The Backbench Business Committee has scheduled a topical debate on 26 January 2012 on the European Council.
The need for a debate prior to the European Council meeting on Monday 30 January has been repeatedly raised by backbench Members at Business Questions.
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:
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.