Urgent question on same-sex marriage in churches

10 December 2012

Edward Leigh, Conservative MP for Gainsborough, asked an urgent question in the House of Commons on Monday 10 December 2012 on whether the Secretary of State would give a statement on same-sex marriage in churches

Minister for Women and Equalities, Maria Miller, responded to the question on behalf of the Government.

The Minister announced that a statement would be made to the House tomorrow (Tuesday 11 December) that will set out the Government's response to the recent consultation on how to allow same-sex couples to marry.

It will outline the Government's plans on how to take forward equal civil marriage in line with the decision to legislate before the end of this Parliament.

Urgent questions

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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