Commons Private Members’ Bills: 29 January 2016

29 January 2016

MPs debated a number of Private Members’ Bills in the House of Commons on Friday 29 January, starting with the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill.

Private Members’ Bills debated

The following Bills were debated on Friday 29 January 2016:

Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill: Report Stage

This Bill, sponsored by Chris Heaton-Harris MP, seeks to make provision for access to innovative medical treatments; and for connected purposes.

The Bill passed Third Reading in the House of Commons; it will next be considered by the House of Lords.

Child Victims of Human Trafficking (Central Government Responsibility) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Peter Bone MP, seeks to make provision for the transfer of duties in relation to child victims of human trafficking from local authorities to central government.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been adjourned. The Second Reading debate is expected to resume on Friday 11 March 2016.

Rescheduled Private Members' Bills

Food Waste (Reduction) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Kerry McCarthy MP, seeks to require the Secretary of State to make provision for a scheme to establish incentives to implement and encourage observance of the food waste reduction hierarchy; to encourage individuals, businesses and public bodies to reduce the amount of food they waste; to require large supermarkets, manufacturers and distributors to reduce their food waste by no less than 30 per cent by 2025 and to enter into formal agreements with food redistribution organisations; to require large supermarkets and food manufacturers to disclose levels of food waste in their supply chain; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 4 March 2016.

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Ms Karen Buck MP, seeks to amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to require that residential rented accommodation is provided and maintained in a state of fitness for human habitation; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 11 March 2016.

Civil Partnerships Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Tim Loughton MP, seeks to amend the Civil Partnership Act 2004 to provide that opposite sex couples may enter into a civil partnership; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 11 March 2016.

Victims of Crime Etc (Rights, Entitlements and Related Matters) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Keir Starmer MP, seeks to make further provision about the duties and responsibilities of the Victims’ Commissioner and about the Victims’ Code; to require victims’ services plans for each police service area; to establish a duty to report suspected child abuse by those working in regulated activities, a code of practice on the recording of allegations, a right of appeal by victims against a decision to cease a criminal investigation, and standards for the review of open or reopened homicide cases; to make provision about court procedures relating to vulnerable victims and witnesses; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 11 March 2016.

Off-patent Drugs Bill: adjourned debate on Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, seeks to require the Secretary of State to seek licences for off-patent drugs in new indications; to require the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to conduct technology appraisals for off-patent drugs in new indications; and for connected purposes.

The motion for second reading was not moved. A date for second reading has yet to be announced.

Representation of the People (Young Persons' Enfranchisement and Education) Bill: adjourned debate on Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Vicky Foxcroft MP, seeks to reduce the voting age to 16 in general elections, elections to the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the European Parliament, local government elections and referendums; to make provision about young people’s education in citizenship and the constitution; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 4 March 2016.

Mesothelioma (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mike Kane MP, seeks to amend the Mesothelioma Act 2014.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 26 February 2016.

Working Time Directive (Limitation) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to limit the application of the EU Working Time Directive; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 5 February 2016.

Crown Tenancies Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mark Pawsey MP, seeks to provide that Crown tenancies may be assured tenancies for the purposes of the Housing Act 1988, subject to certain exceptions; to modify the assured tenancies regime in relation to certain Crown tenancies; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 5 February 2016.

House of Commons (Administration) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Sir Paul Beresford MP, seeks to consolidate and amend provisions about the House of Commons Members’ Fund;and to make provision about the House of Commons resources estimates.

The Bill has passed second reading. The next stage is Committee stage.

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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