Urgent Question on Parachute Regiment arrest: 18 November 2015

18 November 2015

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office, Ben Wallace, responded to an urgent question asked by Gerald Howarth, Conservative MP for Aldershot, on the arrest of a former member of the Parachute Regiment on duty in Londonderry on 30 January 1972.

The Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Vernon Coaker responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.

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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.

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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