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.
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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