MPs debated Universal Credit work allowance on Wednesday 6 January 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 flooding.
Universal Credit work allowance
The debate was moved by the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Owen Smith. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Mr Shailesh Vara, responded on behalf of the Government.
The debate was moved by the Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Kerry McCarthy. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Rory Stewart, 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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