Draft Bills 2012-13

The Government publishes a number of Bills each parliamentary session in draft form before they are introduced in Parliament as formal Bills

Draft Bills 2012-13

Listed on this page are the Draft Bills published by the Government so far in this parliamentary session (2012-13). Also published are select and joint committee reports, Government responses to select or joint committee reports or consultations, if available.

Draft Anti-Social Behaviour Bill

The Home Office published the Draft Anti-Social Behaviour Bill on 13 December:

Draft Care and Support Bill

The Department of Health published the Draft Care and Support Bill on 11 July 2012:

Draft Communications Data Bill

The Home Office published the Draft Communications Bill on 14 June 2012:

Draft Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Bill

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

Draft Energy Bill

The Department for Energy and Climate Change published the Draft Energy Bill on 22 May 2012:

Draft Enhanced Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill

The Government published the Draft Enhanced Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill (Cm 8166) on 1 September 2011. This draft bill was presented during the 2010-12 session of Parliament and will be considered in the 2012-13 session.

Draft Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill

HM Treasury published the Draft Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill on 12 October 2012:

Draft legislation on family justice

The Department for Education published on 3 September 2012 draft legislation on family justice. The provisions would introduce changes to the operation of the family justice system, as recommended by the Family Justice Review and accepted by the Government in its response published in February 2012.

Draft legislation on reform of provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs

The Department for Education published on 3 September 2012 draft legislation on reform of provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs.

Draft Local Audit Bill

The Department for Communities and Local Government published the Draft Local Audit Bill on 6 July 2012:

Draft Pensions Bill

The Department for Work and Pensions published the Draft Pensions Bill on 18 January 2013:

Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Draft Bill

The Ministry of Justice published on 22 November a draft Bill consisting of three options for full Parliamentary scrutiny to a Committee of both Houses. These three options are:

  • A ban for prisoners sentenced to 4 years or more.
  • A ban for prisoners sentenced to more than 6 months.
  • A ban for all convicted prisoners – a restatement of the existing ban.

The Joint Committee that will scutinise the draft Bill may put forward other possible options.

Draft Water Bill

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published a Draft Water Bill on 10 July 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:

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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.