MPs debated the performance of the Department for Work and Pensions in the House of Commons on Monday 30 June. The subject for the debate was chosen by the Opposition.
The debate was moved by Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions , Rachel Reeves. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, 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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