Westminster Hall debates: 21 July 2015

17 July 2015

MPs are to debate human rights in Saudi Arabia and tolls on the Severn bridges on Tuesday 21 July 2015.

The debates are two of five scheduled Westminster Hall debates taking place today that will give MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a government minister.

Morning schedule

Timings are approximate. Parliamentary business is subject to change.

9.30-11am – Human rights in Saudi Arabia

To be moved by Stewart Malcolm McDonald,Scottish National Party MP for Glasgow South.

11-11.30am – Administration of the award of the Legion d’Honneur to UK Normandy veterans

To be moved by Dr Julian Lewis, Conservative MP for New Forest East.

Afternoon schedule

Timings are approximate. Parliamentary business is subject to change.

2.30-4pm – Tolls on the Severn bridges

To be moved by Jessica Morden, Labour MP for Newport East.

4-4.30pm – End of service of Avro Vulcan XH558

To be moved by Sir Gerald Howarth, Conservative MP for Aldershot.

4.30-5pm – UK’s relations with the Euro area and further Euro integration

To be moved by John Redwood, Conservative MP for Wokingham.

Transcripts of proceedings in the House of Commons Chamber are available three hours after they happen in Today’s Commons Debates.

Related information

Westminster Hall debates

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays there are two one and a half hour debates, one hour debate and two 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 Tuesday of the previous week for the Tuesday and Wednesday debates; MPs may enter into both ballots but can only be successful in one.

On Thursday there are two one and a half hour debates, or one three hour debate. Thursday debates are determined by the Backbench Business Committee or the Liaison Committee.

Each government department responds to the debates every other week according to a rota.

The Petitions Committee can determine whether a sitting should take place on a Monday in Westminster Hall to consider one or more petitions or e-petitions.

The Chair is taken by a Deputy Speaker, or a member of the Panel of Chairs with the same duties and powers conferred on Deputy Speakers.

Find out more about Westminster Hall debates.

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