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MPs debate Bulgarian and Romanian immigration

19 December 2013

MPs took part in a debate in Westminster Hall on Thursday 19 December, scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee, on immigration from Bulgaria and Romania. This followed representations from Nigel Mills, Mr Peter Bone, Mr Philip Hollobone, Mr David Ruffley, and Sammy Wilson.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

This debate began at 1.30pm and was opened by Nigel Mills.

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.

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