Urgent Question on perpetrators of domestic violence cross-examining their victims

09 January 2017

The Minister for Courts and Justice, Sir Oliver Heald QC, responded to an Urgent Question asked by Peter Kyle, Labour MP for Hove, on Monday 9 January on the emergency review to determine how to ban perpetrators of domestic violence from directly cross-examining their victims within the family court.

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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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