Commons Private Members’ Bills: 29 November 2013

Commons Private Members’ Bills: 29 November 2013
29 November 2013

MPs debated Private Members’ Bills in the House of Commons on Friday 29 November 2013, starting with the report stage (day 3) of the European Union (Referendum) Bill.

Private Members’ Bills

The following Bills were scheduled for debate and took place:

European Union (Referendum) Bill - Report stage (Day 3)

MPs debated the remaining stages of the European Union (Referendum) Bill in the House of Commons on Friday 29 November 2013.

The Bill completed its report stage and the third reading without division. The Bill now moves to the House of Lords for consideration.

This Bill, sponsored by James Wharton, 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 debate on the report stage of the Bill began on Friday 8 November 2013 and was adjourned. Report stages (day 2) took place on Friday 22 November 2013 and was adjourned. It resumed and was completed on Friday 29 November 2013.

As proceedings on this Bill ended before 2.30pm, debate on the second Bill began in the time remaining.

Prime Minister (Replacement) Bill - Second reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Peter Bone, seeks to make provision for appointment of a Prime Minister in the event that a Prime Minister is temporarily or permanently incapacitated.

Debate on this Bill was adjourned. It is scheduled to resume on Friday 3 January 2014.

Rescheduled debates

Debate on the following Bills will be rescheduled:

Charitable Status for Religious Institutions Bill - Second reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Peter Bone, seeks to make provision for a presumption that religious institutions meet the public benefit test for charitable status.

The second reading of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 3 January 2014.

Education (Information Sharing) Bill - Second reading

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

Debate on this Bill was not moved.

Romanian and Bulgarian Accession (Labour Restriction) Bill - Second reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Peter Bone, seeks to make provision for restrictions on the residence in the UK of Bulgarian and Romanian nationals to continue.

The second reading of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 3 January 2014.

Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon) Bill [HL]: Second reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr John Leech, seeks to give a statutory pardon to Alan Mathison Turing for offences under Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 of which he was convicted on 31 March 1952.

The second reading of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 28 February 2014.

Communications (Unsolicited Telephone Calls and Texts) Bill: Second reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mike Crockart, seeks to reduce the incidence of unsolicited telephone calls and texts received by consumers; and for connected purposes.

Debate on this Bill was not moved.

Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) Bill [HL]: Second reading

This Bill, sponsored by Stephen Pound, seeks to make provision for a Member of the House of Lords to vote at elections to the House of Commons.

The second reading of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 17 January 2014.

Margaret Thatcher Day Bill: Second reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Peter Bone, seeks to make provision that the annual Bank Holiday Monday in late August be known as Margaret Thatcher Day. 

The second reading of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 3 January 2014.

EU Membership (Audit of Costs and Benefits) Bill - Second reading

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

The second reading of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 17 January 2014.

Asylum (Time Limit) Bill: Second reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope, seeks to require that asylum claims in the United Kingdom be lodged within three months of the claimant’s arrival in the United Kingdom; and that persons who have already entered the United Kingdom and wish to make an asylum claim must do so within three months of the passing of this Act.

The second reading of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 17 January 2014.

Foreign Nationals (Access to Public Services) Bill: Second reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope, seeks to restrict access by foreign nationals to United Kingdom public services for which no charge is made.

The second reading of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 17 January 2014.

House of Lords (Maximum Membership) Bill: Second reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope, 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 of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 17 January 2014.

Related Information

About 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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