Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise, Anna Soubry, responded to an Urgent Question on the announcement that the Department of Business Innovation and Skills is to close its St Paul's centre site in Sheffield. The Question was asked by Louise Haigh, Labour MP for Sheffield, Heeley, in the House of Commons on Friday 29 January 2015.
Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, Gordon Marsden, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
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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