Private Members' Bills: 21 October 2016

21 October 2016

MPs debated a number of Private Members’ Bills in the House of Commons on Friday 21 October.

Transcripts of proceedings in the House of Commons Chamber are available in Hansard online three hours after they happen.

Private Members’ Bills

The following Bills were debated:

Sexual Offences (Pardons Etc.) Bill

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 Sexual Offences (Pardons etc.) Bill debate has been adjourned and Second Reading is scheduled to continue on Friday 16 December.

Registration of Marriage Bill

This Bill, sponsored by Edward Argar MP, seeks to make provision about the registration of marriages.

The Registration of Marriage Bill was not debated but was adjourned. Debate is expected to take place on Friday 18 November.

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.

Watching proceedings from the public gallery

UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.

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