Commons Private Members' Bills: 13 September 2013

13 September 2013

MPs debated the second reading of the Citizenship (Armed Forces) Bill, one of the Private Members' Bills scheduled for debate in the House of Commons on Friday 13 September 2013.

Citizenship (Armed Forces) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Jonathan Lord MP, seeks to make provision in connection with applications for naturalisation as a British citizen made by members or former members of the armed forces.

This Bill has now been committed to a Public Bill Committee. Details for when the Committee are scheduled to meet are yet to be announced.

Delivery Surcharges (Transparency for Consumers) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Sir Robert Smith MP, seeks to require online retailers to declare to consumers at the start of the retail process the existence of surcharges for delivery to certain addresses in the UK; and for connected purposes.

Debate on this Bill was interrupted by the adjournment of proceedings. The debate is scheduled to be resumed on Friday 17 January 2014.

Rescheduled debates

The following Private Members' Bills were also scheduled to receive their second reading on 13 September but have now been rescheduled for later dates:

Prisons (Drug Testing) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Margot James MP, seeks to make provision about the drugs for which persons detained in prisons and similar institutions may be tested.

Second reading of the Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 25 October 2013.

Gender Equality (International Development) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr William Cash MP, seeks to promote gender equality in the provision by the Government of development assistance and humanitarian assistance to countries outside the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.

Education (Information Sharing) Bill: Second Reading

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.

Second reading of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 18 October 2013.

Sexual Impropriety in Employment Bill: Second Reading

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.

Second reading of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 18 October 2013.

House of Lords (Maximum Membership) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chop 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.

Second reading of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 18 October 2013.

EU Membership (Audit of Costs and Benefits) Bill: Second Reading

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.

Second reading of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 18 October 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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