Prime Minister's Questions: 19 December 2012

19 December 2012

Prime Minister, David Cameron, answered questions from MPs in the House of Commons on Wednesday 19 December 2012.

The Prime Minister responded to questions on:

  • Arctic Convoy medal
  • Afghanistan drawdown
  • food banks
  • the Metropolitan Police
  • child poverty and the economy
  • green spaces in urban areas
  • welfare benefits for parents caring for adults with disabilities
  • immigration from EU countries
  • universal credit
  • UK citizen jailed in Cuba
  • fuel poverty
  • NHS spending
  • young homeless people's parliament
  • lifeline helicopter service to Isles of Scilly
  • banking fraud
  • dementia care by Warwickshire County Council
  • illegal hunting of foxes with dogs
  • benefit reform
  • banking reform
  • waiving VAT on Hillsborough charity single, and
  • the UK economy.

Prime Minister’s Question Time

Question Time in the House of Commons is an opportunity for MPs to question government ministers about matters for which they are responsible.

Prime Minister’s Question Time, also referred to as PMQs, takes place every Wednesday that the House of Commons is sitting and gives MPs the chance to put questions to the Prime Minister.

In most cases, the session starts with a routine 'open question' from an MP about the Prime Minister's engagements. MPs can then ask supplementary questions on any subject, often one of current political significance.

Opposition MPs follow up on this or another topic, usually led by the Leader of the Opposition, Edward Miliband. Usually, he is the only MP allowed to come back with further questions.

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