The Backbench Business Committee has scheduled a debate on Thursday 6 December 2012 on the 40th anniversary of the expulsion of Ugandan Asians. Mr Shailesh Vara applied to the Backbench Business Committee to request this debate. This debate was rescheduled following the announcement of the publication of the Leveson Inquiry on Thursday 29 November.
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Backbench Business Committee
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