Three Private Members’ Bill had their second reading – the main debate on all aspects of the Bill – in the House of Lords on Friday 25 November: European Union Membership (Economic Implications) Bill; Human Trafficking (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill; and Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill.
European Union Membership (Economic Implications) Bill
The Bill aims to establish a Committee of Inquiry into the economic implications for the UK’s membership of the EU. First reading of the Bill took place on 19 July.
Human Trafficking (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill
This Bill provides measures to prevent and combat human trafficking and the provision of support for victims of human trafficking. First reading of the Bill took place on 27 March.
Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill
The Bill aims to tackle discrimination against people on the grounds of their mental health. First reading of the Bill took place on 6 April.
Members of the Lords who are not government ministers can introduce Private Members’ Bills. Like Public Bills their purpose is to change the law as it applies to the general population. Most Private Members’ Bills do not become law (Acts of Parliament); however, by creating publicity around an issue, some Private Members’ Bills can indirectly affect legislation.
Second reading is the first opportunity for Members of the Lords to debate the main principles and purpose of the Bill and to flag up concerns and areas where they think changes (amendments) are needed.