Information 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: 2003-04

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
Age-Related Payments Bill 92; HL85; CAP10 Govt The Bill provides for payments of £100 to be made to households in which there is a pensioner who is aged 70 or over. The payments are designed
to help with council tax bills and were announced by the Chancellor in the Budget. The Bill also gives the Secretary of State a general power to make payments to people over 60 in the future.
Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill
Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill 10; HL70 CAP 32 Govt The Bill gives the Secretary of State the power to make a new occupational pension scheme for members of the Armed Forces and to establish a new compensation scheme for members of the Armed Forces. The Bill amends the procedure for appeals under the War Pensions Scheme and extends those rights of appeal to decisions made under the new compensation scheme. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Bill 5; HL36; CAP19 Govt The Bill includes provisions which unify the immigration and asylum appeals system into a single tier of appeal with restricted access to the higher courts, deal with undocumented arrivals and those who fail to comply with steps to co-operate with the re-documentation process, create new offences and provide additional powers to the OISC. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill. 
Sewel motion agreed.
Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Cardiac Risk in the Young (Screening) Bill Withdrawn 19 PMB5 The Bill would require
cardiac screening for people under 35 years old.
The Bill was unclear about extent, but as health matters are generally devolved would presumably be England or England and Wales only The Bill was unclear about extent, but as health matters are generally devolved would presumably be England or England and Wales only The Bill was unclear about extent, but as health matters are generally devolved would presumably be England or England and Wales only The Bill was unclear about extent, but as health matters are generally devolved would presumably be England or England and Wales only
Carers (Equal Opportunities) Bill 16; HL 72; CAP15 PMB2 The Bill seeks to build upon existing legislation by
making it a duty for local authorities to inform carers of
their right to an assessment of their own needs. It also
proposes that the health and welfare of carers is
promoted by the NHS, that there is co-operation
between public bodies in assisting carers, and that
support is offered to carers beyond their caring role, for
example, to help them find employment.
Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill.  The NAW will issue separate commencement orders and guidance. Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill
Child Trust Funds Bill 1; HL25; CAP 6 Govt The Bill provides for the introduction of Child Trust Funds as announced in the 2003 Budget. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill.  This will be an excepted matter under the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
Children [HL] Bill HL35; 144 CAP 31 Govt The Bill provides for the establishment of a new Children's Commissioner to ensure a voice for children and young people at national level and gives effect to the principal legislative proposals contained in the Green Paper Every Child matters: Next steps Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill.  This is principally an England and Wales Bill but the new Commissioner will have powers to undertake inquiries throughout the UK Covered by the Bill.  Additional functions previously exercised in England and Wales together are devolved to Wales. Covered by the Bill.  This is principally an England and Wales Bill but the new Commissioner will have powers to undertake inquiries throughout the UK
Christmas Day (Trading) Bill 20; HL89 CAP 26 PMB6 The Bill prohibits the opening of large shops on Christmas Day and restricts the loading or unloading of goods at such shops on Christmas Day.
Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill
Civil Contingencies Bill 14: HL77 CAP 36 Govt The Bill provides a new legislative basis for handling emergencies, including major terrorist incidents. Part 1 of the Bill imposes duties on a wide range of bodies to plan for dealing with possible emergencies. Part 2 would allow the Government to take extensive powers in an emergency, defined as a serious threat to human welfare, the environment or security. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill. Sewel motion agreed. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Civil Partnership [HL] Bill HL53; 132 CAP 33 Govt The Bill would, subject to certain conditions, enable same-sex couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationship by forming a civil partnership which they may do by registering as civil partners of each other. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill. Separate provision for Scotland is made in the Bill and a Sewel motion has been agreed. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill. Separate provision for Northern Ireland is made in the Bill following decisions by NIO Ministers to establish a civil partnership registration scheme in NI.  
Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) [HL] Bill HL8; 142 CAP 27 Govt The Bill strengthens the auditing regime and creates "Community Interest Companies". Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill.  Sewel motion agreed. Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by Bill but some provisions which amend existing legislation have the same territorial application as the legislation they are amending, and this affects Northern Ireland. For example, provisions allowing the Inland Revenue to pass information to authorised persons (in connection with the scrutiny of reports and accounts under listing rules.) 
