The debates were among five Westminster Hall debates that gave MPs an opportunity to raise local and national issues and to receive a response from a Government minister.
Schedule of Westminster Hall debates: 2 July 2013
9.30am - 11am: Wright Committee
Mr Graham Allen, Labour MP for Nottingham North, moved a debate on the implementation of the Wright committee's outstanding recommendations. The Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Tom Brake, responded on behalf of the Government.
11am - 11.30am: Saville Products Ltd and HMRC
Mr Graham Brady, Conservative MP for Altrincham and Sale West, moved a debate on Saville Products Ltd and HMRC. The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Mr David Gauke, responded on behalf of the Government.
2.30pm - 4pm: Local Government and Faith Communities
Andrea Leadsom, Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire, moved a debate on co-operation between local government and faith communities. The Minister for Housing, Mr Mark Prisk, responded on behalf of the Government.
4pm - 4.30pm: Digital Exclusion (Glasgow)
Ann McKechin, Labour MP for Glasgow North, moved a debate on the effect of digital exclusion in Glasgow. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Stephen Crabb, responded on behalf of the Government.
4.30pm - 5pm: Recession (Standards of Living)
Mr Jim Cunningham, Labour MP for Coventry South, moved a debate on the effect of the recession on standards of living. The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Sajid Javid, 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.
Watching proceedings from the public gallery
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