Commons Private Members’ Bills: 26 October 2018

26 October 2018

MPs debated a number of Private Members’ Bills in the House of Commons on Friday 26 October 2018.

Private Members’ Bills

The following Bills were scheduled for debate:

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill

The purpose of the Bill, presented by Karen Buck MP, is to help drive up standards in the private and social rented sectors by putting an obligation on landlords to keep their property in good condition and giving tenants the right to take legal action where their landlord fails to do so.

The Bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons without a division.

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc.) Bill

This Bill, presented by Tim Loughton, requires the Secretary of State to review the system of registering marriages and civil partnerships to ascertain the changes that would be needed to enable the inclusion of both parents
in a register entry. It also requires them to prepare a report to assess the changes that ought to be made to ensure equality of treatment with respect to the future ability of opposite-sex and same-sex couples to form a civil partnership.

The Bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons without a division.

Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill

This Bill, presented by Mr Geoffrey Robinson, gives provision that would allow for consent to organ donation in England to be deemed to have been given by a potential adult organ donor before their death unless they had expressly stated that they did not wish to be an organ donor or an exception applies. This is often referred to as an “opt-out” system of consent as people may “opt-out” of becoming an organ donor on the premise that they do not consent.

The Bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons without a division.

Read the Commons Order Paper for a full list of Private Members' Bills scheduled for debate

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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