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: 2005-06

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 Type of bill Summary England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland
Animal Welfare Bill 58; HL88; CAP 45 G The main purpose of the Bill is to bring together and update legislation that exists to promote the welfare of vertebrate animals other than those in the wild.  Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by the Bill except for clauses  relating to application and enforcement of disqualification orders in Scotland.  Legislative consent motion (Sewel motion) agreed.  SP OR 15.12.05 c21959 Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by Bill
Armed Forces Bill 94; HL113; CAP 52 G The main purpose of the Bill is to replace all three Service Discipline Acts with a single, harmonised system of service law.  Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Armed Forces (Parliamentary Approval for Participation in Armed Conflict) Bill 16; dropped PMB3 The Bill would make it unlawful for UK armed forces to participate in armed conflict without the approval of both Houses of Parliament.  Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Charities Bill [HL] HL1; 83; CAP 50 G The Bill implements many of the measures outlined in Charities and Not-for-Profits: a modern legal framework, published by the Home Office in July 2003 Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by Bill Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by Bill
Childcare Bill 80; HL85; CAP 21 G The Bill assists in the implementation of the aims set out in the Government's ten year strategy for childcare Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill Parts 2 and 4 apply to Wales Not covered by Bill
Children and Adoption Bill [HL] HL10; 96; CAP 20 G The Bill provides courts with powers to promote and enforce contact orders made under the Children Act 1989; it also provides a statutory framework for the suspension of inter-country adoptions.  Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill Covered by the Bill Part I not covered by Bill; part II (inter-country adoption) is covered by Bill
Civil Aviation Bill 12; HL21; CAP 34 G The Bill contains various measures intended to develop sustainable aviation and protect passenger interests. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill except for clause 5.  Legislative consent motion (Sewel motion) agreed .  SP OR 6.10.05 c19906-7 Covered by the Bill Covered by the bill (except cl 4, paras. 2& 5 of sch 2 & cl 5)
Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Bill 17; HL 106; CAP 19 PMB4 The main purposes of the Bill are to assist in 1) measures to combat climate change by reduction of carbon emissions 2) alleviating fuel poverty 3) providing long-term viable energy supplies by means of microgeneration and community energy provision. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill except for clauses 4-8 (microgeneration)
Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill [HL] HL 6; 132; CAP 30 G The Bill establishes a Commissioner for Older People in Wales. Covered by Bill although, in practice, its provisions apply primarily to Wales Not covered by Bill Covered by the Bill Section 28 extends to Northern Ireland
Commons Bill [HL] HL11; 115; CAP 26 G The Bill aims to encourage sustainable agricultural management of common land.  Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill
Companies Bill [HL] HL34; 190; CAP 46 G The Bill implements many of the recommendations of the Company Law Review which sought to modernise company law in order to provide a simple, efficient and cost-effective framework for British business. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill.  Legislative consent motion (Sewel motion) agreed to.  SP OR 16.3.06 c24180 Covered by the Bill The Bill will extend GB company law to Northern Ireland
Compensation Bill [HL] HL 35; 155; CAP 29 G The Bill contains provisions in relation to the law on negligence and the regulation of claims management services Covered by the Bill Cl 3 on mesothelioma extends to Scotland.  Legislative consent motion (Sewel motion) agreed to.  SP OR 29.6.06 c27139 Covered by the Bill Cl 3 on mesothelioma extends to Northern Ireland
Consumer Credit Bill 2; HL18; CAP 14 G The Bill amends the Consumer Credit Act 1974 in relation to the regulation of consumer credit and consumer hire agreements, the licensing of consumer credit businesses and the enhancement of consumer rights and redress against unfair lending practices.  Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill. Responsibility for consumer credit regulation is transferred to Northern Ireland under the devolved settlement. However, as the NI Assembly is currently suspended, Ministers have agreed that the Bill should extend to NI. 
