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: 2001-02

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 and Children Bill

34, HL 82; CAP38

Govt

The central aim of the Bill is to help achieve the Government’s target of increasing the number of children adopted from care. It would repeal and replace most of the existing adoption legislation - the Adoption Act 1976 in its entirety and most of the Adoption (Inter-country Aspects) Act 1999.the central aim of the Bill is to help achieve the Government’s target of increasing the number of children adopted from care. It would repeal and replace most of the existing adoption legislation - the Adoption Act 1976 in its entirety and most of the Adoption (Inter-country Aspects) Act 1999.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill.  Much of the bill relates to England and Wales only, but certain provisions (e.g. relating to advertising) apply also to Scotland and Northern Ireland).  Sewel motion moved.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill.  Much of the bill relates to England and Wales only, but certain provisions (e.g. relating to advertising) apply also to Scotland and Northern Ireland)

Age Equality Commission Bill Negatived

10

PMB3

The Bill would establish an Age Equality Commission to advise the Government on discrimination issues in relation to older people.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by Bill.  However, the Bill refers to the rights of those resident in the UK.

Animal Health Bill

39; HL 37; CAP42

Govt

The Bill has two main purposes. The first is to provide additional powers to tackle Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and for these powers to be extendable to other animal diseases by order. The second is to provide additional powers to deal with transmissible spongiform encephalopathy's (TSEs) in sheep. The Bill also makes a number of amendments to the enforcement provisions of the Animal Health Act 1981.

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by Bill

Covered by the Bill.  

Not covered by Bill

Anti-Terrorism, Crime and security Bill

49; HL 29; CAP24

Govt

The purpose of this bill is to strengthen legislation in a number of areas to ensure that the Government, in the light of the new situation arising from the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, have the necessary powers to counter the increased threat to the UK. 

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill.  Parts 5 & 12 do not extend to Scotland. Sewel motion moved.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill.  Sections 77 & 100 do not apply to Northern Ireland.

British Overseas Territories [HL] Bill

HL 4; 40; CAP8

Govt

The Bill amends the British Nationality Act 1981as it applies to citizens of British Overseas Territories

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Civil Defence (Grant) Bill

4; HL 49; CAP5

Govt

The Bill amends the Civil Defence Act 1948 ("the 1948 Act"), in order to enable grants made to authorities in England and Wales for civil defence purposes to be cash limited.

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by Bill

Covered by the Bill.  

Not covered by Bill

Commonhold and Leasehold Reform [HL] Bill

HL 1; 51; CAP15

Govt

The bill allows land to be held in commonhold and amends the law on leasehold property.

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill.  Powers to make regulations are exercisable by the NAW as they apply to Wales. 

Not covered by the Bill

Education

55; HL 51; CAP 32

Govt

The Education Bill implements proposals set out in the White Paper "Schools - achieving success" (Cm 5230) published on 5 September 2001, in five related consultation papers published on the same day ("The Way Forward - a Modernised Framework for School Governance", "Consultation on School Admissions", "Consultation on Exclusion Appeals Panels", "Changes to the Registration and Monitoring of Independent Schools", "Better beginnings - Improving Quality and Increasing Provision in Early Years Education and Childcare") and in a consultation paper issued on 21 September ("16-19 Organisation and Inspection: a Consultation Document"). Implementation in Wales will be guided by the principles set out in the National Assembly for Wales' (NAW) consultation document "The Learning Country" ("Y wlad sy'n Dysgu"), published on 5 September 2001.

Covered by the Bill.  There are some provisions relating to England only.

Not covered by Bill

Covered by the Bill.  There are some provisions relating to Wales only.  S211 specifies that references to the Secretary of State in education legislation should be read as references to the NAW as far as they affect Wales

Not covered by Bill except to the extent of consequential amendments to the Education Act 1997, which also covers Northern Ireland.

Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland) Bill

6; HL18; CAP13

Govt

The purpose of the Bill is to provide the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland with additional functions to address the problem of electoral fraud there. The Bill is intended to give effect to the proposals in the White Paper, Combating Electoral Fraud in Northern Ireland (Cm 5080), which was published in March 2001. 

