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 the last full week before Christmas.
Plenty to do before MPs get a break, though. They’ll be going through the meaty Levelling Up Bill on Tuesday.
Still no sign of some other major bills.
The government had big plans to crack down on industrial action, including a law that requires trade unions to ensure a minimum service during transport strikes.
We’re halfway through the parliamentary year now.
So expect the government to step up efforts to get through that backlog of legislation in the new year.
Until next week. In the meantime, feel free to tweet me, or just reply to this email.
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Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill – report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Writes the post-Brexit trade deals with Australia and New Zealand into law.
Draft bill (PDF) / Commons Library briefing
Free School Meals (Primary Schools) Bill
Entitles all children in state primary schools to free school meals. Currently children have to be in reception, year 1, year 2, or eligible for certain benefits. Ten minute rule motion presented by Zarah Sultana.
Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill – report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland (part), Northern Ireland (part)
Writes the government’s levelling up plans into law. Among other things: requires the government to report annually on progress; commits to offering every part of England a devolution deal by 2030; and allows local authorities to auction off rentals of empty commercial properties in town centres and high streets.
Draft bill (PDF)
Asylum Seekers (Removal to Safe Countries) Bill
Stipulates that the government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda has effect even if it’s incompatible with international or domestic law. Requires the government to continue regardless of any international court finding it illegal. Ten minute rule motion presented by Jonathan Gullis.
No votes scheduled
No votes scheduled
Check your MP’s voting record and read the day’s debates at TheyWorkForYou.
Click here to read details of the bills in last week’s newsletter.