Westminster Hall debates: 22 July 2014

Westminster Hall debates: 22 July 2014
22 July 2014

MPs debated conditions in refugee camps and care home top-up fees on Tuesday 22 July 2014.

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

Westminster Hall debates: 22 July 2014

9.30-11am – Refugee Camps

Pauline Latham, Conservative MP for Mid Derbyshire, moved a debate on conditions in refugee camps.  The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Lynne Featherstone, responded on behalf of the Government.

11-11.30am – Care Home Top-up Fees

Paul Burstow, Liberal Democrat MP for Sutton and Cheam, moved a debate on care home top-up fees.  The Minister of Health, Norman Lamb, responded on behalf of the Government.

2.30-4pm – Healthier Together Programme (Greater Manchester)

Graham Stringer, Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton, moved a debate on implementation of the Healthier Together Programme in Greater Manchester.  The Minister of Health, Norman Lamb, responded on behalf of the Government.

4-4.30pm – SMEs (Local Authority Procurement)

Mrs Mary Glindon, Labour MP for North Tyneside, moved a debate on late payments to SMEs under local authority procurement.  The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Kris Hopkins, responded on behalf of the Government.

4.30-5pm – Disabled People (Developing Countries)

James Duddridge, Conservative MP for Rochford and Southend East, moved a debate on support for disabled people in developing countries.  The Minister of International Development, Mr Desmond Swayne, 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.

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