Backbenchers

Leader of the House written question – answered on 5th March 2015.

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Photo of Rehman Chishti Rehman Chishti Conservative, Gillingham and Rainham

To ask the Leader of the House, what steps he has taken to enhance the role of backbenchers.

Photo of William Hague William Hague First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons

One of the most significant reforms to have taken place in this Parliament has been the establishment of the Backbench Business Committee, which has given backbenchers the ability to bid for debates of their choosing in both the Chamber and Westminster Hall.

I welcome this successful innovation and look forward to the Committee's own appraisal of what has worked well, and what has not, since 2010, to see if there are any further improvements that could be made.

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