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Clear the Lobby: What laws are MPs voting on this week? – w/c 22nd October

Clear the Lobby: What laws are MPs voting on this week? – w/c 22nd 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 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

Abortion Bill
Applies to: England, Wales, Northern Ireland
Removes criminal liability for abortions performed with the consent of the pregnant woman up to the twenty-fourth week of pregnancy. Ten minute rule motion presented by Diana Johnson.

Civil Liability Bill – 3rd reading and report stage
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland (part), Northern Ireland (part)
Reforms the process for making whiplash claims. This is in response to the rise in spurious claims, and the government hopes it’ll cut insurance premiums for motorists. Also changes the way compensation payments are calculated, which could save the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds. Started in the Lords so closer to becoming law than if it had started in the Commons.
Draft billCommons briefing paper

Wednesday 17 September

Housing reform Bill
A wide-ranging bill on housing issues, including issues like thermal performance standards and providing “serviced plots” – spaces provided with water, electricity and gas where self-build homes can be built. Ten minute rule motion presented by Richard Bacon.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill – all stages
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Extends the deadline for making ministerial appointments in Northern Ireland. In January 2017 the regional government collapsed, and two months later there was an Assembly election, but talks over forming a government never reached a conclusion. This allows more time for negotiations and gives clarity to civil servants about the decisions they can make in the period without a government.
Draft bill

Thursday 18 September

No votes scheduled

Friday 19 September

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill – 3rd reading and report stage
Applies to: England, Wales
Requires landlords to keep rented property in good condition and gives tenants the right to take legal action if landlords fail to do so.
Draft bill

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill – 3rd reading and report stage
Applies to: England, Wales
Allows heterosexual couples to enter into civil partnerships, creates a proper registration system for stillborn babies and permits coroners to investigate the deaths, and allows a mother’s details to be included on marriage certificates.
Draft bill

Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill – 3rd reading and report stage
Applies to: England, Wales, Northern Ireland
Creates an “opt-out” system for organ donation, whereby consent is deemed to have been given by adult donors before their death.
Draft billCommons library briefing

Physician Associates (Regulation) Bill – 2nd reading
Creates a regulator for physician associates (medical professionals who support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients) and makes the term a protected title.
Bill not yet published

Leasehold Reform Bill – 2nd reading
Aims to make it easier for homeowners to buy the freehold title. Introduces a maximum charge for such purchases, among other things.
Bill not yet published

Licensing of Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Requires taxi and private hire vehicle licensing authorities to share information with each other to prevent unsuitable people from becoming licensed.
Draft bill

Food Insecurity Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Requires the government to monitor and report on food insecurity (limited acess to adequate food) and publish official statistics.
Draft bill

Live Animal Exports (Prohibition) Bill – 2nd reading
England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Prohibits the export of live farmed animals for slaughter or fattening.
Draft bill

Shared Parental Leave and Pay (Extension) Bill – 2nd reading
Extends shared parental leave and pay to self-employed people.
Bill not yet published

Child Maintenance (Assessment of Parent’s Income) Bill – 2nd reading
Standardises the child maintenance payments process so it’s the same for both self-employed and employed parents. Prevents separated parents from claiming self-employed status to hide their income and avoid paying child maintenance.
Bill not yet published

Health Impacts (Public Sector Duty) Bill – 2nd reading
Requires public bodies to assess the impact on mental and physical health from any new policy.
Bill not yet published

Workers (Definition and Rights) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Amends the definition of a “worker” in previous legislation and introduces new laws about workers’ rights.
Draft bill

Automatic Electoral Registration (No. 2) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Requires the Government to ensure the “accuracy, completeness and utility” of electoral registers, and introduces new laws about the sharing of data for electoral registration purposes.
Draft bill

British Indian Ocean Territory (Citizenship) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, British overseas territories
Allows descendants of those born in the British Indian Ocean Territory to be registered as a British overseas territories citizen.
Draft bill

Family Relationships (Impact Assessment and Targets) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Requires government departments and public bodies to carry out a family impact assessment on any proposed change in public spending on policy proposals to make explicittheir potential impacton family relationships. Had its first reading in the Lords.
Draft billLords library briefing

Protection of Pollinators Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England and Wales
Creates a framework to provide new habitats for bees and butterflies and provide new habitats when land is built on.
Draft bill

Representation of the People (Young People’s Enfranchisement) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Lowers the voting age to 16 for parliamentary elections, local elections and referendums. Puts citizenship and constitution eduction on the National Curriculum from ages 4-16.
Draft bill

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) (Northern Ireland) (No.2) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: Northern Ireland
Legalises gay marriage in Northern Ireland.
Draft bill

