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Backbench debates announced for 1, 4 and 8 September

18 July 2014

Following its public meeting on 15 July, the Backbench Business Committee has announced the schedule of Backbench debates for Monday 1, Thursday 4 and Monday 8 September 2014.

The Committee has determined that the following business will take place in backbench time:

Monday 1 September in the Commons Chamber

  • Debate on a motion relating to hospital car parking charges (Member in charge: Robert Halfon)
  • Debate on a motion relating to mitochondrial replacement techniques and public safety (Member in charge: Fiona Bruce)
  • General debate on the position of Hazaras in Afghanistan and Pakistan (Member in charge: John Denham)

Thursday 4 September in the Commons Chamber

  • Debate on a motion relating to regulation of the sale of puppies and kittens (Member in charge: Robert Flello)
  • General debate on the future of non-league football (Member in charge: Jesse Norman)
  • General debate on the achievement gap in reading between poorer children and their better-off peers (Member in charge: Annette Brooke)

Thursday 4 September in Westminster Hall

  • General debate on stamp duty and the housing market (Member in charge: Mrs Anne Main)

Monday 8 September in Westminster Hall

  • General debate on an e-petition relating to research funding for and awareness of pancreatic cancer (Members in charge:  Nic Dakin and Eric Ollerenshaw).

Representations for debate received – 15 July meeting

At its public meeting on Tuesday 15 July, the Committee heard representations from the following:

  • David Ward, Andrew Stephenson and David Nuttall for a debate on the political and humanitarian situation in Kashmir
  • Sarah Newton for a debate on the national pollinator strategy for bees and other pollinators in England

Backbench Business Committee meetings

The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly on Tuesdays at 3pm to consider requests for debates from any backbench Members of Parliament on any subject, including those raised in e-petitions or national campaigns.
An MP must make a representation before the Committee for an e-petition or petition to be debated; e-petitions exceeding the Government's 100,000 signature threshold are not automatically allocated backbench time.
The Committee then has to decide how to allocate the limited Parliamentary time it has at its disposal. The Committee's meetings are always conducted in public and can be watched on Parliament TV.

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