Scheduling of Parliamentary Business

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 7:21 pm on 17th July 2017.

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Photo of Angela Smith Angela Smith Labour, Penistone and Stocksbridge 7:21 pm, 17th July 2017

Fortunately, the intervention of Mr Rees-Mogg feeds directly into my next comment. Opposition days, Backbench Business Committee days and private Member’s Bill days on sitting Fridays are all very important and are the key means in this House of raising issues of concern to our voters. That precisely answers the hon. Gentleman’s point.

Opposition days and private Member’s Bill days give us a chance to effect real change to Government policy, yet we have had only 13 days allocated. The Backbench Business Committee is, and will be, crucial in this period of minority Government to developing the cross-party, cross-Bench relationships and the arguments necessary if we are to be effective as a Parliament in effecting real change to Government policy.