Debate on Sudan to take place on 28 April

29 March 2011

The Backbench Business Committee is responsible for scheduling debates on 35 days during the current session, at least 27 of which will be debates in the main Chamber of the House of Commons, with the remainder to be taken in Westminster Hall.


The Committee has determined that the following business will take place in backbench time:

Thursday 28 April in Westminster Hall

Debate on Sudan (Member in charge: Mr Tom Clarke).

The Committee heard that backbench Members wished to debate issues relating to humanitarian assistance, conflict and debt in Sudan and the wider region following the recent referendum in Sudan.

Arrangements for the pre-recess Adjournment debate: Tuesday 5 April

The Backbench Business Committee has received notice from 21 Members that they wish to take part in the half day pre-Easter debate on Tuesday 5 April.  The Committee has grouped these Members and subjects into two parts, as follows:

  • Issues relating to the Department for Work and Pensions
  • General Debate

Four Members have indicated they wish to raise subjects for which the Department for Work and Pensions is responsible.  A Minister from the Department will be invited to respond to the issues raised. This part of the debate is expected to last for approximately 45 minutes.

The second part of the debate will enable Members to raise any other subjects. The Deputy Leader of the House is expected to reply to this general debate. The Committee expects each Member to receive a substantive written reply from the department to the points raised unless they are dealt with fully in the Deputy Leader of the House’s reply.

The names of those Members who have indicated to the Committee that they wish to participate in the debate are listed below along with the subject they wish to raise. The speaking order will be decided by the occupant of the Chair on the day.

Members who have submitted a request to speak on Tuesday 5 April




Nicky Morgan

Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission


Department for

Work and Pensions

Nick Smith

Welfare reform and Blaenau Gwent

Fiona Bruce

Jobcentre Plus advice for professionals facing redundancy

Tony Lloyd

Health and safety

General debate

Mel Stride

Support for rural businesses


Valerie Vaz

Government accountability and the contract with the people

Cabinet Office

Mark Pawsey

Recognition of Rugby as home of international sport


Paul Maynard

Preservation of Britain's built nuclear heritage


Andrea Leadsom

Support for British farmers


Kate Green

Disadvantaged children and early years education in Trafford


Bob Blackman

Application by seven schools in Harrow to become Academies


Mr Gareth Thomas

Human rights in Sri Lanka


Paul Flynn

Government response to the swine flu pandemic


Mr Bernard Jenkin

NHS services in Harwich and North Essex


Mr Chuka Umunna

Project Merlin


Andrew Selous

Housing associations and antisocial behaviour


Jack Lopresti

Law and order


Mr David Amess



Sir Robert Smith



Dr Julian Huppert

Chesterton Station


Bridget Phillipson

Local bus services



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