Home Office Minister for Security and Immigration, James Brokenshire, responded to an Urgent Question from Mark Lazarowicz, Labour (Co-op) MP for Edinburgh North and Leith, on Thursday 30 October 2014, on why the Government has decided not to support search and rescue operations for refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean.
About Urgent Questions
At times MPs may want to put an urgent question to a Minister. If a matter of public importance has arisen, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to put forward such a question.
The relevant government department would be informed at once.
If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked after that day’s Question Time.
Once the MP has asked the main question, they are allowed to ask a supplementary question. Other MPs will then be called to ask further questions on the same subject.
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