On Thursday 13 February, MPs took part in a general debate on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer report on cancer priorities in the NHS. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from John Baron.
Watch the debate and read the transcript
The debate was the second item of main business and opened by John Baron. This followed the debate on the Normington Report on reform of the Police Federation.
How the subject was selected
The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representation from John Baron at the public meeting on Tuesday 4 February 2014 .
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.