MPs debate the NHS winter crisis and rail franchising

10 January 2018

MPs debated the NHS winter crisis and rail franchising in the House of Commons on Wednesday 10 January 2018. The subjects for these debates were chosen by the Opposition.

NHS winter crisis

The debate was moved by Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth. His opposite number, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, responded on behalf of the Government.

The motion was passed without a division.

Rail franchising

The second of the day's Opposition debates was on rail franchising.

The debate was moved by Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald. Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport, responded on behalf of the Government.

The motion was passed without a division.

Related information

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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