MPs debated Sri Lanka and the United Nations and Liverpool Care Pathway on Tuesday 8 January 2013.
The debates were 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.
Schedule of Westminster Hall debates: 8 January 2013
9.30-11am – Sri Lanka and the UN responsibility to protect
Siobhain McDonagh, Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden, moved a debate on Sri Lanka and the UN responsibility to protect. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Andy Burnham, responded on behalf of the Government.
11-11.30am – Female genital mutilation
Karl Turner, Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull East, moved a debate on victims of female genital mutilation. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, Mrs Helen Grant, responded on behalf of the Government.
2.30-4pm – Liverpool Care Pathway
Glyn Davies, Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire moved a debate on Liverpool Care Pathway. Minister of State, Department of Health, Norman Lamb, responded on behalf of the Government.
4-4.30pm – Education Funding (Cambridgeshire)
Dr Julian Huppert, Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge moved a debate on funding for schools and sixth-forms in Cambridgeshire. Minister for Schools, Mr David Laws, responded on behalf of the Government.
4.30-5pm – Charities (Donations)
John Robertson, Labour MP for Glasgow North West moved a debate on trends in donations to charities. Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, Miss Chloe Smith), 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.