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On Thursday 10 October, MPs took part in a general debate on funding for local authorities. The debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Neil Parish, Nick Harvey, Robin Walker.
The debate was opened by Neil Parish and followed the Backbench Business debate on improving adult literacy and numeracy.
Watch the debate on Parliament TV and read the views expressed by MPs in Commons Hansard.
The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representations by Neil Parish, Nick Harvey, Robin Walker at the Committee’s public meeting on 9 July 2013.
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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