Constitutional Reform [HL] Bill [Carried over] HL30 Govt The Bill will make provision for modifying the office of Lord Chancellor and make changes to the way in which some of the functions vested in that office are handled. This Bill will also create the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, create the Judicial Appointments Commission and remove the right of the Lord President of the Council to sit judicially.
Covered by the Bill.  Provisions relating to the independence of the judiciary, judicial appointments and certain of the Lord Chancellor's functions relate to England and Wales only. Covered by the Bill.  Provisions relating to the independence of the judiciary, judicial appointments and certain of the Lord Chancellor's functions relate to England and Wales only. Covered by the Bill.  Provisions relating to the independence of the judiciary, judicial appointments and certain of the Lord Chancellor's functions relate to England and Wales only. Covered by the Bill.  Provisions relating to the independence of the judiciary, judicial appointments and certain of the Lord Chancellor's functions relate to England and Wales only.
Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims [HL] Bill HL6; 83; CAP 28 Govt The Bill is intended to introduce reform to the civil and criminal law in these areas by criminalising the breach of non-molestation orders under the Family Law Act 1996; by extending the availability of restraining orders under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997; and by making common assault an arrestable offence. Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill  Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by Bill but some provisions relating grants to victims, trial by jury and making common assault an arrestable offence do extend to Northern Ireland.
Employment Relations Bill 7; HL54 CAP 24 Govt The Bill amends the law in a number of areas including trade union recognitions, industrial action and minimum wage enforcement. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill.  Changes to enforcement of the agricultural minimum wage do not extend to Scotland. Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill but there is provision for equivalent changes to be made in NI by Order in Council.  Changes to national minimum wage legislation will also apply to NI.  
Energy [HL] Bill HL2; 93; CAP20 Govt The Bill covers three main areas: the civil nuclear industry (through the establishment of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority); renewable energy sources (implementing commitments made in the Government's White Paper "Our energy future: creating a low carbon economy"; and energy markets and regulation (creating a single wholesale electricity market for Britain). Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill (most of the Bill's contents relate to reserved matters).  On 4 February 2004, the Scottish Parliament agreed that a number of provisions should cover functions devolved in Scotland including, for example, the jurisdiction of the new Civil Nuclear Constabulary. The NDA will have functions which relate to both reserved and devolved matters and so will have the status of, and be similar to, a cross-border authority. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill except provisions relating to Civil Nuclear Constabulary, with some minor exceptions; all amendments to the Electricity Act 1989 in part 2 (sustainability and renewable energy sources); section 82 (micro-generation strategy); sections 90 and 91 (licences for offshore transmission) and 100 (further provision relating to public rights of navigation); Part 3 (Energy regulation), with the exception of section 151 (5).
European Parliament and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill [Carried over] (160)3; HL14; CAP2 Govt The Bill provides for piloting of innovative voting methods in the 2004 European and local elections Covered by the Bill.  Schedule 1 - relating to the timing of by-elections, etc applies differently in E, W & S. Not covered by Bill                       Not covered by Bill
Finance Bill 89; HL102; CAP12 Govt A Bill to 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 the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Fire and Rescue Services Bill 38; HL44; CAP21 Govt The Bill would update the statutory basis of the fire service. It would broaden the duties placed on the service to include rescue and tackling terrorist action, as well as the traditional role of tackling fires. In addition, more emphasis is to be placed on fire prevention. The Bill would devolve responsibility for the fire service in Wales. Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by Bill but some provisions, e.g. regarding pensions, do apply. Covered by the Bill.  The Bill devolves responsibility for the service to Wales. Not covered by Bill
Gambling Bill  [Carried over] 163 Govt The Bill gives effect to the Government's proposals for reform of the law on gambling. It contains a new regulatory system to govern the provision of all gambling in Great Britain, other than the National Lottery and spread betting.  Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill with the exception of clauses relating to the legal assistance scheme, door supervision and prosecution by licensing authority. Certain other clauses differ in their application to Scotland.   Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by the Bill but clauses 40 (chain gift schemes) and 319 (foreign betting) apply to Northern Ireland.
