Draft Bills before Parliament

The Government publishes a number of Draft Bills during each parliamentary session

A Draft Bill is published to enable consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny. After consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny has taken place, the Draft Bill may be introduced formally in House of Commons or the House of Lords.

Most Draft Bills are examined either by select committees in the House of Commons or in the House of Lords or by a joint committee of both Houses of Parliament.

Draft Bills 2013-14

The Government announced a number of new Draft Bills in the Queen's Speech 2013. The new Draft Bills are:

  • Draft Consumer Rights Bill
  • Draft Deregulation Bill
  • Draft National Insurance Contributions Bill
  • A draft Bill concerning National Assembly For Wales
  • A draft Bill concerning changes to the Riot Damages Act 1886

Draft Consumer Rights Bill

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published the Draft Consumer Rights Bill on 13 June 2013:

Draft Deregulation Bill

The Cabinet Office published the Draft Deregulation Bill on 1 July 2013:

Draft clauses for the Finance Bill 2014

The Government has committed to confirming the majority of measures for inclusion in the Finance Bill at least three months prior to introduction of the Bill itself and, where possible, to publish draft legislation for each of these measures:

Draft National Insurance Contributions Bill

HM Revenue & Customs published the Draft National Insurance Contributions Bill on 15 July 2013:

Draft Modern Slavery Bill

The Home Office announced the publication of the Draft Modern Slavery Bill in a Written Ministerial Statement made on 16 December 2013. This Draft Bill was not announced as part of the Queen's Speech 2013.

Draft Wales Bill

The Wales Office published the Draft Wales Bill on 18 December 2013:

Draft Bills from previous sessions

A number of Draft Bills published in the 2012-13 session were initially considered during that session but continued to be considered by Parliament during the current (2013-14) session:

Draft Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Bill

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published the Draft Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Bill on 9 April 2013:

Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Draft Bill

The Ministry of Justice published the Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Draft Bill on 22 November 2012:

Draft Wild Animals in Circuses Bill

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published the Draft Wild Animals in Circuses Bill on 16 April 2013:

Bills before Parliament


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What is a Draft Bill?

A Draft Bill is published to enable consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny. After consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny has taken place, the Draft Bill may be introduced formally in House of Commons or the House of Lords.

Most Draft Bills are examined either by select committees in the House of Commons or in the House of Lords or by a joint committee of both Houses of Parliament.

Draft Bills from previous sessions

Draft Bills that were published in previous parliamentary sessions are available to view.