MPs debated protecting children online in the House of Commons on Wednesday 12 June 2013. The debate was the first of two on subjects chosen by the Opposition; the second debate was on EU police, justice and home affairs measures.
Protecting children online
Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Minister, Helen Goodman, moved the Opposition motion for debate on protecting children online.
Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, Damian Green, responded on behalf of the Government.
The Opposition motion was negatived on division (227 votes to 280).
EU police, justice and home affairs measures
Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, moved the Opposition motion for debate on EU police, justice and home affairs measures.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, James Brokenshire, responded on behalf of the Government.
The Opposition motion was negatived on division (217 votes to 282). The Government amendment was agreed on question without a vote.
Opposition day debates
Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition.
Seventeen days are at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition, the leader of the largest opposition party, to decide which matters are debated. Three days are usually divided between the other opposition parties.
The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.
Watching proceedings from the public gallery
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