On Thursday 3 April, MPs took part in a general debate on Civil Service Reform. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Mr Bernard Jenkin.
Watch the debate and read the transcript
This debate was the second item of main business following the Debate on sanctioning of benefit recipients and opened by Mr Bernard Jenkin.
How the subject was selected
The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representation from Mr Bernard Jenkin at the public meeting on Tuesday 11 March 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.
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