Backbench debates announced for 13 and 16 October

Backbench debates announced for 13 and 16 October
07 October 2014

Following its public meeting on 9 September, the Backbench Business Committee has announced the schedule of Backbench debates for Monday 13 and Thursday 16 October 2014.

The Committee has determined that the following business will take place in backbench time:

Monday 13 October in the Commons Chamber

  • Debate on a motion relating to Palestine and Israel (Member in charge Grahame M. Morris)

Read the Motion for debate in the Order Paper: Business of the Day Item One

Thursday 16 October in the Commons Chamber

  • Debate on a motion relating to Progress on the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s Report ‘Get Britain Cycling’ (Members in charge: Ian Austin, Dr Julian Huppert, Steve Brine)
  • General debate on the National Pollinator Strategy (Member in charge: Sarah Newton)

Read the motions for debate in Future Business: Thursday 16 October 2014

At its public meeting on Tuesday 9 September, the Committee heard, in addition to the bid for a debate on the future of the two state solution in Israel and Palestine from Grahame M. Morris and Sire Gerald Kaufman, a representation from Gordon Birtwistle for a debate relating to 'Back to School' week and providing young people with inspiring role models.

Backbench Business Committee meetings

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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