Westminster Hall debates: 24 June 2014

Westminster Hall debates: 24 June 2014
24 June 2014

MPs debated human rights in Saudi Arabia and out of town supermarket expansion on Tuesday 24 June 2014.

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

Westminster Hall debates: 24 June 2014

9.30am - 11am: Human Rights: Saudi Arabia

Katy Clark, Labour MP for North Ayrshire and Arran, moved a debate on human rights in Saudi Arabia. The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugh Robertson, responded on behalf of the Government.

11am - 11.30am: Government: Child Protection Policy

Meg Munn, Labour (Co-op) MP for Sheffield, Heeley, moved a debate on Government child protection policy. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, Mr Edward Timpson, responded on behalf of the Government.

2.30pm - 4pm: Job Creation: Developing Countries

Jeremy Lefroy, Conservative MP for Stafford, moved a debate on Supporting job creation in developing countries. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Lynne Featherstone, responded on behalf of the Government.

4pm - 4.30pm: Out of Town Supermarkets

John Pugh, Liberal Democrat MP for Southport, moved a debate on planning and out of town supermarket expansion. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Nick Boles, responded on behalf of the Government.

4.30pm - 5pm: Trade and Investment in Scotland

William Bain, Labour MP for Glasgow North East, moved a debate on Government policy on trade and investment in Scotland. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, 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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