Opposition debate on the badger cull

05 June 2013

MPs debated the badger cull on Wednesday 5 June 2013 in the House of Commons. The debate was the first of two to take place on subjects chosen by the Opposition

Badger cull

The debate was moved by Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mary Creagh. Mr Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, responded on behalf of the Government.

The House of Commons voted by 299 to 250 against the Opposition motion “That this House believes the badger cull should not go ahead".

Accident and Emergency waiting times

The debate was moved by Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham. Mr Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, responded on behalf of the Government.

The House of Commons voted by 299 to 227 against the Opposition motion on Accident and Emergency waiting times.

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.

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