Westminster Hall debates: 16 June 2015

15 June 2015

MPs are to debate Iran and the proposed nuclear agreement and access to drugs for ultra-rare diseases on Tuesday 16 June 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 – Iran and the proposed nuclear agreement

To be moved by Guto Bebb, Conservative MP for Aberconwy.

11-11.30am – Prisons on the Isle of Sheppey

To be moved by Gordon Henderson, Conservative MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey.

Afternoon schedule

Timings are approximate. Parliamentary business is subject to change.

2.30-4pm – Access to drugs for ultra-rare diseases

To be moved by Greg Mulholland, Liberal Democrat MP for Leeds North West.

4-4.30pm – Dualling of Worcester’s southern link and the Carrington bridge

To be moved by Robin Walker, Conservative MP for Worcester.

4.30-5.30pm – Negotiation and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

To be moved by Patrick Grady, Scottish National Party MP for Glasgow North.

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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