The debates were among five Westminster Hall debates that gave MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a government minister.
Westminster Hall debates: 25 March 2014
9.30-11am – NHS funding (Ageing)
Dr Thérèse Coffey, Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal, moved a debate on NHS funding and an ageing population. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Dr Daniel Poulter, responded on behalf of the Government.
11-11.30am – Warm Home Discount
Sarah Newton, Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth, moved a debate on the warm home discount. The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Gregory Barker, responded on behalf of the Government.
2.30-4pm – Under-Occupancy Penalty (North West)
Yvonne Fovargue, Labour MP for Makerfield, moved a debate on the under-occupancy penalty in the social rented sector in the North West. The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, responded on behalf of the Government.
4-4.30pm – NHS Patient Data
Barbara Keeley, Labour MP for Worsley and Eccles South, moved a debate on the safeguarding of NHS patient data. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Dr Daniel Poulter, responded on behalf of the Government.
4.30-5pm – Tamils (Sri Lanka)
Mr Lee Scott, Conservative MP for Ilford North, moved a debate on the situation of the Tamil people of Sri Lanka. The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Hugo Swire, 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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