Westminster Hall debates: 25 February 2014

Westminster Hall debates: 25 February 2014
25 February 2014

MPs debated regional variation in educational attainment for disadvantaged pupils and the future of HM Land Registry, on Tuesday 25 February 2014.

The debates were among five scheduled Westminster Hall debates that gave MPs an opportunity to raise local and national issues and to receive a response from a Government Minister.

Westminster Hall debates: 25 February 2014

9.30am - 11am: Educational Attainment (Disadvantaged Pupils)

Damian Hinds, Conservative MP for East Hampshire, moved a debate on regional variation in educational attainment for disadvantaged pupils. The Minister for Schools, Mr David Laws, responded on behalf of the Government.

11am - 11.30am: Post Office Closure (Sutton)

Paul Burstow, Liberal Democrat MP for Sutton and Cheam, moved a debate on Post Office closure in Sutton. The Minister for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock, responded on behalf of the Government.

2.30pm - 4pm: Land Registry

Mrs Siân C. James, Labour MP for Swansea East, moved a debate on the Future of HM Land Registry. The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Michael Fallon, responded on behalf of the Government.

4pm - 4.30pm: Local Television Stations

Mrs Madeline Moon, Labour MP for Bridgend, moved a debate on the introduction of local television stations. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Mr Edward Vaizey, responded on behalf of the Government.

4.30pm - 5pm: Council Tax Banding

Mr Mark Spencer, Conservative MP for Sherwood, moved a debate on the policy on council tax banding. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Brandon Lewis, 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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