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Debate on state of natural capital in England and Wales

17 October 2013

On Monday 21 October, MPs took part in a debate on the state of natural capital in England and Wales.This debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

The debate on the state of natural capital in England and Wales was opened by Mr Graham Stuart. 

Watch the debate on Parliament TV and read the views expressed by MPs in Commons Hansard.

Text of motion

Mr Graham Stuart moved the following motion (which was agreed to):

"That this House welcomes the Natural Capital Committee’s first annual State of Natural Capital report; and urges the Government to adopt the report’s recommendations and to take concerted action to embed the value of natural capital in the national accounts and policy-making processes as early as possible."

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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