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Banbury MP, Tony Baldry, introduced a Westminster Hall adjournment debate on proposed budget cuts for prisons including HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, Claire Ward, 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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