Information is based on explanatory notes in each House and on Royal Assent, HCL Research Papers and Reports of the Delegated Powers & Deregulation Committee and Sewel Motions listed in Scottish Parliament Fact sheet - Parliamentary Business: Current Series

Territorial Coverage: 2000-01

All Government bills (excluding Consolidated Fund bills, statute law repeal and consolidation bills) and numbers 1-7 in ballot for Private Members' bills

Title Bill/CAP No Bill Type Summary England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland

Adoption Bill

16; dropped PMB(6)
The Bill amends the law on adoption.  It covers passporting of money from one local authority to another, an appeals system, fast-tracking of babies within the adoption system and record keeping by local authorities. Covered by Bill Not covered by Bill Covered by Bill Not covered by Bill
Adoption and Children Bill 66; dissolution
Govt The aim of the Children and Adoption Bill is to help increase the number of children adopted from care or found similar permanent placements. The Bill is based on proposals in the White Paper, Adoption: A New Approach Cm 5017,December 2000 and in the report of the Prime Minister’s Review of Adoption published by the  Performance and Innovation Unit in July 2000.  It would replace the Adoption Act 1976 and most of the Adoption (Inter-country Aspects) Act 1999. Covered by Bill
Covered by ss33(7)-(9) [breach of restrictions on removals] and by the miscellaneous and final provisions.  Scotland is also affected by amendments to UK legislation.
Covered by Bill
Covered by ss33(7)-(9) [breach of restrictions on removals] and by the miscellaneous and final provisions.  Northern Ireland is also affected by amendments to UK legislation.
Armed Forces Bill 4, HL43, CAP 19
Govt "An Armed Forces Bill comes before Parliament every five years. It provides for the three Service Discipline
Acts (the Army Act 1955, the Air Force Act 1955 and the Naval Discipline Act 1957) to continue in force for
a maximum of five years, subject to an annual Order in Council. The other main purpose of the Bill is to amend the Discipline Acts in order to bring military law into line, in as far as is considered possible, with civil law."
Covered by Bill
Covered by Bill. (Some of the provisions of the Bill which relate to the Ministry of Defence Police will come into force as respects Scotland on a date to be appointed jointly by the Scottish Ministers and the Secretary of State.)
Covered by Bill
Covered by Bill
Capital Allowances Bill 10, HL25, CAP2
Govt The Bill is the first piece of legislation to be produced by the Tax Law Rewrite Project – established in December 1996 with the aim of rewriting the UK’s existing primary direct tax legislation to make it clearer and easier to use, without changing or making less certain its general effect. Covered by Bill
Covered by Bill
Covered by Bill
Covered by Bill
Children's Commissioner for Wales Bill 3, HL20, CAP 18
Govt The Bill will extend the powers of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales by amending the Care Standards Act 2000, which introduced the post. It is the first Bill since devolution to apply to Wales only. Not covered by Bill Not covered by Bill Covered by Bill Not covered by Bill
Christmas Day Trading Bill 14; dropped
PMB (4)
The Bill is designed to prohibit large shops and supermarkets from opening on 25 December. Covered by Bill Not covered by Bill Covered by Bill Not covered by Bill
Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill [HL] HL11; dissolution
Govt Part I of the act creates and defines the concept of commonhold land.  Part II of the Bill makes reforms to residential leasehold law. These reforms will give leaseholders new rights and enhance their existing ones. They will help those leaseholders who will not be able, or who may not wish, to convert to commonhold. Covered by Bill Not covered by Bill "Covered by Bill.  Clause 151 has the effect of ensuring that any powers to make regulations inserted into the 1985 Act or the 1993 Act are exercisable by the National Assembly for Wales as they apply in Wales. (The existing powers to make regulations in those Acts are already exercised by the National Assembly for Wales by virtue of the National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999.)" Not covered by Bill
Criminal Defence Service (Advice and Assistance) Bill [HL] HL1,43, CAP 4
Govt The Bill clarifies the extent of the Legal Service Commission's duty to fund advice and assistance as part of the new Criminal Defence Service under section 13 of the Access to Justice Act 1999 z
Not covered by Bill Covered by Bill Not covered by Bill
Criminal Justice and Police Bill 31, HL36, CAP 16
Govt "The Bill seeks to introduce certain new measures for dealing with crime and disorder. It also provides for the
disclosure of information by certain Government departments, public bodies and the tax authorities for the purposes of criminal investigations and proceedings. It seeks to provide additional powers of seizure in relation to the investigation and prosecution of crime. It also makes new provision allowing reviews of police detention to be carried out by telephone or video link and allowing for the retention of fingerprint records and samples,  including DNA samples. The Bill also contains provisions about police training and police organisation."
Covered by Bill (except s83 that relates to Northern Ireland only).

