MPs took part in a debate on the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud, and disabled people in the first of two debates on Tuesday 28 October 2014 on subjects chosen by the Opposition. The second debate was on the subject of coalfield communities.
Debate on Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Welfare Reform and disabled people
The debate was opened by Shadow Work and Pensions Minister, Kate Green. The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, Mark Harper, responded on behalf of the Government.
Debate on coalfield communities
The second Opposition day debate was opened by the Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Dugher. The Minister for Business and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock, 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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