Westminster Hall debates: 6 January 2015

Westminster Hall debates: 6 January 2015
06 January 2015

MPs debated the effect of the CfD allocation process on offshore wind developments and economic growth and coastal towns on Tuesday 6 January 2015.

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.

Morning schedule

9.30-11am – Effect of the CfD allocation process on offshore wind developments

Mr Mike Weir, Scottish National MP for Angus, moved a debate on the effect of the CfD allocation process on offshore wind developments. The Assistant Whip to the Treasury Department, Mr Ben Wallace, responded on behalf of the Government.

11-11.30am – Government policy on treatment and management of late stage hepatitis C

Stephen Pound, Labour MP for Ealing North, moved a debate on the Government policy on treatment and management of late stage hepatitis C. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Jane Ellison, responded on behalf of the Government.

Afternoon schedule

2.30-4pm – Economic growth and coastal towns

John Pugh, Liberal Democrat MP for Southport, moved a debate on Economic growth and coastal towns.  The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Penny Mordaunt, responded on behalf of the Government.

4-4.30pm – Phone and broadband coverage in Herefordshire

Jesse Norman, Conservative MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, moved a debate on Phone and the broadband coverage in Herefordshire.  The Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, Mr Edward Vaizey, responded on behalf of the Government.

4.30-5pm – Carbon price support and incentives to land reclamation

Sandra Osborne, Labour MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, moved a debate on Carbon price support and incentives to land reclamation. The Minister for Business and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock, 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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