COMMONS

Debate on East Coast Mainline Franchise on 20 June

19 June 2013

On Thursday 20 June, MPs took part in a Commons debate on the East Coast Mainline Franchise. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Sheila Gilmore and Pat Glass

Watch the debate and read a transcript

Watch the debate on Parliament TV and read the views expressed by MPs in Commons Hansard. The debate was opened by Sheila Gilmore.

How the subject was selected

The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Sheila Gilmore and Pat Glass at the public meeting on 11 June 2013.

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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