The Family Relationships (Impact Assessment and Targets) Bill had its committee stage, the first chance for line by line scrutiny, in the Lords on Thursday 29 March.
This is a private member's bill. 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.
This bill aims to:
- require public bodies to accompany any proposal for a change in public expenditure, administration or policy with a family impact assessment
- require the government to report on the costs and benefits of extending family impact assessments to local authorities and to evaluate progress towards targets for family stability
As no changes were suggested to the bill, a motion was agreed to that both committee and report stages be dispensed with and that the bill progress directly to third reading. This procedure is known as ‘order of commitment discharged’.
Third reading, a chance to 'tidy up' the bill and makes changes, is yet to be scheduled.
The Family Relationships (Impact Assessment and Targets) Bill had its second reading, the key debate on the draft law's purpose and principles, on 23 February.
Lords news: Private member's bills February 2018