Lords private members' bills

Lords Chamber with members
28 April 2017

The House of Lords considered four private members' bills at third reading on Thursday 27 April, covering access to local audit documents, equality of employment rights on merchant ships, the property and affairs of missing persons and the registration of farriers.

A private member's bill is a type of public bill (that affects the public). Private members' bills must go through the same set of procedures as other public bills.

No changes to these bills were suggested by members of the Lords ahead of third reading.

Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill (third reading)

A bill to extend public access to certain local audit documents under section 26 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. 
 
Find out more about the Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the bill it received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017. Royal Assent is the monarch's agreement to make the bill into an Act of Parliament (law).

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill (third reading)

A bill to repeal of sections 146(4) and 147(3) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which preserve the right to dismiss a seafarer on a UK registered merchant navy vessel for an act of homosexuality (these currently have no legal effect due to other legislation such as the Equality Act 2010).

Find out more about the Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the bill it received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017. Royal Assent is the monarch's agreement to make the bill into an Act of Parliament (law).

Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill (third reading)

A bill regarding the property and affairs of missing persons.

Find out more about the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the bill it received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017. Royal Assent is the monarch's agreement to make the bill into an Act of Parliament (law).

Farriers (Registration) Bill (third reading)

A bill regarding the constitution of the Farriers Registration Council and its committees.

Find out more about the Farriers (Registration) Bill

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the bill it received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017. Royal Assent is the monarch's agreement to make the bill into an Act of Parliament (law).

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