Debates held in Westminster Hall provide MPs with an opportunity to debate local or national issues and to receive a direct response from a government Minister.
Five debates were held in Westminster Hall on 3 May 2011. Watch and read the views expressed by MPs during the debates via the links to Parliament TV and Commons Hansard.
Also, find more information about current parliamentary material in the Topics section on the Parliament website.
9.30-11.00 - English for speakers of other languages
Heidi Alexander, Labour MP for Lewisham East, moved a debate on the future provision of English courses for speakers of other languages which received an answer from the Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, John Hayes.
11.00-12.30 - Childhood obesity
Mary Macleod, Conservative MP for Brentford and Isleworth, moved a debate on childhood obesity which received an answer from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Anne Milton.
12.30-1.00 - Budget (Coventry)
Jim Cunningham, Labour MP for Coventry South, moved a debate on the effect of the Budget on Coventry which received an answer from the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Justine Greening.
1.00-1.30 - Larch disease
Neil Parish, Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton moved a debate on the effects of larch disease on forests which received an answer from the Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, James Paice.
1.30-2.00 - Medical students
Andrew Smith, Labour MP for Oxford East moved a debate on funding for medical students which received an answer from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Anne Milton.
Westminster Hall debates
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.