Commons Private Members' Bills: 16 December 2016

16 December 2016

MPs debated a number of Private Members' Bills in the Commons on Friday 16 December.

Private Members’ Bills

The following Bills were debated on Friday 16 December:

Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP, seeks to require the United Kingdom to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention); and for connected purposes.

The Bill passed its Second Reading by 135 to 2 following a divison and now progresses to Committee Stage.

Double Taxation Treaties (Developing Countries) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Roger Mullin MP, seeks to place a duty on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to align the outcomes of double taxation treaties with developing countries with the goal of the United Kingdom’s overseas development aid programme for reducing poverty and to report to Parliament thereon; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading of this Bill was adjourned and is expected to resume on 20 January 2017.

Rescheduled Private Members' Bills

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

Crown Tenancies Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Wendy Morton MP, seeks 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 27 January 2017.  

Sexual Offences (Pardons Etc) Bill: adjourned debate on Second Reading [21 October]

This Bill, sponsored by John Nicolson MP, seeks to make provision for the pardoning, or otherwise setting aside, of cautions and convictions for specified sexual offences that have now been abolished; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 20 January 2017.

Health and Social Care (National Data Guardian) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Jo Churchill MP, seeks to establish, and make provision about, the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care; and for connected purposes.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 13 January 2017.

Withdrawal from the European Union (Article 50) Bill

This Bill, sponsored by Peter Bone MP, seeks to require Her Majesty’s Government to notify the European Council by 31 March 2017 of the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the European Union.

The Second Reading stage of this Bill has been rescheduled for Friday 13 January 2017.

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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