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Intellectual Property to be Debated on 7 July

29 June 2011

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 7 July in Westminster Hall

Intellectual property and the Hargreaves Report (Member in charge: Pete Wishart).

The Committee heard that there has been no opportunity to debate this report since its publication and that many backbench Members, including the chairs of the relevant select committees, supported a debate.  

Next available backbench time in the Chamber

Debate on Reports from the Procedure Committee on Use of hand-held electronic devices in the Chamber and committees, HC 889, and Improving the effectiveness of parliamentary scrutiny, HC 800 (for up to 90 minutes) (Member in charge: Mr Greg Knight).

The Committee considers that the House should have the opportunity to decide on the recommendations of the Procedure Committee in respect of the use of electronic devices in the Chamber and committees before the summer recess, as well as on other procedural changes proposed by the Committee.

Tuesday 19 July in the Chamber

 General debate on matters to be raised before the forthcoming adjournment.

The Backbench Business Committee has decided that the Summer adjournment debate on Tuesday 19 July will follow the format used before Christmas, Easter and Whitsun.

Members are invited to apply to speak on a subject of their choice for no more than 10 minutes, specifying from which Government department they would like a response. Speeches will be grouped into subject areas and, for the departments with the highest number of applications, the relevant Minister invited to respond to the issues raised. This will be followed by a general debate where Members may raise any issue, for which a response will be provided by the Deputy Leader of the House.

Members should apply to the Table Office or email [email protected] to speak in the debate. The deadline for applications is 6pm on Monday 11 July

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