Representations for debate received on 23 April

24 April 2013

On 23 April, the Backbench Business Committee held its regular Tuesday public meeting to hear bids from MPs for debate. 

Representations for debate received on 23 April

The Committee received representations from

  • Nigel Dodds, Kate Hoey and Dr William McCrea for a debate on expenses and allowances for Members who do not take their seats.
  • Hugh Bayley and Jason McCartney for a debate on NATO.

These representations can be viewed again on Parliament TV.

The Committee did not have any time to allocate.

Backbench Business Committee meetings

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.

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