Commons Private Members’ Bills: 21 November 2014

Commons Private Members’ Bills: 21 November 2014
20 November 2014

MPs debated Private Members’ Bills in the House of Commons on Friday 21 November 2014, starting with the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill.

Private Members’ Bills debated

The following Bills were debated on 21 November 2014:

National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Clive Efford MP, seeks to re-establish the Secretary of State’s legal duty to provide national health services in England; to amend the provisions of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 relating to Monitor; to repeal the regulations made under section 75 of that Act; to make other amendments to the provisions in that Act relating to competition and provision of private health services; and for connected purposes.

This Bill completed its second reading stage following a division and was committed to a public bill committee (Division number 90, Ayes 241, Noes 18).

Zero Hours Contracts Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Ian Mearns MP, seeks to limit the use of zero-hours contracts; and for connected purposes.

This Bill started its second reading debate but the debate was adjourned. Debate is expected to resume on the Bill on Friday 28 November 2014. 

Private Members' Bill passed at second reading without debate

At the end of the sitting at 2.30pm bills cannot be debated, but may pass second reading if the motion is not objected to.

Local Government (Religious etc Observances) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Jake Berry MP, seeks to make provision about the inclusion at local authority meetings of observances that are, and about powers of local authorities in relation to events that to any extent are, religious or related to a religious or philosophical belief. 

This Bill completed its second reading without a debate and was committed to a public bill committee.

Rescheduled Private Members' Bills

Public Services (Ownership and User Involvement) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Caroline Lucas MP, seeks to promote public ownership of public services; to introduce a presumption in favour of service provision by public sector and not-for-profit entities; and to put in place mechanisms to increase the accountability, transparency and public control of public services, including those operated by private companies.

The second reading stage of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 27 February 2015.

Carers Bedroom Entitlement (Social Housing Sector) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Barbara Keeley MP, seeks to provide that people in receipt of Universal Credit and Housing Benefit and accommodated in the social housing sector be entitled to an additional bedroom related to caring responsibilities or overnight care; and for connected purposes.

The second reading stage of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 9 January 2015.

Armed Forces (Prevention of Discrimination) (No. 2) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Thomas Docherty MP, seeks to make provision in relation to the reserve forces of the Crown; to provide that certain offences committed towards members of the armed forces and their families shall be treated as aggravated; to prohibit discrimination against members of the armed forces and their families in terms of provision of goods, services and employment; and for connected purposes.

The second reading stage of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 27 February 2015.

Road Traffic Regulation (Temporary Closure for Filming) Bill: Second Reading debate adjourned on 7 November 2014

The Bill, sponsored by Iain Stewart MP, seeks to to make provision for the restriction or regulation of traffic on roads in connection with filming; and for connected purposes.

The second reading stage of this Bill has been rescheduled for 28 November 2014.

Illegal Immigrants (Criminal Sanctions) Bill: Second Reading debate adjourned on 24 October 2014

The Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to make provision for criminal sanctions against those who have entered the UK illegally or who have remained in the UK without legal authority. 

The second reading stage of this Bill has been rescheduled for 28 November 2014.

House of Lords (Maximum Membership) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to provide for a maximum limit on the number of Peers entitled to vote in the House of Lords; and to provide for a moratorium on new appointments. 

The second reading stage of this Bill has been rescheduled for 28 November 2014.

EU Membership (Audit of Costs and Benefits) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to require an independent audit of the benefits and costs of UK membership of the European Union.

The second reading stage of this Bill has been rescheduled for 28 November 2014.

Wild Animals in Circuses Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Jim Fitzpatrick MP, seeks to prohibit the use of wild animals in circuses; and for connected purposes.

The second reading stage of this Bill has been rescheduled for 28 November 2014.

Related Information

About 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 but, by creating publicity around an issue, they may affect legislation indirectly.

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