Estimates day debates: Universal Credit and Regulation of Medical Implants

06 March 2013

MPs debated Universal Credit and the regulation of medical implants in the EU and UK on Wednesday 6 March 2013 in the House of Commons.

The debates followed the publication of the estimates for the allocation of expenditure for Central Government, including the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health, for the year ending March 2013.

Estimates day debate: Universal Credit

The debate was opened by Dame Anne Begg, Chair of the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee. The Minister of State for Work and Pensions, Mark Hoban, responded on behalf of the Government. Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions, Stephen Timms responded on behalf of the Opposition.

The Work and Pensions Select Committee held an inquiry into the implementation of Universal Credit and published its report on 22 November 2012. The Government Response to the Committee report was published on 5 February 2013. Further information can be found on the Work and Pensions Committee webpages.

Estimates day debate: Regulation of Medical Implants in the EU and UK

The debate was opened by Andrew Miller, Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. The Minister of State for Health, Norman Lamb, responded on behalf of the Government. Shadow Minister for Health, Jamie Reed responded on behalf of the Opposition.

The Commons Science and Technology Select Committee held an inquiry into the regulation of medical implants in the EU and UK and published its report on 17 October 2012. The Government Response was published on 19 December 2012.  Further information can be found on the Science and Technology Commitee webpages.

Estimates days

All public spending has to be approved by Parliament. Estimates of spending are presented to Parliament and three 'estimates days' are set aside each year to debate the content of those estimates presented.

In practice, estimates days are often used for debating one or more estimates or select committee reports chosen by the Liaison Committee.

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