Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, responded to an urgent question in the House of Commons on Monday 19 November 2012 on the renewed conflict by M23 rebels in Goma and eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
The question was asked by Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Ivan Lewis. He asked for a statement on the renewed conflict and the announcement by the Secretary of State on the suspension of aid to Uganda as a result of allegations of corruption.
At times MPs may want to put an urgent question to a Minister. If a matter of public importance has arisen, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to put forward such a question.
The relevant government department would be informed at once. If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked after that day’s Question Time.
Once the MP has asked the main question, they are allowed to ask a supplementary question. Other MPs will then be called to ask further questions on the same subject.
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