Minister without Portfolio at the Cabinet Office, Kenneth Clarke MP, responded on behalf of the Government to an urgent question asked by Michael Meacher, Labour MP for Oldham West and Royton, on the Bilderberg conference, on Monday 10 June in the House of Commons
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ed Balls, responded to the question on behalf of the Opposition.
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.