On Monday 9 September, MPs took part in a Westminster Hall debate on an e-petition relating to age-related tax allowances. The debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a representation from Kelvin Hopkins
Watch the debate and read a transcript
Watch the debate on Parliament TV and read the views expressed by MPs in Commons Hansard.
The Committee used its powers to convene a sitting in Westminster Hall on a Monday afternoon from 4.30 – 7.30pm on the subject of an e-petition.
The debate related to the e-petition entitled 'Restoration of Age Related Tax Allowances'.
How the subject was selected
The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representations by Kelvin Hopkins.
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.