Westminster Hall debates: Tuesday 30 June 2015

29 June 2015

MPs are to debate shale gas and the Human Rights Act on Tuesday 30 June 2015.

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

Timings are approximate. Parliamentary business is subject to change.

9.30-11am – Shale gas

To be moved by Kevin Hollinrake, Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton.

11-11.30am – Ampthill primary care and parking

To be moved by Nadine Dorries, Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire.

Afternoon schedule

Timings are approximate. Parliamentary business is subject to change.

2.30-4pm – Future of the Human Rights Act 1998

To be moved by Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland.

4-4.30pm – Detention of MV Seaman Guard Ohio crew in India

To be moved by Ian Lavery, Labour MP for Wansbeck.

4.30-5.30pm – Welfare reform and people with disabilities

To be moved by Debbie Abrahams, Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth.

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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