Debates in the House of Lords

Debates in the House of Lords take place on a motion to call attention to an issue. They can also take place on an 'unstarred question', for which the procedure is broadly similar.

Debbonaire, Thangam

Thangam Debbonaire, Labour MP for Bristol West

Decision-making in Council meetings (Europe)

The majority of proposals are nodded through in the ways outlined above, or agreement can be reached at the council level without the need for matters to go to a vote. However, if agreement cannot be reached, the treaties provide for disagreements to be resolved by votes of the ministers present. There are three procedures...

Deep vein thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which a blood clot (thrombus) develops in a deep vein of the legs.

Deferred divisions

If a division is called later than 10pm then it is deferred. This means that instead of the vote taking place immediately, MPs will be able to vote during a set period at a later date. This is normally on the following Wednesday afternoon. MPs vote by appearing in person at a specified place and...


An overview of deforestation: what is involved; how fast it is happening; what is the impact; and what is involved with the public policy response and political debate.

Democratic Unionist Party

The Democratic Unionist Party is now the leading unionist party, and the largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly. The DUP was founded in 1971 by the Reverend Ian Paisley, a preacher at the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. It is currently led by Edwin Poots.

Denis MacShane

Denis MacShane, MP for Rotherham, Labour

Dennis Skinner

Dennis Skinner, Labour MP for Bolsover


Each Secretary of State, leading a team of Ministers, has responsibility for a Government Department, the responsibilities of which are determined by the Prime Minister. Departments headed by Ministers are known as ‘Ministerial Departments,’ differentiating them from Non-ministerial Departments such as Ordnance Survey or the Inland Revenue.

Dhesi, Tan

Tan Dhesi is‌ ‌the‌ Labour ‌MP‌ ‌for Slough‌,‌ ‌having‌ ‌first‌ ‌been‌ ‌elected‌ ‌to‌ ‌Parliament‌ ‌in 2017. He was re-elected‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌2019‌ ‌General‌ ‌Election‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌majority‌ ‌of 13,640‌. The Slough constituency ‌is‌ ‌found‌ ‌within‌ ‌the‌ ‌county‌ ‌of Berkshire ‌ ‌and‌ ‌covers‌ Slough, and Langley in the east of Berkshire.   An ethnically diverse seat, the...

Dinenage, Caroline

Caroline Dinenage, Conservative MP for Gosport

Dines, Sarah

Sarah Dines is‌ ‌the‌ Conservative ‌MP‌ ‌for Derbyshire Dales‌,‌ ‌having‌ ‌first‌ ‌been‌ ‌elected‌ ‌to‌ ‌Parliament‌ ‌in‌ 2019, with‌ ‌a‌ ‌majority‌ ‌of‌ 17,381 over‌ ‌the‌ ‌Labour Party.‌ The Derbyshire Dales constituency ‌is‌ ‌found‌ ‌on the west hand side of Derbyshire ‌and‌ ‌covers Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and the surrounding rural area‌ spreading into the Peak District.  The...

Disability Benefits and Spending

People with physical and mental disabilities are sometimes significantly hampered in fully participating in all aspects of society because of social and physical barriers to the full enjoyment of their rights.

Disability discrimination

An overview of the current legal framework and history or protection around disability discrimination in the United Kingdom.


Division is the name given to a vote by MPs in the House of Commons. After the Division Bell starts ringing, MPs have eight minutes to arrive in one of the two lobbies that run alongside the Commons Chamber, before the entrances to these two division lobbies are locked.

Djanogly, Jonathan

Jonathan Djanogly, Conservative MP for Huntingdon

Docherty-Hughes, Martin

Martin Docherty SNP MP for West Dunbartonshire

Docherty, Leo

Leo Docherty is‌ ‌the‌ Conservative ‌MP‌ ‌for‌ Aldershot,‌ ‌having‌ ‌first‌ ‌been‌ ‌elected‌ ‌to‌ ‌Parliament‌ ‌in‌ 2017. He was re-elected‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌2019‌ ‌General‌ ‌Election‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌majority‌ ‌of‌ 16,698 ‌over‌ ‌the‌ Liberal Democrats.‌ ‌ The Aldershot constituency ‌is‌ ‌found‌ ‌within‌ ‌the‌ ‌county‌ ‌of Hampshire‌ ‌and‌ ‌covers‌ Aldershot, Farnborough, and the surrounding countryside in the north eastern corner...