John Baron, Conservative MP for Basildon and Billericay, asked an urgent question in the House of Commons on Tuesday 29 January 2013, on troop deployment to Mali.
Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond, responded on behalf of the Government.
UK support to French military deployment
On Monday 14 January 2013, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mark Simmonds, made a statement in the House of Commons on the UK's support to the French military deployment to assist the Government of Mali.
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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