Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Hilary Benn, asked an Urgent Question in the House of Commons on the provisional local government finance settlement on 18 December 2013. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Brandon Lewis, responded on behalf of the Government
Provisional local government finance settlement
The local government finance settlement is the annual determination of funding to local government. It needs to be approved by the House of Commons.
The the provisional local government finance settlement for 2014 to 2015 is available on the Government's website.
About urgent questions
At times MPs may want to put an urgent question to a Minister. If a matter of public importance has arisen, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to put forward such a question.
The relevant government department would be informed at once. If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked after that day’s Question Time.
Once the MP has asked the main question, they are allowed to ask a supplementary question. Other MPs will then be called to ask further questions on the same subject.
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