Welcome to our weekly feature courtesy of Sebastian Salek, the brains behind Clear the Lobby, working to bring you all the laws MPs are voting on this week, and explained in plain English!
Two new government bills this week, on ivory and business rates for plant nurseries. Take that as a sign that Theresa May wants to show that it isn’t all about Brexit. That said, the flagship EU Withdrawal Bill is likely to make a return next week. But for now, here’s what’s on the agenda.
Monday 4 June
Ivory Bill – 2nd reading, programme motion, and money resolution
Bans the dealing of ivory, including buying, selling, lending, brokering, importing and re-exporting. Currently only new ivory is banned, but that was found to be ineffective after people disguised new ivory as antiques. A programme motion is used to agree a timetable for the bill’s progress. The money resolution is necessary because the bill would require spending public money that hasn’t previously been authorised by an Act of Parliament.
Tuesday 5 June
DiGeorge Syndrome (Review and National Health Service Duty) Bill
Requires the government to conduct a review into DiDeorge Syndrome (a condition that can cause heart problems, infections, developmental delays etc) and publish a strategy to deal with it. Ten minute rule motion presented by David Duguid.
Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Bill – 2nd reading and programme motion
Exempts buildings used as plant nurseries from non-domestic business rates. This was the case until a court ruling last year. The government is trying to change the law back again, and do it retrospectively to exempt any nurseries that have been assessed since 2015.
Wednesday 6 June
Youth (Services and Provisions) Bill
Requires the government to provide youth services (as part of an effort to prevent youth crime). Ten minute rule motion presented by Lloyd Russell-Moyle.
Thursday 7 June
No votes scheduled
Friday 8 June
No votes scheduled