MPs debated the timing of the referendum on EU membership in the House of Commons on Tuesday 9 February 2016. This subject was chosen by the Democratic Unionist Party. This debate was the first of two to take place and the second debate was on a long-term plan for housing as chosen by the Liberal Democrat Party.
Timing of referendum on EU membership
The debate was moved by Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Nigel Dodds. Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office, John Penrose, responded on behalf of the Government.
Long-term plan for housing
The debate was moved by the Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron. The Minister of State for Communities and Local Government, Brandon Lewis, 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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