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Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, Angela Smith, who is responsible for the third sector - a mix of local community groups, social enterprises and charities - opened a debate in Westminster Hall on supporting people in their communities
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Westminster Hall adjournment debates allow MPs to discuss issues of local or personal interest which rarely have time to be debated in the main Chamber of the House of Commons. MPs can discuss a variety of issues and receive a response from a government Minister.
On Thursdays, the sitting consists of a single debate, either on a topic chosen by the Government - as on this occasion - or on a report from a select committee and on the Government's response.
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