Opposition debate on disability benefits and social care

21 June 2012

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Liam Byrne, moved an Opposition day debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday 20 June on the disability benefits and social care.

Disability benefits and social care

The Opposition motion stated "That this House believes that cuts to support for disabled people and carers pose a potential risk to their dignity and independence and will have wider soical and economic costs..."

The Opposition motion was defeated on a division (Ayes 236; Noes 298).

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Maria Miller, responded on behalf of the Government.

Watch and read the views expressed by MPs during the debate on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. Also find parliamentary material on benefits policy in the Topics and News sections.

Opposition day debates

Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition. Seventeen days are at the disposal of the leader of the largest opposition party to decide which topics are debated. Three days are also allocated to the other smaller opposition parties.

The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.

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