Private Members’ Bills
The following Bills were debated on Friday 11 March 2016:
Foreign National Offenders (Exclusion from the UK) Bill: Second Reading
This Bill, sponsored by Peter Bone MP, seeks to make provision to exclude from the UK foreign nationals found guilty of a
criminal offence committed in the UK.
A division was called on the Second Reading of the Bill (Ayes 5 votes, Noes 25 votes). As fewer than 40 members participated in the division, the question was not decided, therefore the Bill has been provisionally rescheduled for debate on Friday 22 April.
National Health Service Bill: Second Reading
This Bill, sponsored by Caroline Lucas MP, seeks to re-establish the Secretary of State’s legal duty as to the National Health Service in England and to make provision about the other duties of the Secretary of State in that regard; to make provision about the administration and accountability of the National Health Service in England; to repeal section 1 of the National Health Service (Private Finance) Act 1997 and sections 38 and 39 of the Immigration Act 2014; to make provision about the application of international law in relation to health services in the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.
The Bill started Second Reading debate but was adjourned. Debate has been provisionally been rescheduled to continue on Friday 22 April.
Rescheduled Private Members’ Bills
The remaining Private Members' Bills have been provisionally scheduled for debate on either Friday 22 April or Friday 6 May 2016. The House of Commons is currently not scheduled to sit on these dates.
A number of Private Members' Bills were not moved.
Remaining Orders of the Day
At the end of the debate, just before the Adjournment Debate any outstanding Private Members' Bills are read out one by one and MPs are given the opportunity to reschedule the debate for another sitting or non-sitting Friday.
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.
Watching proceedings from the public gallery
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