The Minister of State for the Department of Health, Alistair Burt, responded to an Urgent Question asked by Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Heidi Alexander, in the House of Commons on the negotiations for a new junior doctors' contract on Friday 20 November 2015.
House of Commons Library analysis
The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.
The Library has published a briefing paper on junior doctor contracts in England which contains more information on this topic.
About Urgent Questions
At times MPs may want to put an urgent question to a Minister. If a matter of public importance has arisen, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to put forward such a question.
The relevant government department would be informed at once.
If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked after that day’s Question Time, or at 11am on Fridays.
Once the MP has asked the main question, they are allowed to ask a supplementary question. Other MPs will then be called to ask further questions on the same subject.
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