Westminster Hall debates: 7 January 2014

Westminster Hall debates: 7 January 2014
07 January 2014

MPs debated reform of annuities for pensioners and health funding on Tuesday 7 January 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: 7 January 2014

9.30am - 11am: Annuities for pensioners

Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester, moved a debate on Reform of annuities for pensioners. The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Mr David Gauke, responded on behalf of the Government.

11am - 1.30am: Health Funding (Telford and Wrekin)

David Wright, MP for Telford, moved a debate on health funding in Telford and Wrekin. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Dr Daniel Poulter, responded on behalf of the Government.

2.30pm - 4pm: Financial Sustainability (Local Government)

Ms Gisela Stuart, MP for Birmingham, Edgbaston, moved a debate on financial sustainability of local government. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Brandon Lewis, responded on behalf of the Government.

4pm - 4.30pm: Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

Jeremy Lefroy, MP for Stafford, moved a debate on special administration of Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Dr Daniel Poulter, responded on behalf of the Government.

4.30pm - 5pm: Autumn Statement (Coventry)

Mr Jim Cunningham, MP for Coventry South, moved a debate on the effect of the Autumn Statement on Coventry. The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Nicky Morgan, responded on behalf of the Government.

Related information

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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