MPs debated housing benefit, and prisons and probation

27 January 2016

MPs debated reductions in housing benefit and supported housing in the House of Commons, in the first or two debates to take place on subjects chosen by the Opposition. The second Opposition debate was on prisons and probation.

Reductions in housing benefit and supported housing

The debate was moved by Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning, John Healey MP. The Minister for Housing and Planning, Brandon Lewis MP, responded on behalf of the Government.

Prisons and probation

The debate was moved by Shadow Minister for Justice, Andy Slaughter MP.  The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Michael Gove MP, responded on behalf of the Government.

Related information

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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