MPs debate Justice and Home Affairs and Europol

15 July 2013

MPs debated the 2014 Justice and Home Affairs opt-out decision (Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union) and the opt-in decision on the proposed Europol Regulation in the House of Commons on Monday 15 July 2013

2014 Justice and Home Affairs Opt-Out Decision

The debate was moved by the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Mrs Theresa May. Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, responded on behalf of the Opposition.

Documents relevant to the debate

Proposed Europol Regulation

The debate was moved by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, James Brokenshire. Shadow Minister, Home Affairs, Mr David Hanson, responded on behalf of the Opposition.

Documents relevant to the debate

Debates

A debate is a formal discussion on a topic in the House of Commons or the House of Lords.

They are an opportunity for MPs to discuss government policy, proposed new laws and current issues.

Members take it in turns to speak on the subject concerned and the discussion is strictly controlled by a set of rules called the ‘Standing Orders'.

The Speaker chairs debates in the Chamber and ensures these rules are followed and order is maintained.

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