Prime Minister's Questions: 21 November 2012

21 November 2012

Prime Minister, David Cameron, answered questions from MPs in the House of Commons on Wednesday 21 November 2012

The Prime Minister responded to questions on:

  • police and crime commissioners’ elections
  • economic plans
  • conflict in Gaza and Israel
  • road infrastructure between England and Scotland
  • Universal Credit
  • review of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act
  • cuts to police budgets
  • energy tariffs
  • NHS spending
  • regulation of the press
  • tax contributions by companies
  • free schools
  • payday loans
  • economic growth
  • housing benefit
  • green government policies
  • Children’s Commissioner report on child sexual exploitation
  • corporation tax
  • fire station closures
  • Church of England vote on women bishops
  • start-up loans scheme
  • sponsored academies
  • EU budget negotations
  • G8 summit in Northern Ireland, and
  • UK credit rating.

Prime Minister's Question Time

Question Time in the House of Commons is an opportunity for MPs to question government ministers about matters for which they are responsible.

Prime Minister’s Question Time, also referred to as PMQs, takes place every Wednesday that the House of Commons is sitting and gives MPs the chance to put questions to the Prime Minister.

In most cases, the session starts with a routine 'open question' from an MP about the Prime Minister's engagements. MPs can then ask supplementary questions on any subject, often one of current political significance.

Opposition MPs follow up on this or another topic, usually led by the Leader of the Opposition, Edward Miliband. Usually, he is the only MP allowed to come back with further questions.

Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband

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