Debate on libel law and reporting of parliamentary proceedings

22 October 2009

Liberal Democrat MP, Evan Harris, opened a Westminister Hall adjournment debate on the effect of English libel law on the reporting of parliamentary proceedings. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, Bridget Prentice, responded for the Government

An adjournment debate is simply a way of having a general debate without requiring the House to vote.

At sittings in Westminster Hall on Tuesdays and Wednesdays there are two one-and-a-half hour debates and three half-hour debates. The one-and-a-half hour debates are intended to be more general involving a number of MPs.

Each government department is available to respond to debates only every other week, according to a rota.

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