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 2015-16

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

The Government published a draft bill on the operation and regulation of the investigatory powers used by the police and the intelligence and security agencies on 4 November 2015.

A Joint Select Committee has been appointed to consider the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill.

Draft Public Services Ombudsman Bill

The Leader of the House of Commons made a written statement on 28 May 2015 listing the Government's legislative programme for 2015-16. This included a draft Public Services Ombudsman Bill.

Draft Wales Bill

The Wales Office published the Draft Wales Bill on 20 October 2015.

Draft Bills 2014-15

The Queen's Speech 2014 listed three draft bills - Draft Governance of National Parks (England) and the Broads Bill; Draft Protection of Charities Bill, and the Draft Riot (Damages) Act Bill.

The Government published the following draft bills in the 2014-15 session.

Draft Taxation of Pensions Bill

HM Revenue & Customs published the Draft Taxation of Pensions Bill on 6 August 2014:

Draft Protection of Charities Bill

The Cabinet Office published the Draft Protection of Charities Bill on 22 October 2014:

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.