MPs debated the BBC White Paper and the disability employment gap

08 June 2016

MPs debated the BBC White Paper on Wednesday 8 June in the House of Commons, in the first of two debates to take place on subjects chosen by the Opposition. The second Opposition debate was on the disability employment gap.

BBC White Paper

The debate was moved by Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Eagle. Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale, responded on behalf of the Government.

MPs voted against the Opposition Motion (Division No. 14 Ayes: 216 votes, Noes: 286 votes).

The Government amendment (a) was agreed without a division.

Disability employment gap

The debate was moved by Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Owen Smith. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Stephen Crabb, responded on behalf of the Government.

MPs voted against the Opposition Motion on the disability employment gap (Division No. 15 Ayes: 215 votes, Noes: 262 votes).

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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.

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