MPs debated housing benefit and the under-occupancy penalty on Wednesday 27 February 2013 in the House of Commons. The subject of the debate was chosen by Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party.
The debate was moved by SNP Spokesperson, Dr Eilidh Whiteford. The Minister of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, Steve Webb, responded to the debate on behalf of the Government.
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 Opposition, the leader of the largest opposition party, to decide which matters are debated. Three days are usually divided between the other opposition parties.
The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.