Westminster Hall debates: 18 October 2011

19 October 2011

Westminster Hall debates provide MPs with an opportunity to debate local or national issues and to receive a response from a government Minister.

Five debates were held in Westminster Hall on 18 October 2011.

Watch and read the views expressed by MPs during the debates via the links to Parliament TV and Commons Hansard.

Also, find more information about current parliamentary material in the Topics section on the Parliament website.

09.30-11.00 Green Belt in England

Anna Soubry, Conservative MP for Broxtowe, moved a debate on the future of the Green Belt in England which received an answer from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Andrew Stunell.

11.00-12.30 Badgers and Bovine TB

Mary Glindon, Labour MP for North Tyneside, moved a debate on government proposals for a cull of badgers to control bovine tuberculosis which received an answer from Minister of State for Agriculture and Food, James Paice.

12.30-13.00 Steart Point and coastal resilience 

Ian Liddell-Grainger, Conservative MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, moved a debate on Steart Point (Somerset) and coastal resilience which received an answer from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Natural Environment and Fisheries, Richard Benyon.

13.00-13.30 VAT on renovation of empty property

Bill Esterson, Labour MP for Sefton Central, moved a debate on VAT on renovation of empty property which received an answer from the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Chloe Smith.

13.30-14.00 Campaign medal for Bomber Command

Jackie Doyle-Price, Conservative MP for Thurrock, moved a debate on an award of a campaign medal for Bomber Command which received an answer from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Andrew Robathan.

Westminster Hall debates

Westminster Hall adjournment debates allow MPs to discuss issues of local or personal interest which rarely have time to be debated in the main Chamber of the House of Commons. MPs can discuss a variety of issues and receive a response from a government Minister.

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