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Pre-Adjournment Debate

Part of Petitions – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 20th January 2011.

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Photo of Natascha Engel Natascha Engel Chair, Backbench Business Committee 10:30 am, 20th January 2011

Not only did 45 Members speak, but every Member who wanted to speak was able to do so. The fact that six Ministers responded from the Dispatch Box made the occasion very popular with Back Benchers, and also ensured that they were much more able to hold the Government to account. The debate was in its usual slot, but does the Deputy Leader of the House welcome the fact that the Backbench Business Committee has done some innovating of its own?