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Adjournment Debates

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

25. To ask the Leader of the House if he will take steps to increase the number of adjournment debates during the parliamentary session. (102892)

As a result of the opportunities provided by Westminster Hall, the number of adjournment debates initiated by backbenchers has increased significantly, with over 500 such debates in 2003-04. I am always keen to extend such opportunities for colleagues where possible.

The issue can be discussed within the context of the new inquiries which the Modernisation Committee is about to begin into strengthening the role of the backbencher and into making better use of non-legislative time.