MPs debate membership of the UK Delegation to PACE
11 November 2015
On Monday 16 November MPs took part in a debate on the membership of the UK Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in the House of Commons Chamber. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a bid from Owen Paterson MP on 10 November.
This debate was opened by Owen Paterson, Conservative MP for North Shropshire.
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Text of the Motion
'That this House adopts with immediate effect the same system for nomination of its membership of the UK Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe as it has for nomination, following party elections, of membership of departmental select committees, and accordingly directs the Speaker not to send the names of its membership of the UK delegation to the President of the Parliamentary Assembly until the nomination of that membership has taken place according to that system.'
Backbench Business Committee
The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly on Tuesdays to consider requests for debates from any backbench Members of Parliament on any subject.
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.