There are a number of ways of raising issues in the House of Commons. A Member of Parliament can make a speech or intervention in a debate, ask an Oral Question during scheduled questions to a particular Minister or department or ask a question in response to a Ministerial statement. In the case of Oral Questions, an MP tables a question but it is then a random ‘shuffle’ which decides if they get on to the Order Paper. There is always the possibility of asking a supplementary question if they can catch the Speaker’s eye.
In October 2013, I was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health at the Department of Health. As a Minister, I am only able to speak in the chamber of the House of Commons, or the second chamber, Westminster Hall, on issues in my ministerial portfolio. However, I continue to raise hundreds of issues, both local and national, on behalf of my constituents in Parliament with other Ministers through letters and meetings.
As a Minister, I speak in Parliament on a regular basis. I answer both Written and Oral Questions; I lead and respond to debates on issues in my portfolio, as well as during Statements and Urgent Questions. This page gives you a summary of where I have spoken in Parliament. You can find a complete list of my contributions in this Parliamentary session here.
If you are interested in following a piece of legislation’s progress through its various Parliamentary stages, you will find more information here.