BBBC: Parliament

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  • Created on: 31-03-19 11:55
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  • Has the Backbench Business Committee (BBBC) been a success?
    • NO
      • The government does not have to respond to, or accept, motions passed after debates scheduled by the BBBC.
      • The government allocates time for BBBC debates at short notice in an ad hoc way.
      • The government ignored criticism from the BBBC and forced through changes which gave party groups greater say in the election of BBBC members.
      • Small parties are under-represented: 7 BBBC members are Conservativeor Labour MPs, the other being from the SNP.
    • YES
      • It has given backbench MPs greater say over the parliamentary timetable.
      • It has enabled debate on, and raised the profile of, issues that would otherwise not have been discussed in depth in parliament, including an EU referendum.
      • Debates initially held by the BBC have influenced government policy, including those on reducing fuel and beer duty.
      • It was a successful vehicle for public engagement with parliament, allocating time for debate for topics receiving 100,000 signatures in an e-petition - an innovation that led to the creation of the Petitions Committee.

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