To drum up support for the Bill in Parliament, you can apply for various debates. While these debates don’t form part of the Bill’s official passage into law, they provide an opportunity to raise its profile and get MPs talking about it. This is a super important part of our campaign. Just because a Bill has been presented in Parliament, this is by no means a guarantee that MPs will take it seriously—or even read it. So we need to use every opportunity to put it on their radar, familiarise them with its contents, and persuade them that they need to back it.
Westminster Hall debates give MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a Government minister. These debates take place in a specific place in Parliament—Westminster Hall—and involve a small number of MPs. MPs put forward for these debates and can be joined by others who speak during the debate. A government minister then responds at the end of the debate.
Adjournment debates last about half an hour at the end of each day in Parliament. They are an opportunity for an individual backbench MP to raise an issue and receive a response from the relevant minister. In January 2021, our campaign organised an adjournment debate on the CEE Bill. It featured MPs from the Greens, Labour, SNP, LibDems and Plaid Cymru all joining forces to make a strong case for why we need this Bill. To read more about our adjournment debate see our blog.