The Home Secretary, Theresa May, made a statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday 2 July on the power of the police to stop and search members of the public
Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, responded to the debate 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.
Watching proceedings from the public gallery
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