Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, William Hague, opened a general debate on Europe in the House of Commons on Wednesday 30 January 2013.
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Douglas Alexander, responded on behalf of the Opposition.
A general debate is a formal discussion on a topic in the House of Commons.
They are an opportunity for MPs to discuss government policy, proposed new laws and current issues.
The Speaker chairs debates in the Chamber and ensures the Standing Orders are followed and order is maintained.
A general debate is held under a motion that the House has considered the subject. A motion expressed in neutral terms like this cannot be amended. It would be very unusual for a vote to take place on such a motion.