On Tuesday 11 March, MPs took part part in a general debate on treating and preventing cancer, in Westminster Hall. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Pauline Latham.
Watch the debate and read the transcript
This debate was opened by Pauline Latham.
Transcripts of proceedings in the House of Commons Chamber are available three hours after they happen in Today’s Commons Debates.
How the subject was selected
The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representation from Pauline Latham at the public meeting on Tuesday 4 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.