Commons Private Members' Bills: 12 July 2013

12 July 2013

MPs have debated the second reading of the High Cost Credit Bill, one of the Private Members' Bills scheduled for debate in House of Commons on Friday 12 July 2013.

Proceedings on the Bill were interrupted at 11am, in order to take the Urgent Question on tobacco packaging.

The debate was adjourned and has been scheduled to resume on Friday 6 September 2013.

Aims of the High Cost Credit Bill

This Bill, sponsored by Paul Blomfield MP, seeks to make provision for regulating high-cost credit arrangements and providers of such arrangements; to provide for controls on advertising, information and communications associated with such arrangements; to make measures to address the cost and affordability of such credit arrangements and their associated charges; to regulate matters concerning repayments under such arrangements; to make provision on advice and advice services in relation to debt arising from such arrangements; and for connected purposes.

The following Private Members' Bills were also scheduled to receive their second reading on 12 July but have now been scheduled for later dates:

Child Maltreatment Bill

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Mark Williams MP, seeks to make provision about the physical and emotional welfare of children; and for connected purposes.

The second reading debate has been scheduled for Friday 22 November 2013.

Education (Information Sharing) Bill

This Bill, sponsored by Andrew Selous MP, seeks to make provision about the disclosure and use of information relating to persons who are or have been in education or training.

The second reading debate has been scheduled for Friday 13 September 2013.

Sexual Impropriety in Employment Bill

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to require that claims by employees alleging sexual impropriety be limited to cases where the alleged misconduct is contrary to the criminal law and has been reported to the police.

The second reading debate has been scheduled for Friday 13 September 2013.

House of Lords (Maximum Membership) Bill

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to provide for a maximum limit on the number of Peers entitled to vote in the House of Lords; and to provide for a moratorium on new appointments.

The second reading debate has been scheduled for Friday 13 September 2013.

EU Membership (Audit of Costs and Benefits) Bill

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to require an independent audit of the benefits and costs of UK membership of the European Union.

The second reading debate has been scheduled for Friday 13 September 2013.

Private Members’ Bills

Private Members' Bills are Public Bills introduced by MPs and Lords who are not government ministers.

As with other Public Bills, their purpose is to change the law as it applies to the general population.

A minority of Private Members' Bills become law but, by creating publicity around an issue, they may affect legislation indirectly.

Watching proceedings from the public gallery

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