the Government.
At times MPs may want to put an urgent question to a Minister. If a matter of public importance has arisen, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to put forward such a question.
The relevant government department would be informed at once. If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked after that day’s Question Time.
Once the MP has asked the main question, they are allowed to ask a supplementary question. Other MPs will then be called to ask further questions on the same subject.
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