The debates were two of five scheduled 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: 4 March 2014
9.30-11am – Scotland and North East England Post-2014
Phil Wilson, Labour MP for Sedgefield, moved a debate on the future of Scotland and North East England post-2014. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, responded on behalf of the Government.
11-11.30am – Patient Medical Records
Mr Roger Godsiff, Labour MP for Birmingham, Hall Green, moved a debate on patient medical records and NHS England care.data. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Dr Daniel Poulter, responded on behalf of the Government.
2.30-4pm – A303
John Glen, Conservative MP for Salisbury, moved a debate on the future of the A303. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Robert Goodwill, responded on behalf of the Government.
4-4.30pm – Domestic Violence (West Essex and Harlow)
Robert Halfon, Conservative MP for Harlow, moved a debate on the domestic violence in West Essex and Harlow. The Minister for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker, responded on behalf of the Government.
4.30-5pm – HMRC Inquiry Centre Closures
Ian Lavery, Labour MP for Wansbeck, moved a debate on the HMRC inquiry centre closures. The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Mr David Gauke, 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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