Minister of State for Immigration, James Brokenshire, gave a statement in response to an urgent question from Bernard Jenkin, Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex, in the House of Commons on Monday 8 June 2015. The question was on the discovery and detention of 68 clandestine migrants by Border Force at Harwich International Port on the night of Thursday 4 June.
Shadow Minister for Immigration, David Hanson, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
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At times MPs may want to put an urgent question to a Minister. If a matter of public importance has arisen, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to put forward such a question.
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