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Backbench debates for 27, 30 January & 6 February

22 January 2014

Following its public meeting on 21 January, the Backbench Business Committee has scheduled backbench debates for Monday 27, Thursday 30 January, Thursday 6 February 2014.

The Committee has determined that the following business will take place in backbench time:

Monday 27 January in the Chamber

  • General debate on the law on dangerous driving (Member in charge: Chris Skidmore) (Debate follows the main business, the European Union (Approvals) Bill [Lords])

Thursday 30 January in the Chamber

At the Business Statement on 23 January, the Government announced the Remaining Stages of the Immigration Bill will take place on Thursday 30 January. The Backbench Business debate on Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership, sponsored by John Healey and Guto Bebb, which was originally scheduled for 30 January will now take place at a later date. Further details will be announced in due course.

Thursday 30 January in Westminster Hall

  • General debate on the 1001 Critical Days manifesto and early childhood development (Member in charge: Andrea Leadsom)

Thursday 6 February in the Chamber

  • General debate on Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom (Member in charge: William Bain) 
  • General debate on international wildlife crime (Members in charge: Nick Herbert, Richard Benyon, Joan Walley)

Representation for debate received at Backbench Business Committee on 21 January

Thursday 6 February in Westminster Hall

  • General debate on fire sprinkler week (Members in charge: Jim Fitzpatrick, Peter Aldous, Chris Williamson)

Representation for debate received at Backbench Business Committee on 21 January

Backbench Business Committee

The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly on Tuesdays at 3pm to consider requests for debates from any backbench Members of Parliament on any subject, including those raised in e-petitions or national campaigns.

An MP must make a representation before the Committee for an e-petition or petition to be debated; e-petitions exceeding the Government's 100,000 signature threshold are not automatically allocated backbench time.

The Committee then has to decide how to allocate the limited Parliamentary time it has at its disposal. The Committee's meetings are always conducted in public and can be watched on Parliament TV.

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