House of Lords (Exclusion of Hereditary Peers) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Gradually removes hereditary peers from the House of Lords by scrapping the by-elections that are held to elect a new one when one of them dies.
Draft bill

Private Landlords (Registration) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Requires all private landlords to be registered, among other things.
Draft bill

Youth (Services and Provisions) Bill – second reading
Requires the government to provide youth services (as part of an effort to prevent youth crime).
Bill not yet published

Violent Crime (Sentences) Bill – 2nd reading
Increases the minimum custodial sentence for possession of a knife or other offensive weapon by an offender aged 18 or over. Increases the minimum period of detention and training order for a person aged 16 or 17. Sets a minimum custodial sentence for an offender in possession of a knife or other weapon and intending to commit any offence, or having such a weapon available to use in committing murder.
Bill not yet published

Construction (Retention Deposit Schemes) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Introduces a scheme to protect retention deposits in connection with construction contracts.
Draft bill

House of Peers Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Renames the House of Lords to the House of Peers.
Draft bill

Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (England) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Introduces minimum pricing for alcohol. Only applies to England because alcohol pricing is a devolved matter
Draft bill

Packaging (Extended Producer Responsibility) Bill – 2nd reading
Require producers of packaging products to take responsibility for their collection, transportation, recycling, disposal, treatment and recovery.

Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Freezes the assets of people who have supported terrorist attacks in order to compensate the victims. Designed to compensate victims of IRA attacks that were made possible by weapons from Gaddafi’s regime. This private member’s bill started in the Lords, so is closer to becoming law than if it had started in the Commons.
Draft bill

Pension Benefits (Ill Health) Bill – 2nd reading
Requires pension providers to make lump sum payments and other pension benefits available to people who haven’t reached minimum pension age if they are ill or have a terminal diagnosis.
Bill not yet published

Social Media Service Providers (Civil Liability and Oversight) Bill – 2nd reading
Makes social media service providers civilly liable for online publications in specified circumstances, and establishes a commissioner for online safety among other things.
Bill not yet published

Housing and Planning (Local Decision-making) Bill – 2nd reading
Transfers the power to decide on the location and planning permission of new housing developments from central government to local authorities. Also gives them the power to establish requirements, such as the proportion of affordable and social housing.
Bill not yet published

Pedicabs (London) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Allows Transport for London to regulate pedicabs (bikes with a trailer attached for carrying passengers). Includes a wide range of possible regulations, including licensing, fares, safety, working conditions and speed restrictions.
Draft bill

Representation of the People (Gibraltar) Bill – 2nd reading
Gives Gibraltar an MP to represent it in the House of Commons.
Bill not yet published

Football Offences (Amendment) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Broadens the offence of indecent chanting at a football match to include racist gestures, and homophobic or transphobic abuse.
Draft bill

Multi-Employer Pension Schemes Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland
Protects unincorporated businesses from certain multi-employer pension scheme liabilities, among other things.
Draft bill

Pets (Theft) Bill – 2nd reading
Makes the theft of pets an offence.
Bill not yet published

International Development (Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups) Bill – 2nd reading
Aims to protect children and vulnerable adults in receipt of official development assistance and disaster relief. This follows the inquiry on sexual exploitation and the aid sector.
Bill not yet published

Illegal Immigration (Offences) Bill – 2nd reading
Makes it a criminal offence to enter the UK illegally or stay in the country without legal authority.
Bill not yet published

Employment Opportunities Bill – 2nd reading
Aims to introduce more freedom, flexibility and opportunity for those seeking employment in the public and private sector.
Bill not yet published

Bat Habitats Regulation (No. 2) Bill – 2nd reading
Increases the protection available for bat habitats in natural areas, but limits their protection in human-made areas where the bill says bats can have a significant adverse impact upon the users of buildings.
Bill not yet published

Mobile Homes and Park Homes Bill – 2nd reading
Requires the use of published criteria to determine whether mobile homes and park homes are liable for council tax or non-domestic rates.
Bill not yet published

Fruit and Vegetables (Classification) Bill – 2nd reading
Classifies fruit and vegetables by flavour, condition and size for the purposes of sale in the UK.
Bill not yet published

Student Loans (Debt Discharge) Bill – 2nd reading
Allows student loans to be written off in certain circumstances.
Bill not yet published

Stamp Duty Bill – 2nd reading
Lowers stamp duty rates on residential property.
Bill not yet published

Fishing (Access to Territorial Waters) Bill – 2nd reading
Restricts the rights of vessels not registered in the UK to fish in territorial waters.
Bill not yet published

Domestic Energy (Value Added Tax) Bill – 2nd reading
Reduces VAT on domestic energy bills.
Bill not yet published

Tax Rates and Duties (Review) Bill – 2nd reading
Requires the government to publish an annual review of the net yield to the Treasury from tax rates and duties.
Bill not yet published

