Westminster Hall debates: 8 April 2014

Westminster Hall debates: 8 April 2014
08 April 2014

MPs debated broadband in the north of England and business lending on Tuesday 8 April 2014 in Westminster Hall.

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: 8 April 2014

9.30am - 11am: Broadband (North of England)

Andrew Jones, Conservative MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, moved a debate on broadband in the north of England. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Mr Edward Vaizey, responded on behalf of the Government.

11am - 11.30am: Antisocial Behaviour (Stag and Hen Parties)

Mr Robert Syms, Conservative MP for Poole, moved a debate on anti-social behaviour and renting of houses for stag and hen parties. The Minister for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker, responded on behalf of the Government.

2.30pm - 4pm: Military Credit Union

Mr Gareth Thomas, Labour (Co-op) MP for Harrow West, moved a debate on the military credit union. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Mr Philip Dunne, responded on behalf of the Government.

4pm - 4.30pm: Fairness in Pension Provision

Mr Brian H. Donohoe, Labour MP for Central Ayrshire, moved a debate on fairness in pension provision for contributors. The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, Steve Webb, responded on behalf of the Government.

4.30pm - 5pm: Business Lending

Andrew George, Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives, moved a debate on business lending. The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Nicky Morgan, 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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