Lords concludes examination of Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill
9 December 2021
The Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill completed its third reading, a chance for members to make sure the eventual law is effective, workable and without loopholes, on Wednesday 8 December.
The bill was granted Royal Assent on Wednesday 15 December 2022 and is now an Act of Parliament (law).
The Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Bill will clarify matters relating to the pandemic that may not be taken into account when deciding the rateable value of a property on the 2017 rating list, and make it easier to investigate directors of companies that have been dissolved.
Third reading is the chance for members to ‘tidy up' a bill, making any small changes to ensure it is effective.
No changes to the wording of the bill were put forward ahead of third reading. Members discussed the progress of the bill through the House at the conclusion of Lords stages.
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What's happened so far?
Report stage: Wednesday 1 December
The amendments covered a range of subjects, including:
- whether the changes introduced in the bill will support local authorities, town centres and high streets
- ensuring that the Secretary of State publishes advice to local authorities on the implementation of the bill
- obliging the Secretary of State to make a statement on the impact of the bill on the financial situation of the Insolvency Service.
Commtitee stage: Wednesday 10 November
Committee stage, the first chance to check the bill in detail and make changes, took place in Grand Committee, away from the chamber. Any member can take part and decisions on amendments (changes) can be made but no votes can take place.
Second reading: Tuesday 19 October
Members discussed the main issues in the bill during the second reading debate.
Lord Greenhalgh (Conservative), Minister for Building Safety and Fire, opened the debate and responded on behalf of the government.
Members speaking in the debate included:
- Baroness Blake of Leeds (Labour), board member of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership
- Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (Conservative), former supervisor in law at the London School of Economics.
- Earl of Lytton (Crossbench), chair of the Leasehold Advisory Service
- Baroness Pinnock (Liberal Democrats), vice-president of the Local Government Association and as a member of Kirklees Council.
- Business, industry and consumers
Communities and families
- Crime, civil law, justice and rights
- Economy and finance
- Health services and medicine
- Housing and planning
- Parliament, government and politics
Social security and pensions