Private Members’ Bills: Lords second reading

08 February 2010

Members of the House of Lords contributed to the second reading - the main debate on the key principles - of four Private Members' Bills on 5 February: the Constitutional Reform Bill; the Marine Navigation Aids Bill; the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) Bill; and the Patient Transport Bill.

Wide-ranging discussions on the four Bills covered House of Lords reform and parliamentary processes; competitiveness of shipping and the marine industries; asbestos-related health conditions and compensation; and co-ordination of transport services.

Private Members' Bills are Public Bills introduced by Members of the Lords who aren't government ministers. As with other Public Bills, their purpose is to change the law as it applies to the general population.

To become law a Private Members' Bill must go through the same stages in both Houses - as per a Government Bill.

The Bills proceed to committee stage for line by line examination of their content - dates for which are still to be scheduled.

Further information

Image: Parliamentary copyright

More news on: Parliament, government and politics, Parliament, Lords news, Parliamentary business, Bill news

Share this page