The second instalment of our weekly feature courtesy of Sebastian Salek, the brains behind Clear the Lobby, who are working to bring you all the laws MPs are voting on this week, and explained in plain English!
Debate on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill continues in the Lords. In the Commons, the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill is particularly interesting. Watch out for an amendment by Andrew Mitchell and Margaret Hodge to force tax havens under UK jurisdiction to state publicly who owns the companies registered there.
Monday 30 April
Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill – report stage and 3rd reading
Allows the regulator Ofgem to impose temporary price caps on energy companies’ default plans. The intention is to prevent people who haven’t switched tariff or supplier from paying above the odds. In 2016 the Competition and Markets Authority found that these default plans contributed £1.6bn of excess profits to the Big Six energy companies.
Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill – committee stage, report stage and 3rd reading
Makes it a criminal offence to shine a laser beam towards a vehicle. It’s already a crime to shine a light at an aircraft which dazzles or distracts the pilot, but this law would extend that to lasers and all vehicles, including air traffic control. Started in the Lords so closer to becoming law than if it had started in the Commons.
Tuesday 1 May
Road Traffic Offenders (Surrender of Driving Licences etc.) Bill
Allows drivers to accept a fixed penalty notice or conditional offer without having to hand over or post in their licence. Ten minute rule motion presented by Alister Jack MP.
Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill – report stage and 3rd reading
Allows the government to impose sanctions after Brexit (against countries like North Korea and groups like ISIS), and keep its anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing efforts up to date. Started in the Lords so closer to becoming law than if it had started in the Commons.
Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill
Allows mobile network operators to disrupt the use of illegal phones in prisons.
Wednesday 2 May
Victims of Terrorism (Pensions and Other Support) Bill
Sets up a review of pension support for people who have been bereaved or seriously injured as a result of a terrorist attack. Ten minute rule motion presented by Emma Little Pengelly MP.
Thursday 3 May
No votes scheduled
Friday 4 May
No votes scheduled