MPs debated a motion on the cost of living and the Government’s economic policy in the House of Commons on Wednesday 27 November 2013. The debate was on a subject chosen by the Opposition
The second debate scheduled for debate on Wednesday 27 November on business rates, was cancelled due to the high volume of preceding business.
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Chris Leslie, moved the motion for debate. The Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Sajid Javid, responded on behalf of the Government
The Opposition motion was negatived on division.
About 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
UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.
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