Urgent Question on Government policy towards Iran

17 June 2013

Foreign Secretary, William Hague, responded to an Urgent Question from Labour MP for Blackburn, Jack Straw, on Monday 17 June 2013 in the House of Commons, on the Government's policy towards Iran in light of the election of new President, Dr Hassan Rouhani.

Urgent questions

At times MPs may want to put an urgent question to a Minister. If a matter of public importance has arisen, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to put forward such a question.

The relevant government department would be informed at once.

If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked after that day’s Question Time.

Once the MP has asked the main question, they are allowed to ask a supplementary question. Other MPs will then be called to ask further questions on the same subject.

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UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.

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