Clear the Lobby: What laws are MPs voting on this week? – w/c 18th Feb

Clear the Lobby: What laws are MPs voting on this week? – w/c 18th 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!

Really very thin on the legislation front this week. Most of the time will be used to debate Brexit-related statutory instruments (a form of secondary legislation that lets the government make laws without consulting Parliament).

Monday 18th February

No votes scheduled

Tuesday 19th February

Dog Meat (Consumption) (Offences) Bill
Bans the consumption of dog meat, and transporting, possessing or donating dog meat for the purpose of consumption. Ten minute rule motion presented by Bill Wiggin. The World Dog Alliance argues that while there have been no cases of dog meat being eaten in the UK, the move would help it get banned in countries that do eat dog meat. A similar law was passed in the US last year.

Wednesday 20th February

Asylum Seekers (Permission to Work) (No. 2) Bill
Gives certain asylum seekers permission to work. Ten minute rule motion presented by Catherine West. You can read her argument in The Guardian.

Thursday 21st February

No votes scheduled

Friday 22nd February

No votes scheduled

Last Week’s Votes


  • Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill – 2nd reading
  • Child Cruelty (Sentences) Bill – ten minute rule motion
  • Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill – 3rd reading and report stage
  • Bus Drivers (Working Hours on Local Routes) Bill – ten minute rule motion

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