Draft Bills 2007-08

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

Draft Bills

Listed on this page are the Draft Bills published by the Government for the 2007-08 parliamentary session. Also published are select and joint committee reports and Government responses to select or joint committee reports.

Draft Apprenticeships Bill

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (renamed to the Department for Education) published on 16 July 2008 a draft Bill on apprenticeships. 

The Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill was introduced into Parliament on 4 February 2009 and received Royal Assent on 12 November 2009.

Draft Construction Contracts Bill

The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform published in July 2008 a draft Bill on construction contracts.

Draft Counter-Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Bill

The Home Office published on 13 October 2008 a draft Bill on counter-terrorism. 

Draft Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport published in January 2008 a draft Bill to ensure the security of the nation's most important cultural property in the event of armed conflict.

Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill

The Ministry of Justice published on 25 March 2008 a draft Bill to redistribute power from the centralised state by improving civil liberties, strengthening Parliament and making the executive more accountable to the people it serves. The Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill contained proposals that were outlined in the the Governance of Britain White Paper which was published in July 2007.

The Constitutional Reform and Government Bill, which was introduced into Parliament on 20 July 2009 and incorporated many of the measures contained in the Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill, received Royal Assent on 6 April 2010.

Draft Heritage Protection Bill

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport published on 2 April 2008 a draft Bill designed to reform and unify the terrestrial and marine heritage protection systems in England and Wales. 

Draft (Partial) Immigration and Citizenship Bill

The Home Office published on 14 July 2008 a partial draft Bill on immigration and citizenship with the intension to introduce a full Bill into Parliament.

The Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Bill [HL] was introduced into Parliament on 14 January 2009 and received Royal Assent on 20 July 2009.

Draft Marine Bill

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published on 3 April 2008 a draft Bill to provide for the protection of Britain's seas and will enhance Britain's ability to balance the pressures on them.

The Marine and Coastal Access Bill [HL] was introduced into Parliament on 14 Decemeber 2008 and received Royal Assent on 12 November 2009.

Draft Marine Navigation Bill

The Department for Transport published on 6 May 2008 a draft Bil which proposes to legislate to reinforce the Port Marine Safety Code, to improve the management of the General Lighthouse Fund and the powers of the General Lighthouse Authorities and to enable the ratification of the International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks 2007.

Related information

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.