Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Maria Eagle, asked an Urgent Question in the House of Commons on Monday 10 February 2014, on the Government’s recent response to the flooding in Somerset.
She also asked whether the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government could clarify comments made at the weekend in which the Environment Agency was accused of giving poor advice.
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, responded on behalf of the Goverment.
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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