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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:39 am on 18th July 2019.

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Photo of Ian Mearns Ian Mearns Chair, Backbench Business Committee 10:39 am, 18th July 2019

I thank the leader of the pack—sorry, the Leader of the House—for next week’s business. As you know, Mr Speaker, the Backbench Business Committee puts on debates in the Chamber when the Government give us the time, so we are a little taken aback that the Leader of the House has decided that next Thursday will not be a Backbench Business day, going instead for a general debate in Government time on matters to be raised before the forthcoming Adjournment.

I am also a little surprised that the Leader of the House has also stolen from the Backbench Business Committee the subjects of two debates to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. That is fine, and I am sure that the Members who applied to the Committee will be happy to have the subject matters aired, but one of them was going to involve a votable motion and is now a general debate. The other thing is that the lead Members in those applications do not now get to lead those important debates. Mr Speaker, will you give special consideration to Johnny Mercer in the general debate on body image and mental health, and to Lloyd Russell-Moyle in the debate on the role and sufficiency of youth services and give them slots high up in the pecking order?