Commons Private Members’ Bills: 4 March 2016

04 March 2016

MPs debated a number of Private Members’ Bills in the House of Commons on Friday 4 March 2016, starting with the House of Commons Members' Fund (No. 2) Bill.

Private Members’ Bills

The following Bills were debated on Friday 4 March 2016:

House of Commons Members' Fund (No. 2) Bill: Report Stage

This Bill, sponsored by 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 title of the Bill has been changed and was previously House of Commons (Administration) Bill.

The Bill passed Report Stage and Third Reading without a division. It will now move to the House of Lords for consideration.

Driving Instructors (Registration) Bill: Report Stage

This Bill, sponsored by David Amess MP, seeks to make provision about the registration of driving instructors.

The Bill passed Report Stage and Third Reading without a division. It will now move to the House of Lords for consideration.

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.

After the Second Reading debate on the Bill the motion was withdrawn. The Bill will go no further.

European Parliament Elections Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Christopher Chope MP, seeks to make provision for an open list system for elections to the European Parliament.

After the Second Reading debate on the Bill the motion was withdrawn. The Bill will go no further.

Football Governance (Supporters' Participation) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Clive Efford MP, seeks to require football clubs to offer for sale to their supporters a specified percentage of shares in the club upon a change of ownership; to require that a minimum number of places on the club’s board be set aside for election by a qualifying supporters’ organisation; to define what constitutes a qualifying supporters’ organisation; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading debate was adjourned at 2.30pm and will resume on Friday 11 March 2016.

Private Members' Bills not debated

There were also 21 other Private Members' Bills provisionally scheduled for debate on Friday 4 March. A full list is available is Today's Business.

The motions for the Second Reading of the Mental Health (Independent Advocacy) (England) and the Second Reading of the Public Nuisance from Wind Farms (Mandatory Liability Cover) Bill were not moved and these Bills progress no further. The remaining Bills were not debated and have been provisionally re-scheduled for Friday 11 March 2016.

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.

Watching proceedings from the public gallery

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