John Baron, MP for Basildon and Billericay, asked an Urgent Question on support for anti-government forces in Syria, on Monday 4 March 2013 in the House of Commons
Hugo Swire, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, responded on behalf of the government.
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.