Westminster Hall debates: 18 March 2014

Westminster Hall debates: 18 March 2014
18 March 2014

MPs debated teaching assistants and the insolvency of football clubs in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 18 March 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: 18 March 2014

9.30am - 11am: Teaching Assistants

Alex Cunningham, Labour MP for Stockton North, moved a debate on the value of teaching assistants in schools. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, Elizabeth Truss, responded on behalf of the Government.

11am - 11.30am: Fair Tax Mark

Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton, Pavilion, moved a debate on fair tax. The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Mr David Gauke, responded on behalf of the Government.

2.30pm - 4pm: Football Clubs (Insolvency)

Damian Collins, Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe, moved a debate on the insolvency of football clubs and the football creditors rule. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Jenny Willott, responded on behalf of the Government.

4pm - 4.30pm: Whitchurch Playing Fields

Bob Blackman, Conservative MP for Harrow East, moved a debate on the use of Whitchurch playing fields. The Minister for Schools, Mr David Laws, responded on behalf of the Goverment.

4.30pm - 5pm: Bost Project (Afghanistan)

Steve McCabe, Labour MP for Birmingham, Selly Oak, moved a debate on Bost Agriculture Business Park and Bost Airfield. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Lynne Featherstone, responded on behalf of the Government.

Related information

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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