Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Harriet Harman, asked an urgent question in the House of Commons on Wednesday 13 February 2013, on the proposal for a Royal Charter on press regulation.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller, responded on behalf of the Government.
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.