Urgent Question on Royal Mail: 1 April 2014

Urgent Question on Royal Mail: 1 April 2014
01 April 2014

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, responded to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons on Tuesday 1 April 2014, on the price at which Royal Mail was privatised last year, in light of the report by the National Audit Office. The question was asked by Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Chuka Umunna.

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National Audit Office report

The report on the privatisation of Royal Mail was published by the National Audit Office on Tuesday 1 April 2014.

About 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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