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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

Election of Backbench Business Committee Chair — Nomination form

Committee news

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MPs debate reforming the law of homicide
On 30 June MPs will take part in a Westminster Hall debate on reforming the law of homicide
15 June 2016
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NHS England's Action Plan on Hearing Loss and the adult hearing service commissioning framework
On Thursday 30 June MPs will take part in a Westminster Hall debate on NHS England's Action Plan on Hearing Loss and the adult hearing service commissioning framework
15 June 2016
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Debate on bank branch closures
On 30 June MPs will take part in a Chamber debate on bank branch closures
15 June 2016
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MPs debate blood cancers and the Cancer Drugs Fund
On Thursday 7 July MPs will take part in a general debate in Westminster Hall on blood cancers and the Cancer Drugs Fund
15 June 2016
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Debate on the increase in the state pension age
A new application will be made for a debate on the state pension age increase in the coming weeks
15 June 2016
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Backbench Business Committee weekly meeting 14 June 2016
Watch MPs put forward a case to debate their selected subjects
14 June 2016
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Nomination of new Backbench Business Committee Members
On Monday 13 June the House will be asked to agree the nomination of the new membership of the Backbench Business Committee.
9 June 2016
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Chamber debate on carers
On Thursday 9 June, MPs took part in a debate in the House of Commons Chamber on carers
6 June 2016
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Ian Mearns elected Chair of the Backbench Business Committee
Ian Mearns has been re-elected unopposed as Chair of the Backbench Business Committee for 2016-17 session
24 May 2016
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Chair nominations for Backbench Business Committee
Nominations close at 5pm on Tuesday 24 May
24 May 2016
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Timetable announced for election of Backbench Business Committee Chair
The Speaker of the Commons has announced the timetable for the election of a new Chair for the Backbench Business Committee
18 May 2016
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Debate on the effect of universal credit on children
On 10 May MPs took part in a Chamber debate on the effect of universal credit on children
6 May 2016
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Backbench Business Committee weekly meeting 3 May 2016
Watch MPs put forward a case to debate their selected subjects
3 May 2016
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Debate on government departments outside London
On 9 May MPs took part in a Chamber debate on government departments outside London
28 April 2016
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Chamber debate on the contribution of faith organisations to the voluntary sector in local communities
On 5 May MPsdebated the contribution of faith organisations to the voluntary sector in local communities
28 April 2016
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Chamber debate on education funding in London
On Wednesday 4 May, MPs took part in a Chamber debate on a motion on education funding in London
27 April 2016
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Backbench Business Committee weekly meeting 26 April 2016
Watch MPs put forward a case to debate their selected subjects to the Backbench Business Committee
26 April 2016
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Debate on the use of digital patient records in the NHS
Westminster Hall debate on 28 April on the use of digital patient records in the NHS
21 April 2016
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Backbench Business Committee weekly meeting 19 April 2016
Watch live as MPs put forward a case to debate their selected subjects to the Backbench Business Committee
19 April 2016
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Debate on HMRC's Building our Future plan
Backbench business debate on HMRC's Building our Future plan on Thursday 28 April
14 April 2016
Total results 552 (page 24 of 28)