Commons Private Members’ Bills: 16 January 2015

Commons Private Members’ Bills: 16 January 2015
16 January 2015

MPs debated a number of Private Members’ Bills in the House of Commons on Friday 16 January 2015, starting with Jake Berry's Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill.

Private Members’ Bills debated

The following Bills were debated on Friday 16 January 2015:

Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill: Report Stage & Third Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Jake Berry MP, seeks to make provision about the inclusion at local authority meetings of observances that are, and about powers of local authorities in relation to events that to any extent are, religious or related to a religious or philosophical belief.

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

Control of Horses Bill: Report Stage & Third Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Julian Sturdy MP, seeks to make provision for the taking of action in relation to horses which are in public places; and for connected purposes.

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

Bat Habitats Regulation Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks tomake provision to enhance the protection available for bat habitats in the non-built environment and to limit the protection for bat habitats in the built environment where the presence of bats has a significant adverse impact upon the users of buildings.

This Bill started second reading debate but was adjourned. Debate is expected to resume on Friday 23 January 2015.

Private Members’ Bills debated and withdrawn

Control of Offshore Wind Turbines Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to restrict the height, number, location and operation of wind turbines situated off shore within twenty miles of the coast; to restrict subsidies available for such turbines; and to make provision regulating the length, location and environmental impact of cables connecting such turbines to the national grid; and for connected purposes.

This Bill has been withdrawn at the end of the debate and will not progress any further.

Asylum (Time Limit) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr 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.

This Bill has been withdrawn at the end of the debate and will not progress any further.

Rescheduled Private Members’ Bills

The Second Reading stages of the following Bills have been rescheduled:

Energy (Buildings and Reduction of Fuel Use) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill seeks to require the Secretary of State to draw up and publish an Energy in Buildings Strategy; to require the Secretary of State to take reasonable steps to implement that Strategy; to require the Secretary of State to set cost-effective targets to reduce fuel use; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 23 January 2015.

Houses in Multiple Occupation (Energy Performance Certificates and Minimum Energy Standards) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill seeks to require the Secretary of State to make regulations about the renting out of houses in multiple occupation; to require landlords to provide energy performance certificates to prospective tenants; to set minimum energy efficiency standards for the letting of houses in multiple occupation; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 23 January 2015.

Sugar in Food and Drinks (Targets, Labelling and Advertising) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill seeks to require the Secretary of State to set targets for sugar content in food and drinks; to provide that sugar content on food and drink labelling be represented in terms of the number of teaspoonfuls of sugar; to provide for standards of information provision in advertising of food and drinks; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 23 January 2015.

Defence Expenditure (NATO Target) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill seeks to make provision about the meeting by the United Kingdom of the target for defence expenditure to constitute a minimum of 2% of Gross Domestic Product; to make provision that the definition of defence expenditure is subject to independent verification; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 23 January 2015.

Convicted Prisoners Voting Bill: Second Reading [Day 2]

This Bill seeks to make provision for rules relating to the exclusion of convicted prisoners from participation in Parliamentary and Local Elections.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 23 January 2015.

Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill 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.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 23 January 2015.

Road Traffic Regulation (Temporary Closure for Filming) Bill: Second Reading [Day 2]

This Bill seeks to make provision for the restriction or regulation of traffic on roads in connection with filming; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 23 January 2015.

Illegal Immigrants (Criminal Sanctions) Bill: Second Reading [Day 2]

This Bill 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.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 23 January 2015.

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 been scheduled for Friday 23 January 2015.

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 been scheduled for Friday 23 January 2015.

Wild Animals in Circuses Bill: Second Reading

This Bill seeks to prohibit the use of wild animals in circuses; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 23 January 2015. 

Private Members’ Bills not moved 

Local Planning and Housing Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Sir William Cash MP, seeks to make provision for the clarification and improvement of local planning procedures; to make provision in relation to housing supply; and for connected purposes.

This Bill was not moved for debate on 16 January 2015.

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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