Commons Private Members’ Bills: 17 January 2014

Commons Private Members’ Bills: 17 January 2014
17 January 2014

MPs debated Private Members’ Bills in the House of Commons on Friday 17 January 2014, starting with the report stage of the Citizenship (Armed Forces) Bill.

Private Members’ Bills debated

The following Bills were debated on Friday 17 January 2014.

Citizenship (Armed Forces) Bill - Remaining stages

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.

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.

International Development (Gender Equality) Bill - Remaining stages

The Bill, sponsored by 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.

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.

Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill - Second Reading

This Bill sponsored by Christopher Chope MP, seeks to make provision to restrict the entitlement of non-UK Citizens from the European Union and the European Economic Area to taxpayer-funded benefits.

This Bill was stood over at its second reading because fewer than 40 MPs were present. The Bill can still progress through the House. The second reading debate will be on a date to be announced.

Illegal Immigrants (Criminal Sanctions) Bill - Second Reading

This Bill sponsored by Christopher Chope MP, seeks to make provision for criminal sanctions against those who have entered the UK illegally or who have remained in the UK without legal authority.

This Bill was withdrawn and will not progress any further.

Control of Offshore Wind Turbines Bill - Second Reading

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

This Bill started its second reading debate but the debate was adjourned. It is expected to resume its debate on 24 January 2014.

Employment Opportunities Bill - Second Reading

This Bill sponsored by Christopher Chope MP, 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 24 January 2014.

Access to Mental Health Services Bill - Second Reading

This Bill sponsored by Michael Thornton MP, seeks to provide for establishing maximum waiting times and establishing standards for access to evidence-based psychological therapies for those with mental health problems; and for connected purposes.

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

Child Maltreatment Bill - Second Reading

This Bill sponsored by Mark Williams MP, 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 when the Bill will progress further.

Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) Bill - Second Reading

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

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has now been scheduled for Friday 24 January 2014.

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

This Bill sponsored by Christopher Chope MP, 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 24 January 2014.

Asylum (Time Limit) Bill - Second Reading 

Ths Bill sponsored by Christopher Chope MP, 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 24 January 2014.

Foreign Nationals (Access to Public Services) Bill - Second Reading

This Bill sponsored by Christopher Chope MP, 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 24 January 2014.

House of Lords (Maximum Membership) Bill - Second Reading 

This Bill sponsored by Christopher Chope 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.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has now been scheduled for Friday 24 January 2014.

United Kingdom Parliament (Sovereignty) Bill - Second Reading

This Bill sponsored by William Cash MP, 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 when the Bill will progress further.

House of Commons Members' Fund Bill - Second Reading

This Bill sponsored by Peter Lilley MP, 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 Second Reading stage of this Bill has now been scheduled for Friday 24 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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