The Backbench Business Committee has scheduled a general debate on 26 January 2012 on progress on defence reform and the Strategic Defence and Security Review following representation to the committee by the Defence Committee
The Committee received a representation from the Defence Select Committee that there should be a debate on defence issues and that this would be of considerable cross-party interest.
Watch the debate and read a transcript
The debate took place on Thursday 26 January 2012 in the House of Commons. Watch the debate on Parliament TV and read the views expressed by MPs in Commons Hansard:
How the subject was selected
The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business committee following a representation by Mr James Arbuthnot (Chair of the Defence Committee), Mr Dai Havard, Mr Julian Brazier, Penny Mordaunt and Bob Stewart at a public meeting of the committee on 1 November 2011.
Watch the meeting where this debate was decided upon on Parliament TV and read an uncorrected transcript of the session.
Backbench Business Committee
The Backbench Business Committee meets every week to consider requests for debates from any backbench Members of Parliament on any subject.
The committee then has to decide how to allocate the very limited Parliamentary time it has at its disposal; demand always outstrips supply. The committee's meetings are always conducted in public and can be watched on Parliament TV.