Westminster Hall debates: 11 February 2014

11 February 2014

MPs debated patient medical records and Home Office powers to remove UK citizenship on Tuesday 11 February 2014 in Westminster Hall.

The debates were among five scheduled Westminster Hall debates that gave MPs an opportunity to raise local and national issues and receive a response from a Government minister.

Westminster Hall debates: 11 February 2014

9.30am - 11am: Tourism (VAT)

Ms Margaret Ritchie, Social Democratic & Labour Party MP for South Down, moved a debate on VAT and the tourism sector. The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Mr David Gauke, responded on behalf of the Government.

11am - 11.30am: Medical Records (Confidentiality)

Mr George Mudie, Labour MP for Leeds East, moved a debate on confidentiality of patient medical records. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Dr Daniel Poulter, responded on behalf of the Government.

2.30pm - 4pm: Fuel Poverty

Roger Williams, Liberal Democrat MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, moved a debate on Fuel poverty and cold homes. The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Michael Fallon, responded on behalf of the Government.

4pm - 4.30pm: Welfare Reform

Charlie Elphicke, Conservative MP for Dover, moved a debate on future plans for welfare reform. The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, Steve Webb, responded on behalf of the Government.

4.30pm - 5pm: UK Citizenship

Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, moved a debate on Home Office powers to remove UK citizenship. The Minister for Security and Immigration, James Brokenshire, responded on behalf of the Government.

Westminster Hall debates

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays there are two one and a half hour debates and three half hour debates. The longer debates are intended for broader subjects where a number of MPs will want to speak. The shorter debates may focus on an issue that an MP may want to raise about their constituency.

Two ballots are held on the Wednesday of the previous week for each type of debate; MPs may enter into both ballots but can only be successful in one.

Each government department responds to the debates every other week according to a rota.

The Chair is taken by a member of the Panel of Chairs, with the same duties and powers conferred on Deputy Speakers.

Watching Westminster Hall debates from the public gallery

UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public galleries.

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