"Covered by ss33-38, 45; Part II; ss86(1)(2); Part V so far as it relates to the National Criminal Intelligence Service; ss127, 136, 138; an amendment, repeal or revocation contained in Schedule, 5, 7 or 8 has the same extent as the enactment or instrument to which it relates."

Covered by Bill (except s83 that relates to Northern Ireland only).

"Covered by ss29, 33-41; Part II; ss72, 75, 83, 84, 86(1)(2); Section 86(3) has the same extent as section 27 of the Petty Sessions (Ireland) Act 1851; Part V so far as it relates to the National Criminal Intelligence Service; ss127, 134, 136, 137; an amendment, repeal or revocation contained in Schedule 4, 6 or 7 has the same extent as the enactment or instrument to which it relates."

Culture and Recreation Bill [HL] HL7; dissolution
Govt The Bill introduces a number of structural changes in the way the Government provides funding and support to culture, media and sport.  The Government's Comprehensive Spending Review in 1998 concluded that benefits would be gained in terms of efficiency and effectiveness from such changes. Covered by Bill "Covered ss18(2), 21, 30, 32 to 34, 40(2), 41(3) to (5), 44(1), 46 and 47, 48-52, Schedule 3 paragraph 1(2) of Schedule 5 (and section 38 so far as relating to that provision)."
Covered by Bill "Covered ss21, 30, 31 to 34, 40(2), 41(3) to (5), 46 and 47, 48-52, Schedule 3 paragraph 1(2) of Schedule 5 (and section 38 so far as relating to that provision)."
Election Publications Bill [HL] HL41, 78, CAP 5
Govt The Bill postpones the operation of new requirements relating to the imprint on election publications introduced by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. Covered  by the Bill
Covered  by the Bill except in respect of  local government elections which are a devolved matter.
Covered  by the Bill
Covered  by the Bill
Elections Bill 80, HL44, CAP 7
Govt "The Bill seeks, as a consequence of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease, to defer local government elections which would otherwise be held in the period 3 May 2001 - 6 June 2001 to 7 June 2001." Covered by Bill
Not covered by Bill. (Local elections are  a devolved matter.  No ordinary elections are due in Scotland but there may be some by-elections).
Covered by Bill Covered by Bill
Finance Bill 63, HL49, CAP 9
Govt Grant certain duties, to alter other duties, and to amend the law relating to the National Debt and the Public Revenue, and to make further provision in connection with Finance. Covered by Bill Covered by Bill Covered by Bill Covered by Bill
Health and Social Care Bill 9, HL27, CAP 15
Govt "The Bill delivers the aspects of the NHS Plan and the Government’s response to the Royal Commission on
Long Term Care that require changes to primary legislation."
Covered by Bill "Covered by ss50-52 & s59 (preserved rights), s63 (prescribing rights), 64-66 & 70 (supplementary provisions)."
Covered by Bill "Only covered by s63 (prescribing rights), ss64, 65 & 70 (supplementary provisions)."
High Hedges Bill 13; dropped
PMB (3)
The Bill creates a new procedure for dealing with complaints about high hedges, to be administered by local authorities in England and Wales.
Covered by Bill
Not covered by Bill.  The Scottish Executive began a consultation on high hedges in January 2000. The aim of this was to establish whether a problem existed similar to that in England. There were 90 formal responses. In addition 120 individuals wrote to the Scottish Executive on the issue.  Following the consultation, the Executive concluded that, though the problem was not as extensive in Scotland, councils should be given new powers to intervene in disputes (Scottish Executive Press Release SE0196/2001, Tougher Controls on Nuisance Hedges, 31 January 2001) Covered by Bill Not covered by Bill
Homes Bill 5, HL19; dissolution
Govt "Part I of the Bill is part of a wider package of proposals that aim to improve the home buying and selling
process in England and Wales. Part II will require local authorities to adopt a strategic approach to combating homelessness and is aimed at strengthening the position of people who are homeless through no fault of their own. It also contains provisions that will facilitate the development of choice-based lettings schemes by local authorities."
Covered by Bill. (An Act would apply to the Isles of Scilly subject to such exceptions, adaptations and modifications as the Secretary of State may by order direct.)
Not covered by bill except in regard to a minor amendment to the Fair Trading Act 1973.
Covered by Bill.  (Clause 32 provides the Secretary of State with power to make transitional provisions by statutory instrument. In respect of any such provisions relating to homelessness and allocation of accommodation in Wales, this power is exercisable by the National Assembly for Wales.)
Not covered by bill except in regard to a minor amendment to the Fair Trading Act 1973.
House of Commons (Removal of Clergy Disqualification) Bill 34, HL33, CAP 13
