MPs debated defence and cyber-security and the private rented sector on Tuesday 4 March 2014 in the House of Commons. The debates follow the publication of the estimates for the allocation of expenditure for central Government, for the year ending March 2014.
Estimates day debate: Defence and cyber-security
James Arbuthnot, Chair of the Defence Select Committee opened the debate. Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Francois, responded on behalf of the Government.
The Defence Select Committee held an inquiry on Defence and cyber-security and published its report on 9 January 2013. The Government response to the Committee report was published on 19 March 2013.
Further information can be found on the Defence Select Committee webpages.
Estimates day debate: The private rented sector
Clive Betts, Chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee, opened the debate. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Kris Hopkins, responded on behalf of the Government.
The Communities and Local Government Committee held an inquiry into the Private Rented Sector and published its report on 18 July 2013. The Government response to the Committee report was published on 16 October 2013.
Further information can be found on the Communities and Local Government Committee webpages.
All public spending has to be approved by Parliament. Estimates of spending are presented to Parliament and three 'estimates days' are set aside each year to debate the content of those estimates presented.
In practice, estimates days are often used for debating one or more estimates or select committee reports chosen by the Liaison Committee.
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