MPs debate the NHS and job insecurity

MPs debate the NHS and job insecurity
05 February 2014

MPs debated the National Health Service in the House of Commons on Wednesday 5 February 2014. The debate was the first of two debates to take place on subjects chosen by the Opposition. The second Opposition debate was on job insecurity

NHS

The debate was moved by Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham. Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, responded on behalf of the Government.

The Opposition motion was negatived on division (Ayes 232 votes, Noes 299 votes, Division No. 204).

The Government amendment to the Opposition motion was agreed on division (Ayes 298 votes, Noes 231 votes, Division No. 205).

Job Insecurity

The debate was moved by Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Mr Chuka Umunna. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, responded on behalf of the Government.

The Opposition motion was negatived on division (Ayes 223 votes, Noes 286 votes, Division No. 206).

Related information

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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