MPs debate effect of Government policy on disabled people

10 July 2013

MPs debated the effect of Government policy on disabled people, in the House of Commons on Wednesday 10 July 2013

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Liam Byrne, moved the motion for debate. Minister of State for Work and Pensions, Mr Mark Hoban, responded to the debate on behalf of the Government.
The House of Commons voted by 293 to 226 against the Opposition motion on disabled people.

Motion for debate

The motion for debate is as follows:

'That this House believes that the Government should publish, by October 2013, a cumulative impact assessment of the changes made by the Government that affect disabled people.'

One amendment has been tabled by the Government:

'Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘welcomes the Government’s leadership in furthering the rights of disabled people; recognises the UK as a world leader in disability rights; notes that approximately £50 billion a year is spent on services for disabled people, including adult social services and including an investment of £3.8 billion in health and social care services in England to deliver more joined-up services to disabled people; further notes the £350 million allocated by the Government for programmes and support for disabled people to move into and stay in work; and acknowledges the Government’s collective determination to build upon the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and create a legacy which shines a light on the abilities and achievements of disabled people.'

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.

Watching Opposition day debates from the public gallery

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