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Private members' bills in the Lords in the 2022-23 session

24 November 2022

A busy House of Lords chamber with members sitting on the red benches

Follow the progress of private members' bills in the House of Lords during the 2022-23 session of Parliament.

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What is a private member’s bill?   

A private member’s bill is a type of public bill introduced by an individual member of the House (rather than the government). Public bills affect everyone. Private member's bills must go through the same set of procedures as other public bills.   

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Key debates on draft laws  

Second reading is the main chance for members of the Lords to debate the key principles and main purpose of a bill. Members raise concerns or specific areas where they think amendments (changes) are needed.  

Bill debated on 18 November

House of Lords (Peerage Nominations) Bill

Intruduced by Lord Norton of Louth (Conservative), this bill seeks to appointment a Commission to advise the Prime Minister on recommendations to the Crown for the creation of life peerages and to establish principles to be followed in making recommendations.

Find out more about the House of Lords (Peerages Dominations) Bill in the House of Lords Library briefing. 

Next steps 

Committee stage, the first chance for line by line examination, is yet to be scheduled.

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Bills first debated on 28 October 2022

Government of Wales (Devolved Powers) Bill

Introduced by Lord Wigley (Plaid Cymru), this bill would ensure that devolved powers to Senedd Cymru cannot be amended or withdrawn without a super-majority vote of its elected members.

Find out more about the Government of Wales (Devolved Powers) Bill in the House of Lords Library briefing. 

Next stage: committee stage for this bill is yet to be scheduled.

Coroners (Determination of Suicide) Bill

Introduced by the Bishop of St Albans (Bishop), this bill would require a coroner to record an opinion at the conclusion of an inquest on relevant factors causative to a death by suicide.

Find out more about the Coroners (Determination of Suicide) Bill in the House of Lords Library briefing. 

Next stage: committee stage for this bill is yet to be scheduled.

Women, Peace and Security Bill

Introduced by Baroness Hodgson of Abinger (Conservative), this bill aims to support women in UK sponsored and supported conflict prevention, peace processes, mediation and diplomatic delegations; to ensure systematic gender consideration and responsiveness in UK foreign and defence policy.

Find out more about the Women, Peace and Security Bill in the House of Lords Library briefing.

Next stage: committee stage for this bill is yet to be scheduled.

Genocide Determination Bill

Introduced by Lord Alton of Liverpool (Crossbench), this bill would require the High Courts in England and Wales, and in Northern Ireland, and the Court of Session in Scotland, to make preliminary determinations as to what constitutes genocide in accordance with the UK’s obligations under the genocide convention. It also introduces a referral mechanism for such determinations to be referred to international courts.

Find out more about the Genocide Determination Bill in the House of Lords Library briefing.

Next stage: committee stage for this bill is yet to be scheduled.

Bills first debated on 15 July 2022

Domestic Premises (Electrical Safety Certificate) Bill

Introduced by Lord Foster of Bath (Liberal Democrats), this bill would require valid electrical installation condition reports (EICR) or installation certificates (EIC) to be made available to prospective buyers of domestic properties in England and Wales.

Find out more about the Domestic Premises (Electrical Safety Certificate) Bill in the House of Lords Library briefing

Current stage:  the bill progressed to the next stage of its passage through the House of Lords on Wednesday 9 November. As no changes were proposed ahead of committee stage the bill progressed directly to third reading, which is yet to be scheduled. 

Healthy Homes Bill

Introduced by Lord Crisp (Crossbench), this bill would require the government to deliver new homes and ensure local authority needs are met through the creation and definition of healthy home principles and the establishment of a Healthy Homes Commissioner.

Find out more about the Healthy Homes Bill in the House of Lords Library briefing.

Current stage: committee stage for this bill is yet to be scheduled.

Ballot Secrecy Bill

Introduced by Lord Hayward (Conservative), this bill seeks to create new offences for individuals who accompany a voter to a polling booth, or position themselves nearby, with the intention of influencing the voter's ballot.

