Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday 2 July on Afghanistan and on the European Council meeting that took place on 27 and 28 June 2013.
Leader of the Labour Party, Edward Miliband, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday) and after any Urgent Questions.
Statements normally relate to matters of policy or government actions. At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.
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