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Lords considers three private members' bills at committee stage

14 April 2021

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The House of Lords will consider three private members' bills at committee stage, the first chance for line by line scrutiny, on Thursday 15 April.

The bills cover the the British Library board, the welfare of chidlren and the Foresenic Science Regulator.

Private members’ bills

A private member's bill is a type of public bill introduced by a member of the House of Lords (rather than the government). It must go through the same set of procedures as all public bills.

Progress of the bills

As no changes have yet been suggested, it is expected both committee stage and report stage be passed for the bills to progress directly to third reading (a procedure is known as ‘order of commitment discharged’).

British Library Board (Power to Borrow) Bill

This bill removes the restriction set in the British Library Act 1972 which prevents the British Library Board from borrowing money on behalf of the British Library.

Second reading: Friday 19 March

Lord Vaizey of Didcot (Conservative), former Minister for Culture, Media and Sport and the bill's sponsor in the Lords, opened the debate.

Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Bill

This bill requires providers of publicly funded education and training for children aged 16+ to promote and safeguard the welfare of the children they educate.

Second reading: Friday 19 March

Baroness Blower (Labour), former president of the National Union of Teachers and the bill's sponsor in the Lords, opened the debate.

Forensic Science Regulator Bill 

This bill establishes the role of a Forensic Science Regulator as a statutory office holder to exercise functions in respect of forensic science activities in the criminal justice system of England and Wales.

Second reading: Friday 19 March

Lord Kennedy of Southwark (Labour), Lords opposition spokesperson for Home Affairs, opened the debate. 

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