MPs debated Northern Ireland in the House of Commons on Tuesday 23 April 2013. The subject of the debate was chosen by the Opposition
The debate was moved by Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Vernon Croaker. Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, responded on behalf of the Government.
Motion for debate
The following motion, tabled in the name of the Leader of the Opposition, was be debated by MPs:
"That this House notes the significant and positive developments in Northern Ireland in recent years; acknowledges that challenges remain; and reaffirms its commitment to supporting peace, progress and prosperity in every community."
Opposition day debates
Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition.
Seventeen days are at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition, the leader of the largest opposition party, to decide which matters are debated.
Three days are usually divided between the other opposition parties.
The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.