Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, Elizabeth Truss, responded to an Urgent Question asked by the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Stephen Twigg MP, on the Government's plans for changes to statutory regulations on child care ratios, on Thursday 9 May 2013 in the House of Commons.
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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