MPs debate fuel poverty and energy efficiency

16 January 2013

MPs discussed energy bills, fuel poverty and energy efficiency in the House of Commons on 16 January 2013.  The debate was the second of two debates on subjects chosen by the Opposition

Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Caroline Flint, opened the debate. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Edward Davey, responded on behalf of the Government.

The Opposition motion was voted against on division (234 votes to 314).

Opposition day debates

Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons 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.

Read background information on debates

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