Not covered by the Bill

Not covered by the Bill

Not covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Employee Share Schemes Bill

13; HL 95; CAP 34

PMB6

The Bill would make changes to the rules for Share Incentive Plans, with
a view to encouraging the extension of employee share
ownership to a wider range of businesses than at
present.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Employment Bill

44; HL 54; CAP 22

Govt

The Bill introduces paid paternity leave and paid adoption leave, extends the length of paid maternity leave, and establishes statutory minimum dismissal,
disciplinary and grievance procedures which all employers must follow.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by Bill.  The Bill applies to Great Britain only but certain administrative provisions (e.g. on provision of information) apply to Northern Ireland.

Enterprise Bill

115; HL 92; CAP 40

Govt

The Bill implements a pledge in the Government's 2001 election manifesto to give more independence to the competition authorities, to reform the bankruptcy laws and to tackle trading practices that harm consumers. 

Covered by the Bill 

Covered by the Bill although bankruptcy provisions do not apply.  Sewell motion moved.

Covered by the Bill 

Covered by the Bill although various insolvency and bankruptcy provisions I45do not apply.

European Communities (Amendment) Bill

3; HL 14; CAP3

Govt

This Bill is intended to enable the UK to ratify the Treaty of Nice signed on 26 February 2001. 

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

European Communities (Finance) Bill

1; HL 15; CAP 22

Govt

The purpose of the Bill is to enable the United Kingdom to give effect to the new Own Resources Decision, amending the arrangements for financing the Community budget.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Export Control Bill

5; HL 20; CAP 28

Govt

The Bill will establish a new legislative framework for
both strategic export controls and export controls on
cultural objects.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Finance Bill

125; HL 102; CAP 23

Govt

 

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Football Disorder (Amendment) Bill

26; HL 26; CAP12

Govt

The purpose of the Bill is to renew, without time limit, two sets of powers which were inserted in the Football Spectators Act 1989 by the Football (Disorder) Act 2000, but which will lapse within one year of coming into force unless renewed by statutory instrument, and in any case within two years. 

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by Bill

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by Bill

Home Energy Conservation Bill - Withdrawn

11

PMB4

The general theme and overall purpose of the Bill is to help ensure the provision of a decent and safe standard of accommodation for all citizens - and in a way that will also assist with the achievement of environmental targets.
 

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by Bill

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by Bill

Homelessness Bill

2; HL 16; CAP7

Govt

The Bill 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 the Bill.  Applies to Isles of Scilly with a power for SoS to vary application by order.

Not covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill.  Separate powers for commencement orders and transitional arrangements are exercisable by the NAW

Not covered by the Bill

Human Reproductive Cloning [HL] Bill

HL 27; 57; CAP23

Govt

The purpose of the Bill is to prevent human reproductive cloning taking place in the United Kingdom by rendering it a criminal offence to place in the womb of a woman a human embryo that has been created other than by fertilisation. 

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Industrial & Provident Society Bill

14; HL 76; CAP 20

PMB7

The Bill amends the law relating to registration of industrial and
provident societies so as to bring it into conformity
with certain aspects of the law relating to companies; amends the procedure
whereby societies may convert into, or amalgamate with or transfer
its engagements to, a company; permits a society whose business
is conducted for the benefitfit of the community to provide that its assets are
dedicated permanently for that purpose; and for connected purposes.

Covered by Bill

Covered by Bill

Covered by Bill

Not covered by Bill

International Development [HL] Bill

HL 3; 37; CAP1

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

Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill

75; HL 61; CAP 26

Govt

The purpose of the Bill is to implement the recommendations of the Criminal Justice Review Group in its report, "Review of the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland". The Bill also makes a few other minor changes such as the provision for exceptional legal aid and some changes to civil procedure.

