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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 28th February 2013.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Leader of the House of Commons 9:30 am, 28th February 2013

I agree with my hon. Friend. We are unique in this place in having established a Backbench Business Committee which puts a substantial proportion of the time of the House at the disposal of Back-Bench Members without being controlled by the respective Front-Bench teams. That is terrifically important. I was struck when I visited the Scottish Parliament last week that, although there is time for Members’ debates, it is at the behest of the business managers. As a business manager, I might see advantage in that, but the House of Commons has resolved to give Back Benchers a substantial amount of time, and that is a welcome reform led by my predecessor.