The Backbench Business Committee has chosen the subject of ministerial statements announced to the media before Parliament as the first debate to be held in the House of Commons Chamber during backbench time this parliamentary session.
The Committee chose this subject because the disclosure of information on key policy announcements to the media before its announcement in Parliament by present and previous administrations has affected the work of backbenchers in holding the Government to account.
Business selected by the Backbench Business Committee for debate in the Commons chamber and Westminster Hall is published in the Order Paper under Future Business Part B, along with the text of the motion to be debated.
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 first debate to be held in backbench time this session will be on the subject of Information for Backbenchers on Statements. The debate will take place on Tuesday 20 July.