debates were among two of five Westminster Hall debates that gave MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a government minister.
Westminster Hall debates: 10 December 2013
9.30am - 11am: HIV and AIDS
Pamela Nash, Labour MP for Airdrie and Shotts, moved a debate on HIV and AIDS. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of state for International Development, Lynne Featherstone responded on behalf of the Government.
11am - 11.30am: Road safety
Rehman Chishti, Conservative MP for Gillingham and Rainham, moved a debate on Road safety. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Transport, Robert Goodwill responded on behalf of the Government.
2.30pm - 4pm: Perkins' Review of engineering skills
Peter Luff, Conservative MP for Mid Worcestershire, moved a debate on Perkins' Review of engineering skills. The Minister for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock responded on behalf of the Government.
Professor John Perkins’ review of the provision of engineering skills in the UK economy was published on 4 November 2013.
4pm - 4.30pm: UK relations with Ukraine
Mr John Whittingdale, Conservative MP for Maldon, moved a debate on UK relations with Ukraine. The Minister of state for Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire responded on behalf of the Government.
4.30pm - 5pm: Mindfulness in education
Chris Ruane, Labour MP for Vale of Clwyd, moved a debate on Mindfulness in education. The The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of state for Education, Elizabeth Truss responded on behalf of the Government.
Westminster Hall debates
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays there are two one and a half hour debates and three half hour debates. The longer debates are intended for broader subjects where a number of MPs will want to speak. The shorter debates may focus on an issue that an MP may want to raise about their constituency.
Two ballots are held on the Wednesday of the previous week for each type of debate; MPs may enter into both ballots but can only be successful in one.
Each government department responds to the debates every other week according to a rota.
The Chair is taken by a member of the Panel of Chairs, with the same duties and powers conferred on Deputy Speakers.
Watching Westminster Hall debates from the public gallery
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