MPs voted by 304 to 0 to approve the second reading of the European Union (Referendum) Bill.
European Union (Referendum) Bill
This Bill, sponsored by James Wharton MP, seeks to make provision for the holding of a referendum in the United Kingdom on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.
The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.
The following Private Members' Bills were also scheduled to receive their second reading on 5 July but have now been scheduled for later dates:
Margaret Thatcher Day Bill
This Bill, sponsored by Mr Peter Bone MP, seeks to make provision that the annual Bank Holiday Monday in late August be known as Margaret Thatcher Day.
The second reading debate was interupted has been scheduled to resume on Friday 8 November 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 12 July 2013.
Specialist Printing Equipment and Materials (Offences) Bill
This Bill, sponsored by Charlie Elphicke MP, seeks to to make provision for an offence in respect of supplies of specialist printing equipment and related materials; and for connected purposes.
The second reading debate has been scheduled for Friday 6 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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