Election of the chair and members of the Backbench Business Committee (BBCom)

Published 05 April 2012

On 12 March 2012, the House agreed changes to the rules for the election of the chair and members of the Backbench Business Committee. The previous rules, changes made and background to the changes are reviewed in this note.

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On 12 March 2012, the House changed the Standing Orders that govern the way in which members are elected to the Backbench Business Committee.

This note reports the initial decisions on the way in which elections were to be conducted. It notes the results of the elections that have taken place.

The Procedure Committee reviewed the way in which elections to positions in the House operated in 2010. Its review and the Government’s response are outlined.

In February 2012, the Procedure Committee announced that it would review the operation of the Backbench Business Committee.

Before the deadline had passed for comments to be submitted to the Procedure Committee, the Government brought forward a motion to change the Standing Orders that governed the election of the members of the Backbench Business Committee.

Commons Briefing papers SN06290

Author: Richard Kelly

Topic: Parliament

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