Corporate Manslaughter an Corporate Homicide Bill 220; carry over motion 10.10.06 G The Bill makes provision for a new offence of corporate manslaughter to apply to companies and other incorporated bodies, government departments and similar bodies, and police forces.  Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill 57; HL51; CAP 7 G The Bill removes the requirement for there to be a revaluation for council tax purposes in England 2007 and at ten yearly intervals thereafter Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill The Bill does not affect the provisions for the revaluation of domestic properties in Wales for council tax purposes Not covered by Bill
Criminal Defence Service Bill [HL] HL4; 64; CAP 9 G The Bill changes the arrangements for the grant of public funding for representation in criminal proceedings in England and Wales.  Covered by the Bill Not covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Not covered by the Bill 
Criminal Law (Amendment) Protection of Property Bill  18; dropped PMB5 The Bill is intended to allow people who tackle burglars and other intruders more latitude, by providing that they will not be guilty of any offence unless they have used grossly disproportionate force.   Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Education and Inspections Bill 134; HL116; CAP 40 G The Bill seeks to implement proposals contained in the schools white paper (Higher standards, better schools for all). It also makes provision for changes announced in the March 2005 Budget to reduce the number of public service inspectorates. Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by the bill The Bill covers England primarily but some provisions extend to Wales Not generally covered by the bill
Electoral Administration Bill 50; HL58; CAP 22 G The Bill aims to improve the overall administration of elections Covered by the Bill Most of the Bill's provisions apply to Scotland Most of the Bill's provisions apply to Wales Most of the Bill's provisions apply to Northern Ireland
Emergency Workers (Obstruction) Bill 20; HL 142; CAP 39 PMB7 The Bill makes it an offence to obstruct or hinder persons who provide emergency services. Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Employment Tribunals (Representation and Assistance in Discrimination Proceedings) Bill 14; dropped PMB1 The Bill seeks to establish an independent body which will be responsible for administering the delivery of assistance and advice to claimants in discrimination proceedings before an employment tribunal.  Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill
Equality Bill [HL] HL2; 85; CAP 3 G The Bill establishes the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) to take over the work of the existing equality commissions; makes unlawful discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief; creates a duty on public authorities to promote equality between the sexes Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill.  Legislative consent motion (Sewel motion) agreed to.   SP OR 26.10.05 c19985-99 Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill 
European Union Bill  5; dropped G The Bill makes provision for a referendum to be held on the ratification of the EU Constitutional Treaty; also makes provision for the Constitutional Treaty to be given effect in UK law if the referendum approves its ratification.   Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
European Union (Accessions) Bill 51; HL46; CAP 2 G The Bill enables the UK to ratify Romania and Bulgaria's accession treaty to the EU  Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Finance Bill 8; HL13; CAP 22 G The Bill grants certain duties, alters other duties, and amends the law relating to the National Debt and the Public Revenue, and makes further provisions in connection with finance. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Finance (No. 2) Bill 161; HL 135; CAP 25 G The Bill grants certain duties, alters other duties, and amends the law relating to the National Debt and the Public Revenue, and makes further provisions in connection with finance. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Fraud Bill [HL] HL 7; 166: CAP 35 G The Bill seeks to strengthen and modernise fraud laws, enabling authorities to act more effectively against high tech and commercial fraud crimes. Covered by the Bill  Not covered by Bill (except for clause 10(1) which amends the Companies Act 1985) Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Government of Wales Bill 100; HL 81; CAP 32 G The Bill creates a separation of powers between the legislature and the executive. It creates a new power for the assembly to make law in devolved areas and provides for primary law-making powers under certain circumstances. It makes changes to the electoral system.  Covered by the Bill although its practical application is confined almost entirely to Wales Covered by the Bill although its practical application is confined almost entirely to Wales Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill although its practical application is confined almost entirely to Wales
Health Bill 69; HL 76; CAP 28 G The Bill contains a number of provisions relating to the protection of public health including smoking in public places and prevention and control of health care associated infections Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by the Bill but certain provisions relating to controlled drugs, medicines and pharmacies and NHS Appointments Commission extend to the UK as a whole.  Legislative consent motion (Sewel motion) agreed.  SP OR 19.1.06 c22624 Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by the Bill but certain provisions relating to controlled drugs, medicines and pharmacies and NHS Appointments Commission extend to the UK as a whole
