Transcripts of proceedings in the House of Commons Chamber are available three hours after they happen in Today’s Commons Debates.
Private Members’ Bills
The following Bills are scheduled for debate today:
Hospital Parking Charges (Exemption for Carers) Bill: Second Reading
This Bill, sponsored by Julie Cooper MP, seeks to make provision for exempting carers from hospital car parking charges; and for connected purposes.
If proceedings on this Bill end before 2.30pm, the second Bill and, possibly, subsequent Bills may be debated in the time remaining. After 2.30pm, only those Bills which are unopposed may make further progress.
Local Government Finance (Tenure Information) Bill: Second Reading
This Bill, sponsored by Angela Watkinson MP, seeks to amend the Local Government Finance Act 1992 to make provision for collecting information about tenure and the details of private landlords; and for connected purposes.
Department of Energy and Climate Change (Abolition) Bill: Second Reading
This Bill, sponsored by Peter Bone MP, seeks to make provision for the abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change and for its functions to be absorbed into the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Defence Expenditure (NATO Target) Bill: Second Reading
This Bill, sponsored by Gerald Howarth MP, seeks to make provision about the meeting by the United Kingdom of the NATO target for defence expenditure in each member state to constitute not less than 2 per cent of gross domestic product; to make provision for verification that NATO’s criteria for defence expenditure are met in calculating the UK’s performance against this target; and for connected purposes.
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.
Watching proceedings from the public gallery
UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.
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