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MPs debate international wildlife crime

06 February 2014

On Thursday 6 February, MPs took part in a general debate on international wildlife crime. The debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Nick Herbert, Richard Benyon, Joan Walley.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

This debate was opened by Nick Herbert and followed the general debate on Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom.

How the subject was selected

The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representation from Nick Herbert, Richard Benyon, Joan Walley at the public meeting on Tuesday 21 January 2014.

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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