The debates were two of five scheduled Westminster Hall debates that gave MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and to receive a response from a Government minister.
Schedule of Westminster Hall debates: 22 October 2013
9.30-11am - Immigration controls
Priti Patel, Conservative MP for Witham, moved a debate on immigration controls. Minister for Immigration, Mr Mark Harper, responded on behalf of the Government.
11-11.30am – Gibraltar and the George Cross
Oliver Colville, Conservative MP for Plymouth, Sutton and Devenport, moved a debate on Gibraltar and the George Cross. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mark Simmonds, responded on behalf of the Government.
2.30-4pm – Teacher training and supply
Bill Esterson, Labour MP for Sefton Central, moved a debate on Teacher Training and Supply. Minister for Schools, Mr David Laws, responded on behalf of the Government.
4-4.30pm – Football governance and the situation at Coventry City Football Club
Bob Ainsworth, Labour MP for Coventry North East, moved a debate on Coventry City Football Club. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Mrs Helen Grant, responded on behalf of the Government.
4.30-5pm – The Guardian newspaper and its impact on national security
Julian Smith, Conservative MP for Skipton and Ripon, moved a debate on The Guardian Newspaper and National Security. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, James Brokenshire, 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.
Watching Westminster Hall debates from the public gallery
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