Find out more about the Ballot Secrecy Bill in the House of Lords Library briefing.

The bill progressed to the next stage of its passage through the House of Lords on Friday 18 November. A number of amendments (changes) were agreed to at committee stage.

The bill had its report stage, on Wednesday 23 November. No further changes were put forward.

Current stage: The bill now goes to third reading, where final changes may be put forward. Third reading has been scheduled for Wednesday 30 November.

Heritage Railways and Tramways (Voluntary Work) Bill

Introduced by Lord Faulkner of Worcester (Labour), this bill seeks to remove restrictions on young persons volunteering to work on heritage railways and tramways.

Find out more about the Heritage Railways and Tramways (Voluntary Work) Bill in the House of Lords Library briefing. 

Current stage: the bill progressed to the next stage of its passage through the House of Lords on Tuesday 22 November 2022. As no changes were proposed ahead of committee stage, the bill progressed directly to third reading, which is yet to be scheduled.

Ecology Bill

Introduced by Lord Redesdale (Liberal Democrats), this bill would require the government to achieve defined climate and nature targets by introducing a strategy for reducing the UK’s contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions to net zero.

Find out more about the Ecology Bill in the House of Lords Library briefing.

Current stage: the bill progressed to the next stage of its passage through the House of Lords on Friday 18 November. A number of amendments (changes) were agreed to at committee stage .

The bill now goes to report stage, where further amendments may be put forward. A date for report stage has yet to be sheduled.

Bills first debated on 8 July 2022

Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill

Introduced by Baroness Jones of Moulescoomb (Green Party), this bill seeks to establish a human right to clean air, requiring the government to limit the concentration of pollutants in the air in accordance with World Health Organization guidelines and scientific evidence.

Find out more about the Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill in the House of Lords Library briefing.

The bill progressed to the next stage of its passage through the House of Lords on Friday 18 November. A number of amendments (changes) were agreed to at committee stage.

Current stage: the bill now progresses to report stage which has been scheduled for Monday 28 November. No amendments have been suggested ahead of report stage.

Front-loaded Child Benefit Bill

Introduced by Lord Farmer (Conservative), this bill seeks to amend the Child Benefit (Rates) Regulations 2006 in order to vary the rate of child benefit over the course of childhood, enabling eligible parents to receive a higher rate during a child’s early years and a correspondingly reduced rate when that child is older.

Find out more about the Front-loaded Child Benefit Bill in the House of Lords Library briefing.

Current stage: committee stage for this bill is yet to be scheduled.

Universal Credit (Removal of Two Child Limit) Bill

Introduced by the Lord Bishop of Durham, the bill aims to remove the limit on the number of children or qualifying young persons included in the calculation of an award of Universal Credit.

Find out more about the Universal Credit (Removal of Two Child Limit) Bill in the House of Lords Library briefing.

Current stage: the bill progressed to the next stage of its passage through the House of Lords on Wednesday 26 October 2022. As no changes were proposed ahead of committee stage, the bill progressed directly to third reading, which is yet to be scheduled.

Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill

Introduced by Baroness Ludford (Liberal Democrat), this bill would provide leave to enter or remain in the UK to family members of refugees, or people granted humanitarian protection and for legal aid to be made available for such cases.

Find out more about the Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill in the House of Lords Library briefing.

Current stage: the bill progressed to the next stage of its passage through the House of Lords on Tuesday 1 November 2022. As no changes were proposed ahead of committee stage, the bill progressed directly to third reading, which is yet to be scheduled.

Local Authority (Housing Allocation) Bill

Introduced by Lord Mann (Non-affiliated), this bill would require local planning authorities to establish targets for the allocation of land for new housing in England in consultation with their local communities. 

Find out more about the Local Authority (Housing Allocation) Bill in the House of Lords Library briefing.

Current stage: committee stage for this bill is yet to be scheduled.

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