Not covered by the Bill except to the extent of consequential amendment or repeal of existing legislation

Not covered by Bill

Not covered by the Bill except to the extent of consequential amendment or repeal of existing legislation

Covered by the Bill

Land Registration [HL] Bill

HL 2; 48; CAP9

Govt

The Bill amends the law relating to land registration to enable electronic conveyance.  Associated changes, including restatement of the law in modern language are also proposed.

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by the Bill except to the extent of consequential amendment or repeal of existing legislation

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by the Bill except to the extent of consequential amendment or repeal of existing legislation

Marine Wildlife Conservation Bill lapsed

8; HL 66

PMB1

The Bill amends the law relating to nature conservation and the protection of wildlife in respect of the marine environment; to provide enforcement powers for marine wildlife conservation purposes to competent marine authorities; and for connected purposes. 

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by Bill

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by Bill

Mobile Telephones (Re-programming) Bill

HL 80; 177; CAP 31

Govt

The Bill creates a number of offences relating to the electronic identifiers of mobile wireless communications devices. In particular it will be an offence to re-programme the unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number which identifies a mobile telephone handset. It is also possible to interfere with the operation of the IMEI by the addition of a small electronic chip to the handset and this too will be made illegal.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

National Insurance Contributions Bill

130; HL 88; CAP 19

Govt

The bill provides the legislative changes to national insurance necessary to implement the additional 1% NHS contribution announced in the 2002 budget.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill. Paragraphs 25 to 30, 33, 44 and 46 to Schedule 1 make changes to Northern Ireland benefits and pensions legislation. These amendments are subject to the approval of the Northern Ireland Executive Committee and Assembly. 

Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill

119; HL 89; CAP 41

Govt

The Bill implements the proposals for
nationality, immigration and asylum reform contained
in the Government’s White Paper Secure Borders, Safe
Haven.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill.  Provisions on traffic in prostitution do not apply.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

NHS Reform and Care Professions Bill

47; HL 44; CAP 17

Govt

In summer 2001, the Government elaborated on key proposals from the NHS Plan in published documents: Shifting the Balance of Power within the NHS - Securing Delivery and Involving Patients and the Public in Healthcare.  This Bill takes forward those of the proposals which require primary legislation.  In July 2001, the Report of the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry was published. It made a number of recommendations including some requiring legislation.  This Bill provides for change in relation to two of the areas covered in the Report: the role of the Commission for Health Improvement, and the regulation of the health care professions.
 

Covered by the Bill.  Provisions in Part 1 relating to NHS management apply to England and Wales (separately) only.

Covered by the Bill.  Provisions in Part 1 relating to NHS management apply to England and Wales (separately) only. Sewel motion moved.

Covered by the Bill.  Provisions in Part 1 relating to NHS management apply to England and Wales (separately) only.

Covered by the Bill.  Provisions in Part 1 relating to NHS management apply to England and Wales (separately) only.

Northern Ireland Decommissioning (Amendment) Bill

63; HL 42; CAP6

Govt

The Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 ("the 1997 Act") empowered the Secretary of State to make a decommissioning scheme which would provide an amnesty for those decommissioning weapons in accordance with it. The 1997 Act limited the period during which that amnesty could be provided to five years.  This Bill extends the period during which an amnesty may be provided for in a decommissioning scheme. Initially it may be extended so as to end before 27 February 2003 and further extensions may be made by order of the Secretary of State up to and including 26 February 2007. Any such order will be subject to the same Parliamentary scrutiny and control as at present.
 

Not covered by Bill.  However, any arms in England, Wales and Scotland could be included.

Not covered by Bill.  However, any arms in England, Wales and Scotland could be included.

Not covered by Bill.  However, any arms in England, Wales and Scotland could be included.

