Backbench business debate on the Big Society

28 February 2011

Government proposals for the Big Society wer debated in a backbench business debate in the House of Commons on Monday 28 February.

The debate covered areas including social responsibility, the voluntary sector and government proposals for the establishment of the Big Society Bank.

Watch and read the views of MPs who took part in the debate

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library regularly produce briefing papers which inform MPs about key issues. The Library has produced briefing papers on The Big Society and the voluntary sector, and the establishment of the Big Society Bank.

Debate on community cohesion

The backbench business debate on the Big Society follows an earlier debate in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 26 January on the subject of community cohesion.


Debates are an opportunity for MPs to discuss government policy, proposed new laws and current issues. It allows MPs to voice the concerns and interests of their constituents.

Backbench Business Committee

The House of Commons established the Backbench Business Committee on 15 June 2010. The Committee has responsibility for scheduling debates that are devoted to backbench business in the House of Commons Chamber and Westminster Hall.

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