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On Thursday 5 September, MPs took part in a general debate on high-cost credit. This debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Chris Evans, Damian Hinds, and Jackie Doyle-Price.
Chris Evans opened the debate.
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 representations by Chris Evans, Damian Hinds, and Jackie Doyle-Price at the Committee’s public meeting on 25 June 2013.
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.