Govt The Bill is designed to repeal provisions which disqualify clergy in the Churches of England and Ireland (but not Wales), ministers in the Church of Scotland, Roman Catholic priests such clergy from membership of the Commons.  It also provides for the continuing disqualification of any bishop from the Commons who sits in the Lords as a Lord Spiritual. Covered by Bill
Covered by Bill.  The Bill amends the Scotland Act 1998 to ensure that statutes governing election to the Scottish Assembly are unchanged.
Covered by Bill.  The Bill amends the Wales Act 1998 to ensure that statutes governing election to the National Assembly for Wales are unchanged.
Covered by Bill.  The Bill amends the Northern Ireland Act 1998 to ensure that statutes governing election to the Northern Ireland Assembly are unchanged.
Hunting Bill 2, HL32; dissolution
Govt "The Bill as originally published was a multiple-choice bill that contained three options for the regulation of hunting with dogs: supervision,
regulation and prohibition."
Covered by Bill
Not covered by Bill
Covered by Bill
Not covered by Bill
International Criminal Court Bill [HL] HL8, 70, CAP 17
Govt The Bill has five principal aims: to enable ratification of the ICC Statute; to enable the arrest and surrender of persons wanted by the ICC; to enable other judicial co-operation with the ICC; to enable the UK to reach an agreement with the ICC so that persons convicted can serve prison sentences in this country; and to incorporate into domestic law the offences set out in the Statute.
Covered by Bill Partly covered by Bill.  Many provisions of the Bill also extend to Scotland, either because they deal with reserved matters under the Scotland Act 1998 or because they are devolved but are more conveniently dealt with on a UK-wide basis in this Bill subject to the consent of the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Executive has announced that it is bringing forward a separate International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill to deal with the other issues which fall within the competence of the Scottish Parliament. Covered by Bill Covered by Bill
International Development Bill [HL] 49, HL46; dissolution
Govt "In 1997 the Government published the White Paper on International Development: ""Eliminating World Poverty - A Challenge for the 21st Century"" (Cm 3789).  That White Paper set out the Government's contribution towards the elimination of global poverty, and committed the Government to consider the case for replacing the existing legislation in this area - the Overseas Development and Co-operation Act 1980 (""the 1980 Act"").  The Bill gives legislative form to the policies set out in the White Paper by authorising the Secretary of State to incur expenditure on assistance for certain specified purposes" Covered by Bill
"Covered by Bill.  International development is a reserved matter under the Scotland Act 1998. However, there is an exception to this reservation in the case of assistance given to Ministers in relation to international development by statutory bodies for which Scottish Ministers are responsible.  Subsection (4)(a) of clause 9 therefore provides that the Secretary of State's approval for certain bodies to provide assistance may be given only with the consent of the Scottish Ministers.  A Scottish Body is defined in clause 10." "Covered by Bill.  The Welsh Assembly has no direct interest in international development. However, a number of statutory bodies listed in Schedule 2 to the Bill are responsible to the Assembly.   Subsection (4)(b) of clause 9 therefore provides that the Secretary of State's approval for certain bodies to provide assistance may be given only with the consent of the Welsh Assembly.  A Welsh Body is defined in clause 10."
Covered by Bill
National Lottery (Amendment) Bill 15; dropped
PMB (5)
"The National Lottery (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend
the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 to allow the National
Lottery Charities Board to make grants to endowment
trusts."
Covered by Bill
Covered by Bill
Covered by Bill
Covered by Bill
Outworking Bill 11, dropped
PMB (1)
The Outworking Bill is designed to outlaw bogus home working schemes. It was been introduced by Richard Burden, MP, who came top in the ballot for Private Members’ Bills. However, it was drawn up by the Government and has cross party support.
Covered by Bill The extension of the Bill to Scotland was subject to the approval of the Scottish Parliament.   On 31 January the Scottish Parliament endorsed "...the principle of tackling bogus outworking schemes by controlling the seeking or receipt of advance payments for the provision of work or of information about work opportunities as set out in the Outworking Bill and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament".  The subject matter of the Bill is not devolved under the Government of Wales Act 1998 and therefore the Bill's provisions apply to Wales.
