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Debate on the background to and implications of the High Court judgment on John Downey

27 March 2014

On Thursday 27 March, MPs took part in a general debate on the background to and implications of the High Court judgment on John Downey. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Mark Durkan, Ms Margaret Ritchie, Lady Hermon, Jim Shannon, Dr William McCrea, Mr Laurence Robertson.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

The debate was opened by Mr Nigel Dodds and began at 12.25pm.

How the subject was selected

The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Mark Durkan, Ms Margaret Ritchie, Lady Hermon, Jim Shannon, Dr William McCrea, Mr Laurence Robertson. at the public meeting on Tuesday 4 March 2014.

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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