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Debate on North East Independent Economic Review report

04 September 2013

On Thursday 5 September MPs took part in a general debate on the North East Independent Economic Review report. This debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Mr Nicholas Brown, Helen Goodman and Guy Opperman.

Watch the debate and read a transcript

Mr Nicholas Brown opened the debate.

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 Mr Nicholas Brown, Helen Goodman and Guy Opperman.at the Committee’s public meeting on 18 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.

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