The Bill's provisions extend to Northern Ireland in accordance with the provisions of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. This is possible because the main subject matter is the creation of criminal offences. Its subject matter is reserved under Schedule 3, paragraph 9(b) of the Northern Ireland Act
Private Security Industry Bill [HL] HL4, 67, CAP 12
Govt The Bill introduces a licensing system for guards (including door supervisors or bouncers), wheel clampers, private investigators, security consultants and key holders. A new non-departmental public body, the Security industry Authority, will administer and enforce the system.  This includes a national register of approvals of individuals. There is also provision for providers of security services to apply for approved status, under a scheme that will, at least initially, be voluntary. Covered by Bill Only covered by the bill to the extent of  amendments to Police Act 1997 in s21 allowing the Security Industry Authority access to enhanced criminal record certificates and consequential amendments in schedule 1 to the Superannuation Act 1972; the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975; Public Records Act 1958; Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967, and Freedom of Information Act 2000
Covered by Bill Only covered by the bill to the extent of  amendments to Police Act 1997 in s21 allowing the Security Industry Authority access to enhanced criminal record certificates and consequential amendments in schedule 1 to the Superannuation Act 1972; the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975; Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975; Public Records Act 1958; Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967, and Freedom of Information Act 2000
Rating (former Agricultural Premises and Rural Shops) Bill 68, HL50, CAP 14
Govt The Bill establishes a 50% mandatory rate relief scheme for land and buildings used for non-agricultural purposes on what had been agricultural land and buildings for at least 183 days during the year prior to the date on which the provisions come into force.  Local authorities will have a discretionary power to increase the relief to 100% where they feel the changed use will be of benefit to the wider community.  The Bill also extends mandatory 50% rural rate relief, currently only available to the sole village general store and post office to all village shops that sell mainly food for human consumption, excluding the provision of catering and confectionery. Covered by Bill
Not covered by Bill
Covered by Bill.  S4 enables the National Assembly for Wales to make separate orders for hereditaments in Wales.  Separate commencement orders can be made by the NAW.
Not covered by Bill
Regulatory Reform Bill [HL] HL2, 51, CAP 6
Govt The main provision of the Regulatory Reform Bill is intended to remove some of the barriers to wider application of the deregulation order-making power under sections 1-4 of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 (the DCOA). The new order-making power is intended to be wide enough, but no wider than necessary, to deal with regulatory reform measures which the Government wishes to achieve. In parallel with the widening of the power, the Bill adds to the tests and safeguards governing its use.
Covered by the Bill.  Regulatory reform orders may have the same extent as the legislation being reformed.
Covered by the Bill.    The Bill applies to Scotland in reserved matters only. For devolved matters, the Scottish Ministers and the Parliament retain powers under the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994, (while the provisions in that Act are repealed for the rest of the UK). Regulatory reform orders may have the same extent as the legislation being reformed.
"Covered by the Bill.  Regulatory reform orders may have the same extent as the legislation being reformed.  The National Assembly for Wales would not have the power to make regulatory reform orders, but it would have to be consulted on all matters relating to Wales, and it would have to give explicit consent to any order that modifies or removes any of its functions. In line with the Lords Committee on Delegated Powers and Deregulation’s recommendation the Bill proposes the delegation to the National Assembly for Wales
only the reserve power to make a code of enforcement practice."
Covered by the Bill.  Regulatory reform orders may have the same extent as the legislation being reformed.  Thus the Bill applies to Northern Ireland to the extent that UK law has effect there. The definition of “legislation” in clause 1(2)(a) excludes Northern Ireland legislation, which was implemented by way of Orders in Council during direct  rule. The Northern Ireland Assembly would not have the power to make regulatory reform orders, but would retain the power to make deregulation orders under the Deregulation and Contracting Out (NI) Order 1996 (which mirrored the DCOA provisions).
Road Transport 12; dropped
PMB (2)
