On Tuesday 18 June, MPs will take part in a general debate on the Government’s role in supporting peace and development in Sudan and South Sudan. This debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Mark Durkan and Stephen Mosley.
Watch the debate and read a transcript
Subject to any statements, the debate is likely to begin around 5/5.30pm. Watch the debate on Parliament TV and read the views expressed by MPs in Commons Hansard.
How the subject was selected
The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representations by Mark Durkan and Stephen Mosley at the Committee’s public meeting on 11 June 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.