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 19 May in the Chamber
Motion relating to the BBC World Service (Member in charge: Richard Ottaway).
This subject was suggested by the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, which has published a recent report on the BBC World Service. The Committee heard that four other select committee chairs supported the debate and that there was widespread interest in the subject outside the House.
Motion relating to rural broadband and mobile coverage (Member in charge: Rory Stewart).
The Committee was told that this was a topic of great concern to Members with rural constituencies and that a debate would be appropriate before the closure of Ofcom’s consultation on the coverage obligations to be attached to spectrum licences on 31 May.