Commons Private Members' Bills: 8 February 2019

08 February 2019

MPs debated a number of Private Members’ Bills in the House of Commons on Friday 8 February 2019, starting with the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill.

Private Members’ Bills

The following Bills are were debated on Friday 8 February:

Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill: remaining stages

This Bill, sponsored by Sir Oliver Heald MP, aims to amend the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in relation to service animals.

The Bill passed all of its stages in the House of Commons and will now be considered in the House of Lords.

Value Added Tax Bill: second reading

This Bill, sponsored by Sir Christopher Chope MP, seeks to enable the maximum turnover threshold for exemption from the requirement to register for VAT to be raised; to make provision for the exemption of certain goods and services from liability to VAT; and for connected purposes.

Following approximately two hours of debate, Sir Christopher Chope withdrew the Bill so it can make no further progress in the Parliamentary session.

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Bill: second reading

This Bill, sponsored by Theresa Villiers MP, seeks to prevent the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act 2009 from expiring on 11 November 2019.

The Bill passed its second reading and will now be examined in detail by a Public Bill Committee.

Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill

This Bill, sponsored by David Warburton, makes provision about rivers authorities and about the expenses of internal drainage boards.

The Bill passed its second reading and will now be examined in detail by a Public Bill Committee.

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