Private Members’ Bills debated
The following Bills were debated on Friday 6 November 2015:
NHS (Charitable Trusts Etc) Bill
This Bill, sponsored by Wendy Morton MP, seeks to make provision for, and in connection with, the removal of the Secretary of State’s powers under the National Health Service Act 2006 to appoint trustees; to make provision transferring to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity the right to a royalty conferred by Schedule 6 to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; and for connected purposes.
The Bill passed second reading in the House of Commons; it will now move to a public bill committee.
Off-patent Drugs Bill
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 of this Bill was adjourned and will be resumed on Friday 4 December 2015.
Rescheduled Private Members’ Bills
The Second Reading stages of the following Bills have been rescheduled:
Highways (Improvement, Traffic Regulation and Traffic Management) Bill
This Bill, sponsored by William Cash MP, seeks to make provision for the prioritisation of maintenance of unclassified roads; the management of heavy commercial vehicle traffic; the regulation of the use of certain roads by such vehicles; and for connected purposes.
The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 29 January 2016.
Crown Tenancies Bill
This Bill, sponsored by Mark Pawsey MP, seeks to to provide that Crown tenancies may be assured tenancies for the purposes of the Housing Act 1988, subject to certain exceptions; to modify the assured tenancies regime in relation to certain Crown tenancies; and for connected purposes.
The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been scheduled for Friday 22 January 2016.
Defence Expenditure (NATO Target) Bill
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 20 November 2016.
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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