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MPs debate e-petition on extra charges for school holidays

20 February 2014

On Monday 24 February, MPs took part in a general debate on an e-petition relating to holiday companies charging extra in school holidays. The Committee has used its powers to convene a sitting in Westminster Hall on a Monday afternoon, from 4.30 – 7.30 pm on the subject of the e-petition.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

This debate began at 4.30pm and was opened by John Hemming.

This debate relates to the 'Stop Holiday companies charging extra in school holidays' e-petition.

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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