MPs debated qualified teachers in schools in the House of Commons on Wednesday 30 October 2013. The debate was the first of two on subjects chosen by the Opposition
Debate on Qualified Teachers
The debate was moved by Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt. Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, responded on behalf of the Government. The Opposition motion was negatived on division (Ayes 229, Noes 263 Division 114).
Future of the Probation Service
The debate was moved by Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Sadiq Khan. Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, responded on behalf of the Government. The Opposition motion was negatived on division (Ayes 223, Noes 289 Division 115). The Government amendment to the Opposition motion was agreed on division (Ayes 278, Noes 218 Division 116).
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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