Gangmasters (Licensing) Bill 17; HL74; CAP11 PMB3 The Bill would provide a statutory definition of a gangmaster and introduce
compulsory registration of gangmasters throughout the
UK.
Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Gender Recognition [HL] Bill HL4; 56; CAP7 Govt The Bill provides transsexual people with legal recognition in their acquired gender following the issue of a full gender recognition certificate by a Gender Recognition Panel. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill with minor differences in application. Sewel motion agreed. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill with minor differences in application
Health Protection Agency [HL] Bill  HL3; 99; CAP 17 Govt The Bill establishes the Health Protection Agency as a UK-wide non-departmental public body. The Agency will be able to undertake both health functions and radiation protection functions (including functions currently carried out by the National Radiological Protection Board which will be wound up).  Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill. Sewel motion agreed. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Higher Education Bill 33; HL56; CAP8 Govt  This Bill is intended to assist in the implementation of a number of policies set out in the White Paper 'The future of higher education'. The Bill also contains provisions relating to two other areas: the provision of new powers to share information relating to student support, and the devolution of the tuition fee regime and student support in relation to Wales to the National Assembly for Wales.
Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by Bill except for provisions in part 1 creating the Arts and Humanities Research Board and on the sharing of information held by the student support authority. Sewel motion agreed. Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by Bill except for provisions in part 1 creating the Arts and Humanities Research Board, on the sharing of information held by the student support authority and on the effect of bankruptcy.
Highways (Obstruction by Body Corporate) Bill 30; HL75 CAP 29 PMB16 The Bill provides that the officers of a corporation, which is wilfully obstructing a highway, can be pursued in the courts. Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill
Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill 8; HL22; CAP 25 Govt The Bill concerns the abolition of the Horserace Totalisator Board ('The Tote') and the sale of its assets and the abolition of the Horserace Betting Levy Board. The Bill also enables Olympic Lottery games to be established as part of the National Lottery in the event that London is chosen to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.  Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill.  Northern Ireland is covered by the provisions relating to the National Lottery, but not those relating to horseracing.
Housing Bill 11; HL71 CAP 34 Govt The Bill replaces the existing housing fitness standard with the Housing Health and Safety Rating System; introduces two new licensing regimes for private rented properties and a new requirement to produce a home information pack before marketing a property. The Bill also changes the right to buy scheme. Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill Covered by the Bill.  The Bill has a specific provision for a Social Housing Ombudsman that applies only to Wales. Not covered by Bill
Human Tissue Bill 9; HL94 CAP 30 Govt The purpose of the Human Tissue Bill is to provide a consistent legislative framework for issues relating to whole body donation and the taking, storage and use of human organs and tissue.  Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill.  However, the provision relating to non-consensual DNA-analysis will apply throughout the UK.  The clause on powers to de-accession human remains will apply to the UK as a matter of law but will only have effect for named institutions in England. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Hunting Bill 150; HL112 CAP 37 Govt The Bill prohibits all hunting of wild mammals with dogs, except where it is carried out in accordance with the conditions of an exemption, and all hare coursing events.  Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill
Justice (Northern Ireland) [HL] Bill HL9; 55; CAP4 Govt The Bill continues the process of reform of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland including the creation of a Judicial Appointments Commission. Not covered by Bill but it allows for the compulsory transfer of prisoners to elsewhere in the UK. Not covered by Bill but it allows for the compulsory transfer of prisoners to elsewhere in the UK.  Sewel motion agreed. Not covered by Bill but it allows for the compulsory transfer of prisoners to elsewhere in the UK. Covered by the Bill
Mental Capacity Bill [Carried over] 120 Govt The Bill clarifies a number of legal uncertainties and reforms and updates the current law where decisions need to be made on behalf of others.
Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill.  Similar legislation has already been passed in Scotland in the form of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.
Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill
National Insurance Contributions and Statutory Payments Bill 2; HL21: CAP3 Govt The Bill (and supporting secondary legislation) contains measures regarding National Insurance contributions on securities-based remuneration and also provides for alignment of the administration of National Insurance contributions and statutory payments with the regime for administering tax. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill.  Provisions relating to Northern Ireland are in separate clauses.
Patents [HL] Bill HL18; 90; CAP16 Govt This Bill amends the Patents Act 1977 to: bring the UK patents system into line with the revised European Patent Convention; introduce into the 1977 Act some measures designed to assist in the enforcement of patent rights and in the resolution of patent disputes between patent proprietors and third parties; and it updates the 1977 Act.
Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Pensions Bill 57; HL73 CAP 35 Govt The Bill is wide ranging and, among other things, introduces a new regulator for occupational pensions and a Pension Protection Fund. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill with the exception of one clause relating to legal assistance. Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill.  This is essentially a GB bill but some provisions have UK application.  For example, the new regulator will cover NI but its powers will be set out in a separate order.
Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill [Carried over] (12)6; HL10; CAP5 Govt The Bill introduces powers which allow for the reform and speeding up of the plans system and an increase in the predictability of planning decisions, the speeding up of the handling of major infrastructure projects and the need for simplified planning zones to be identified in the strategic plan for a region or in relation to Wales.  The provisions relating to compulsory purchase powers and compensation will liberalise the compulsory purchase and compensation regimes. Covered by the Bill.  Parts 1 & 2 of the Bill apply to England only. Not covered by most of the Bill but part 7 containing provisions relating to Crown Immunity does apply. Sewel motion agreed. Covered by the Bill.  Part 6 of the Bill makes specific provisions for Wales. Not covered by Bill
Promotion of Volunteering Bill Withdrawn 18 PMB4 The Bill aims to reduce the burden of regulation and the risk of litigation on those that 'volunteer'. Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill
Protective Headgear for Young Cyclists Bill Dropped 21 PMB7 The Bill makes the wearing of cycle helmets on roads and in public places compulsory for the under-16s. It will be an offence for a person to allow a child under 16 to ride a cycle on the road without protective headgear. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Public Audit (Wales) [HL] Bill HL1; 108 CAP 23 Govt The Bill confers a number of new functions on the Auditor General for Wales. The most significant effect of the new functions is that the Auditor General will exercise most of the functions currently exercised in Wales by the Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England and Wales. Not covered by Bill. Audit bodies outside Wales will be affected to the extent that they will have a power to co-operate with the new body on a cross-border or UK-wide basis. Not covered by Bill.  Audit bodies outside Wales will be affected to the extent that they will have a power to co-operate with the new body on a cross-border or UK-wide basis.  Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill. Audit bodies outside Wales will be affected to the extent that they will have a power to co-operate with the new body on a cross-border or UK-wide basis.
School Transport Bill [Carried over] 162 Govt The Bill's main purpose is to enable LEAs in England and Wales to run school travel schemes which are tailored to the needs of their area.  Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill Covered by the Bill. The NAW has the function of approving school travel schemes made by LEAs in Wales.  Not covered by Bill
Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill 4; HL68; CAP13 Govt The Bill removes the present link between the constituencies for the Scottish Parliament and those for the House of Commons. The Bill provides that the existing constituencies are to be retained for the Scottish Parliament notwithstanding any changes to these for the purposes of United Kingdom parliamentary elections.  Not covered by Bill Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill Not covered by Bill
Sustainable and Secure Buildings Bill 15; HL69 CAP 22 PMB1 The overall aim of the Bill is to make buildings safer and more sustainable by strengthening measures in the Building Regulations and applying them to new, extended and altered buildings, as a matter of course. Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill
Traffic Management Bill 13; HL47; CAP18 Govt The Bill makes provision for and in connection with the designation of traffic officers and their duties; to make provision in relation to the management of road networks; to make new provision for regulating the carrying out of works and other activities in the street; to amend Part 3 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and Parts 9 and 14 of the Highways Act 1980; to make new provision in relation to the civil enforcement of traffic contraventions; to amend section 55 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984; Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill