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Backbench Business Committee

Commons Select Committee

The Backbench Business Committee gives opportunities to backbench Members of Parliament to bring forward debates of their choice. It was the first business committee of any kind to be established by the House of Commons.

How Members can suggest a debate

Application form for backbench debates

Applications for Backbench Business Committee debates on the Estimates

E-Petitions and the Backbench Business Committee

Due to technical issues, please email bbcom@parliament.uk for transcripts of the public meetings. Thank you.

For information about the work of committees before 2020 please go to inquiries before 2020 and publications before 2020. For information on former committees before 2020, please visit former committees.

Committee news

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Backbench Business Committee confirms topics for Estimates Day debates
Backbench Business Committee confirms topics for Estimates Day debates
25 June 2020
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MPs to debate the effects of Covid-19 on BAME communities
MPs to debate the effects of Covid-19 on BAME communities
15 June 2020
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Backbench Business Committee celebrates 10 years
Backbench Business Committee celebrates 10 years
15 June 2020
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Applications for Estimates Day Debates
Applications for Estimates Day Debates
5 June 2020
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Applications to the Backbench Business Committee
Applications to the Backbench Business Committee
6 May 2020
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Updates from the Backbench Business Committee on future proceedings
Updates from the Backbench Business Committee on future proceedings
23 April 2020
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Postponement of additional Backbench Business debates
Postponement of additional Backbench Business debates
25 March 2020
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Postponement of Backbench Business debates - Yemen
Postponement of Backbench Business debates - Yemen
24 March 2020
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Westminster Hall closures and Backbench Business debates
Westminster Hall closed for debates as of Friday 20 March
23 March 2020
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MPs to debate on the situation in the Yemen
MPs to debate on the situation in the Yemen
23 March 2020
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General debate: matters to be considered before the forthcoming adjournment
MPs to debate matters to be considered before the forthcoming adjournment
23 March 2020
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Determination of Backbench Business debates: 24th – 31st March 2020
Committee announce several debates in backbench time
16 March 2020
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Westminster Hall debate: freedom of religion or belief
MPs to debate freedom of religion or belief at Westminster Hall
9 March 2020
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MPs debate Morse review of the 2019 Loan Charge
MPs debate Morse review of the 2019 Loan Charge
9 March 2020
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MPs debate Horizon settlement and future governance of Post Office Ltd
MPs debate Horizon settlement and future governance of Post Office Ltd
9 March 2020
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MPs to debate lesbian, bisexual and trans women’s health inequalities
MPs to debate LGBT+ health inequality and lesbian, bisexual and trans women’s health week
9 March 2020
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Backbench Business Committee membership agreed
See the committee membership for Parliament 2019
2 March 2020
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Ian Mearns MP elected Chair of the Backbench Business Committee
Committee Chair elected
30 January 2020
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Backbench Business Committee membership at the end of Parliament 2017-19
View the membership of the Committee at the end of 2017-19 Parliament
6 November 2019
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General Election 2019
Following the Dissolution of Parliament on 6 November 2019, all select committees have ceased to exist
6 November 2019
Total results 824 (page 1 of 42)