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On Thursday 18 July MPs debated the issue of UK shale gas development. The Committee scheduled this debate following a representation from Caroline Lucas
This debate will be opened by Caroline Lucas.
Watch the debate on Parliament TV and read the views expressed by MPs in Commons Hansard.
The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following a representations from Caroline Lucas at the Committee's public meeting on 2 July.
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.