On Thursday 12 December, MPs debated the fishing industry. The debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Mr Frank Doran, Ms Margaret Ritchie, Jim Shannon, Sheryll Murray.
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Mr Frank Doran opened the debate.
How the subject was selected
The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representations by Mr Frank Doran, Ms Margaret Ritchie, Jim Shannon, Sheryll Murray at the Committee’s public meeting on Tuesday 10 September.
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.