Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, responded to an Urgent Question asked by Shadow Foreign Secretary, Hilary Benn, in the House of Commons on the announcement by Russia that it is redeploying the main part of its force from Syria and the implications of this for the peace process, on Tuesday 15 March 2016.
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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