Commons Private Members' Bill: 3 November 2017

03 November 2017

MPs debated a number of Private Members' Bill in the House of Commons on Friday 3 November 2017.

Private Members' Bills

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill

This Bill, sponsored by Steve Reed, aims to increase the oversight and
management of the use of force in mental health units.

It also imposes requirements regarding the use of force in mental health units, and makes provision for deaths that occur during, or result from, the use of force in mental health units to be investigated. The Bill also makes provision for police officers to wear and operate body cameras when attending a mental health unit.

The Bill  passed its Second Reading in the House of Commons

Representation of the People (Young People's Enfranchisement and Education) Bill

This Bill, sponsored by Jim McMahon, aims to make provisions to reduce the voting age for Parliamentary elections to the House of Commons from 18 to 16 years, including overseas voters.

It also makes provision for electoral registration officers to register 16 and 17 year olds to vote. In Scotland, where the voting age for the local government franchise has already been lowered to 16, electoral registration officers must make special provision when registering attainers – those approaching voting age. No information on those aged under 16 must be included on any version of the register published or otherwise made available, except in very limited circumstances.

If proceedings on the Representation of the People (Young People's Enfranchisement and Education) Bill end before 2.30pm, a third Bill and, possibly, subsequent Bills may be debated in the time remaining. After 2.30pm, only those Bills which are unopposed may make further progress.

This Bill did not have time to complete it's Second Reading, and is currently scheduled to resume debate on 1 December 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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