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    Debate Pack: Conservation of sea bass

    This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on Conservation of sea bass and the effect of related EU measures on the UK recreational fishing industry to take place in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 11 February 2016. The subject for the debate has been chosen by the Backbench Business Committee and will be on the motion 'That this House believes that the recent EU restrictions on recreational sea bass fishing are unfair and fail to address the real threat to the future viability of UK sea bass stocks; and calls on the Government to make representations within the Council of the EU on the reconsideration of the imposition of those restrictions.'

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    Debate pack: Childhood obesity strategy

    This debate pack is prepared for the Backbench Business debate on 21 January 2015 on the motion “That this House calls on the Government to bring forward a bold and effective strategy to tackle childhood obesity.” The motion has been tabled by Dr Sarah Wollaston, Chair of the Commons Health Select Committee. The Health Select Committee has held a recent Inquiry into childhood obesity and published its report, Childhood obesity- brave and bold action in November 2015. The Government have said that they will be publishing a new childhood obesity strategy in 2016. This debate pack includes recent press articles, Parliamentary material and links to further reading on childhood obesity.

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    Debate Pack: UK space policy

    This pack has been produced ahead of the debate on space policy to be held on the Commons Chamber on Thursday 14 January 2016. The topic for this debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee. The motion is : That this House notes the scientific, cultural and technological opportunities arising from exploration of outer space and the significant contribution the space industry makes to the UK economy; further notes the increased public interest in space exploration resulting from Major Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station (ISS); welcomes the global co-operation that has led to the development of the ISS over the last forty years; takes note of the shortlist of airports and aerodromes that could host a UK spaceport published by the UK Government in March 2015; and calls on the Government to bring forward further advice and support for organisations considering developing such facilities so that they might be operational by the Government’s target date of 2018.

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    Food security

    This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on Food Security to be held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 6 January 2016 at 2.30pm. The Member in charge is Derek Thomas.

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    Exotic pets trade

    This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate on the exotic pets trade, to be held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 9 December 2015 at 9.30am. The Member in charge of this debate is Mr Henry Bellingham.

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    Debate on an e-petition on neonicotinoids

    This pack has been compiled ahead of the debate on the use of neonicotinoids on crops: in Westminster Hall on Monday 7 November 2015 at 4.30pm. The subject of this debate has been chosen by the Petitions Committee and will consider e-Petition 104796: Don't kill our bees! Immediately halt the use of Neonicotinoids on crops

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    Fisheries policy

    This Debate Pack has been compiled ahead of the debate on fisheries policy to be held in Westminster Hall on Thursday 3 December at 1.30pm. The subject for this debate has been chosen by the Backbench Business Committee. This debate pack provides an overview of the fishing industry, fisheries policy and management and details some of the key concerns fishermen may have in 2016 (and beyond) in addition to conservation groups.

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    Debate on an e-petition on a tax on sugary drinks

    This pack has been compiled ahead of the debate on A tax on sugary drinks in Westminster Hall on Monday 30 November 2015 at 4.30pm. The subject of this debate has been chosen by the Petitions Committee and will consider ePetition 106651: Introduce a tax on sugary drinks in the UK to improve our children's health. Experts believe a tax of just 7p per regular-sized can of soft drink with added sugar could generate £1 billion per year. We believe this crucial revenue should be ring-fenced to support much needed preventative strategies in the NHS and schools around childhood obesity and diet-related disease. The Government responded: The Government has no plans to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The Government will announce its plans for tackling childhood obesity by the end of the year.

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    Future of clean energy investment

    This Debate Pack has been compiled ahead of the debate on the future of clean energy investment to be held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 25 November 2015. The Member in charge is Caroline Flint.