On Thursday 11 July MPs debated the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster. This debate was the second backbench debate of the day and followed the debate on Syria.
The Backbench Business Committee scheduled this debate following representations from Mr Frank Doran and Peter Aldous. The 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster took place on 6 July 2013.
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This debate was opened by Frank Doran.
Watch the debate on Parliament TV and read the views expressed by MPs in Commons Hansard.
How the subject was selected
The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following a representations Mr Frank Doran and Peter Aldous at the Committee’s public meeting on 11 June 2013.
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.