Urgent Question on Al-Madinah free school

Al-Madinah school in Derby
17 October 2013

Minister of State for Education, David Laws, responded to an Urgent Question by Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt, on the Government's response to the failings of the Al-Madinah free school, revealed in the Ofsted inspection report, on Thursday 17 October 2013.

Urgent questions

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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