Debate on e-petition on preventable cardiac deaths

22 March 2013

The Backbench Business Committee scheduled a general debate on Monday 25 March on the e-petition relating to preventable cardiac deaths arising from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

The Committee scheduled the debate following a representation from Steve Rotheram.

Watch the debate and read a transcript

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

E-petition debate

The debate relates to the e-petition entitled "Oliver King Foundation - SADS".

How the subject was selected

The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representations by Steve Rotheram, Rt Hon. Hazel Blears, Stephen Twigg, Rt Hon Adrian Sanders, Michael McCann on 12 March 2013.

The Committee used its powers to convene a sitting in Westminster Hall on a Monday afternoon from 4.30 – 7.30 pm on the subject of an e-petition.

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.

Further Information

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