Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Ivan Lewis, asked an urgent question in the House of Commons on the policy of the Department for International Development on tied aid and the criteria applied to private sector contracts, on Monday 11 March 2013
Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, 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.