Debate on Incapacity Benefit migration

03 April 2014

On Thursday 3 April, MPs took part in a general debate on Incapacity Benefit migration in Westminster Hall. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Sheila Gilmore.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

This debate was opened by Sheila Gilmore and began at 1.30pm.

How the subject was selected

The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representation from Sheila Gilmore at the public meeting on Tuesday 25 March 2014.

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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