The debates were among five Westminster Hall debates that gave MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a government minister.
Westminster Hall debates: 11 March 2014
9.30-11am – Cancer Treatment and Prevention
Pauline Latham, Conservative MP for Mid Derbyshire, moved a debate on the treatment and prevention of cancer. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Jane Ellison, responded on behalf of the Government.
11-11.30am – Transport Infrastructure (Wellington, Somerset)
Mr Jeremy Browne, Liberal Democrat MP for Taunton Deane, moved a debate on transport infrastructure in Wellington, Somerset. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Stephen Hammond, responded on behalf of the Government.
2.30-4pm – Energy Company Obligation
Lilian Greenwood, Labour MP for Nottingham South, moved a debate on the effect of changes to the Energy Company Obligation. The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Gregory Barker, responded on behalf of the Government.
4-4.30pm – Local Government Funding
Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, moved a debate on the regional variation in central government funding to local government. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Stephen Williams, responded on behalf of the Government.
4.30-5pm – International Military Sales Ltd
Mr Ben Wallace, Conservative MP for Wyre and Preston North, moved a debate on the Ministry of Defence’s relationship with International Military Sales Ltd. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Mr Philip Dunne, 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.
Watching Westminster Hall debates from the public gallery
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