Commons Private Members' Bills: 28 February 2014

Commons Private Members' Bills: 28 February 2014
27 February 2014

MPs debated Private Members’ Bills in the House of Commons on Friday 28 February 2014, starting with the report stage of the House of Lords Reform (No.2) Bill.

Private Members’ Bills

The following Bills were debated on 28 February 2014:

House of Lords Reform (No. 2) Bill: Report stage

This Bill, sponsored by Dan Byles, seeks to make provision for retirement from the House of Lords; and to make provision for the expulsion of Members of the House of Lords in specified circumstances.

The Bill has now completed all of its stages in the House of Commons; it will now move to the House of Lords for consideration. 

Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill: Second reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Philip Hollobone, seeks to prohibit the wearing of certain face coverings; and for connected purposes.

This Bill started its second reading debate but the debate was adjourned. It is expected to resume its debate on Friday 16 May 2014. 

Rescheduled Private Members’ Bills

Debate on the following Bills have been rescheduled:

National Service Bill 2013-14: Second reading

This Bill seeks to provide a system of national service for young persons; and for connected purposes.

The second reading stage of this Bill has now been scheduled for Friday 16 May 2014.

European Communities Act 1972 (Repeal) Bill 2013-14: Second reading

This Bill seeks to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and related legislation; and for connected purposes.

The second reading stage of this Bill has now been scheduled for Friday 16 May 2014.

Regulation of the Private Rented Sector Bill 2013-14: Second reading

This Bill seeks to provide for the regulation of letting agents; to protect tenants’ deposits; to require the enforcement of environmental and energy-efficiency standards in private-sector rented accommodation; to amend the law on secure tenancies; to provide for fair rent to be applicable to all rented accommodation; to require landlords not to discriminate against people in receipt of state benefits; to require local authorities to establish a private rented sector office; and for connected purposes.

The second reading stage of this Bill has now been scheduled for Friday 16 May 2014.

Prisons (Drug Testing) Bill: Second reading

This Bill seeks to make provision about the drugs for which persons detained in prisons and similar institutions may be tested.

The second reading stage of this Bill has now been scheduled for Friday 6 June 2014.

Drug Driving (Assessment of Drug Misuse) Bill: Second reading (Day 2)

This Bill seeks to provide for the assessment of drug dependency or propensity for drug misuse of persons who, in the course of investigations for certain driving offences, have provided blood or urine samples that reveal the presence of certain drugs; and for connected purposes.

The Bill was not moved for debate. There is no indication at this time when the Bill will progress further.

Unsolicited Telephone Calls (Caller Line Identification) Bill: Second reading

This Bill seeks to require disclosure of caller line identification by non-domestic callers; to require Ofcom to consider applications for exemption from such disclosure; to provide that telephone providers may not make a charge for providing caller line identification; and for connected purposes.

The Bill was not moved for debate. There is no indication at this time when the Bill will progress further.

Energy Demand Reduction Bill: Second reading

This Bill seeks to require the Secretary of State to draw up and implement a strategy for energy demand reduction; and for connected purposes.

The Bill was not moved for debate. There is no indication at this time when the Bill will progress further

Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill: Second reading 

This Bill seeks to provide that the Health Professionals Council be the regulatory body for counsellors and psychotherapists; and for connected purposes.

The second reading stage of this Bill has now been scheduled for Friday 6 June 2014.

Delivery Surcharges (Transparency for Consumers) Bill: Second reading (Day 2)

This Bill 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.

The Bill was not moved for debate. There is no indication at this time when the Bill will progress further.

Registration of Stillbirths Bill: Second reading

This Bill seeks to amend the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953 to provide that parents may register the death of a child stillborn before the threshold of 24 weeks gestation.

The Bill was not moved for debate. There is no indication at this time when the Bill will progress further.

Hate Crime (People with Learning Difficulties and Learning Disabilities) Bill: Second reading

This Bill seeks to require police forces to register hate crimes committed against people with learning difficulties and learning disabilities including autism; and for connected purposes.

The second reading stage of this Bill has now been scheduled for Friday 6 June 2014.

Prime Minister (Replacement) Bill: Second reading (Day 2) 

This Bill seeks to make provision for appointment of a Prime Minister in the event that a Prime Minister is temporarily or permanently incapacitated.

The Bill was not moved for debate. There is no indication at this time when the Bill will progress further.

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

This Bill seeks to make provision for restrictions on the residence in the UK of Bulgarian and Romanian nationals to continue.

The Bill was not moved for debate. There is no indication at this time when the Bill will progress further.

Margaret Thatcher Day Bill: Second reading

This Bill seeks to make provision that the annual Bank Holiday Monday in late August be known as Margaret Thatcher Day.

The Bill was not moved for debate. There is no indication at this time when the Bill will progress further.

Child Maltreatment Bill: Presentation Bill: Second reading

This Bill seeks to make provision about the physical and emotional welfare of children; and for connected purposes.

The Bill was not moved for debate. There is no indication at this time when the Bill will progress further.

United Kingdom Parliament (Sovereignty) Bill: Second reading

This Bill seeks to make provision for the supremacy of the sovereignty of the United Kingdom Parliament in relation to the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union; and for connected purposes.

The Bill was not moved for debate. There is no indication at this time when the Bill will progress further.

Gangmasters Licensing Authority (Extension of Powers) Bill: Second reading

This Bill seeks to extend the powers of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to enable it to regulate employment agencies in all sectors of the economy; and for connected purposes.

The second reading stage of this Bill has now been scheduled for Friday 6 June 2014.

Zero Hours Contracts Bill: Second reading

This Bill seeks to prohibit the use of zero hours employment contracts.

The second reading stage of this Bill has now been scheduled for Friday 6 June 2014.

Control of Offshore Wind Turbines Bill: Second reading (Day 2)

This Bill seeks to restrict the height, number, location and subsidies of wind turbines situated offshore within 20 miles of the coast.

The second reading stage of this Bill has now been scheduled for Friday 16 May 2014.

Employment Opportunities Bill: Second reading 

This Bill seeks to introduce more freedom, flexibility and opportunity for those seeking employment in the public and private sectors; and for connected purposes.

The second reading stage of this Bill has now been scheduled for Friday 16 May 2014.

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

This Bill seeks to require an independent audit of the benefits and costs of UK membership of the European Union.

The second reading stage of this Bill has now been scheduled for Friday 16 May 2014.

Asylum (Time Limit) Bill: Second reading

This Bill 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 stage of this Bill has now been scheduled for Friday 16 May 2014.

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

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

The second reading stage of this Bill has now been scheduled for Friday 16 May 2014.

House of Lords (Maximum Membership) Bill: Second reading

This Bill 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 stage of this Bill has now been scheduled for Friday 16 May 2014.

House of Commons Members' Fund Bill: Second reading

This Bill seeks to amend and consolidate provisions relating to the House of Commons Members’ Fund, which assists former Members and their dependants who are in financial difficulty.

The Bill was not moved for debate. There is no indication at this time when the Bill will progress further.

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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