Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, made a statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday 26 March 2013, on rail franchising.
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Maria Eagle, responded on behalf of the Opposition.
Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday) and after any Urgent Questions.
Statements normally relate to matters of policy or government actions. At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.