On Thursday 24 October, MPs took part in a Westminster Hall debate on planning, housing supply, and the countryside. The debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Mr Laurence Robertson, Mrs Anne Main and Nick Herbert.
Watch the debate and read the transcript
Watch the debate on Parliament TV and read the views expressed by MPs in Commons Hansard. The debate was opened by Mr Laurence Robertson.
How the subject was selected
The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representations by Mr Laurence Robertson, Mrs Anne Main and Nick Herbert at the Backbench Business Committee’s public meeting on 10 September 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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