MPs took part in a debate in the House of Commons on the National Minimum Wage, in the first of two debates on Wednesday 15 October 2014 on subjects chosen by the Opposition. The second debate was on the subject of access to NHS services.
Debate on National Minimum Wage
The debate was opened by Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Mr Chuka Umunna. Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills, Jo Swinson responded on behalf of the Government.
Debate on access to NHS services
The second debate was opened by Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Dr Daniel Poulter responded on behalf of the Government.
About Opposition day debates
Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition.
Seventeen days are at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition, the leader of the largest opposition party, to decide which matters are debated. Three days are usually divided between the other opposition parties.
The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.
Watching Opposition day debates from the public gallery
UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.
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