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Private Members' Bill ballot: 19 May 2022

19 May 2022 (updated on 19 May 2022)

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The ballot for Commons Private Members' Bills for the 2022-2023 session took place on Thursday 19 May. Stuart C McDonald was drawn in first place.

Ballot results

Chairman of Ways and Means, Rt Hon Dame Eleanor Laing, drew 20 numbered ballot balls and read out the names of the successful MPs.

The MP drawn at position one has the first choice of a Private Members' Bill Friday to debate their Bill.

460 Members entered the ballot. The top 7 will be guaranteed a full day of debate on their Bill.

Positions on the ballot

  1. Stuart C McDonald, SNP, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East 
  2. Dan Jarvis, Labour, Barnsley Central
  3. Greg Smith, Conservative, Buckingham
  4. Mark Hendrick, Labour (Co-op), Preston
  5. Dr Liam Fox, Conservative, North Somerset
  6. Bob Blackman, Conservative, Harrow East
  7. Greg Clark, Conservative, Tunbridge Wells
  8. Dean Russell, Conservative, Watford
  9. Yasmin Qureshi, Labour, Bolton South East
  10. Wendy Chamberlain, Liberal Democrat, North East Fife
  11. Mark Jenkinson, Conservative, Workington
  12. Alex Cunningham, Labour, Stockton North
  13. Henry Smith, Conservative, Crawley
  14. Claire Coutinho, Conservative, East Surrey
  15. Wera Hobhouse, Liberal Democrat, Bath
  16. Ian Mearns, Labour, Gateshead
  17. Christina Rees, Labour (Co-op), Neath
  18. Matt Hancock, Conservative, West Suffolk
  19. Sally-Ann Hart, Conservative, Hastings and Rye
  20. Stephen Metcalfe, Conservative, South Basildon and East Thurrock

Presentation of Bills

The Ballot Bills will have their first reading in the House of Commons on 15th June, and will then be debated over 13 sitting Fridays.

What is the Ballot for Private Members' Bills?

The ballot for Private Members' Bills gives MPs the chance to be one of the first 20 to introduce a Private Members' Bill on a subject of their choice this session. Those drawn higher in the ballot are more likely to get time to debate their Bill and therefore their Bills will have a higher chance of becoming law.

Success of Private Members' Ballot Bills

In the 2021-22 session, the following 11 Bills from the Private Members' Ballot became law:

What are Private Members' Bills?

Private Members' Bills are Public Bills introduced by MPs and Lords who are not government ministers. As with other Public Bills their purpose is to change the law as it applies to the general population. A minority of Private Members' Bills become law.

There are three ways in which an MP can table a Private Members' Bill but Ballot Bills have the best chance of becoming law, as they get priority for the limited amount of debating time available.

The names of MPs applying for a Bill are drawn in a ballot held at the beginning of the parliamentary session. Normally, the first seven ballot Bills get a day's debate.

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