On Thursday 23 January, MPs took part in a debate on Holocaust Memorial Day. The debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Alistair Burt, Stephen Lloyd, Louise Ellman, Graham Evans, Stephen O’Brien, and James Clappison. Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January 2014.
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Alistair Burt opened this debate which followed the earlier Backbench Business debate on the Shrewsbury 24 and the release of papers.
How the subject was selected
The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representation from Alistair Burt, Stephen Lloyd, Louise Ellman, Graham Evans, Stephen O’Brien, and James Clappison at the public meeting on Tuesday 17 December 2013.
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.