MPs debated the UK's participation in the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' Syrian Refugees Programme in the House of Commons on Wednesday 29 January 2014. The debate is the first of two taking place today on subjects chosen by the Opposition. The second debate is on teaching quality.
Debate on UK's participation in the UNHCR Syrian Refugees Programme
The debate was moved by Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper. Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, responded on behalf of the Government.
Debate on Teaching Quality
The second of today’s Opposition debates is on teaching quality and was opened by Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt. It started at 4.08pm and is expected to last approximately 3 hours.
Timings are approximate as Parliamentary business is subject to change.
Transcripts of proceedings in the House of Commons Chamber are available three hours after they happen in Today’s Commons Debates.
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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