On Tuesday 3 February, MPs took part in a general debate on rural phone and broadband connectivity. The debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee. The Member in charge for this debate was Jesse Norman, Conservative MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire.
Watch the debate and read the transcript
The debate was opened by Jesse Norman. The Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, Edward Vaizey, responded to the debate on behalf of the Government.
Backbench Business Committee
The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly on Tuesdays at 3pm to consider requests for debates from any backbench Members of Parliament on any subject, including those raised in e-petitions or national campaigns.
An MP must make a representation before the Committee for an e-petition or petition to be debated; e-petitions exceeding the Government's 100,000 signature threshold are not automatically allocated backbench time.
The Committee then has to decide how to allocate the limited Parliamentary time it has at its disposal. The Committee's meetings are always conducted in public and can be watched on Parliament TV.