MPs debated pub companies on Tuesday 21 January 2014 in the House of Commons, in the first of two debates to take place on subjects chosen by the Opposition. The second Opposition debate was on terrorism prevention and investigation measures
Debate on Pub Companies
The debate was moved by Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, Toby Perkins. The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, responded on behalf of the Government.
The Opposition motion was negatived on division (Ayes 244 votes, Noes 311 votes, Division No.183).
The Government amendment was agreed on division (Ayes 311 votes, Noes 246 votes, Division No.184).
Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures
The debate was moved by Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper. The Home Secretary, Theresa May, responded on behalf of the Government.
The Opposition motion was negatived on division (Ayes 236 votes, Noes 312 votes, Division No.185).
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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