Urgent Question on EU Council

19 March 2013

Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Hugo Swire, responded to an urgent question asked by Mr William Cash, Conservative MP for Stone, in the House of Commons on the EU Council on Tuesday 19 March 2013

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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