Clear the Lobby: What laws are MPs voting on this week? – w/c 15th October

Clear the Lobby: What laws are MPs voting on this week? – w/c 15th October

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!

Parliament is back in action after party conference season. It’s a relatively quiet week in terms of laws, but there’s a big piece of Brexit legislation on the menu.

Monday 15 September

Offensive Weapons Bill – 3rd reading and report stage
Applies to: England (part), Wales (part), Scotland (part), Northern Ireland (part)
A wide-ranging government bill to tackle violent crime. Among other things it also bans: the possession of some corrosive substances in a public place and their sale to under 18s; the delivery of knives and corrosives bought online to residential addresses; and the possession of some offensive weapons like zombie knives, knuckle-dusters and rapid firing rifles.
Draft billCommons briefing paper

Tuesday 16 September

Cold Weather Payments Bill
Re-examines the way the weather data which triggers cold weather payments is gathered. Ten minute rule motion presented by Hywel Williams.

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill – consideration of Lords amendments
Applies to: England, Wales
Reinstates an earlier law whereby properties owned by the same company that are touching (e.g. on two adjoining floors of a building, or next door to each other) only pay one set of business rates. Also increases the extra charge local authorities can demand for empty homes to 100% of council tax, up from 50%. Both these commitments were announced in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Budget last year.
Draft billCommons briefing paper

Overseas Electors Bill – money resolution
Allows any overseas citizen to vote in UK election, provided they were once resident or registered to vote here. Currently, British citizens living abroad can only vote in elections for 15 years from the point when they were last registered to vote in the UK.
Draft billCommons briefing paper

University of London Bill – 2nd reading
Updates the procedure for making laws for the University of London. Started in the Lords so closer to becoming law than if it had started in the Commons.
Draft bill

Middle Level Bill – consideration of Lords amendments
Updates the powers of Commissioners who are responsible for flood risk management and the regulation of navigation in the Middle Level of the Fens in Cambridgeshire.
Draft bill

Wednesday 17 September

Collective Defined Contribution Pension Schemes Bill
Attempts to encourage the government to allow collective defined contribution pension schemes. Ten minute rule motion presented by Paul Masterton.

Thursday 18 September

No votes scheduled

Friday 19 September

No votes scheduled


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