MPs took part in an Opposition Day debate on the National Crime Agency in the House of Commons on Wednesday 22 October 2014. The debate was the first of two debates on subjects chosen by the Democratic Unionist Party. The second debate was on the Military Covenant.
National Crime Agency
The debate was opened by Democratic Unionist Party Spokesman, Gregory Campbell. Mike Penning, Minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims, responded on behalf of the Government.
The debate was opened by Democratic Unionist Party Spokesman, Jeffrey Donaldson. Anna Soubry, Minister of State for Defence, responded on behalf of the Government.
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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