Covered by the Bill

Office of Communications [HL] Bill

HL 8; 73; CAP11

Govt

In the Queen's Speech on 20 June, Her Majesty announced that a draft Bill (the 'Communications Bill') to create a single regulator for the media and communications industries and reform the broadcasting and telecommunications regulations will be published during the 2001-02 Parliamentary Session.    The aim of that Communications Bill will be to create a less complex system of codes and rules which is flexible enough to cope with the pressures of technological change over the long term in this fast-moving sector. This new regulatory regime could not come into effect until after the Communications Bill attained Royal Assent; which itself would be mid-2003 at the earliest. OFCOM would apply and enforce these new codes and rules. Establishing OFCOM, planning and managing the practical transition from the existing five regulators will be a complex task, which will take much time and effort to complete. The Office of Communications Bill would make it possible for the Secretary of State to create OFCOM before the main Communications Bill achieved Royal Assent, which should enable regulatory functions to be transferred to OFCOM more quickly thereafter.
 

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Patents Act 1977 (Amendment) Bill Withdrawn

9

PMB2

This Bill seeks to improve the deterrent effect of the patents legislation by allowing the Court to award additional damages to the patent holder.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Pension Annuities (Amendment) Bill Dropped

12

PMB5

The Bill amends the law relating to the purchase of annuities in respect of private and personal pensions, defined contribution and AVC pension schemes

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Police Reform [HL] Bill

HL48; 127; CAP 30

Govt

The Government published the white paper Policing a New Century: A Blueprint for Reform (CM 5326) in December 2001. The white paper set out the Government's intentions for the future of policing in England and Wales.   This Bill incorporates the changes that require legislation.

Covered by the Bill

Most provisions of the Bill relate to England and Wales only but some (e.g. those relating to the MoD Police, National Criminal Intelligence Service, etc) apply to Scotland and Northern Ireland). Sewel motion moved.

Covered by the Bill

Most provisions of the Bill relate to England and Wales only but some (e.g. those relating to the MoD Police, National Criminal Intelligence Service, etc) apply to Scotland and Northern Ireland).

Proceeds of Crime Bill

31; HL 57; CAP 29

Govt

The Bill is in twelve parts.
Part 1: creates an Assets Recovery Agency (ARA).
Part 2: makes provision for confiscation in England and Wales, replacing separate drug trafficking and criminal justice legislation with a consolidated and  updated set of provisions. Restraint, confiscation, receivership and related matters are covered.
Parts 3 & 4: make similar provision for Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively.
Part 5: sets out new provisions for the recovery in the United Kingdom in civil proceedings of property which has been obtained through unlawful conduct or property which represents property obtained through unlawful conduct; and provisions for the search and seizure of cash which is reasonably suspected of having been obtained through unlawful conduct or of being intended for use in such conduct, and for the forfeiture of such cash in proceedings before a magistrates' court, sheriff or justice of the peace.
Part 6: empowers the Director of ARA to exercise functions of the Inland Revenue in relation to income, gains and profits arising or accruing as a result of criminal conduct.
Part 7: consolidates, updates and reforms the criminal law in the United Kingdom with regard to money laundering.
Part 8: sets out powers for use in criminal confiscation, civil recovery and money laundering investigations.
Part 9: deals with the relationship between confiscation and insolvency proceedings.
Part 10: provides for the disclosure of information to and by the Director of ARA and the Scottish Ministers. It also allows the exchange of information between the Scottish Ministers and the Lord Advocate.
Part 11: provides for co-operation in investigation and enforcement between the jurisdictions of the United Kingdom and with overseas authorities.
Part 12: deals with miscellaneous and general matters.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill.  Parts 3 and 8 contain provisions that are limited to Scotland; the Secretary of State must therefore consult with Scottish Ministers when commencing these provisions. Sewel motion moved.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill.  Separate provisions for Northern Ireland are included in part 4 of the bill.

Public Trustee (Liability and Fees Bill [HL]

HL 67; 150; CAP 35

Govt

The Bill amends provisions of the Public Trustee Act 1906 about liability and fees of the Public Trustee in order to: bring the power to fix fees in relation to the Public Trustee's trust work into line with other fee-setting provisions, by providing that the Lord Chancellor (as the Minister responsible) sets the fees rather than the Treasury; remove the requirement that fees charged by the Public Trustee must be set to produce an annual amount sufficient to discharge the salaries and other expenses incidental to the workings of the Act; clarify the extent of the Public Trustee's liability for breach of trust, and make the Lord Chancellor's Department, rather than the Consolidated Fund, liable to make good sums required to discharge it.

