On Thursday 28 November, MPs debated retail and the high street in Westminster Hall. The debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee following representation from Ann Coffey and Simon Danczuk
Watch the debate and read the transcript
Ann Coffey opened the debate. The debate was co-sponsored by Justin Tomlinson.
How the subject was selected
The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representations by Ann Coffey and Simon Danczuk at the Committee’s meeting on 5 November.
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.