Review of the operation of the Backbench Business Committee

21 February 2012

The House of Commons Procedure Committee is launching a review of the operation of the Backbench Business Committee.

The House of Commons agreed on 15 June 2010 that the operation of the Backbench Business Committee should be reviewed. The Procedure Committee has resolved to conduct such a review and has agreed the following terms of reference for its inquiry:

To review the operation of the Backbench Business Committee during Session 2010–12, and in particular to inquire into:

  • issues relating to the membership of the Committee;
  • the amount of time available to the Committee and the way in which the Government allocates that time;
  • the powers of the Committee, and the process by which the Committee determines the matters to be debated in backbench time.

The Committee invites written submissions which should arrive no later than Thursday 8 March.

E-mail submissions are preferred and should be in Word format (not PDF) and sent to Postal submissions should be sent to the Clerk, Procedure Committee, Journal Office, House of Commons, London  SW1A 0AA. Further information can be obtained from the Clerk at this address or by telephone on 0207 219 3318.

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk on 0207 219 3318 to discuss this.

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