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by Bill

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by Bill

Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Bill

28; HL 25; CAP2

Govt

The key objective for this Bill is to enable a political party, should it wish to do so, to adopt measures which regulate the selection of candidates for certain elections in order to reduce inequality in the numbers of men and women elected, as candidates of the party. 

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill.  Legislation relating to equal opportunities including the subject matter of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 is reserved to the UK Parliament under the Scotland Act 1998. In respect of Scotland, this legislation relates to the reserved matter of equal opportunities in the selection of candidates, albeit that such selection will have consequences for the subsequent election in which the candidates take part. 

Covered by the Bill.  Under the Welsh devolution settlement, the UK Parliament makes primary legislation relating to Wales. 

Covered by the Bill.  Legislation relating to equal opportunities is transferred under the Northern Ireland Act 1998, but legislation that deals with parliamentary elections and elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the European Parliament and district councils is excepted under that Act. Although this legislation is principally about equal opportunities in the selection of candidates, it has an effect on elections and, bearing in mind the provisions of section 98(2) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, is therefore considered to be outside the legislative competence of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Separate provision is made for Northern Ireland in Section 2.

State Pension Credit [HL] Bill

HL 30, 98; CAP 16

Govt

This Bill introduces a new State Pension Credit for persons aged 60 and over. 

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by Bill

Tax Credits Bill

59; HL 52; CAP 21

Govt

The Bill provides for two new tax credits - the child tax credit for families with children and the working tax credit for working households facing low income, including those in which a worker has a disability. The introduction of the new tax credits is intended to create a single income-related strand of support for families with children, complemented by a single strand of support for adults in work. The new tax credits will be administered by the Inland Revenue.
 

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill.  S64 amends the Northern Ireland Act  1998 to make the new tax credits, child benefit and guardian's allowance excepted I38matters.

Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill

HL 7, 112; CAP 36

Adopted

The Bill bans advertising and promotion (including sponsorship) of tobacco products, with certain limited exceptions. 

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill.  Separate commencement date may apply.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill

Travel Concessions Eligibility [HL] Bill

HL 5, 38; CAP 4

Govt

The purpose of the  Bill is to equalise the age at which men and women become entitled to travel concessions at an earlier date than 2020.

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by Bill

Covered by the Bill.  The NAW has separate powers to make commencement orders

Not covered by Bill

Copyright, etc and Trade Marks (Offences and Enforcement) Bill

17, HL 71; CAP 25

PMB10

The Bill amends the criminal provisions in intellectual property law, more specifically the law relating to copyright, rights in performances, fraudulent reception of conditional access transmissions by use of unauthorised decoders and trade marks. The Bill brings about some rationalisation of these criminal provisions by removing some of the differences. 

Covered by the Bill (s6 on search warrants applies to the IoM)

Covered by the Bill (s6 on search warrants applies to the IoM)

Covered by the Bill (s6 on search warrants applies to the IoM)

Covered by the Bill (s6 on search warrants applies to the IoM)

National Heritage Bill

HL 10; 74; CAP 14

L

The bill amends the law relating to the functions of the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England (e.g. in respect of underwater sites) and makes other related changes.

Covered by the Bill

Not generally covered by Bill but s3 on exercise of ministerial functions applies.

Covered by the Bill

Not generally covered by Bill but s3 on exercise of ministerial functions applies.

Divorce (Religious Marriages) Bill

35; HL 72; CAP 27

T

The bill enables a court to require the dissolution of a religious marriage before granting a civil divorce.

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by Bill

Covered by the Bill

Not covered by Bill

Private Hire Vehicles (Carriage of Guide Dogs, etc.) Bill

62; HL108; CAP 37

T

The bill amends the DDA 1995 to enable guide dogs, etc to be carried in licensed taxis and PHVs at no extra charge.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill.  A separate amendment to the Civic Government (Scotland) Act will enable Scottish Ministers to implement similar changes by regulation.

Covered by the Bill

Covered by the Bill