MPs debate the work of the Coalfield Regeneration Trust

20 July 2010

John Healey opened an adjournment debate in the Commons on the work of the Coalfield Regeneration Trust in his constituency, Wentworth and Dearne, in South Yorkshire. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Andrew Stunell, replied on behalf of the Government

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

There is a half-hour adjournment debate at the end of each day’s sitting. Subject matters of adjournment debates are varied; examples include debates on defence issues, pensions and combating benefit fraud.

The MP who tabled the relevant adjournment debate is called to speak and a Minister will reply.

The MP has no right of response, but can intervene in the Minister’s speech if he or she is willing to allow it (called 'giving way').

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