MPs debated refugees and human rights in the House of Commons on Wednesday 24 January, in the first of two debates to take place on subjects chosen by the Opposition. The second Opposition debate was on Carillion and the sustainability of the public sector outsourcing model.
Refugees and human rights
The debate was moved by Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry. Alistair Burt, the Minister for the Middle East, responded on behalf of the Government.
The Opposition motion was:
"That this House believes that conflict resolution, climate change and the protection of human rights should be at the heart of UK foreign policy and that effective action should be taken to alleviate the refugee crisis and calls on the Government to lead international efforts through the United Nations and other international organisations to ensure that human rights are protected and upheld around the world."
It was passed without a division.
Carillion and the sustainability of the public sector outsourcing model
The second Opposition debates was on Carillion and the sustainability of the public sector outsourcing model.
About Opposition day debates
Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition.
Seventeen days are at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition, the leader of the largest opposition party, to decide which matters are debated. Three days are usually divided between the other opposition parties.
The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.
Watching Opposition day debates from the public gallery
UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.
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