Private Members Bills presented to Parliament
5 February 2020
The Presentation of Private Members Bills took place today in the Commons Chamber after Prime Ministers' Questions.
Twenty MPs were drawn in a Private Members' Bills ballot which took place on 9 January, and these MPs have spent the past few weeks deciding which topic they wish to introduce legislation on.
What are Private Members' Bills?
Private Members' bills are public bills introduced by MPs 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.
Ballot Bill titles
The Members and their bills are:
- Mike Amesbury – Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) - Friday 13 March
- Darren Jones – Forensic Science Regulator and Biometrics Strategy - Friday 24 April
- Anna McMorrin – Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies (Environmentally Sustainable Investment) - Friday 27 March
- Laura Trott – Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) - Friday 15 May
- Chris Loder – Animal Welfare (Sentencing) - Friday 12 June
- Paula Barker – National Minimum Wage - Friday 26 June
- Philip Dunne – Sewage (Inland Waters) - Friday 10 July
- Dame Cheryl Gillan – Prisons (Substance Testing)
- Mark Francois – Control of Roadworks
- Dr Ben Spencer – Mental Health Admissions (Data)
- Bim Afolami – British Library Board (Power to Borrow)
- Dr Philippa Whitford – Public Interest Disclosure (Protection)
- Peter Grant – Trade Agreements (Exclusion of National Health Services)
- Alex Cunningham – Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition (No. 2)
- Mary Kelly Foy – Education and Training (Welfare of Children)
- Mr Andrew Mitchell – Registers of Births and Deaths
- Bill Wiggin – Meat (Grading and Labelling)
- Kate Osamor – NHS 111 Service (Training and Clinical Oversight)
- Simon Fell – Third Sector Organisations (Impact and Support)
- Carol Monaghan – Asylum Seekers (Permission to Work)
13 Fridays in each Parliamentary session are allocated to debating these Bills, although they will need to go through all legislative stages in both Houses of Parliament before they can become law.
A list of the Fridays set aside for debating Private Member's Bills is available here.
Priority on debating time is given to those MPs who have appeared near the top of the ballot, although all twenty bills will formally appear on the House of Commons order paper.
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