Commons Private Members’ Bills: 20 November 2015

20 November 2015

MPs debated the Compulsory Emergency First Aid Education (State-funded Secondary Schools) Bill in the House of Commons on Friday 20 November 2015.

Private Members’ Bills debated

The following Bills were debated on Friday 20 November 2015:

Compulsory Emergency First Aid Education (State-funded Secondary Schools) Bill

This Bill, sponsored by Teresa Pearce MP, seeks to require the provision of Emergency First Aid (EFA) education by all state-funded secondary schools; to require that EFA education include cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillator awareness; to provide for initial and continuing teacher education and guidance on best practice for delivering and inspecting EFA education; and for connected purposes.

The second reading debate on this Bill begun but was interrupted for 2 Urgent Questions at 11.00am. Upon continuing at 12.12pm the debate on the second reading was adjourned at the rise of the House. The debate is scheduled to be resumed on Friday 29 January 2016.

Rescheduled Private Members’ Bills

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

On-demand Audiovisual Services (Accessibility for People with Disabilities affecting Hearing or Sight or both) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Lilian Greenwood MP, seeks to require the appropriate regulatory authority of on-demand audiovisual programme services to draw up a Code relating to the provision of subtitles, signing and audio-description for persons with disabilities affecting their hearing or their sight or both; to require the appropriate regulatory authority to consult before issuing any such Code; to make provision for minimum requirements to be included in the Code; to require that on-demand programme services providers observe the requirements of the Code; to provide for regular consultation about and review of the minimum requirements; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 5 February 2016.

Mental Health (Independent Advocacy) (England) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Geoffrey Cox MP, seeks to amend the Mental Health Act 1983 to make further provision for powers and responsibilities of independent mental health advocates for qualifying patients in England; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 26 February 2016.

Health Services Commissioning (Equality and Accountability) (No.2) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Rehman Chishti MP, seeks to make provision to reduce inequalities in the health care received by people with mental illness and people with learning disabilities; to require commissioners of health services to make an annual report to the Secretary of State on the equality of service provision to, and the health outcomes for, such people and of their qualitative experience of health care services; and for connected purposes.

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

Public Nuisance from Wind Farms (Mandatory Liability Cover) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by David Davis MP, seeks to require the Secretary of State to make provision about obligations on wind farm operators in respect of financial cover for potential liabilities arising from cause of public nuisance; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 26 February 2016.

Perinatal Mental Illness (NHS Family Services) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Rehman Chishti MP, seeks to make provision about the appropriate level of access to NHS services and accommodation for mothers with perinatal mental illness; and for connected purposes.

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

Representation of the People (Young Persons' Enfranchisement and Education) Bill: Second Reading

This Second Reading is a contiunation of the adjourned debate on this Bill's initial Second Reading from 11 September 2015.

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 4 December 2015.

Defence Expenditure (NATO Target) Bill: Second Reading

This Second Reading is a contiunation of the adjourned debate on this Bill's initial Second Reading from 23 October 2015.

This Bill, sponsored by Gerald Howarth MP, seeks to make provision about the meeting by the United Kingdom of the NATO target for defence expenditure in each member state to constitute not less than 2 per cent of gross domestic product; to make provision for verification that NATO’s criteria for defence expenditure are met in calculating the UK’s performance against this target; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 26 February 2016.

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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