Debate on child protection in the UK

12 September 2013

On Thursday 12 September, MPs took part in a general debate on child protection in the UK. This debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Tim Loughton and Ann Coffey.

Watch the debate and read a transcript

The debate on child protection in the UK was the first item of main business on Thursday, following questions and the statements on Syria and Royal Mail. Tim Loughton MP opened the debate.

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 representations by Tim Loughton and Ann Coffey at the Committee’s public meeting on 9 July 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.

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