Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department, Yvette Cooper, asked an urgent question on the Government's minimum alcohol price policy on Thursday 14 March 2013, in the House of Commons.
Home Office Minister of State, Jeremy Browne, responded on behalf of the Government.
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.