Subjects for debate on 20 January

13 January 2011

The Backbench Business Committee is responsible for scheduling debates on 35 days during the current session, at least 27 of which will be debates in the main Chamber of the House of Commons, with the remainder to be taken in Westminster Hall

 The Committee has determined that the following business will take place in backbench time:

Thursday 20 January

 Motion relating to the future of the Horseracing Levy (for about three hours).

The Committee chose this subject because the future of the Levy is under consideration; backbenchers on both sides of the House have a constituency interest; and it has not recently been debated in the House.


Followed by a general debate on improving life chances for disadvantaged children.

This subject is highly topical following the recent report of the Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances by Mr Frank Field. The Committee considers that a wide-ranging general debate would be appropriate since policy spans the work of several government departments.

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