The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Nick Hurd, responded to an Urgent Question asked by Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Diane Abbott, in the House of Commons on Tuesday 2 February 2016.
Question to the Department for International Development:
"To ask the Department for International Development what measures the Department will put in place to support countries worst affected by the Zika virus now declared by the World Health Organisation as a public health emergency, and outline any plans to work with other departments to mitigate the risks to British travellers."
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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