The Backbench Business Committee scheduled a debate on Thursday 8 March 2012 on International Women's Day. Fiona Mactaggart, Dame Joan Ruddock, Amber Rudd, and Julie Hilling appeared before the Backbench Business Committee to request this debate.
The Backbench Business Committee heard there was cross-party support for a debate to be held to discuss issues relating to International Women's Day.
Watch the debate and read a transcript
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How the subject was selected
The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following a representation by Fiona Mactaggart, Dame Joan Ruddock, Amber Rudd, and Julie Hilling on 7 February 2012.
Watch the meeting where this debate was decided upon on Parliament TV and read an uncorrected transcript of the session.
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