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: 5 March 2013
9.30-11am – Beer Duty Escalator
Marcus Jones, Conservative MP for Nuneaton, moved a debate on beer duty escalator. The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Sajid Javid, responded on behalf of the Government.
11-11.30am – Social Care (Bradford East)
David Ward, Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, moved a debate on social care in Bradford East constituency. The Minister of State, Department of Health, Norman Lamb, responded on behalf of the Government.
2.30-4pm – Crossrail 2
David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, moved a debate on Crossrail 2. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Stephen Hammond, responded on behalf of the Government.
4-4.30pm – Erdington Walk-in Centre
Jack Dromey, Labour MP for Birmingham, Erdington, moved a debate on Erdington walk-in centre. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Dr Daniel Poulter, responded on behalf of the Government.
4.30-5pm – IT Recycling
Aidan Burley, Conservative MP for Cannock Chase, moved a debate on the cost of IT recycling across Government. The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, Mr Nick Hurd, 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.