The Backbench Business Committee scheduled a debate on fisheries following representation to the committee by Mr Frank Doran MP.
There was cross-party support for a debate on fisheries to take place before the meeting of the EU Council of Fisheries Ministers in December.
The debate took place on Tuesday 15 November 2011 in the House of Commons. Watch the debate on Parliament TV and read the views expressed by MPs in Commons Hansard:
How this subject was selected
The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business committee following a representation by Mr Frank Doran MP at a public meeting of the committee on 25 October 2011.
Watch the meeting where this debate was decided upon on Parliament TV and read an uncorrected transcript of the session.
Backbench Business Committee
The Backbench Business Committee meets every week to consider requests for debates from any backbench Members of Parliament on any subject. This includes subjects suggested by constituents where there is no e-petition, or where there is a traditional paper petition.
When considering petitions, the committee will follow its usual procedure of hearing a sponsoring Member or Members of Parliament making the case for a debate. The committee will only be able to schedule a debate on a petition if several Members of Parliament tell the committee that they will take part in the debate.
The committee then has to decide how to allocate the very limited Parliamentary time it has at its disposal; demand always outstrips supply. The committee's meetings are always conducted in public and can be watched on Parliament TV.