On Thursday 9 January 2014, MPs took part in a general debate on rural communities. This had previously been scheduled for debate in December 2013.
Watch the debate and read the transcript
This debate was scheduled following a bid from Anne McIntosh, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, for a debate on the Committee’s report on Rural Communities and the Government Response to the report.
Rural Communities Report
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee's report was published on 24 July 2013. The Government Response to the report was published 28 October 2013.
Backbench Business Committee
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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.
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