Debate on the BBC World Service

20 May 2011

Richard Ottaway, Conservative MP for Croydon South, introduced a Backbench Business debate in the House of Commons on Thursday 19 May on the BBC World Service

BBC World Service

The debate was held in response to the publication of the Foreign Affairs Committee report on the implications of cuts to the BBC World Service as well as the Culture, Media and Sport Committee report on the BBC licence fee settlement and annual report.

Watch and read the debate and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. Minister for Europe, David Lidington, responded to the debate on behalf of the Government.

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.


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.

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