Laurence Robertson, Chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee, asked an Urgent Question in the House of Commons on Wednesday 26 February 2014, on whether the Attorney General would make a statement on the background to the judgement taken yesterday on John Downey. Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, responded on behalf of the Government.
About Urgent Questions
At times MPs may want to put an urgent question to a Minister. If a matter of public importance has arisen, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to put forward such a question.
The relevant government department would be informed at once. If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked after that day’s Question Time.
Once the MP has asked the main question, they are allowed to ask a supplementary question. Other MPs will then be called to ask further questions on the same subject.
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