Westminster Hall debates: 26 November 2013

Westminster Hall debates: 26 November 2013
26 November 2013

MPs debated transport infrastructure in North Wales and safe cycling in London, on Tuesday 26 November 2013

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.

Westminster Hall debates: 26 November

9.30-11am – Transport infrastructure (North Wales)

Mark Tami, Labour MP for Alyn and Deeside, moved a debate on transport infrastructure in North Wales. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Stephen Crabb, responded on behalf of the Government.

11-11.30am – CAP Budget

Dr Eilidh Whiteford, Scottish National MP for Banff and Buchan, moved a debate on CAP budget and the convergence uplift. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice, responded on behalf of the Government.

 2.30-4pm – Fly-grazing of Horses

Damian Hinds, Conservative MP for East Hampshire, moved a debate on fly-grazing of horses. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice, responded on behalf of the Government.

4-4.30pm – Cycling (London)

Mary Macleod, Conservative MP for Brentford and Isleworth, moved a debate on safe cycling in London. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Robert Goodwill, responded on behalf of the Government.

4.30-5pm – Company Boards

Jim Sheridan, Labour MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, moved a debate on worker representatives on company boards. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Jo Swinson, 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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