Urgent Question on under-occupancy penalty: 28 January 2016

28 January 2016

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson MP, responded to an Urgent Question asked by Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Owen Smith MP, on the Court of Appeal ruling that the under-occupancy  penalty has caused discrimination contrary to Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, on Thursday 28 January 2016.

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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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