Debates on Private Members’ Bills
The following Private Members' Bills were debated:
Affordable Homes Bill: Second Reading
This Bill, sponsored by Andrew George MP, seeks to make provision about the availability of affordable homes; and for connected purposes.
The Bill completed its second reading stage on division (Division number 47, Ayes 306, Noes 231).
Responsible Parking (Scotland) Bill: Second Reading
This Bill, sponsored by Mark Lazarowicz MP, seeks to amend Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998 to exclude from the reservations certain provisions relating to parking; and for connected purposes.
The second reading debate on this Bill began but was adjourned. Debate is scheduled to resume on Friday 12 September.
Rescheduled Private Members' Bills
Debates on the following Bills have been rescheduled:
Health Service Commissioner for England (Complaint Handling) Bill: Second Reading
This Bill, sponsored by Mr David Davis MP, seeks to make provision about the handling of complaints by the Health Service Commissioner for England; to require the Commissioner to notify a complainant of the reason for the delay if the investigation of the complaint is not concluded within a twelve month period; to require the Commissioner to lay before Parliament an annual report giving details of how long investigations of complaints have taken to be concluded and progress towards meeting a target of concluding investigations within a twelve month period; and for connected purposes.
Debate on this Bill has been rescheduled for 17 October 2014.
Defence Expenditure (NATO Target) Bill: Second Reading
This Bill, sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP, seeks to make provision about the meeting by the United Kingdom of the target for defence expenditure to constitute a minimum of 2 per cent of Gross Domestic Product; to make provision that the definition of defence expenditure is subject to independent verification; and for connected purposes.
Debate on this Bill has been reschedule for Friday 12 September 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.
Debate on this Bill has been rescheduled to Friday 17 October.
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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