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Clear the Lobby: What laws are MPs voting on this week? – w/c 11th March

Clear the Lobby: What laws are MPs voting on this week? – w/c 11th March

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!

It’s another big Brexit week. Theresa May is set to put her deal in front of MPs again on Tuesday. She’s generally expected to lose, which means the agenda is likely to be amended to include votes on ruling out ‘no deal’ on Wednesday and delaying Brexit on Thursday.

On top of all that, Friday is one of the 13 private members’ bill days a year. As ever, only a few of the draft laws scheduled will be debated in the alotted time. Click here for a quick explainer.

Monday 4th March

Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Bill – report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Allows courts dealing with child cases relating to female genital mutilation to make interim care orders (where a local authority takes shared parental responsibility for the child concerned until a final hearing). Currently courts can issue Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders, which allow them to do things like confiscate passports to prevent victims being taken abroad for FGM, but these don’t cover interim care orders.
Draft bill / Commons library briefing

Tuesday 5th March

Election Expenses (Authorisation of Free or Discounted Support) Bill
Exempts free or discounted support for election candidates (in the form of property, goods, services or facilities) from counting towards election expenses if it’s authorised by the candidate or their election agent. Ten minute rule motion presented by Craig Mackinlay, who was taken to court over his spending at the 2017 General Election.

Wednesday 6th March

Tenancy (Deposits and Arbitration) Bill
Establishes a centralised tenancy deposit scheme for renters that invests deposits and uses the interest to fund advocacy, support and arbitration services. Establishes a mandatory arbitration service for resolving disputes between landlords and tenants. Ten minute rule motion presented by Lloyd Russell-Moyle.

Thursday 7th March

No votes scheduled

Friday 8th March

Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (AmendmentBill – report stage and 3rd 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

Prime Minister (Accountability to House of Commons) Bill – 2nd reading
Requires the Prime Minister to be available to answer questions in the House of Commons at least twice a week when Parliament is sitting, except in specified circumstances.
Bill not yet published

General Election (Leaders’ Debate) Bill – 2nd reading
Sets up a commission to make arrangements for leaders’ debates during a General Election.
Bill not yet published

Voter Registration Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Bans people from being registered to vote in parliamentary elections in more than one constituency.
Draft bill

Border Control Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Changes the requirements for non-UK citizens seeking leave to enter. Creates a new process for the removal of non-UK citizens.
Draft bill

Green Belt (ProtectionBill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Establishes a national register of green belt land in England. Restricts the ability of local authorities to de-designate green belt land. Regulates future development of de-designated green belt land.
Draft bill

Emergency Response Drivers (ProtectionsBill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Prevents drivers of emergency vehicles from being liable under both civil and criminal law in certain situations.
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

Bathing Waters Bill – 2nd reading
Gives the Environment Agency additional powers to control and reduce discharge from combined sewers to protect beaches and ensure a quality level of bathing water.
Bill not yet published

Toilets (Provision and AccessibilityBill – 2nd reading
Requires some public buildings to have toilets which meet the needs of people with disabilities and accessibility requirements.
Bill not yet published

Defibrillators (Availability) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Requires defibrillators to be provided in educational institutions, leisure and sports facilities, and other public places. Requires the relevant people to be trained to use them. Requires funding for their acquisition, installation, use and maintenance.
Draft bill

Ancient Woodland Inventory (England) Bill – 2nd reading
Requires the periodic updating of the Ancient Woodland Inventory for England (a catalogue of forests that have had continuous cover for some centuries). Studies showthese woodlands are typically more ecologically diverse and have a higher nature conservation value than those developed recently or where woodland cover has been intermittent.
Bill not yet published

Parental Leave and Pay Arrangements (Publication) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland
Requires employers with more than 250 employees to publish information about parental leave, including pay.
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

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

Banking (Cash Machine Charges and Financial InclusionBill – 2nd reading
Requires banks to offer free cash withdrawals from ATMs, and requires the FinancialConduct Authority to supervise the Access to Banking Standard, a scheme set up to inform customers about branch closures.
Bill not yet published

Gypsy and Traveller Communities (Housing, Planning and Education) Bill – 2nd reading
Among other things: requires periodical local authority reviews of the housing needs of gypsy and traveller communities; requires caravan sites to be converted into settled accommodation; requires local authorities to provide temporary caravan stopping sites where required; creates a criminal offence of unauthorised encampment; requires schools to have regard to gypsy and traveller culture and heritage in teaching.
Bill not yet published

Marriage and Civil Partnership (ConsentBill – 2nd reading
Requires marriage or civil parternship registrars to attest the valid consent of both parties.
Bill not yet published

Access to Fertility Services Bill – 2nd reading
Requires equality of access to NHS fertility services across England. Regulates pricing of fertility services. Entitles women to a minimum number of fertility treatments on the basis of their age.
Bill not yet published

International Development (Safeguarding Vulnerable GroupsBill – 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

Smoking Prohibition (National Health Service PremisesBill – 2nd reading
Bans smoking on NHS premises.
Bill not yet published

Armed Forces (Derogation from European Convention on Human RightsBill – 2nd reading
Exempts members of the armed forces fighting overseas from the European Convention on Human Rights.
Bill not yet published

Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales
Requires local authorities to monitor the educational, physical and emotional development of home-educated children.
Draft bill

School Uniforms Bill – 2nd reading
Requires school governing bodies to implement affordability policies when setting school uniform requirements.
Bill not yet published

Employment Guarantee Bill – 2nd reading
Requires the government to guarantee six months of paid employment for Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants (or the jobseeker’s component of Universal Credit) who have been unemployed for six months or longer.
Bill not yet published

House of Lords (Abolition and Replacement) Bill – 2nd reading
Replaces the House of Lords with a Senate.
Bill not yet published

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

Kitchens in Rented Accommodation (Benefit Claimants) Bill – 2nd reading
Requires landlords to meet hygiene standards for food storage and preparation as well as cooking appliances in accommodation for Universal Credit or Housing Benefit tenants.
Bill not yet published

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

European Union (Revocation of Notification of Withdrawal) Bill – 2nd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
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.
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

Voter Registration (No2Bill – 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

Hospital (Parking Charges and Business RatesBill – 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) (No2Bill – 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

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

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

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

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

Child Cruelty (SentencesBill – 2nd reading
Increases the maximum sentence to life in prison for two offences: child cruelty, and causing or allowing a child or vulnerable adult to die or suffer serious physical harm. You can read the story that prompted this bill on BBC News.
Bill not yet published

Plastic Pollution Bill – 2nd reading
Sets targets for reducing plastic pollution, and requires the government to publish a strategy and annual reports. Establishes an advisory committee on plastic pollution.
Bill not yet published

Last Week’s Votes

Passed

  • Hereditary Titles (Female Succession) Bill – ten minute rule motion
  • Charity Trustees (Time Off for Duties) Bill – ten minute rule motion

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