Home Secretary, Theresa May, made a statement in the House of Commons on Abu Qatada on Wednesday 24 April 2013.
Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday) and after any Urgent Questions.
Statements normally relate to matters of policy or government actions. At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.
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