James Wharton MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government (Northern Powerhouse), responded to an Urgent Question on the EU Solidarity Fund: Flooding asked by Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Alex Cunningham MP, in the House of Commons on Thursday 25 February 2016.
House of Commons Library analysis
The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.
The Library has published briefing papers on the Winter floods 2015-16 and the Bellwin Scheme which contain more information on funding available for flood-hit communities.
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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