Commons Private Members’ Bills: 4 December 2015

04 December 2015

MPs debated a number of Private Members’ Bills in the House of Commons on Friday 4 December 2015.

Private Members’ Bills debated

The following Bills were debated on Friday 4 December 2015

Riot Compensation Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Mike Wood MP, seeks to repeal the Riot (Damages) Act 1886 and make provision about types of claims, procedures, decision-making and limits on awards payable in relation to a new compensation scheme for property damaged, destroyed or stolen in the course of riots.

The Bill passed second reading in the House of Commons; it will next be considered by a public bill committee. 

Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by William Wragg MP, seeks to extend the Criminal Cases Review Commission’s powers to obtain information.

The Bill passed second reading in the House of Commons; it will next be considered by a public bill committee.

Assessment of Government Policies (Impact on Families) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Caroline Ansell MP, seeks to require ministers to carry out an assessment of the impact of government policies on families by giving statutory effect to the family test; to place a duty on the Secretary of State to make a report on the costs and benefits of requiring local authorities to carry out equivalent tests on their policies; to require the Secretary of State to establish, and make an annual report on, indicators of and targets for the government’s performance in promoting family stability; and for connected purposes.

The second reading of this Bill was adjourned. The date for the second reading debate to be resumed has not yet been announced.

Private Members Bills debated and withdrawn

Pavement Parking (Protection of Vulnerable Pedestrians) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Simon Hoare MP, seeks to make powers available to highway authorities to make further provision for the safety, convenience and free movement on pavements of disabled people, older people, people accompanying young children and other vulnerable pedestrians; to clarify, strengthen and simplify the law relating to parking on pavements in England and Wales; and for connected purposes.

This Bill was withdrawn at the end of the debate and will not progress any further.

Rescheduled Private Members’ Bills

The Second Reading stages of the following Bills have been rescheduled:

Football Governance (Supporters' Participation) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Clive Efford MP, seeks to require football clubs to offer for sale to their supporters a specified percentage of shares in the club upon a change of ownership; to require that a minimum number of places on the club’s board be set aside for election by a qualifying supporters’ organisation; to define what constitutes a qualifying supporters’ organisation; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 4 March 2016.

Negligence and Damages Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Andy McDonald MP, seeks to make provision about liability for negligence in relation to psychiatric illness; to amend the law relating to damages in respect of personal injuries and death; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 22 January 2016.

No Fault Divorce Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Richard Bacon MP, seeks to make provision for the dissolution of a marriage or civil partnership when each party has separately made a declaration that the marriage or civil partnership has irretrievably broken down without a requirement by either party to satisfy the Court of any other facts; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 22 January 2016.

Constitutional Convention (No. 2) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Graham Allen MP, seeks to make provision for a convention to consider the constitution of the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 11 March 2016.

Marriage and Civil Partnership Registration (Mothers' Names) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Christina Rees MP, seeks to make provision about the recording of the names of the mother of each party to a marriage or civil partnership for registration purposes; to make provision for requiring such information to be displayed on marriage certificates and civil partnership certificates; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 22 January 2016.

House of Commons (Administration) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Sir Paul Beresford MP, seeks to consolidate and amend provisions about the House of Commons Members’ Fund; and to make provision about the House of Commons resources estimates.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 22 January 2016.

Off-patent Drugs Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, seeks to require the Secretary of State to seek licences for off-patent drugs in new indications; to require the National Institute for Health and Care excellence to conduct technology appraisals for off-patent drugs in new indications; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 29 January 2016.

Representation of the People (Young Persons' Enfranchisement and Education) Bill: Adjourned Debate on Second Reading [11 September]

This Bill, sponsored by Vicky Foxcroft MP, seeks to reduce the voting age to 16 in general elections, elections to the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the European Parliament, local government elections and referendums; to make provision about young people’s education in citizenship and the constitution; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 29 January 2016.

Private Members' Bills not moved

Health and Safety Executive (Powers) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by James Cleverly MP, seeks to confer further powers on the Health and Safety Executive.

The motion for the second reading of the Bill was not moved. The date for the Second Reading stage of this Bill has not yet been announced.

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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