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Debate on the future of the BBC

21 October 2013

On Monday 21 October, MPs took part in a general debate on the future of the BBC. This debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Alun Cairns, Steve Brine and Dame Angela Watkinson.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

The debate on the future of the BBC was opened by Alun Cairns.

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 Alun Cairns, Steve Brine and Dame Angela Watkinson at the Committee’s public meeting on 15 October 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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