COMMONS

Debate on employment rights

12 September 2013

On Thursday 12 September, MPs took part in a general debate on employment rights. This debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee following a representation from Michael Meacher. Andy Sawford also approached the Committee for a debate on this topic.

Watch the debate and read a transcript

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 Michael Meacher at the Committee’s 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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