Debate on Defence Reforms

17 October 2013

On Thursday 17 October, MPs took part in a debate on a motion relating to defence reforms in the UK. This debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from John Baron, Jim Dobbin, David Nuttall, Mr Jim Cunningham and Mrs Mary Glindon.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

The debate was the first item of main business on Thursday and began at around 12.30pm. The debate was opened by John Baron.

Watch the debate on Parliament TV and read the views expressed by MPs in Commons Hansard.

Transcripts of proceedings in the House of Commons Chamber are available three hours after they happen in Today’s Commons Debates.

Text of debate motion

The text of the motion moved by John Baron was as follows:

"That this House notes concerns about the Government’s defence reforms in relation to whether its proposals for the reserve forces will deliver either the anticipated cost savings or defence capability; and urges the Government to delay the disbandment of regular units until it is established that the Army Reserve plan is viable and cost-effective."

How the subject was selected

The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representations by John Baron, Jim Dobbin, David Nuttall, Mr Jim Cunningham and Mrs Mary Glindon at the Committee’s public meeting on the 8 October 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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