Commons Private Members' Bills: 23 February 2018

23 February 2018

MPs debated a number of Private Members’ Bills in the House of Commons on Friday 23 February 2018.

Private Members’ Bills

The following Bills were debated on Friday 23 February:

Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Geoffrey Robinson MP, seeks to change organ donation in England to an ‘opt-out’ system. Consent to donate organs in the event of death will be presumed unless the individual has opted out.

The Bill passed its Second Reading without a division.

Overseas Electors Bill: Second Reading

This Bill, sponsored by Glyn Davies MP, seeks to extend the basis on which British citizens outside the UK qualify to participate in parliamentary elections. It would remove the '15-year rule' which prevents British citizens living overseas from registering to vote if they have lived abroad for more than 15 years.

The Bill passed its Second Reading without a division.

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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