MPs debate Northern Ireland and Air Passenger Duty

23 October 2013

MPs debated dealing with the past in Northern Ireland on Wednesday 23 October 2013 in the first of two debates to take place in the House of Commons on subjects chosen by the Democratic Unionist Party as Opposition day debates.

Northern Ireland

The debate was moved by Shadow DUP Spokesperson, Jeffrey M. Donaldson. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, responded on behalf of the Government. The Opposition motion was agreed to.

Air Passenger Duty

The debate was moved by Shadow DUP Spokesperson to the Treasury, Sammy Wilson. The Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Nicky Morgan, responded on behalf of the Government. The Opposition motion was negatived on division (Ayes 13, Noes 284 division 107).

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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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