MPs took part in an emergency debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday 2 December 2014 on the ban by China on the Foreign Affairs Committee visit to Hong Kong.
The debate was opened by the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Sir Richard Ottaway. Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Kerry McCarthy, responded on behalf of the Opposition. The Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire, responded on behalf of the Government.
Application for debate
The House of Commons agreed to an application for an emergency debate made by the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Sir Richard Ottaway, on Monday 1 December 2014.
The Speaker decided that this should take place on Tuesday 2 December 2014, after Questions and Statements, for up to three hours.
An emergency debate is a debate called at short notice in the House of Commons on a matter that should have urgent consideration. An MP may apply to the Speaker for an emergency debate under the rules of Standing Order No. 24.
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