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Lords private members’ bills ballot 2021

13 May 2021

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The House of Lords ballot for private members’ bills in the new session of Parliament was held on Thursday 13 May.

Private members' bills

Private members' bills are draft laws, which affect everyone, proposed by individual members of the House of Lords rather than the government.


At the start of each session of Parliament, a ballot is held to allocate the order in which the first 25 private members' bills will be introduced in the Lords.

2021 ballot results

Ballot order


Title of Bill

Date of Introduction


Lord Bird

Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill [HL]

20 May 2021


Baroness Kramer

Office of the Whistleblower Bill [HL]

20 May 2021


Lord Storey

Higher Education Cheating Services Prohibition Bill [HL]

24 May 2021


Lord Lilley

Elderly Social Care (Insurance) Bill [HL]

24 May 2021


Lord Hunt of King's Heath

Organ Tourism and Cadavers on Display Bill [HL]

25 May 2021


Lord Knight of Weymouth

Education (Environment and Sustainable Citizenship) Bill [HL]

25 May 2021


Baroness Meacher

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]

26 May 2021


Lord Hendy

Status of Workers Bill [HL]

26 May 2021


Baroness Burt of Solihull

Education (Assemblies) Bill [HL]

27 May 2021


Baroness Kidron

Age Assurance (Minimum Standards) Bill [HL]

27 May 2021


Lord Grocott

House of Lords (Hereditary Peers) (Abolition of By-Elections) Bill [HL]

07 June 2021


Duke of Wellington

Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill [HL]

07 June 2021


Baroness Ludford

Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill [HL]

08 June 2021


Baroness Hayman

Onshore Wind Bill [HL]

08 June 2021


Bishop of St Albans

Coroners (Determination of Suicide) Bill [HL]

09 June 2021


Lord Morrow

Digital Economy Act 2017 (Commencement of Part 3) Bill [HL]

09 June 2021


Lord Randall of Uxbridge

Game Birds (Cage Breeding) Bill [HL]

10 June 2021


Lord Adonis

Representation of the People (Young People’s Enfranchisement) Bill [HL]

10 June 2021


Lord Young of Cookham

Cigarette Stick Health Warnings Bill [HL]

14 June 2021


Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbots

Office for Demographic Change Bill [HL]

14 June 2021


Lord Dholakia

Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill [HL]

15 June 2021


Lord Alton of Liverpool

Modern Slavery (Amendment) Bill [HL]

15 June 2021


Lord Foulkes of Cumnock

Digital Economy Act 2017 (Amendment) Bill [HL]

16 June 2021


Lord Farmer

Front-loaded Child Benefit Bill [HL]

16 June 2021


Lord Purvis of Tweed

Constitutional Convention Bill [HL]

17 June 2021

The date shown is the date allocated to introduce the bill. Any member who is unavailable on the day offered may ask another member to introduce the bill on their behalf, but remains responsible for the bill. If a bill is not introduced on the day offered, the bill will not be introduced until all the other balloted bills have been introduced.

The ballot took place on the basis of Bill Titles. Full text of each bill will be published after their introduction.

'Learn with the Lords'

This year, the ballot was held as part of an online learning event with schools from across the UK. As part of the Learn with the Lords series, students participated in a session to find out more about private members’ bills, participate virtually in the ballot and will follow the progress of the bills through the session.