COMMONS

Backbench business debates announced for dates in September

16 July 2013

The Backbench Business Committee has scheduled backbench debates for 2, 5, 9 and 12 September. The House of Commons returns from Summer Recess on Monday 2 September.

Monday 2 September in the Chamber

  • Launch of Second Report from the Procedure Committee, on Private Members’ Bills, HC 188 (Member in charge: Mr Charles Walker, Chair of Procedure Committee) 
  • Debate on a motion relating to the future for postal services in rural areas (Members in charge: Katy Clark, Mike Weir) - previously announced
  • Debate on a motion relating to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s report ‘Get Britain Cycling’ (Member in charge: Dr Julian Huppert) - previously announced

Thursday 5 September in the Chamber

  • General debate on high-cost credit (Members in charge: Chris Evans)
  • General debate on the North East Independent Economic Review report (Members in charge: Mr Nicholas Brown, Helen Goodman and Guy Opperman)

Monday 9 September in Westminster Hall

  • General debate on an e-petition related to age-related tax allowances (Member in charge: Kelvin Hopkins)

Thursday 12 September in Westminster Hall

  • General debate on UK Trade and Investment (Member in charge: Daniel Kawczynski)

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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