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: 29 October 2013
9.30-11am – Hepatitis C (Haemophiliacs)
Paul Goggins, Labour MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, moved a debate on financial support for people with haemophilia infected with Hepatitis C. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Jane Ellison, responded on behalf of the Government.
11-11.30am – Post Offices (Islington)
Jeremy Corbyn, Labour MP for Islington North, moved a debate on post offices in Islington. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Jo Swinson, responded on behalf of the Government.
2.30-4pm – Nuclear Test Veterans
Mr John Baron, Conservative MP for Basildon and Billericay, moved a debate on British nuclear test veterans. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Anna Soubry, responded on behalf of the Government.
4-4.30pm – Flood defences (Thurnham, Lancashire)
Eric Ollerenshaw, Conservative MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, moved a debate on flood defences in Thurnham, Lancashire. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Dan Rogerson, responded on behalf of the Government.
4.30-5pm – North Liverpool Community Justice Centre
Mrs Louise Ellman, Labour MP for Liverpool, Riverside, moved a debate on the North Liverpool Community Justice Centre. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, Mr Shailesh Vara, 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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