Sublet Property (Offences) Bill – 2nd reading
Makes unauthorised sub-letting a criminal offence.
Bill not yet published

Healthcare (Local Accountability) Bill – 2nd reading
Concerns the accountability of clinical commissioning groups (local health bodies). More information not available because the bill hasn’t been written yet.
Bill not yet published

Local Roads (Investment) Bill – 2nd reading
Concerns the maintenance and repair of roads by local authorities in England, and the funding to do so. More information not available because the bill hasn’t been written yet.
Bill not yet published

Import Tariff (Reduction) Bill – 2nd reading
Cuts tariffs on goods imported into the UK.
Bill not yet published

Schools Bill – 2nd reading
Allows schools to select pupils based on a published set of criteria and decide on maximum class sizes. Removes restrictions on how quickly schools can grow in terms of number of pupils, and how quickly new schools can be created.
Bill not yet published

Public Services (Availability) Bill – 2nd reading
Ensures that public services are available during weekday evenings, at weekends and on bank holidays.
Bill not yet published

Electoral Commission (Duties) Bill – 2nd reading
Requires the the Electoral Commission to investigate allegations of electoral fraud and other breaches of electoral law, and to prosecute any offences.
Bill not yet published

Armed Forces (Volunteer Reserve) Bill – 2nd reading
Creates a new faction of Volunteer Reserves in the Armed Forces, and sets out eligibility criteria for their deployment.
Bill not yet published

Manufactured Goods (Trade) Bill – 2nd reading
Removes certain restrictions on the production and sale of goods that are both made and used in the UK after Brexit.
Bill not yet published

International Payments (Audit) Bill – 2nd reading
Requires a cost-benefit analysis and an independent audit before financial aid is given to another country or an international organisation.
Bill not yet published

Criminal Fraud (Private Prosecutions) Bill – 2nd reading
Relates to private prosecutions (when a private individual or organisation takes someone to court on a criminal charge) in cases of suspected criminal fraud. Details beyond that are scant because a draft hasn’t been published.
Bill not yet published

Affordable Home Ownership Bill – 2nd reading
Requires the inclusion of rent to buy homes in the definition of affordable housing, ensures a minimum proportion of new affordable housing is available on affordable rent to buy terms, and abolishes stamp duty for rent to buy homes.
Bill not yet published

Plastics Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Requires the government to set, measure, enforce and report on targets for reducing and recycling plastic packaging. Requires those targets to match EU goals after Brexit. Requires the government to support the development of sustainable alternatives to plastic packaging.
Draft bill

Terms of Withdrawal from EU (Referendum) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Requires the government to put the final Brexit deal to a binding referendum, with the alternative being to remain in the EU.
Draft bill

Clean Air Bill – 2nd reading
Requires the government to set and enforce air quality targets, and reduce air pollution using clean air zones (among other methods). Also introduces new laws about vehicle emission testing and restricts the sale of vehicles with certain engine types.
Bill not yet published

Legalisation of Cannabis (Medicinal Purposes) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Allows the production, supply, possession and use of cannabis and cannabis resin for medicinal purposes
Draft bill

Local Health Scrutiny Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Increases powers to scrutinise local health bodies, among other things.
Draft bill

Prisons (Substance Testing) Bill – 2nd reading
Updates the law around drugs testing on prisoners to widen the sort of substances that can be tested for, among other things.
Draft bill

Homelessness (End of Life Care) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Gives an automatic right to housing to homeless people who are terminally ill, among other things.
Draft bill

European Union Withdrawal Agreement (Public Vote) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Gibraltar
Requires a second referendum before the UK leaves the EU.
Draft bill

Supervised Drug Consumption Facilities Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Makes it legal to take illicit substances inside a supervised drug consumption facility.
Draft bill

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Amendment) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland
Extends the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act 2009, a law that gives the UK’s major museums the power to return objects stolen by the Nazis to their rightful owners or heirs. It’s currently due to expire on 11 November 2019.
Draft bill

June Bank Holiday (Creation) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Creates a bank holiday on 23 June (the day of the Brexit vote in 2016), or the first weekday if it falls on a weekend.
Draft bill

Business of the House Commission Bill – 2nd reading
Creates a committee which decides the parliamentary timetable. This was in the 2010 government’s programme for government, but was never implemented.
Draft bill

Hospital (Parking Charges and Business Rates) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Bans car parking charges for patients and visitors at NHS hospitals. Makes NHS hospitals exempt from business rates.
Draft bill

Voter Registration (No. 2) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Bans people from being registered to vote in parliamentary elections at more than one address.
Draft bill

Public Sector Exit Payments (Limitation) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Caps exit payments made to outgoing employees of public sector organisations.
Draft bill

