The House of Lords debated three private members' bills on Friday 23 February, covering marriages in Church of England premises, family relationships in regard to the impact of government policies on their stability and criminal records.
A private member's bill is a type of public bill (that affects the public). Private members' bills must go through the same set of procedures as other public bills.
Ecumenical Marriage Bill (Second Reading):
A Bill to allow marriages taking place in any Church of England chapel licensed for the solemnization of marriages under sections 20 and 21 of the Marriage Act 1949 to be solemnized according to the rites and ceremonies of Christian denominations other than the Church of England.
Find out more about the Ecumenical Marriage Bill
Family Relationships (Impact Assessment and Targets) Bill (Second Reading):
A Bill to require public bodies to accompany any proposal for a change in public expenditure, administration or policy with a family impact assessment; and to require the Secretary of State to report on the costs and benefits of extending family impact assessments to local authorities and to establish and evaluate progress towards objectives and targets for family stability.
Find out more about the Family Relationships (Impact Assessment and Targets) Bill
Criminal Records Bill (Second Reading):
A Bill to amend the length of time for which an individual may have a criminal record under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
Find out more about the Criminal Records Bill
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