MPs debate housing benefit and food banks
17 December 2014
MPs took part in a debate on Housing Benefit (Abolition of Social Sector Size Criteria) in the first of two debates on Wednesday 17 December 2014 on subjects chosen by the Opposition. The second debate was on food banks.
Debate on Housing Benefit (Abolition of Social Sector Size Criteria)
The debate was opened by the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rachel Reeves. The Minister of State for the Department for Work and Pensions, Steve Webb, responded on behalf of the Government.
Debate on Food Banks
The second Opposition day debate was opened by the Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Maria Eagle. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice, responded on behalf of the Government.
About Opposition day debates
Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition. Seventeen days are at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition, the leader of the largest opposition party, to decide which matters are debated. Three days are usually divided between the other opposition parties.
The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.
Watching Opposition day debates from the public gallery
UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.
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