Enterprise Bill returns to the Lords

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20 April 2016

The Enterprise Bill returned to the House of Lords on Tuesday 19 April for consideration of Commons amendments in 'ping pong'.

Members of the Lords agreed to MPs' amendments including those relating to apprenticeships and Sunday working.

The bill now awaits Royal Assent.

Lords Third Reading: 15 December  

Members discussed time limits for late payment of insurance claims.

Lords report stage day two: Monday 30 November

Members began by discussing the creation of a Green Investment Bank. A proposed amendment to define the objectives of the bank went to a vote, with 258 for and 212 against, so it was agreed.

Lords moved on to discuss a proposed addition to the bill covering market rent conditions for pubs. This went to a vote with 229 for and 208 against, so was agreed.

The final vote was on an amendment proposing to leave out ‘strain payments’ from the cap on high exit pension payments proposed in the bill – strain payments are compensatory payments made by an employer to a pension scheme which do not go to the person when they leave. 113 voted for the amendment and 152 against, so it was not agreed.

Third reading, a final chance to amend the bill, is yet to be scheduled.

Lords report stage day one: Wednesday 25 November

Members of the Lords began by discussing the Small Business Commissioner, a proposal to include public sector organisations in the remit of the commissioner went to a vote, with 201 for and 204 against, so the change was not made.

Peers voted on another proposed change, to raise the apprenticeship target in training schemes to levels 4 and 5, 71 voted for and 107 against, so this change was not made. 

A second day of report stage is scheduled for 30 November.

Lords committee stage day four: Wednesday 4 November

Lords committee stage day three: Monday 2 November

Lords committee stage day two: Wednesday 28 October

Lords committee stage day one: Monday 26 October

Lords second reading: Monday 12 October

About the Enterprise Bill

The bill includes measures to promote enterprise and economic growth, and makes provision for restricting exit payments in relation to public sector employment.

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