The Backbench Business Committee is responsible for scheduling debates on 35 days during the current session, at least 27 of which will be debates in the main Chamber of the House of Commons, with the remainder to be taken in Westminster Hall.
The Committee has determined that the following business will take place in backbench time:
Monday 17 September in Westminster Hall
• Debate on the e-petition relating to the West Coast Main Line franchise decision (Member in charge: Rosie Cooper)
The Committee heard this was the subject of an e-petition which has received over 170,000 signatures and a topic of interest to Members across the House. The Committee has scheduled this debate using its new powers to convene a sitting in Westminster Hall for debates on e-petitions on Monday afternoons from 4.30 – 7.30 pm. This is the first time this power has been used by the Committee since the House passed a motion to this effect on 17 July 2012.
Thursday 18 October in the Chamber
• Debate on a motion relating to the disbandment of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Member in charge: Mr John Baron)
• Debate on a motion relating to the use of intercept evidence in courts and inquests (Members in charge: Mr David Lammy and Mr David Davis)
Thursday 18 October in Westminster Hall
• General debate on Community benefit for major infrastructure projects (Member in charge: Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger)