On Tuesday 5 November, MPs took part in a general debate on reform and infrastructure of the water industry and consumers' bills. The debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Mr Robert Buckland, Charlie Elphicke and Julian Smith.
Watch the debate and read the transcript
This was the second item of main business on Tuesday and followed the Second Reading debate on Gambling (Licensing and Advertising Bill). Robert Buckland 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 Robert Buckland, Charlie Elphicke, Julian Smith for this debate at its public meeting on 22 October.
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.