Freedom of Information (Extension) Bill – 2nd reading
Widens the scope of bodies that people can make Freedom of Information requests to. Make providers of social housing, local safeguarding children boards, Electoral Registration Officers, Returning Officers and the Housing Ombudsman public authorities so they are covered by the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Also makes information held by contractors working for public authorities subject to the Act.
Draft bill

Postal Voting Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Creates new offences around postal voting corruption, e.g. preventing campaigners from handling postal voting documents issued to other people.
Draft bill

Tyres (Buses and Coaches) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland
Introduces limits on the age of tyre and bus coaches.
Draft bill

National Health Service (Co-Funding and Co-Payment) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Introduces co-funding in the NHS (allowing patients to pay for part of their care), which is currently not permitted. Expands the limited forms of co-payment that already exist.
Draft bill

Local Authorities (Borrowing and Investment) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Limits the power of local authorities to invest in commercial risk-taking enterprises and limits public borrowing by local authorities for non-core activities, among other things.
Draft bill

Principal Local Authorities (Grounds for Abolition) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Prevents principal local authorities from being abolished unless it’s approved by the majority of its councillors and a local referendum.
Draft bill

Coastal Path (Definition) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England
Changes the legal definition of a coastal path in England to exclude river estuaries, among other things.
Draft bill

Judicial Appointments and Retirements (Age Limits) Bill – 2nd reading
Scraps compulsory retirement for judges on the grounds of age, and removes upper age limits for appointment as a judge.
Draft bill

BBC Licence Fee (Civil Penalty) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Decriminalises the non-payment of the BBC licence fee.
Draft bill

International Development Assistance (Definition) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Changes the definition of international development assistance. Details beyond that are scant because a draft hasn’t been published.
Draft bill

Benefits and Public Services (Restriction) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Restricts non-UK citizens’ access to benefits and other public services.
Draft bill

Electronic Cigarettes (Regulation) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Regulates the use and sale of e-cigarettes. Also exempts them from any UK laws made as a result of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive, such as size limits on e-cigarette tanks and refill containers, requirements that they be child proof, and obligatory health warnings on packages.
Draft bill

Kew Gardens (Leases) (No.2) Bill – 2nd reading
Extends the length of time Kew Gardens is allowed to lease land for to 150 years, from 31 years currently. This could include residential or commercial use. The aim is to help Kew increase its self-generated income.
Draft bill

Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Among other things, allows the government to establish local rivers authorities, which would deal with flood risk management. The bill is aimed at turning the Somerset Rivers Authority (which was formed in response to the floods of 2013 and 2014) into a statutory body.
Draft bill

Wild Animals in Circuses Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Bans the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.
Draft bill

Forensic Science Regulator Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Creates a Forensic Science Regulator which would publish and enforce a code of practice for forensic science.
Draft bill

Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Gives leave to enter or remain in the UK for the family of refugees, and to refugees who are family members of British citizens and settled persons. Provides legal aid for refugee family reunion cases. Had its first reading in the Lords.
Draft billLords library briefing

National Health Service Bill – 2nd reading
Aims to end private finance initiatives in the NHS, and to exclude the NHS from international trade agreements, among other things.
Bill not yet published

Anti-Loitering Devices (Regulation) Bill – 2nd reading
Requires local authorities to have a licence to operate anti-loitering devices, a deterrent that emits a loud and painful sound that can only be heard by certain age groups, including children and teenagers.
Bill not yet published

Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) and Conversion Therapy Bill – 2nd reading
Makes the Health and Care Professions Council the regulatory body for counsellors and psychotherapists and bans conversion therapy, among other things.
Bill not yet published

Cats Bill – 2nd reading
Requires drivers of any mechanically propelled vehicle (e.g. cars and motorbikes) who are involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to a cat to stop and give information or report the accident to the police. Requires the keepers of certain cats to ensure they are microchipped.
Bill not yet published

Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill [Lords] – 2nd reading
Requires local authorities to monitor the educational, physical and emotional development of children who are home educated. Had its first reading in the Lords.
Bill not yet published

Registration of Marriage Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Reforms marriage registrations, moving from a paper-based system to an electronic register. Allows for the inclusion of each spouse’s mother in the entry.
Had its first reading in the Lords.
Draft billLords library briefing

Local Electricity Bill – 2nd reading
Enables electricity generators to become local suppliers.
Bill not yet published

Creditworthiness Assessment Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Requires lenders to take into account rental payment history and council tax payment history when assessing a borrower’s creditworthiness. Had its first reading in the Lords.
Draft billLords library briefing

Criminal Records (Childhood Offences) Bill – 2nd reading
Limits the childhood offences that must be disclosed later in life. Aims to ensure that minor offences do not blight people as adults, e.g. when applying for jobs.
Bill not yet published

 

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