The debates were among five Westminster Hall debates that gave MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a government minister.
Westminster Hall debates: 10 February 2015
9.30-11am – Allied Steel and Wire pensions
Gordon Henderson, Conservative MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, moved a debate on Allied Steel and Wire pensions. The Minister for Disabled People, Mr Mark Harper, responded on behalf of the Government.
11-11.30am – Householders responsibility for contaminated land
Mr David Heath, Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton and Frome, moved a debate on householders responsibility for contaminated land. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice, responded on behalf of the Government.
2.30-4pm – Introduction of a maximum wage
Iain McKenzie, Labour MP for Inverclyde, moved a debate on the introduction of a maximum wage. The Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, Mr Edward Vaizey, responded on behalf of the Government.
4-4.30pm – Regeneration of town centres in England
Mr Barry Sheerman, Labour (Co-op) MP for Huddersfield, moved a debate on the regeneration of town centres in England. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Penny Mordaunt, responded on behalf of the Government.
4.30-5pm – Trading Standards and the Green Deal
Chloe Smith, Conservative MP for Norwich North, moved a debate on trading standards and the Green Deal. The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Matthew Hancock, 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
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