Committee Schedules Big Society Debate

16 February 2011

The Backbench Business Committee is responsible for scheduling debates on 35 days during the current session, at least 27 of which will be debates in the main Chamber of the House of Commons, with the remainder to be taken in Westminster Hall.

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

Monday 28 February in the Chamber

Motion relating to the Big Society (Members in charge: Charlie Elphicke, Hazel Blears and Charlotte Leslie).

The Committee was told that a debate on the Big Society would be timely, given the widespread interest in this subject, both within and outside the House. 

Next available backbench day in the Chamber

Motion relating to UN Women (Members in charge: Mrs Eleanor Laing, Sheila Gilmore, Mary Macleod and Joan Ruddock).

The Committee Chose this subject because it heard of significant support from Members for a debate to mark International Women's Day on 8 March. The subject proposed also offers the opportunity to debate and Early Day Motion (EDM 1318)

Thursday 17 March in Westminster Hall

Debate on Articles 9 and 13 of the Bill of Rights and the role of Parliament in dealing with all grievances and the importance of freedom of communication between constituents and Members (Members in charge: John Hemming and Mr Richard Bacon).


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