MPs debated a motion on business rates, in the House of Commons, on Wednesday 4 December 2013. The debate was on a subject chosen by the Opposition.
Debate on business rates
Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, Toby Perkins, moved the motion for debate. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Brandon Lewis, responded on behalf of the Government.
The Opposition motion was negatived on division (Ayes 216 votes, Noes 271 votes, Division 153).
The Government amendment to the Opposition motion was agreed on division (Ayes 271 votes, Noes 214 votes, Division 154).
About 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.
Watching Opposition Day debates from the public gallery
UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.
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