Commons Private Members' Bills: 1 March 2013

01 March 2013

MPs debated one of the listed Private Members' Bills in the House of Commons on Friday 1 March 2013

Private Members' Bill debated

The following bill was debated on Friday 1 March 2013:

Human Rights Act 1998 (Repeal and Substitution) Bill

The Bill seeks to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and related legislation and to make provision for a bill of rights and responsibilities to apply to the United Kingdom.

The Bill was withdrawn following the debate.

Resheduled Private Members' Bills

The Second Reading stage of the following Bills have been rescheduled.

A motion on Sittings of the House has been agreed, which means that the House will sit additionally on Friday 22 March 2013.

However, Private Members' Bills do not have precedence on this day. Any government business will take place first which means that time may not be available to debate Private Members' Bills. The House is not expected to sit on any other Fridays this session.

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill

The Bill seeks to make provision about the meeting by the United Kingdom of the target for official development assistance (ODA) to constitute 0.7 per cent of gross national income and  to make provision for independent verification that ODA is spent efficiently and effectively.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 26 April 2013.

Bank of England (Appointment of Governor) Bill

The Bill seeks to give the Treasury Select Committee, or its successor bodies, the power to consent to the appointment of the Governor of the Bank of England. The immediate stimulus for this is the substantial increase in powers that would be given to the Bank of England under the Financial Services Bill 2012-13.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 3 May 2013.

Equality (Marriage) (Amendment) Bill

The Bill seeks to amend the protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010 to include a
person’s conscientious beliefs about the definition of marriage.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 8 March 2013.

Free School Meals (Children over the age of 16) Bill

The Bill seeks to make provision to introduce free school meal arrangements for children over the age of 16 who attend colleges to bring them into line with arrangements for children who attend schools, academies and free schools.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 3 May 2013. 

Cosmetic Surgery (Minimum Standards) Bill

The Bill seeks to to establish minimum standards for the practice of cosmetic surgery, including non-surgical procedures.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 3 May 2013.

Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007 (Amendment) Bill

The Bill seeks to amend the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007 to limit the display of external advertisements concerning lettings.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 22 March 2013.

Private Members' Bills that were not moved

The following Bills were not moved for debate at Second Reading stage on Friday 1 March 2013. A bill can only progress if a future day is nominated for its consideration. No dates have been given for these bills.

An additional sitting Friday has been agreed for Friday 22 March 2013, but private members' business does not take precedence on this day. 

Family Perinatal Support and Adoption Bill

United Kingdom Borders Bill

Children (Performances) Regulations 1968 (Amendment) Bill

BBC (Audit Arrangements and Publication of Invoices) Bill

Representation of the People (Members' Job Share) Bill

Transparency in UK Company Supply Chains (Eradication of Slavery) Bill

Protection of Workers Bill 

Energy Efficiency (Houses in Multiple Occupation) Bill

Offshore Gambling Bill

Local Services (Planning) Bill

Smoke-free Private Vehicles Bill (Lords)

House of Lords (Cessation of Membership) Bill (Lords)

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.

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