The debates were among five scheduled Westminster Hall debates that gave MPs an opportunity to raise local and national issues and to receive a response from a Government Minister.
Westminster Hall debates: 14 October 2014
9.30am - 11am: Surrogacy
Jessica Lee, Conservative MP for Erewash, moved a debate on the legal framework for surrogacy. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Jane Ellison, responded on behalf of the Government.
11am - 11.30am: Sepsis (preventable deaths)
Sarah Newton, Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth, moved a debate on reducing preventable deaths from sepsis. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, George Freeman, responded on behalf of the Government.
2.30pm - 4pm: Foetal alcohol syndrome
Bill Esterson, Labour MP for Sefton Central, moved a debate on foetal alcohol syndrome. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Jane Ellison, responded on behalf of the Government.
4pm - 4.30pm: Steel industry
Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, moved a debate on the UK steel industry. The Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, Mr Edward Vaizey, responded on behalf of the Government.
4.30pm - 5pm: Leominster Enterprise Park
Bill Wiggin, Conservative MP for North Herefordshire, moved a debate on PXP, the Homes and Communities Agency and Leominster Enterprise Park. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Penny Mordaunt, responded on behalf of the Government.
Westminster Hall debates
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays there are two one and a half hour debates and three half hour debates. The longer debates are intended for broader subjects where a number of MPs will want to speak. The shorter debates may focus on an issue that an MP may want to raise about their constituency.
Two ballots are held on the Wednesday of the previous week for each type of debate; MPs may enter into both ballots but can only be successful in one.
Each government department responds to the debates every other week according to a rota.
The Chair is taken by a member of the Panel of Chairs, with the same duties and powers conferred on Deputy Speakers.
Watching Westminster Hall debates from the public gallery
UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public galleries.
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