Lords private members' bills

Members working in the House of Lords Chamber.
13 March 2017

The House of Lords debated four private members' bills on Friday 10 March covering prevention of violence against women, homelessness, parking and funding of political parties.

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

Homelessness Reduction Bill (committee stage)

A bill to reduce homelessness, with early intervention and reasonable steps to help secure accommodation by local authorities.

No changes were suggested to the bill at committee stage, so the bill goes directly to third reading. This procedure is known as 'order of commitment discharged'.

Third reading, a chance to 'tidy up' the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled.
 
Find out more about the Homelessness Reduction 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).

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (committee stage)

A bill to make it easier for local authorities to lower car parking charges.

No changes were suggested to the bill at committee stage, so the bill goes directly to third reading. This procedure is known as 'order of commitment discharged'.

Third reading, a chance to 'tidy up' the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled.

Find out more about the Parking Places (Variation of Charges) 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).

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill (second reading)

A bill to allow for the ratification by the UK of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention).

Committee stage, the first chance for line by line scrutiny, is yet to be scheduled.

Find out more about the Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) 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).

Political Parties (Funding and Expenditure) Bill (second reading)

A bill to regulate the funding and expenditure of political parties, by measures including a phased introduction of a cap on donations and public funding of political parties.

Committee stage, the first chance for line by line scrutiny, is yet to be scheduled.

Find out more about the Political Parties (Funding and Expenditure) Bill

The 2016-2017 session of Parliament ended on 27 April 2017 and this bill will make no further progress.

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