On Thursday 12 March, MPs took part in a general debate on violence against women and girls. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee. The Members in charge for this debate are Mary Macleod, Pauline Latham, Mark Garnier, Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger and Katy Clark.
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The debate was opened by Mary Macleod, Conservative MP for Brentford and Isleworth. This is debate took place in Westminster Hall and followed the debate on the relationship between police and children.
Backbench Business Committee
The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly on Tuesdays 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.