Westminster Hall debates: 23 May 2012

24 May 2012

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: 23 May 2012

Five debates were held in Westminster Hall. 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.

9.30-11.00am Hot takeaway food VAT

Stephen Gilbert, Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell and Newquay, moved a debate on VAT on hot takeaway food which received an answer from the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke.

11.00-11.30am Pancreatic cancer

Eric Ollerenshaw, Conservative MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, moved a debate on pancreatic cancer outcomes which received an answer from the Minister of State for Health, Simon Burns.

2.30-4.00pm Dangerous dogs

Chris Evans, Labour and Co-operative MP for Islwyn, moved a debate on dangerous dogs legislation which received an answer from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Richard Benyon.

4.00-4.30pm Scottish-recruited units

Pete Wishart, Scottish Nationalist MP for Perth and North Perthshire, moved a debate on future of Scottish-recruited units which received an answer from the Minister for the Armed Forces, Nick Harvey.

4.30-5.00pm Petrol and diesel

Robert Halfon, Conservative MP for Harlow, moved a debate on the cost of petrol and diesel which received an answer from the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Chloe Smith.

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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