The debates were among five Westminster Hall debates that gave MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a government minister
Westminster Hall debates: 12 November 2013
9.30-11am East Coast Main Line
Mrs Sharon Hodgson, Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland West, moved a debate on the East Coast Main Line. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport Stephen Hammond, responded on behalf of the Government.
11-11.30am Takeover of Premier Motor Auctions
Austin Mitchell, Labour MP for Great Grimsby, moved a debate on the Takeover of Premier Motor Auctions. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Jo Swinson, responded on behalf of the Government.
2.30-4pm Iran's nuclear weapons programme
Mr Philip Hollobone, Conservative MP for Kettering, moved a debate on Iran's nuclear weapons programme. The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugh Robertson responded on behalf of the Government.
4-4.30pm Roads infrastructure in Sittingbourne and Sheppey
Gordon Henderson, Conservative MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, moved a debate on Roads infrastructure in Sittingbourne and Sheppey. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Robert Goodwill, responded on behalf of the Government.
4.30-5pm Glenanne Gang murders
Mark Durkan, SDLP MP for Foyle, moved a debate on Glenanne Gang murders. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Anna Soubry, responded on behalf of the Government.
About Westminster Hall debates
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays there are two one and a half hour debates and three half hour debates. The longer debates are intended for broader subjects where a number of MPs will want to speak. The shorter debates may focus on an issue that an MP may want to raise about their constituency.
Two ballots are held on the Wednesday of the previous week for each type of debate; MPs may enter into both ballots but can only be successful in one.
Each government department responds to the debates every other week according to a rota.
The Chair is taken by a member of the Panel of Chairs, with the same duties and powers conferred on Deputy Speakers.
Watching Westminster Hall debates from the public gallery
UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public galleries.
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