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MPs debate the fourth industrial revolution

1 August 2016

On Thursday 8 September MPs took part in a House of Commons Chamber debate on the fourth industrial revolution. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a representation from Mr Alan Mak MP.

This debate was opened by Mr Alan Mak, Conservative MP for Havant, and Peter Kyle, Labour MP for Hove.

Watch the debate and read the transcript

There is a debate pack for this debate produced by the House of Commons Library which includes more information on its subject:

Text of the motion debated

That this House acknowledges that the UK is in a strong economic position to take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution; welcomes the view of the World Economic Forum that fusing physical, digital and biological technologies can promote further economic growth; notes that small and medium-sized businesses across the country contribute invaluable expertise and market leadership; and calls upon the Government to continue introducing and supporting policies that keep the UK at the forefront of this revolution in the future.

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.

Further information

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