The  Bill introduces a variety of amendments to the law including requiring local authorities to take measures to safeguard motorists and pedestrians from the effects of snow and ice; measures to assess the appropriateness of speed limits and to simplify the procedure for introducing them; banning the use of hand-held telephones by drivers; removing part of the exemption for delivery people from seat belt wearing; and extending the areas in which mandatory travel concessions apply. Covered by Bill
Not covered by Bill (similar provisions to those in clause 1 have been in operation in Scotland since 1984)
Covered by Bill
Not covered by Bill
Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill 8, HL21, CAP 20
Govt "The purpose of the Bill is to provide certainty to those companies with volatile share prices who have
expressed concern that unpredictable National Insurance Contributions (NICs) on share options granted between 6 April 1999 and 19 May 2000 could endanger their investment strategies and damage their future growth by deterring investors."
Covered by Bill
Covered by Bill
Covered by Bill
Covered by Bill
Social Security Fraud Bill [HL] HL10, 60, CAP 11
Govt This Bill provides new powers for obtaining information in connection with social security fraud enquiries, as recommended by Lord Grabiner’s report The Informal Economy. It also allows benefit to be reduced or withdrawn for repeated benefit offences, enables financial penalties to be offered to colluding employers as an alternative to prosecution and makes changes to the offences of failing to notify changes in circumstances. Covered by Bill Covered by Bill Covered by Bill Covered by ss5(2), 7, 10, 11, 12(3), 13, 20 and 21.  (Provisions relating to exchange of information with overseas authorities and some of the loss of benefit provisions.)
Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [HL] HL3, 55, CAP 10
Govt The Bill amends Part 4 of the Education Act 1996 (EA) relating to children with SEN and makes amends the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to provide against discrimination on grounds of disability in schools and other educational establishments.
Covered by Bill Partly covered by Bill. The provisions relating to SENs do not apply to Scotland.  The provisions on rights for disabled people in education will extend to Scotland since equal opportunities issues are reserved.  However, the duty to produce an accessibility strategy or plan, which primarily relates to the organisation and administration of schools, is a devolved matter. Covered by Bill. Although the duty to produce an accessibility strategy or plan will extend to Wales though it will be for the National Assembly for Wales (NAW) to consider implementation.
Not covered by Bill. This Bill will not extend to Northern Ireland since responsibility for equal opportunities matters has been transferred and is now a matter for the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill 6, HL26; dissolution
Govt The aim of the Bill is to ban in the UK advertising and promotion (including sponsorship) of tobacco products, subject to certain limited exceptions.  It will come into force on a date(s) to be appointed by the Secretary of State.  The broad intention is to implement the advertising ban within a few months of Royal Assent and the sponsorship ban by 30 July 2003, with a special extension for certain global events until 1 October 2006.  The bill follows the failure of the Tobacco Advertising Directive 98/43/EC, which was adopted on 6 July 1998 but was declared unlawful by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 5 October 2000. Covered by Bill
Covered by Bill.  (The Government and the Scottish Executive have agreed that those regulations and the order which are subject to the affirmative resolution process will cover the whole of the United Kingdom. The Scottish Parliament will make regulations covering advertising at point of sale, specialist tobacconists and sponsorship.)
Covered by Bill
Covered by Bill
Transplant of Human Organs Bill 17; dropped
PMB (7)
The Bill provides for amendments to the Human Tissue Act 1961 to remove ambiguities about fundamental legal questions over lawful possession of a deceased person’s body; to limit the extent to which enquiry is necessary concerning the wishes of surviving family members by specifying that these are held to mean a cohabiting partner, parent or child; and to maintain the organs within a deceased person’s body whilst checks on consent are carried out. Covered by Bill
Not covered by Bill
Covered by Bill
Covered by Bill
Vehicles (Crime) Bill 1, HL15, CAP 3
Govt The Vehicles (Crime) Bill introduces various measures aimed at reducing vehicle crime. Some of these measures were proposed by the Vehicle Crime Reduction Action Team (VCRAT) established in September 1998. Other measures include enabling certain magistrates’ courts’ receipts to be used to pay for speed and red light camera enforcement and allowing police access to motor insurance information. Covered by Bill
Covered by clauses 32, 33, 34 & 36 relating to vehicle crime and relevant  supplementary provisions
Covered by Bill Covered by clauses 32, 33 & 34 relating to vehicle crime and relevant  supplementary provisions