The debates were among five Westminster Hall debates that gave MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a government minister.
Schedule of Westminster Hall debates: 12 March 2013
9.30-11am – Olympic Legacy (Sheffield)
Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central, moved a debate on Olympic legacy and Government spending on sports facilities in Sheffield. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Brandon Lewis, responded on behalf of the Government.
11-11.30am – Reburial of King Richard III
Hugh Bayley, Labour MP for York Central, moved a debate on the licensing of the reburial of King Richard III. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, Jeremy Wright, responded on behalf of the Government.
2.30-4pm – Forced Conversion of Schools to Academies
John Pugh, Liberal Democrat MP for Southport, moved a debate on the forced conversion of schools to academies. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, Elizabeth Truss, responded on behalf of the Government.
4-4.30pm – Robert Powell
Jonathan Evans, Conservative MP for Cardiff North, moved a debate on the case of Robert Powell and the role of the Attorney General. The Attorney-General, Mr Dominic Grieve, responded on behalf of the Government.
4.30-5pm – Coventry City Football Club
Mr Bob Ainsworth, Labour MP for Coventry North East, moved a debate on Coventry City Football Club and the Ricoh Arena. The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Hugh Robertson, responded on behalf of the Government.
Westminster Hall debates
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays there are two one and a half hour debates and three half hour debates. The longer debates are intended for broader subjects where a number of MPs will want to speak. The shorter debates may focus on an issue that an MP may want to raise about their constituency.
Two ballots are held on the Wednesday of the previous week for each type of debate; MPs may enter into both ballots but can only be successful in one.
Each government department responds to the debates every other week according to a rota.
The Chair is taken by a member of the Panel of Chairs, with the same duties and powers conferred on Deputy Speakers.
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