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Departmental questions are not like Prime Minister’s questions. PMQs are a torrid rumbustious affair, with noise, flack, catcalling and worse. In addition to this, the big exchange tends to come early on in proceedings. The Leader of the Opposition will stand early in the half hour slot and stick it to the Prime Minister, bringing the chamber to full blast almost immediately.
Not so in departmental questions. There is a different rhythm to these sessions. Unlike the frenzy of PMQs, departmental questions start with back-benchers quizzing junior ministers. In this way it is something of a proving ground for young…
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