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Clear the Lobby: What laws are MPs voting on this week? – w/c 4th Feb

Clear the Lobby: What laws are MPs voting on this week? – w/c 4th Feb

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!

The bulk of Brexit debating is happening in the Lords this week. Meanwhile in the Commons, there are lots of private members’ bills scheduled on Friday (here’s a reminder of how they work). Chances are many will have to be postponed because of time, so check back next week to see what got debated!

Monday 4th February

No votes scheduled

Tuesday 5th February

Crime (Impact Statements) Bill
Allows statements made by people adversely affected by a crime to be used in sentencing proceedings in court. Ten minute rule motion presented by Melanie Onn.

Wednesday 6th February

Armed Forces Covenant (Duty of Public Authorities) Bill
Requires public authorities to deliver services in accordance with the armed forces covenant (a government promise to treat fairly those who serve or have served in the armed forces). Ten minute rule motion presented by Gavin Robinson.

Thursday 7th February

No votes scheduled

Friday 8th February

Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill – report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Updates animal welfare legislation to include service animals.
Draft bill

Value Added Tax Bill – 2nd reading
Raises the maximum threshold for VAT exemption. Exempts certain goods and services from VAT.
Bill not yet published

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

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

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

Collective Defined Contribution Pension Schemes Bill – 2nd reading
Attempts to encourage the government to allow collective defined contribution pension schemes.
Bill not yet published

Access to Radiotherapy Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England
Aims to improve access to radiotherapy in England by not requiring patients totravel more than 45 minutes for treatment.
Bill not yet published

Hospital Patients (Transport) Bill – 2nd reading
Requires the government government to review the current provision of public and private transport services for patients travelling to and from hospital appointments.
Bill not yet published

Railways (Franchises) Bill – 2nd reading
Requires the government to terminate a rail passenger services franchise agreement in certain circumstances. Allows local franchising authorities in England.
Bill not yet published

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

Government Departments (Abolition) Bill – 2nd reading
Abolishes the Department for International Development and the Government Equalities Office.  Scraps the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales, Scotland Office and Northern Ireland Office, and establishes a Department for the Nations of the United Kingdom in their place.
Bill not yet published

International Development Assistance (Limit) Bill – 2nd reading
Caps the UK’s international development assistance at the EU average.
Bill not yet published

Immigration Detention of Victims of Torture and Other Vulnerable People (Safeguards) Bill – 2nd reading
Creates safeguards for victims of torture and other vulnerable people in immigration detention, including those that have suffered from severe physical, psychological or sexual violence.
Bill not yet published

Energy Consumption (Innovative Technologies) Bill – 2nd reading
Commissions a public consultation on how to encourage innovativetechnologies to lower energy consumption in households and commercial properties.
Bill not yet published

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

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill – 2nd reading
Increases the minimum age for marriage to 18, from 16.
Bill not yet published

Housing Reform Bill – 2nd reading
A wide-ranging bill on housing, including issues like thermal performance standards. Requires the governent to provide “serviced plots” – spaces provided with water, electricity and gas where self-build homes can be built.
Bill not yet published

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 bill / Lords library briefing

Palestinian Statehood (Recognition) Bill – 2nd reading
Recognises the State of Palestine.
Bill not yet published

Banking and Post Office Services (Rural Areas and Small Communities) Bill – 2nd reading
Requires banks to provide certain services in rural areas and small communities, and ensures access to Post Office services.
Bill not yet published

European Union (Revocation of Notification of Withdrawal) Bill – 2nd reading
Requires the prime minister to revoke Article 50 unless Parliament backs a withdrawal agreement by Parliament by 21 January 2019 (or during an extension period agreed by that date), or the people vote for the deal in a referendum.
Bill not yet published

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

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

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

High Speed 2 Phase 1 (Reviews of Public Expenditure) Bill – 2nd reading
Requires a review into public expenditure in connection with phase 1 of the High Speed 2 rail line.
Bill not yet published

Freehold Properties (Management Charges and Shared Facilities) Bill – 2nd reading
Regulates the fees charged by management companies to freeholders of residential companies. Requires management companies to ensure sharedfacilities are of an adequate standard, among other things.
Bill not yet published

Fire Safety (Leasehold Properties) Bill – 2nd reading
Requires freeholders of certain properties that have failed fire safety tests to carry out remedial work. Imposes sanctions on freeholders who fail to do so. Ensures leaseholders are not held liable for the costs. Creates a loan scheme to assist freeholders in carrying out the work.
Bill not yet published

Access to Welfare (Terminal Illness Definition) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland
Changes the definition of terminal illness for social security purposes
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

Drone (Regulation) (No. 2) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Requires drones to be marked and registered. and to broadcast certain information electronically. Places restrictions on drone flight near aerodromes.
Draft bill

European Union (Revocation of Notification of Withdrawal) (No. 2) Bill – 2nd reading
Requires the Prime Minister to revoke Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (subject to consent from the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly).
Bill not yet published

Last Week’s Votes

Passed

  • Immigration and Social Security Co-Ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill – 2nd reading
  • Smoking Prohibition (National Health Service Premises) Bill – ten minute rule motion
  • Crime (Overseas Production OrdersBill – report stage and 3rd reading

Postponed

  • European Union (Requirements Relating to Withdrawal) Bill

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