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Defence to be debated on Thursday 26 January

18 January 2012

The Backbench Business Committee is responsible for scheduling debates on 35 days during the current session, at least 27 of which will be debates in the main Chamber of the House of Commons, with the remainder to be taken in Westminster Hall.

The Committee has determined that the following business will take place in backbench time:

Thursday 26 January in the Chamber

General debate on Progress on Defence reform and the Strategic Defence and Security Review (Member in charge: Mr James Arbuthnot)

The Committee received a representation from the Defence Select Committee that there should be a debate on defence issues and that this would be of considerable cross-party interest.

Thursday 2 February in Westminster Hall

Debate on Network Rail (Members in charge: Mrs Anne Main, Dr Thérèse Coffey and Ben Gummer).

The Committee heard there was backbench support for a debate on the current state of National Rail.

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