Lords examines Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill at third reading
16 March 2022
The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill had its third reading, a chance for members to make sure the eventual law is effective, workable and without loopholes, on Tuesday 22 February.
The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill seeks to establish an arbitration system to resolve outstanding commercial rent debt accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Third reading is a chance for members to make sure the eventual law is effective, workable and without loopholes.
Members also discussed the progress of the bill through the House at the conclusion of Lords stages.
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Read background on the bill in the Lords Library briefing.
Following completion of third reading, the bill now passes to the Commons for consideration of Lords amendments.
What's happened so far
Report stage: Wednesday 9 March
Report stage is an extra chance for members to closely scrutinise elements of the bill and make changes.
The amendments covered a range of subjects, including English and Welsh business tenancies and power for Welsh Ministers to apply moratorium provisions again.
Committee stage: Thursday 10 February
Line by line examination
Committee stage is the first chance to check the bill in detail and make changes.
The amendments covered a range of subjects, including:
the resourcing and capacity of approved arbitration bodies
ensuring arbitration decisions are easily accessible
regulations relating to specifying limits on arbitration fees
reviewing the impact of the bill after four months of being passed.
The committee stage of this bill took place in Grand Committee, away from the chamber. In Grand Committee, any member can take part and decisions on amendments (changes) can be made, but no votes can take place.
Second reading: Thursday 27 January
Members discussed the main issues in the bill during the second reading debate including:
- introducing a new binding arbitration process for tenants and landlords to use when they cannot agree on how to settle outstanding rent arrears accumulated during the coronavirus pandemic
- expanding existing restrictions on enforcing business rent arrears so they cannot be used to undermine the arbitration process set out in the bill.
Lord Grimstone of Boscobel (Conservative), Minister for Investment, opened the debate and responded on behalf of the government.
Members speaking in the debate include:
- Baroness Blake of Leeds (Labour), councillor and former leader of Leeds City Council
- Earl of Lytton (Crossbench), member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Baronss McIntosh of Pickering (Conservative), joint vice-chair of the Conservative Party Committee for Social Security
- Lord Shipley (Liberal Democrats), former leader of Newcastle City Council.
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