Private Members' Bill Ballot: 12 June 2014

12 June 2014

The ballot for Private Members’ Bills for the 2014-15 session took place at 9am on Thursday 12 June. Andrew George MP was drawn in first place.

The Chairman of Ways and Means, Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle MP, drew the names of twenty MPs in reverse order, with the last Member drawn having the first choice of a Private Members’ Bill Friday for their chosen bill.

Position in the ballot

1. Andrew George, Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives
2. Michael Moore, Liberal Democrat MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
3. Robert Neill, Conservative MP for Bromley and Chislehurst
4. Richard Bacon, Conservative MP for South Norfolk
5. Jeremy Lefroy, Conservative MP for Stafford
6. Clive Efford, Labour MP for Eltham
7. Sarah Teather, Liberal Democrat MP for Brent Central
8. Julian Sturdy, Conservative MP for York Outer
9. Mr Mark Spencer, Conservative MP for Sherwood
10. Jonathan Evans, Conservative MP for Cardiff North
11. Ian Mearns, Labour MP for Gateshead
12. Dan Jarvis, Labour MP for Barnsley Central
13. Jake Berry, Conservative MP for Rossendale and Darwen
14. Andrew Bingham, Conservative MP for High Peak
15. Yvonne Fovargue, Labour MP for Makerfield
16. John Hemming, Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley
17. Mr Christopher Chope, Conservative MP for Christchurch
18. Mark Lazarowicz, Labour (Co-op) MP for Edinburgh North and Leith
19. David Davis,Conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden
20. Martin Horwood, Liberal Democrat MP for Cheltenham

The ballot for Private Members’ Bills presents an opportunity to be one of the first MPs to introduce a Private Members Bill in the 2014-15 session and may mean guaranteed debating time on the Bill on a Friday sitting of the House, allocated to the consideration of Private Members’ Bills.

Ahead of the ballot Mr Hoyle said

"The Private Members Bill ballot is an important event for backbench Members.

"As there is a possibility that proposed Bills may eventually become legislation, Members are keen to debate issues that really matter to them.

"Those drawn highest in the ballot will have the best chance of making progress with their bill, so everyone will be keen to be drawn in the top spot.

"Like last year, I will be calling the names in reverse order in order to maximise the sense of anticipation and excitement for those involved."

Presentation of Bills

The Ballot Bills will have their first reading in the House of Commons on Wednesday 2 July and will then be considered on sitting Fridays.

Find out more about the Private Members' Ballot Bills for 2014-15:

Time for debating Private Members' Bills is limited to 13 Fridays in each session of Parliament.

The following Fridays have been set for discussion of Private Members’ Bills in 2014-15:

  • 5 September 2014
  • 12 September 2014
  • 17 October 2014
  • 24 October 2014
  • 7 November 2014
  • 21 November 2014
  • 28 November 2014
  • 5 December 2014
  • 9 January 2015
  • 16 January 2015
  • 23 January 2015
  • 27 February 2015
  • 6 March 2015

Related information

Success of Private Members' Ballot Bills

The following were Private Members' Bills from the ballot that became law in the 2013-14 Parliamentary session:

What are Private Members' Bills?

Private Members' Bills are Public Bills introduced by MPs and Lords who are not government ministers. As with other Public Bills their purpose is to change the law as it applies to the general population. A minority of Private Members' Bills become law.

There are three ways in which a Member can table a Private Members' Bill but Ballot Bills have the best chance of becoming law, as they get priority for the limited amount of debating time available.

The names of Members applying for a Bill are drawn in a ballot held at the beginning of the parliamentary year. Normally, the first seven ballot Bills get a day's debate.

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