Housing Corporation (Delegation) Etc. Bill 164; HL105; CAP 27 G The twin objectives of this Bill are to ensure that the Housing Corporation has the power to delegate the exercise of its functions in the future and to clarify the position as regards the  exercise of its past functions. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill. Legislative Consent Motion (Sewel motion) agreed.  SP OR 10.5.06 c25460 Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill
Identity Cards Bill; CAP 15 9; HL28; CAP 15 G The Bill sets out the legal framework to enable identity cards to be introduced throughout the UK and to create a National Identity Register. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill 13; HL43; CAP 13 G The Bill will implement key elements of the Government's five year strategy on Asylum and Immigration. It also includes a number of provisions that will facilitate the enforcement and transparency of the system.  Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill 19; HL 127; CAP 31 PMB6 The Bill requires the Secretary of State to report annually on various aspects of overseas development assistance. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill 111; HL109; CAP 51 G The Bill extends the scope of powers available to ministers to amend statute law by Order.  Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill.  Legislative consent motion (Sewel motion) agreed to.  SP OR 5.10.06 c28336-7 Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
London Olympic Games and Paralympics Games Bill 45; HL52; CAP 12 G The Bill sets up the Olympic Delivery Authority and provides the statutory remit for public bodies tasked with delivering the Games; also provides the legislative framework to enable UK to meet IOC requirements placed on host cities.  Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill.  Legislative consent motion (Sewel motion) agreed to.  SP OR 10.11.05 c20650-1 Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Merchant Shipping (Pollution) Bill [HL] HL8; 68; CAP 8 G The Bill contains measures relating to compensation for oil pollution and reduction of air pollution from ships.  Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
National Insurance Contributions Bill 53; HL54; CAP 10 G The Bill enables the Government to act against avoidance of tax and NI contributions through certain types of employee remuneration schemes Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
National Lottery Bill 6; HL67; CAP 23 G The Bill establishes a single distributor (the Big Lottery Fund) to replace the Community Fund, New Opportunities Fund and Millennium Commission; enables distributors to take account of public consultation in making distribution decisions; ensures that licensing and regulation of the National Lottery continues to maximise returns to good causes.  Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill.  Legislative consent motion (Sewel motion) agreed to.  SP OR  27.1.05 c14065-6 (on 2004-05 Westminster Bill) Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill 
Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill 3; HL23; CAP 16 G The Bill establishes the Commission for Rural Communities and Natural England; also brings in key elements of the Government's rural strategy published in July 2004.  Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by Bill but several provisions (e.g. those relating to agricultural levy boards have UK-wide extent and part 7 (Inland Waterways) extends to Scotland.  Legislative consent  (Sewel motion) agreed.  SP OR 6.10.05 c19903-5 Covered by the Bill although the main functions of the Commission for Rural Communities and Natural England relate to England.  Not generally covered by the Bill but several provisions (e.g. those relating to agricultural levy boards) have UK-wide extent.
NHS Redress Bill [HL]  HL22; 137; CAP 44 G The Bill establishes a new scheme to provide a speedy and appropriate response to certain cases of medical negligence Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill
Northern Ireland Bill 169; HL99; CAP 17 G The Northern Ireland Bill is an emergency measure designed to facilitate the full restoration of devolved government to Northern Ireland Covered by the Bill (although its practical impact is on Northern Ireland) Covered by the Bill (although its practical impact is on Northern Ireland) Covered by the Bill (although its practical impact is on Northern Ireland) Covered by the Bill
Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 131; HL110; CAP 33 G The Bill makes provision in relation to the following: registration of electors, Chief Electoral Office, date of next Assembly elections, political donations, devolution of policing and justice functions, miscellaneous provisions including an extension to the amnesty period for arms decommissioning and changes in the energy sector.  Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill. Legislative Consent Motion (Sewel motion) under consideration.   Justice 1 Cttee  Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill 81; withdrawn G The Bill fulfils a Government commitment to address the issue of terrorist suspects on the run Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill. Legislative Consent Motion (Sewel motion) under consideration.    Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Police and Justice Bill 119; HL104; CAP 48 G The Bill enacts key elements of this Government's police reform programme and Respect Action Plan. Provisions include the establishment of a National Policing Improvement Agency, standardisation of the powers of Community Support Officers, and measures in connection with anti-social behaviour.  Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by the bill but certain provisions, e.g. those relating to the National Policing Improvement Agency, extend to Scotland.  Legislative Consent Motion (Sewel Motion) agreed.  SP OR 4.5.06 c25338-53 Covered by the Bill although a few items relate to transferred matters Not generally covered by the Bill but certain provisions, for example those relating to the National Policing Improvement Agency, extend to Northern Ireland.
