David Amess, Conservative MP for Southend West moved an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday 7 December on animal experimentation
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Lynne Featherstone, responded to the debate on behalf of the Government. Watch and read the debate and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard.
Adjournment debates provide MPs with an opportunity to debate local or national issues and to receive a response from a government Minister. There is a half-hour adjournment debate at the end of each day’s sitting. MPs apply for an adjournment debate to the Speakers Office where a ballot takes place every Thursday.
Adjournment debates allow backbench MPs to hold a general open-ended debate on a subject or a government policy without reaching a formal decision about it.