Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, Mike Penning, opened the debate. Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions, Kate Green, responded on behalf of the Opposition.
The bill passed second reading on question without a vote.
Summary of the Mesothelioma Bill
A Bill to establish a Diffuse Mesothelioma Payments Scheme and make related provision, and to make provision about the resolution of certain insurance disputes.
Progress of the Bill
The Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 29 August 2013.
Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Mesothelioma Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.
House of Commons Library Analysis
The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial. The Library has published a briefing paper for the second reading.
What happens at second reading?
At second reading the House debates the whole principle of the bill. It usually takes place no sooner than two weekends after first reading.
The Member in charge or the Minister moves the motion ‘that the bill be now read a second time’. MPs then debate the bill.
At the end of the debate the Speaker determines whether there are any objections to the motion being debated and asks for the Ayes and Noes.
Members voice their opinion, and if no objections are made, the bill passes second reading without a vote. If the Speaker believes Members have voiced disagreement a division is called and a vote taken.
What happens after second reading?
Following agreement to the programme motion, the Bill will go to a Public Bill Committee for consideration.
Watching proceedings from the public gallery
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