Commons Private Members’ Bills: 8 November 2013

08 November 2013

MPs debated the report stage of the European Union (Referendum) Bill, one of the Private Members’ Bills that was scheduled for debate in the House of Commons on Friday 8 November 2013.

Debate on the report stage was adjourned and is scheduled to resume on Friday 22 November 2013.

Private Members’ Bills

The following Bills were scheduled for debate on Friday 8 November 2013:

European Union (Referendum) Bill: Report stage

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 list of amendment papers relating to the Bill can be found in the Bill documents section.

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial. The Library has published a briefing paper for the Bill.

Debate on the report stage was adjourned and is scheduled to resume on Friday 22 November 2013.

Rescheduled debates

The following bills were also scheduled for debate on 8 November, but have now been scheduled.

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 debate is scheduled to resume on Friday 22 November 2013.

Planning Regulations (Removal of Provisions in Respect of Gypsies and Travellers) Bill: Second reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Philip Hollobone, seeks to make provision for the removal of provisions in planning regulations relating to Gypsies and Travellers.

The debate is rescheduled for Friday 28 February 2014.

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 debate is rescheduled for Friday 29 November 2013.

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 debate is rescheduled for Friday 22 November 2013.

Coroners and Justice (Amendment) Bill: Second reading

This Bill, sponsored by Sir Paul Beresford, seeks to amend section 62 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 so as to apply additionally to the possession of pornographic written material about children; to make consequential amendments to the Act; and for connected purposes.

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The debate was not moved.

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 debate is rescheduled for Friday 22 November 2013.

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 debate is rescheduled for Friday 22 November 2013.

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 debate is rescheduled for Friday 22 November 2013.

Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement Contracts) Bill: Second reading (Day 2)

This Bill, sponsored by Andrew Gwynne, seeks to require certain public procurement contracts let by public authorities to include a commitment by the contractor to provide apprenticeships and skills training; and for connected purposes.

The debate is scheduled to resume on Friday 22 November 2013.

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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