Racial and Religious Hatred Bill 11; HL15; CAP 1 G The Bill extends the current offence of racial hatred to include stirring up hatred based on religious belief; and brings all religions under the same protection.  Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill
Regulation of Financial Services (Land Transactions) Bill 7; HL19; CAP 24 G The purpose of the Bill is to enable activities relating to financial arrangements involving the acquisition or disposal of land to be regulated  by the FSA. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Rights of Savers Bill 15; dropped PMB2 The Bill is designed to encourage pension saving through various means including the introduction of Saving and Retirement Accounts (SaRAs). Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill
Road Safety Bill [HL] HL 5; 113; CAP 49 G The Bill makes provision for a range of road safety matters including drink driving and speeding as well as penalties and their enforcement.   Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill although some parts (e.g. motorway rest areas and London private hire vehicles) extend only to England and Wales. Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by the Bill but provisions relating to registration of number plate suppliers and disclosure to foreign authorities of licensing and registration information, do extend to Northern Ireland. 
Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill [HL] HL79; 194; CAP 47 G The Bill provides the legislative framework for a new vetting and barring scheme for people who work with children and vulnerable adults. Covered by the Bill Not covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by the Bill except for certain provisions e.g. the establishment of the Independent Barring  Board. 
Terrorism Bill 55; HL38; CAP 11 G The purpose of the Bill is to reform and extend previous counter-terrorist legislation Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill except for the provisions in clause 17 relating to use of explosives in a manner that does not relate to terrorism  Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Terrorism (Northern Ireland) Bill 52; HL50; CAP 4 G The Bill renews the special anti-terrorist provisions contained in part 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 Not covered by the Bill Not covered by the Bill Not covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill
Transport (Wales) Bill 4; HL26; CAP 5 G The Bill is intended to enhance the powers of the NAW in relation to transport to enable it to implement a safe, integrated, sustainable, efficient and economic transport system for Wales.   Covered by the Bill although, in practice, its provisions apply primarily to Wales. Not covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Not covered by the Bill 
Violent Crime Reduction Bill 10; HL 41; CAP 38 G The Bill contains measures to ensure that police and local communities have powers to tackle guns, knives and alcohol-related violence.  Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by Bill but provisions relating to offensive weapons apply to Great Britain and several clauses have UK-wide application. Covered by the Bill Not generally covered by the Bill but several clauses have UK wide application.  Section 51, schedule 2 and section 59(2) extend to Northern Ireland only.
Welfare Reform Bill 208; carry over motion 24.7.06 G The Bill provides for an Employment & Support Allowance to replace incapacity benefit and income support; reforms housing benefit; gives local authorities powers to investigate and prosecute benefit fraud; covers miscellaneous related matters. Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill with certain exceptions (e.g. powers of local authorities to prosecute benefit offences) Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill. Because of a long-standing policy of parity in this area it is intended that an Order containing corresponding provisions will be made.
Work and Families Bill 60; HL65; CAP 18 G The Bill extends the period of maternity pay to 9 months; allows mothers to transfer a proportion of their maternity leave and pay to the father; extends the right to request flexible working to other groups with caring responsibilities Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Covered by the Bill Not covered by Bill. Clause 17 provides that an Order in Council, subject to negative procedure, may be made for NI so that changes to NI legislation can be timed to coincide with changes to legislation in GB
* as at 1 February 2007