Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Alistair Burt, responded to an urgent question in the House of Commons on Monday 14 January 2013 on the attacks on civilians in Kachin State in Burma
The question was asked by Valerie Vaz, Labour MP for Walsall South.
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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