Urgent Question on Department for Work and Pensions data: 21 July 2015

21 July 2015

Minister of State for Employment, Priti Patel, responded to an urgent question asked by Debbie Abrahams, Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth in the House of Commons on Department of Work and Pensions data.

Debbie Abrahams asked the following urgent question:

"To ask the Prime Minister to make a statement on his commitment of 24 June to publish Department for Work and Pensions data on the number of people in receipt of employment and support allowance and incapacity benefit who have died since November 2011, including those found fit for work."

Shadow Minister of Work and Pensions, Kate Green, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.

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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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